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NextUp - Foster Youth Services

Welcome to NextUp!

About NextUp

The Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) program has been renamed NextUp by the California Community College Chancellor's Office and "was chosen to help foster youth feel encouraged and excited about the next chapter in their lives." The NextUp (CAFYES) program invites you to stop by the center to meet our friendly staff and get to know your fellow peers.

NextUp provides “over and above” support services for current and former foster youth attending Allan Hancock College. The NextUp (CAFYES) program works in conjunction with EOPS to provide; intake and assessment, academic counseling, peer mentoring, tutoring services, and a computer lab for your homework, study time, and printing needs. Other ancillary services may be available to assist you with the following:

  • Educational Grants
  • Textbooks
  • Bus passes
  • On campus food vouchers
  • Gas vouchers
  • School supplies
  • Workshops
  • Laptop/calculator loan program

Who qualifies for NextUp?

To qualify, a student must:

  • Be a California resident
  • Qualify for the California College Promise Grant Fee Waiver (CCPG-FW A/B)
  • Be enrolled full time (12 units or more)
  • Have completed less than 70 degree applicable units from an accredited college
  • Be educationally disadvantaged as determined by the EOPS criteria

CCPG-FW A/B Income Maximum for 2020-2021

What are the benefits of NextUp?

  • Academic counseling
  • Book service/vouchers
  • Career and transfer planning
  • Computer lab with free printing
  • Day one priority registration
  • Financial aid assistance and guidance
  • Grants for books and other educational expenses
  • Laptop/calculator loaner program
  • Peer mentor support
  • Recognition banquet
  • School planner
  • School supplies
  • Specialized workshops
  • Targeted outreach and recruitment
  • Tutoring
  • University application fee waivers
  • University and cultural field trips

Mutual Responsibility Contract (MRC) outlines NextUp students' responsibilities.


To qualify, a student must:

  • Be EOPS eligible
  • Be a current or former foster youth under the age of 26
  • Student experienced the foster care system after the age of 16

What is NextUp?