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At Mesa College, we know the road to college can be complex for many of our students. That's why we're dedicated to helping you transition to and through college, no matter what your journey is. If you are a current or former foster care student, we have the community of support and services you need to realize your educational goals and create the future you want. We're here for you, every step of the way!
The Fostering Academic Success and Transitions (FAST) Center provides a place for foster youth to gather with other students who have experienced or are currently in care. Stop in to receive supportive services and access computers, study spaces, specialized workshops, a food pantry, and more. Find your community at the Fast Center!View Map
All Mesa College students who identify as current or former foster youth are welcome to become FAST Scholars and access specialized services designed to help you navigate college. Receive mentoring, counseling, and access to life skills seminars and workshops, as well as priority registration, financial aid, and scholarship support. We aim to connect you to the resources you need and the greater foster care community. Applications are submitted through the Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS) Office; however, you don't need to qualify for EOPS to apply.Access the EOPS Application
The NextUP program is an EOPS program designed to support the educational goals and well-being of current and former foster youth. Receive over and above support including transportation assistance (such as bus passes, parking permits, or gas cards), food assistance, emergency housing support, and access to school supplies. You will also benefit from priority registration, mentoring, counseling, financial aid and scholarships assistance, book service, specialized workshops, resources, and more.
You may qualify for the NextUP program if you:
Note: The EOPS 70 unit and 6 semester degree-applicable unit limit does not apply to CAFYES students upon admittance to the NextUP program nor apply for dismissal from the NextUP program.Access the EOPS Application