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Contact Us

For general information about the CUNY Foster Care Collaborative or information on SEEK and College Discovery resources for youth in care, please email Shirley de Peña.

For information on CUNY Start and ASAP resources for youth in care who are applying to CUNY, please email Lutful Khan.

Message from the Vice Chancellor

The City University of New York (CUNY) and the Central Office of Student Affairs (COSA) are committed to providing all of our students with the resources, services, and support they need to succeed in college.

For CUNY students currently in foster care or who have a history in the foster care system, Read More

this mission couldn’t be more important. Despite significant challenges, these students remain focused on completing a college degree. CUNY & COSA are committed to helping these students achieve that goal.

As part of our commitment to these students, CUNY is working with New York City public and non-profit organizations to establish the CUNY Foster Care Collaborative. Our goal is to make sure that prospective and current CUNY students receive all the support that is available to help them get into college and reach graduation.

CUNY, COSA, and our partners are pleased to make this website available as a resource for anyone looking to learn more about the resources available to help foster youth complete a college degree.
With much appreciation,

The Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Frank D. Sanchez Ph.D.

Are you planning to apply to CUNY?

Preparation for college starts long before you arrive on campus. That’s why the CUNY Foster Care Collaborative is here to connect you to the resources you need to start your college career the right way. We’re proud to provide a number of programs that can help you prepare for the academic, social, and financial pressures of college while you’re still in high school.

Are you a current CUNY student?

Are you struggling to pay for college? To find a community that cares about the same things you do? Looking for someone who will listen to your problems without judgment?

The organizations of the CUNY Foster Care Collaborative can help you pay for school, talk through personal challenges, and connect you with communities of students with similar experiences. We provide these resources with one goal in mind: helping YOU graduate from college..

CUNY Foster Care Support Programs and Initiatives (August 31, 2016)

Supporting the success of our students in foster care or with history in foster care is a top priority for CUNY. Currently there are several initiatives that provide supportive pipelines into and through CUNY degree programs. These include:

Spotlight on Guardian Scholars

Operated as a partnership between New Yorkers for Children, the Administration for Children’s Services, and CUNY, the Guardian Scholars program (GS) provides youth in foster care with stipends, one-on-one advisement, and coordinated access to campus and community resources while they’re in college.

Paid Internships for Foster Care Youth!

The Door and the Bronx Youth Center are accepting applications for paid internships available to foster care youth ages 16-24. For more information, contact Rachel Moser at 212-941-9090 x3528 or