Foster Youth Success Initiative - Financial Aid Office

FYSI logo.

The Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) was created to help current and/or former youth from foster care to succeed at Ohlone College.

Students are eligible for supportive services if you:

  • Have a Social Worker or Case Worker
  • Live with a relative or someone else (not a parent)
  • Don't live at home, couch surf
  • Live in their car
  • Live in a foster (or group) home

Not sure how to enroll or apply for financial aid? Check out the Foster Youth Enrollment Instructions (PDF).

Apply for FAFSA.

Need more help, here's the Foster Youth Resource Guide (PDF).

Contact Deborah Griffin, FYSI Liaison, at (510) 659-6151 or send an email to if you have questions. She:

  • Helps with college information
  • Has Financial Aid knowledge
  • Is familiar with your situation
  • Will be sensitive to your needs
  • Helps you figure out your college / career path
  • Provides guidance on choosing your college major
  • Can help you succeed in College

American Sign Language (ASL) classroom and instructor.

Did You Know…?

Appointments at the Student Health Center have no fees! They are paid for by your student health services fee each semester. There are low cost fees for some services.

Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) Mission

The California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) has recognized that there is a significant deficit regarding youth from foster care attending higher education. Acknowledging this need, they are sponsoring a concerted effort called the Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) to bring issues affecting these youth to the forefront and to improve the ability of these youth to access postsecondary education and benefit from the support services that are available but are often unknown to them.

Through the vision of the CCCCO, to create a statewide outreach and retention effort to better serve current and former youth from care, the FYSI was established. FYSI was built through CCCCO leadership and a strong foundation of individuals representing a myriad of agencies and postsecondary educational institutions that have formed a true collaborative effort that has evolved to become a statewide FYSI taskforce. The goals of this initiative are to improve:

  • Access to student services and resources
  • Access to academic support
  • Retention
  • Academic performance
  • Completion of units
  • Completion of programs and degree
  • Transfer rates to baccalaureate

Life changing resources for children and youth

iFoster is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing life-changing resources that support vulnerable children and youth. iFoster programs are free to members of the foster, adoptive and kinship communities; youth who are transitioning out of the system or already emancipated; and the organizations that support them. The iFoster Community directly supports more than 2.5 million vulnerable children nationwide.

Examples of Some Resource You'll Find in iFoster!

Basic Needs

Everyday needs of food, clothing, personal goods, household expenses, and transportation can be a problem. With iFoster's combination of resources from grocery discounts and Costco memberships to discounts at major retailers and free diapers and free public transportation, iFoster can lower your cost of living.

Health & Wellness

Getting proper health care and health insurance can be tough. Medicaid doesn't cover everything so iFoster steps in with incredible partnerships from the medical community. Braces at 10% of cost with free appointments, free eye exams and eye glasses, 70% off prescription drugs, and free mental health therapy for as long as a foster or kinship youth needs it - iFoster fills the gap.

Meeting the Greatest Need - Technology!

iFoster has partnered to provide free mobile Internet and free cell phones with unlimited voice and text to our College-Bound Youth to ensure they stay connected to their support networks and have the tools they need to succeed.

Support Groups & Advisors

Sometimes you need advice - expert, legal, medical/mental health, peer, supportive - all types. iFoster works with recognized experts in the field to provide free advice and case management services for those who need it.