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Prospective Students

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Prospective Students

Where is the Inspire Scholars office located?

The Inspire Scholars office in a NEW location is located in the Student Student Support Center (SSC) Room 123. The Student Support Center is located directly across from Culinary Arts building towards the upper part of the main campus. The Inspire Scholars office is right next to the EOPS/CalWORKs office.

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I am a current/former foster youth, what documents do I need to verify that I am a foster youth?

There are two accepted forms of verification for foster youth status:

  1. Ward of the Court or Dependency letter on official county letterhead from the student’s county-of-origin
  2. County Foster Care Verification Card

If your case is closed, please call the California Foster Youth State Ombudsman at 1-877-846-1602 to obtain one. If your case is still active, please contact your social worker for a copy.

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 How do I get a letter verifying that I am a current/former foster youth?

If your case is closed, please call the California Foster Youth State Ombudsman at 1-877-846-1602 to obtain one. If your case is still active, please contact your social worker for a copy.

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 I am an unhoused youth, what documents do I need to verify that I am unhoused?

The documents required to verify unhoused youth eligibility is documentation on letterhead from one of the following entities:

  • A homeless services provider (i.e. shelter, healthcare organization, public agency)
  • The director of a federal TRIO program or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs program, or a designee of that director.
  • A financial aid administrator for an institution of higher education.
  • A homeless liaison from your high school

If you have not been verified, as an unhoused child or youth and you are currently under the age of 25 and unhoused, you may still qualify for services. Once your application is complete, we will schedule you an appointment with the counselor who may determine eligibility as a unhoused youth in your appointment.

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 What services do I receive as part of the Inspire Scholars program?

The following services are available to all eligible Inspire Scholars students:

  • Priority registration
  • Educational, Career and Personal Counseling (as related to academics)
  • Textbook vouchers
  • Transportation subsidy cards
  • Meal subsidy cards
  • School supplies
  • Transfer fee waivers
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Inspire Scholars institutional scholarship (must apply in spring semester)
  • Academic advocacy
  • Progress report
  • Referrals to additional support services at College of the Canyons
  • Community resource referrals:
    • Free eye exam and glasses
  • Inspire Scholars Snack Stop
  • Access to campus shower facilities
  • Personal hygiene packages
  • Workshops and special events

*Services listed above based on available funding

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 What if I do not meet the Inspire Scholars program age requirements?

If you do not meet the Inspire Scholars age requirements, there are other resources available to you to support you while attending College of the Canyons.

EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services) is a state-funded student support services program. Its purpose is to provide special recruitment, retention, and transition services to eligible students. The services offered are "above and beyond" those offered by the college's Student Services division. The primary services include assistance in the following areas: priority enrollment, counseling/advisement, and preparation for transition to four-year colleges and universities.

BaNC - The Basic Needs Center is a one-stop locale providing free food, clothing, personal hygiene items, and assistance with housing and social services coordinated through community providers.

Counseling – The Counseling Department provides academic counseling to all students at College of the Canyons. If you need more specific help with selecting a major you may also choose to visit with a career counselor at The Hub located in X-6.

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 If I don’t qualify for Financial Aid, can I still receive services from the Inspire Scholars Program?

Yes, you can still receive services from the Inspire Scholars Program.

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 If I am enrolled in all online classes will I still be able to participate in Inspire Scholars?

Generally, we do not encourage students to enroll in all online classes. However, if all of your classes are online, you can still participate in Inspire Scholars. You are still required to meet all required counseling contacts to remain in good standing with Inspire Scholars and receive Inspire Scholars services.

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Current Students

How do I know when my registration date is?

You can find your registration date and time by going to your MyCanyons account. Under the tab, “Registration” you will click on “My Registration Time” and it will show you your registration date and time.

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 How do I get my student identification card?

Once you enroll, you can go to Campus Life & Student Engagement office Student Center (STCN) Room 102 and request your card.

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 Where do I get a parking permit?

To get a parking permit you will need to pay for it from your MyCanyons account and it will be mailed to you. We recommend that you do this as soon as you enroll in classes so that you receive your parking permit before the first day of classes. As a back-up, the system will allow you print a temporary permit until the original one arrives via the U.S. postal service. On your MyCanyons account under the “Student Account” tab you will find “Purchase Parking Permit”. Click on that option and follow the instructions.

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 How do I drop classes?

We do not recommend that you drop any classes until you speak to your Inspire Scholars counselor to determine if this is the best course of action.  If you want to drop classes, you will go to your MyCanyons account and under the “Registration” tab, click on “Drop Classes”. You will need to put a checkmark in the course that you wish to drop and select, “Drop” from the drop down menu.

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