Current and former foster youth

UC is committed to helping current and former foster youth successfully transition to the university.

All campuses programs for current and former foster youth, sometimes called Guardian or Hope Scholars. These programs offer guidance and counseling, academic advising, housing, financial aid, and other support services that may include:

  • Orientation to university life
  • Student employment opportunities
  • Assistance with financial aid applications
  • Life skills counseling
  • Career planning
  • Priority class registration

Additionally, UC will waive the $80 application fee for up to four campuses for low-income students. You can apply for a fee waiver within the online application and be notified immediately whether you have qualified. 

Campus programs

To learn more about programs for current and former foster youth, contact the program at your chosen campus.