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Foster Youth

Students who've experienced life in a foster home or group home often need extra support and resources to ensure they succeed in college. Here you'll learn about the many ways Southwestern College can help you thrive from the day you start your academic career until you earn your degree.

Foster Youth and Former Foster Youth (FY/FFY) students attending SWC can receive:

  • Priority registration - enroll early to get the classes you need
  • Chafee Grant - grants for qualified Foster Youth/Former Foster Youth students for up to $5000 per year
  • Guardian Scholars Program - personalized academic counseling, funds for books, transportation, and/or meal cards
  • Foster Youth Success Initiative - state program to support student success, completion and transfer
  • Dedicated support from a team of professionals dedicated to serving Foster Youth/Former Foster Youth students

Expand the sections below for more information on these great benefits.


Michelle Montano

EOPS Adjunct Counselor Guardian Scholars Counselor

mmontano@swccd.edu(619) 482-6456

Angel Salazar

Financial Aid Specialist Foster Youth/Former Foster Youth Liaison

asalazar@swccd.edu(619) 421-6700 x5255