Do I qualify for the tuition waiver?


1. Demonstrate financial need by filing the FAFSA or DREAM Act every year for which the waiver is requested

2. Have been in foster care for at least 12 consecutive months after reaching 10 years of age

3. Are a California resident

4. Are an undergraduate student

5. Are 25 years of age or younger

6. Meet the financial need requirements established for CAL Grant A

7. Meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

8. Meet any of the following: a) are under a current foster care placement order by the juvenile court, b) were under a foster care placement order by the juvenile court upon reaching 18 years of age, c) were adopted or entered guardianship from foster care


1. Submit a written letter to the financial aid and scholarships office indicating that you believe you meet the eligibility criteria for SB967 fee waiver and include your full name and student ID number.

2. Provide documentation to verify that you meet the criteria stated above.

For all questions regarding the tuition waiver, please connect with the Financial Aid Office directly.

How often do I make housing payments?

Generally, you make housing payments the first couple of weeks of every quarter. However, in some cases payment plans can be arranged. There are also several fees due throughout the summer prior to the start of the Fall academic quarter. Students should consult their BruinBill for the breakdown of their payments.

Is there a way I can have transportation across campus in the case of injury?

Yes. the Parking and Transportation Department has a service for students with either temporary or permanent disabilities. More information can be found on their website.

Is it possible to take a quarter off?

Yes. Students who complete a term (Fall, Winter, Spring), and do not register the following term, may return to UCLA the subsequent term as a continuing student and be eligible to register and enroll in advance.

Please let the Guardian Scholars Program Director know if you will not be attending for a quarter.

What population does Bruin Guardian Scholars Program serve?

We serve students who have been in foster care, kinship care, and guardian care for any period of time.

How often does Bruin Guardian Scholars Program meet?

We meet biweekly on Wednesdays from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM. Meeting locations vary, but we mostly meet on the Hill. Please refer to our events page for further details.

How does BGS outreach?

We outreach through word of mouth, university admissions application, and through social media. Keep in touch with us via Facebook!

What are the benefits of being in BGS?

There are many benefits to being a Guardian Scholar. These include:

  • Support Community
  • Dedicated Career Counselor
  • Dedicated Social Welfare Intern
  • 1-on-1 Coaching Opportunities
  • Scholarships
  • Quarterly Events: Welcome Reception, Orientation, Giving Thanks Dinner, End of the Year Celebration, Retreat and much more! Check out some of our pictures from these events.

How can the students meet with the Program Director?

Students are highly encouraged to make an appointment at the front desk, or stop by during regular drop in hours.

You are always welcome to email the Program Director with your concerns.

Is there anything I need to do to prepare for my appointment with the staff?

Yes, in order for our coordinator to better assist you please provide an Office Assistant with your name, email, and specific information on what your case relates to (i.e. financial aid, housing, food, etc).

[If you don't feel comfortable with providing this information to the Office Assistant, please email the coordinator 24 hours before your appointment.]

Who do I contact to retrieve my foster youth files?

You can contact a social worker or Independent Living skills program (ILP) coordinator.

Does the state I resided in during my foster care affect my eligibility?

No, it does not. The program serves former foster youth from many different areas.

How often does the Bruin Bus run?

The Bruin Bus runs Monday- Friday (Excluding Holidays). It runs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It makes stops approximately every 8-10 minutes with routes through the main campus and Westwood area. Find out the most current Bruin Bus schedule.

If I applied to other Guardian Programs at other universities or UCs, do I need to reapply for this program?

Yes. The Bruin Guardian Scholars has its own application process.

If I am ever dismissed from the university, am I still eligible to be a part of the program upon my return?

Yes. BGS continues to support students despite the challenges they face during their time at UCLA.

If I am a transfer student, can I still apply to be in this program?

Yes. BGS has many members of other groups in the program.