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California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge

California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge
FAFSA Priority Deadline: March 2, 2020

Riverside County Office of Education participates in the California Foster Youth Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Challenge. The California Foster Youth FAFSA Challenge, led by John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE) and the California Community College Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), is a statewide campaign to increase the number of foster youth who are prepared for success as they matriculate from high school into college by ensuring that foster youth are accessing financial aid.

The FYSCP school counselors work closely with all 23 Riverside County districts to provide them with up to date student lists, completion status reports, guidance and support needed for the district to successfully complete FAFSAs for all youth in foster care. Our county goal is to reach 100% FAFSA completion for all foster youth. We appreciate the support of our districts in reaching this goal.

College Connection Program

The Riverside Community College (RCC) and the Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) College Connection program is designed to provide individualized educational and transitional support services to foster youth who attend RCOE’s detention facility programs, and reside in foster and short-term residential therapeutic programs throughout Riverside County. The RCC Student Resource Specialist (SRS) engages youth ages 16–21, and identifies appropriate pathways for students to obtain their high school diploma or California High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) by the age of 19. The RCC SRS also provides an appropriate post-secondary transition plan that includes academic resources, linkage to community colleges, career mapping with identified career and technical training, and job placement. The RCC SRS’s periodic follow-up is to ensure student success in obtaining program objectives.

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