After you get that high school diploma, you have many options to attend college. One of the goals of extended foster care is to give you time to plan for college and apply for financial aid. If you are in foster care, or were on your 18th birthday, there are special programs and scholarships to help you attend college.

It’s helpful to find an adult who can help you plan your education goals and figure out all of the options available to you under extended foster care. The Alliance for Children’s Rights can help connect you to advocates to help you get to college. Email NextStep@kids-alliance.org or call 213.368.6010 to get started.

Here are just some of the options you have for California state and community colleges and universities:

1. Community College

Degrees Offered: Associate’s Degree, Vocational Certificate, 4-year Transfer Program
Requirements for Enrollment: Must be 18 years old or a HS graduate, Math & ELA assessments

2. Cal State Universities (ex. Cal State LA, Cal State Long Beach)

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Teaching Credential
Requirements for Enrollment: HS graduate, Minimum 2.0 GPA, A-G requirements with Cs or better, SAT or ACT
Learn more about the application process by visiting the CSUMentor website.

3. University of California (ex. UCLA, UC Riverside)

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Doctorate Degree
Requirements for Enrollment: A-G requirements with Cs or better, Minimum 3.3 GPA, SAT or ACT, SAT Subject Tests
Learn more about the application process by visiting the UC Admissions website.

4. Private College or University (ex. USC, LMU, University of La Verne)

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Doctorate Degree
Requirements for Enrollment: Minimum 2.5 GPA, SAT or ACT, possibly SAT Subject Tests and letters of Recommendation.
Each school may have a different application or use the Common Application.
You will need to research this by visiting the university’s website.

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