Former foster youth


Before You Apply 

Connect with Guardian Scholars before you apply to UCR! They are UCR's foster youth support services office. Get in touch with them first, so that they can track your UCR application from the start, and explain unique circumstances (such as lower grades during placements etc.) to admissions counselors (and help with much more!).

Connect With Guardian Scholars now!
While we advise you to connect With Guardian Scholars before you apply, you will go through the same basic application process as other prospective students. 

See freshman requirements and how to apply.

See transfer requirements and how to apply.

Guardian Scholars Provides:

  • Admission and enrollment assistance 

  • A network of material and emotional support

  • Access to on-campus, year-round and family housing

  • Mental and physical health resources

  • Financial aid help, scholarships, textbook assistance and access to emergency funding

  • Monthly social and team-building activities

  • Mentoring and quarterly check-ins

See if You Qualify

To see if you qualify, complete this form and email it to


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