Foster Youth

 Foster Youth and Homeless Youth Resources

Foster Youth Eligibility for Priority Registration 

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

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).

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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 - from applying to MJC, applying for financial aid, registering for classes, and all the way through to zero textbook course options, we are here to guide you!


MJC Foster Youth Contacts

  • Liz Camboia - Foster Youth Liaison (Enrollment and Ongoing Support)
  • Barbara Bond - Enrollment Services (Priority Level 1 Registration)
  • Christina Polack - Financial Services (Chafee Grant Status & Verification)

MJC Resources


Health and Wellness

Housing Resources 

  • Click Here for MJC Housing Navigator Information - Housing assistance for students under the age of 24
    • Employment readiness
    • Education resources
    • CAL-Fresh/CAL-Works connections
    • Referral to mental health services
    • Referral to substance use treatment
    • Financial budgeting help
    • Emergency assistance (food, water, hygiene, clothing)