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As a former foster youth, I qualified for UP! In that program I worked closely with Pam Fleming, the UP! Financial Aid Advisor. I have never met someone so caring before. She is very genuine and I am very pleased to have her in my life. The UP! Program has helped me meet other people in my situation. They also helped me with academic, career, transfer, and personal advising. I knew I could always go to Pam or Nora if I needed help with my transfer process. Financial Aid, EOPS, and UP! contributed to my success at Cuyamaca College. I received my Associates Degree in Elementary Education. I transferred to San Diego State University in the fall and am doing great.  I encourage everyone to take advantage of the resources you have because they can lead you to many things. I would not have been able to do it without the help I received.

-Lyanna Derringer

Unlimited potential! (UP!)

U P !  P R O G R A M  O V E R V I E W

for FORMER FOSTER YOUTH who want to attend college

UP! supports students who are former foster youth or individuals raised in kinship care with personalized help, financial assistance, life-skills coaching, mentoring, housing referrals, and many other services in their efforts to obtain a college education.

Our goal is to provide support and services to help overcome the extra obstacles that may be holding foster youth back from attending college, obtaining a certificate or degree, and acquiring marketable career technical skills.


UP! services may include:

  • Academic, Personal, and Career counseling case management
  • Financial Aid case management
  • Community/basic needs resource referrals such as: housing, Medi-Cal, food stamps, etc.
  • Assistance applying for Financial Aid opportunities such as Chafee grant and scholarships
  • Assistance applying for EOPS or CARE
  • Life skills seminars
  • Cohort building events and orientation
  • Mentoring


Due to state budget concerns, UP! offers limited program admission.  Please stop in or call the EOPS program to inquire.


UP! Welcome Back Fall Orientation Updates


Check in with your UP! counselor often for support, encouragement, advice, and basic resources.


Career Technical Education

This web site is supported by Carl D. Perkins VTEA IC funds through the System. Office, California Community Colleges,
Grant #08-C01-020

Revised  June 19, 2014
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