Information For

Prospective Students

California State University San Marcos guarantees admission to all foster youth that meet the following criteria:

  • Have been a dependent of the court in San Diego or Riverside County

  • Graduated from San Pasqual Academy

  • Graduated from high school or completed the GED/High School Equivalency

  • Completed all college preparatory course A-G coursework

  • Met the minimum CSU eligibility index requirements

  • Applied in the month of October

ACE Scholars Services defines former foster youth as an individual who was in the foster care system on or after their 13th birthday for at least two years OR is younger than 26 and participating in extended foster care.*

*Exceptions to the eligibility criteria will be reviewed on an individual basis. Complete the ACE Scholars Services Exception Form and submit it to the ACE office to be considered for an exception.  


For information regarding financial aid, scholarships, and grants go to Scholarships & Resources, where we list scholarship and financial aid search engines, deadlines, and applications.

Foster Youth: College is for You

This video explores the different resources available to foster youth while attending college and how to apply to college.