Students thrive at CSU because of the relationships and connections that challenge and encourage them. Fostering Success is just one example of the options you'll have to build community. The Fostering Success Program connects you with people who can provide additional support and a connection with others who can relate to the experiences of being an independent student on a college campus.

What is FSP?

The Fostering Success Program (FSP) is a network of students, staff, and faculty who connect to form a support system for CSU students who have experienced foster care, kinship care, group homes, ward of court, orphan status, or other independent backgrounds. FSP is not group therapy or charity.


I want to be part of FSP!! How do I apply for the program?

There is no application. Any student who identifies as "independent youth" can be part of the program. You choose how you want to participate in the program!


How many years can I participate in FSP?

FSP supports students from the point of applying for admissions all the way through to graduation and career placement. Some students enter the program as freshman, yet, others will enter later in their college experience. We support students until they graduate from CSU!


What does it mean to be an independent youth?

The terms below are commonly used to define independent youth status.  Eligibility for CSU’s Fostering Success Program is determined by experience in one of the categories below between the ages of 13 and 23 years.  

  1. Foster Care:  means 24-hour substitute care for children placed away from their parents or guardians and for whom the State agency has placement and care responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, group homes, emergency shelters, residential facilities, child care institutions, and pre-adoptive homes.
  2. Dependent or Ward of the Court:  a minor who was placed in the custody of a court appointed guardian or the court has assumed custody.
  3. Legal guardianship: a minor placed in the custody of a court appointed guardian.
  4. Kinship care: a minor placed in the custody of a relative by a court or Department of Human Services.
  5. Unaccompanied homeless or at risk of being homeless youth: lacking fixed, regular an adequate housing.  You may be homeless if living in shelters, parks, motels or cars, or temporarily living with other people because you have nowhere else to go.


How much does it cost to be part of the program?

Nada. Zilch. Nothing. Totally free!!


How often do I need to participate?

While we strongly encourage student participation, the Fostering Success Program is a voluntary group and students can participate as much or as little as they like. For students who do choose to participate, there are a variety of offerings:

  • Social events - family dinners, sporting events, cultural events
  • Workshops - examples include: academic resources, financial aid literacy, what's after college, interviewing skills
  • Leadership - community service, support with campus employment, FSP student leader role
  • Support network - access to a dedicated group of staff and faculty
  • Financial Aid - a dedicated FSP representative in Student Financial Services, scholarships specifically for FSP participants, support in completing the FAFSA, emergency resources
  • Care packages - little boxes filled with goodies meant to remind you of all the supporters you have behind you


I want to be part of FSP, what do I do now?

FSP will contact newly admitted and confirmed students prior to Ram Orientation. If you are eager to connect with us now, you can always reach us through our contact page.