The Foster Youth Success Initiative

FYSI was created to help current and/or former youth from foster care succeed in college.
You are most likely eligible for this program if the following applies to you:

  • You are a current or former foster youth
  • and have not reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year
  • and you have ever participated in a Transitional Living Program (TLP) or Independent Living Program (ILP)

Did you know you may be eligible for $$$ college?

All you need to do is:

  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at using PVC's school code: 001259
  • Complete the Chafee Application Form at
  • Apply for admission to Palo Verde College (CCCApply)

Who is a FYSI Liaison?

A Foster Youth Success Initiative Liaison is someone who:

  • Understands your situation
  • Is sensitive to your needs and challenges
  • Will help link you to the support services and resources throughout the college and community
  • Assist you with completing the FAFSA

Your FYSI Liaison will:

  • Assist you with completing other financial aid paperwork and documents such as the Chafee application, scholarships and more!
  • Connect you with on-campus and off-campus resources such as EOPS, CARE, DSPS, child care, Cal Works,  and assistance in obtaining a GED
  • Connect you to an Academic Counselor who will assist you in creating a Student Educational Plan (SEP)  that will maximize your financial aid benefit and much more!