California State University, Monterey Bay recognizes students that have come through the foster youth experience often have face more obstacles, have less support, and fewer resources than most entering students. To help meet these unique needs, the university has a designated a foster youth advisor and created a resource website of campus and local community support.
The Educational Opportunity Program has a Retention Advisor here to assist you regardless if you are an EOP student or not. The Advisor is your first point of contact or “home base” for guidance through your academic career. Please establish contact with the EOP department at your earliest convenience, and we look forward to meeting you. We can be reached at 831-582-3841 or by email at
Local Community Resource Quick Contact List
Campus Resource Quick Contact List

CSUMB and Local Community Resources
(* denotes community based resources off-campus)

Academic Assistance

The Academic Skills and Achievement Program (ASAP) provides individual and group tutoring by appointment, on a drop in basis as well as semester long sessions. For more information about tutoring assistance available and to make appointments contact that department at 582-4104.

Admissions Assistance

The Office of Admissions can assist you if you have questions regarding your admission status (such as transfer unit assessments, deadlines, etc .).  Contact the department at 831-582-3738 or

Counseling and Support

The Personal Growth and Counseling Center (PG&CC) offers confidential psychotherapy as well as ongoing support groups. The Counseling Center has a designated counselor faculty to assist former foster youth. The Center has staff with a great deal of skill, expertise and years of experience working with foster youth and former foster youth. Contact the PG&CC at  831-582-3969 or by email at

Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF)* - Open to all races and backgrounds

1210 John Street
Salinas, CA 93905-3206
(831) 424-6939
MAOF administers the Central Eligibility List (CEL) in Monterey County, providing subsidized childcare based on family size, income, and other factors.

Monterey Peninsula Unified School District Seaside and Marina Children’s Centers

831-384-7952 (Marina)
831-899-7005 (Seaside)
Free or low cost child care based on family size and income.

Transportation/Drivers License

CSUMB Shuttle/TAPS Service
Campus Shuttle Service, Town Shuttles to local shopping, CSUMB trolley, NightWalk Service, Courtesy vehicle jump starts, parking services information and more.
On campus, Valley Hall Suite E, 582-3573

Monterey-Salinas Transit*
Local county bus service

Seaside DMV Office*
1180 Canyon Del Ray,
Seaside, California

Child Care

CSUMB Child Development Center
Child Development Center
Serves preschool children (36 months to 5 years), early-preschool children (25 months to 35 months), and toddlers (12 months to 24 months). The Center

Financial Aid & Employment Assistance

The Financial Aid Office has designated Financial Aid Counselor, to assist all former foster youth with financial aid applications, processes and questions. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at 831-582-5100 or

CSUMB Career Development Center
Academic & Career Advising Center
Seaside, CA 93955
Campus employment, resumes, & career exploration

One Stop Centers*
University Plaza Shopping Center
1760 Fremont Boulevard, Suite D-2
Seaside, California 93955
(Closest to Campus)

Salinas Airport Business Park
730 La Guardia Street
Salinas, California 93905

Housing Assistance

The CSUMB Student Housing and Residential Life Office staff are passionately committed to assisting you. They offer many forms of student support such as early arrival move in and year around living arrangements if needed.  Give Housing a call at 831-582-3378 or email and ask for the former foster youth contact person.

THP-Plus offers qualified youth (emancipated foster youth, ages 18 to 24) up to 24 months of subsidy in a supported environment while they pursue their formalized Transitional Independent Living Plan.
Peacock Acres, Inc.
838 South Main Street, Suite A
Salinas, CA 93901
Phone: 831-754-3635, Toll-Free: 866-940-PATH

Safe Place*
Safe Place offers six beds for homeless youth and youth aging out of foster care, ages 18 to 21.
590 Pearl Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-241-0914

Disability Assistance

The Student Disability Resources department assists and empowers students with disabilities throughout their CSUMB studies, and when appropriate can assist with accommodations. A Student Disabilities Resource Advisor can be reach at 831-528-3672

Birth certificate & Social Security Card

Youth should contact their home county’s ILP Department, former foster parents, and/or biological family to attempt to locate these documents. If the social security card is not recovered the youth can find the application for a replacement card on the following website:


Emancipated youth qualify for Medi-Cal until the age of 21. Youth should contact their home county’s ILP and Eligibility Department.
1000 South Main Street
Salinas, CA
For a state wide list of ILP Coordinators and contact information see: