Announcement: Beginning January 1, 2022, NextUp Program eligibility will expand to include current/former foster youth who were in foster care or kinship guardianship at least 1 day in California on or after age 13.


Welcome to the NextUp Program

The NextUp program (also known Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support or CAFYES) is a service provided through EOPS to assist qualifying current and former foster students. The additional services offered to NextUp eligible students include NextUp orientation and workshops, NextUp grants, meal cards, gas cards, parking permits, bus passes, and educational supplies.

Booklet: NextUp Program

NextUp Booklet CoverView booklet (pdf)

Video: NextUp Program


Location: NextUp Center

Merced Main Campus
Student Union Building, 127 (see map)
Phone: (209) 384-6077

Los Banos Campus
Student Services, Building A (see map)