Sacramento City College has identified several different programs within the campus where current or former foster youth/AB 12 students can go, to get connected to in their education, to connect with former foster youth as mentors, and to have a place to grow into amazing young adults.
The programs and services provide outlined below will connect you to the appropriate webpages for those resources.
Priority Zero Registration
Assembly Bill 194; grants the opportunity for Current and Former Foster Youth priority registration as long as the foster youth is eligible under the new Admissions and Reorder’s registration policy. Foster Youth who qualify for priority registration is defined by whether the student is now, or has been, in a court-ordered out-of-home placement. Examples of out-of-home placement are: foster home, group home, or court-ordered placement with a relative. Verified Foster Youth or former foster youth will be eligible to receive Priority Zero Registration up until 24 years of age.
Verified Foster Youth
Foster Youth or former foster youth can be automatically verified by the college by using two lists from FAFSA application or the Chafee Grant list, and for those foster youth who have not been verified within the normal process do the following:
Foster Youth can submit proof of placement to the Financial Aid Office (916-558-2501), Admission and Records (916-558-2351) or the EOPS Office (916-558-2403). Documents that will be accepted as verification for foster youth or former foster youth placement are the following;
- Chafee verification,
- Department of Human Assistance “Dependency Verification Card”,
- Court documents verifying placement,
- Proof of Dependency
What is the Chafee Grant for foster youth?
The Chafee Grant is a federally funded program designed for undergraduate students who are current or former foster youth and may be used for career, technical training or college courses. Funding is subject to availability of Federal funds each year. To be considered for the Chafee Grant, students must complete the FAFSA and Chafee Grant application.
If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for a California Chafee Grant. You do not have to repay these funds once you have been granted. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. The grant is in addition to any other state or federal aid and you may receive as much as $5,000.00 per school year.
How do I qualify for the Chafee Grant?
To qualify, you must:
- Be eligible, or have been eligible, for foster care between your 16th and 18th birthday
- Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1, or the award year
The California Department of Social Services will determine your foster youth eligibility status.
How do I apply for Chafee Grant?
File two forms:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (Undocumented students may contact the Commission for further instructions.)
- California Chafee Grant Program Application. Submit a paper copy or an online application to the Commission.
Stay in school or lose your grant!
You must stay in school to keep your Chafee Grant! If you enroll in classes and get paid grant money based on eligibility and enrollment, be sure to let us know if you are dropping classes prior to doing so. Dropping a class can cause your status to go into repayment. If you owe grant money back to the school, all additional financial aids funds may be suspended until repayment is made.
Adhere to Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
You must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or better and the ratio of classes completed must be a t least 75%. If you do not maintain these standards, your financial aid may be suspended.
Assistance with priority acceptance into the EOPS application progress, which includes all resources available to an EOPS student and much more
- priority registration
- Book Assistance
- School supplies
- Academic, career and individual Counseling
- Financial Aid (FA) assistance with general FA and Chafee Grant
- Referral to on-campus and community resources
Fostering Future Group
Fostering Futures is a current or former foster youth (FY) which meets as a group to connect with others FY who are attending Sacramento City College. You do not need to be in the EOPS program to attend the Fostering Future meetings or events. There are 3 staff members from EOPS who dedicate their time to work together to organize meetings to offer information on a number of topics which include financial aid, educational planning, , self-awareness, budgeting, team building and community resources, campus tours, campus and community giveaways, housing opportunities, and many other areas that are of interest and need to our foster youth. As well as transfer information specific to foster youth, and college tours connecting you to university foster youth programs.
Our primary goals are to provide a place where students feel valued, respected, at ease, and confident. RISE is a place where students can share their victories, their defeats, their opinions, and their talents. We believe all students can successfully complete college if they choose to. A commitment must be made that includes sacrifice, focus, personal responsibility, and a lot of dedicated hard work.
To this end, RISE offers:
- Academic and Personal Counseling
- Tutorial Services
- Book Loan Program
- University Tours
- Computer/Printing Access
- Healthy and Safe Learning Environment
Free tutoring services are provided to support student success. SCC offers department-specific tutoring and “Open” tutoring service for all academic and vocational classes.