Cypress College is pleased to offer a variety of resources to assist emancipated students exiting the foster care system. Our Student Support Services programs can assist you with the transition to college. If you are a former foster youth, you are encouraged to contact the Financial Aid Office (located on the 1st Floor of the Cypress College Complex) and our Extended Opportunity Program & Services Office (located on the 2nd Floor of the Cypress College Complex) for assistance.
Our Student Services programs at Cypress College offer the following benefits for emancipated foster youth:
- Assistance with completing college entrance forms.
- Financial Aid application assistance.
- Academic advising.
- Personalize staff assistance to help direct you to the appropriate resources.
- Priority assistance finding on-campus jobs (for those who qualify).
- Assistance finding housing.
- Workshops for career and academic success.
- Friendship and support by Cypress College faculty/staff.
Guardian Scholars Program (Orange County only)
If you are exiting the Orange County foster care system and between the ages of 17-23, you may be eligible for our Guardian Scholars program. Our Guardian Scholars receive up to $3,500 per year in funding from the Orangewood Children's Foundation through the Children's Trust Fund. If you are an Orange County foster youth and would like to know more about the Cypress College Guardian Scholars program, please contact Marion Shocklee at (714) 484-7371.
The priority application date for 2013-14 is June 1, 2013
Extended Opportunity Program & Services (All Counties)
California Foster Youth from all counties may be eligible for admission to our EOPS program, regardless of application date (some restrictions may apply). Please contact Dr. Gilbert Contreras, EOPS Manager at (714) 484-7277 for information about how foster youth can apply for and receive admission to the Cypress College EOPS program.
FOSTER YOUTH RESOURCES & LINKS
Highly recommended for foster youth by the Cypress College Guardian Scholars Advisory team. This resource helps students prepare for college and connects them with adults who can help provide tips, tools, and resources.