NextUp Frequently Asked Questions
What are the initial requirements for Next Up?
The qualifications to be eligible for the program are:
- Be considered a California Foster Youth or Ward of the Court between 16 and 26 years old.
- Be enrolled in 9 or more units during your first semester in the program (unless approved for less through Disability Resources Department -DRD).
- Be receiving EOPS services.
- Not be older than 25 at the beginning of the academic year
- Resident of California or AB-540
- Not have completed more than 70 units that are applicable to a college degree
- Qualify for a Board of Governors’ Waiver type A1, A2, A3, or B
- Be considered educationally disadvantaged according to EOPS regulations
How do I apply?
Apply for EOPS:
- Apply for a BOG Fee Waiver through Financial Aid (or complete the FAFSA)
- Complete an EOPS Application
- Take English and Math Placement Tests
- Submit High School Transcripts
- Submit Official Transcripts from all previous colleges attended
Once a student has been approved for EOPS and completed their EOPS Orientation & 1 hour contract appointment with an EOPS counselor, they can do the following to apply for NextUp:
- Meet with NextUp staff & complete NextUp application form.
- Submit a Foster Youth Verification Letter indicating they were in foster care on or after the age of 16.
How do I apply for CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Education Support)?
The name of the CAFYES Program has changed to NextUp. Instructions on how to apply to NextUp (CAFYES) are at the top of this page.
How do I get my Foster Youth Verification Letter?
We have three suggestions for tracking down your Foster Youth Verification Letter:
- Contact your Local ILP Coordinator: Youth may contact the Independent Living Program (ILP) Coordinator in their county of jurisdiction to request a verification letter from their county agency. A list of ILP Coordinators within each county child welfare agency is available here: www.fosteryouthhelp.ca.gov/pdfs/ilp.pdf.
- Contact your social worker or probation officer: Your Social worker or probation officer should have access to your Foster Youth Verification letter.
- Contact the Foster Care Ombudsman’s office: Former foster youth may request a verification letter from California Department of Social Services by calling the Foster Care Ombudsman’s office, toll free at 1-877-846-1602, or by calling the Foster Care Support Services Bureau, at (916) 651-7465. The CDSS will make an effort to process all requests for a verification letter in a timely manner. The letter will be completed by CDSS as soon as possible with a goal of no more than 5 business days after the request is made. Letters can be received via fax, email, U.S. mail, or in person.
What are the requirements during the first year in Next Up?
• Meet with a EOPS/NextUp counselor at least 4 times a semester
• Meet with NextUp Coordinator at least 1 time a semester
• Participate in a NextUp Workshop at least 1 time a semester
• Follow the terms and conditions of the EOPS and NextUp Student Responsibility Contracts (given during initial meeting with EOPS/NextUp Counselor & NextUp Coordinator)
I receive services through the Disability Resources Department and I cannot enroll in 9 units. Can I still be eligible for Next Up?
Although all NextUp students are required to enroll in 9 units during their first semester in the program, a student approved through our Disability Resources Department (DRD) to take less than 9 units can still be in the program. We have a form you can pick up from NextUp staff. After the first semester, the EOPS/NextUp Counselor and student will determine the amount of units per semester that best supports a student’s ability to accomplish their education goal.
I’ve been placed on Academic Probation or not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) through the Financial Aid Office. Can I still receive Next Up grants and benefits?
Yes, students can receive NextUp benefits regardless of their status with Financial Aid.