The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides that former foster youth can receive
free Medi-Cal coverage until the age of 26.
Young adults qualify for the Medi-Cal program for former foster youth if they:
- Were in foster care in any state at age 18 or older;
- Are currently a resident of California; and
- Are under the age of 26
Medi-Cal coverage includes the following free services:
- Medical care: including preventive and emergency services
- Mental health services and counseling
- Vision exams
- Dental care
- Substance abuse treatment
Foster Youth are NOT required to provide any foster care documentation or income information to receive these benefits. Click on the image above for more information or contact the Foster Youth Liaison.
Health Services and Personal Wellness
Also, most services at Southwestern College's Health Services & Personal Wellness have no fees! They are paid for by your student health services fee each semester. Check out their webpage for available services and office hours.
Apply for Financial Aid
Foster Youth Resource Guide (PDF).
Foster Youth Enrollment Instructions (PDF).
Chafee Grant -
California Community College Chancellor's Office - Foster Youth Success Initiatives:
Independent Living Program:
John Burton Foundation