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Next Up

Cooperating Agencies for Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) program

NextUp, is a component of the Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS).  It offers a case-management approach to providing expanded support services to eligible current and former foster youth who are students within California's community college system. 

NextUp Eligibility Qualifications

  • Be considered a California Foster Youth or Ward of the Court between the ages of 13 and 26 years old.*
  • Be enrolled in 9 or more units during your first semester in the program (unless approved for less through Disabled Students Programs and Services -DSPS).
  • Be receiving EOPS services.
  • Not older than 25 at the beginning of the academic year


*Foster Youth dependency was established or continued by the court on or after your 13th birthday. In order to determine this, we will need your foster youth verification letter. Contact your local ombudsperson office at 1-877-846-1602 or email them at to access your verification letter. 
NextUp Services

  • Academic Counseling, Education Planning, and Support
  • Priority Registration
  • Book & Supply Grants
  • Meal Assistance and Emergency Food Support
  • Vehicle Maintenance Grants
  • Help with Financial Aid Applications and Appeals
  • Child Care Assistance
  • Educational Supply Grants
  • Emergency Housing Assistance
  • Transportation Assistance
  • Referrals for on-campus and off-campus resources
  • Health and Mental Health Payments Assistance
  • Specialized Workshops
  • Career Guidance
  • College Transfer Assistance
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