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Welcome To The NextUp Office!
Formerly known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies for Foster Youth Educational Support), our NextUp program supports current and former foster youth who want to attend college. If you are a current or former foster youth and you want to attend college, stop by Room 218 in the Student Services Building to join LASC’s NextUp Program! We can help you with many academic, financial, and personal needs so you can meet your educational goals. NextUp works through EOPS to expand EOPS services and adjust them to meet the needs of current and former foster youth going to LASC.
Please note: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, all academic counseling at LASC will use Cranium Cafe, a meeting and collaboration platform designed specifically for student support.
Once on the ConexED page, students and faculty should use the "Login with Canvas"
button. Staff should use the "Guest Registration" button
- Students can access Cranium Cafe by clicking the online counseling button on each department's web page or the counseling and live chat button on the homepage of the student portal. Students need to create an account, sign in, and can then begin chatting with counselors.
- Counselors will be available on Cranium Cafe during their typical hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 pm. Fridays. Students will be able to meet with a counselor from any special programs they belong to or a general counselor of their choice. Students are strongly recommended to meet with counselors from their special programs.
- Although counselors will be able to perform most functions remotely, there may be
slight delays in completing some tasks such as document requests from other colleges.
Please be patient. LASC Counselors are here to answer your questions and help you
plan for academic success this Spring Semester and beyond.
To be eligible for NextUP, you must
- Be an EOPS student.
- Be a current or former foster youth in California whose dependency was established or continued by the court on or after your 16th birthday.
- Be 25 years old or younger at the beginning of the academic year (Fall Semester).
- Be enrolled in at least 9 units at the time of enrollment into the program.
- Submit a Court Verification Letter.
To apply to NextUp, complete the NextUp and EOPS sections of the EOPS Application. Make sure to click the ‘Submit Form’ button at the bottom of the application after answering all of the required questions that have a red asterisk (*) next to them.
Our program strives for students to be self-confident, independent learners who are aware of the resources, facilities, and organizations available to them, and who understand their rights and responsibilities as a student and a citizen.
Make sure to apply for the Chaffee Grant here.
Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school. Fill out the form here.
Learn more about California Student Aid Commission Web Grant opportunities here.
Learn more about Los Angeles Southwest College's Financial Aid Office here.
Learn about LASC's Gaining Access Through Education, Work, and Yielding Stability (GATEWAYS) program and receive housing support here.
CANVAS resources and support can be found here.
If you have already exited the foster care system and need a letter that verifies that you were in foster care, you can request one from the Foster Care Ombudsman’s Office.
- What it means: You may need to verify your foster care status when applying for certain benefits such as priority registration, financial aid, or priority housing.
- What to do: Call the Foster Care Ombudsman’s Office at (877) 846-1602 or email email@example.com for more information.
Benefits of Joining NextUp
This allows you to sign up for classes before others who do not have Priority Registration.
This is an expanded service where you will receive financial aid that’s just for NextUp members to help you buy books and supplies to succeed in your classes.
You will work with our outstanding NextUp counselors who can help you: decide on a career based on your skills and interests, select your class schedule, and talk about anything that’s on your mind. With regular check-in visits, your counselors are there to help you each semester.
As with EOPS, you’ll have the benefits of getting that added assistance with one-on-one meetings to work through the tough spots so you don’t feel stuck or behind in your classes. Our tutors can give you pointers, tips, and guidance to keep you feeling confident and engaged.
Want a bachelor’s degree? We can help you find the best college for your goals and needs. And, LASC works with certain local, state, and national colleges to guarantee your admittance into those colleges if you meet certain requirements. We have this and much more to help you transfer.
- Health Fees Paid – you’ll receive a voucher that pays your health enrollment fees each semester. Parking & Gas Card (if eligible) – if you’re eligible, you can get a gas card that helps pay for your gas, and get your campus parking permit paid for each semester.
- Student Success Workshops – get the skills and strategies so you can get the most out of college. When you know your own habits, you can work with them to make college a meaningful and rewarding experience.
- Independent Living & Financial Literacy Skills Support – learn how to budget, save, pay bills, figure out your expenses, what rights you have as a renter, and other very helpful skills and information for independent living.
- Financial Aid Workshops – you’ll meet one-on-one with our Financial Aid technicians who will review all of the financial opportunities you can apply for so you can study harder and worry less.
- Frequent In-person Contacts – having regular check-ins with your NextUp counselor ensures you get the help you need when you need it to meet your educational goals and be successful.
- Housing Referrals – finding housing can be difficult. So, we can give you referrals to people who understand your situation and your needs to help you in your search.
- Health & Mental Health Services – as a NextUp student, we’ll go over all of the health and mental health benefits you will have access to in case you need a doctor, or need someone to talk with on a more consistent basis.
- Access to NextUp Food Pantry – our food pantry will give you access to food supplies throughout each semester to give you the energy to focus on what you are studying.
At EOPS, our Student Learning Outcomes are for each EOPS student to meet with a program counselor, identify a major, and discuss their goals during their first semester.