Foster Youth

MJC Foster Youth Flier

Resources for Foster Youth

MJC Foster Youth Contacts

  • Liz Camboia - Foster Youth Liaison (Registration and Ongoing Support)
  • Cristal Gallegos -  (Academic, Career and Personal Counseling Services)
    • (209) 575-6251; gallegosc@yosemite.edu
  • Barbara Bond - Enrollment Services (Priority Level 1)
  • Christina Polack  Financial Services (Chafee Grant Status & Verification)

To Qualify for Priority Registration

1. Core Steps must be completed.

2A. You will need to have been in foster care - between the ages of 13-18 at least one day, up until the age of 25.

2B. In the case of a former homeless youth - a student under 25 years of age, who has been verified, at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the application for admission.

  • Priority Registration will be assigned for 6 years, upon verification of homeless status. 
    • Submit an Official Letter from a high school or school district homeless liaison, the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program, or the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program.

3. Send ward letter or homeless verification letter to Barbara Bond or Liz Camboia

Foster Youth

Foster Youth Referral

        Contact Liz Camboia

        camboial@yosemite.edu

Additional MJC Program Contacts

Help with MJC & Financial Aid Applications

Visit our Getting Started at MJC homepage. Follow each section using the step by step guides, get tips, and view resources that will assist you. 

 

Chafee Eligibility & MJC/Financial Aid Tips

Chafee Grant Eligibility

The California Department of Social Services will determine your foster youth eligibility status.

  • Be a current or former foster youth who was a ward of the court, living in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18.
  • If you are/were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship, or were adopted, you are eligible only if you were a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18.
  • Not have reached your 26th birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
  • Not have participated in the program for more than 5 years (whether or not consecutive).

Chafee Grant Application

WebGrants 4 Students - WGS will allow you to manage your Cal Grant and/or Chafee account(s), and Cal Dream Act

    • View updates, add MJC as your school, make changes or corrections. 

Application, Fee Waivers, FAFSA or CA Dream Act

  • MJC Application - Make sure that you indicate that you are a current or former foster youth to receive information and guidance on all available services (including Priority Level 1 registration).
  • FAFSA - Make sure that you indicate your current or previous foster youth status (to skip parental information requirement), and to receive information on additional grant opportunities.
  • MJC's school code for the Cal Dream application is 00124000
  • FAFSA - Student Homelessness Questions
    • Students that are under the age of 24, are required to provide parental information.

Check your student email for important communications regarding required documents, or your award letter.

 Resources

MJC Resources

Health and Wellness

Financial Aid Resources

Housing Resources

MJC Housing Navigator - Housing assistance for students under the age of 24

Resources

Additional Resources