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College Corps at UC San Diego

UC San Diego is proud to be among 45 statewide campuses selected for the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program, facilitated by the university's Changemaker Institute.

Students accepted into College Corps at UC San Diego engage in community-serving opportunities that focus on K-12 education, climate action, food insecurity, and public health while also receiving financial compensation and other benefits.

Led by California Volunteers and the California Office of the Governor, the College Corps program has three priorities across the state:

  • To engage college students in meaningful service to build leadership and civic responsibility
  • To promote academic success and economic well-being with students from diverse backgrounds
  • To support the work of community-based organizations in key local priorities, with UC San Diego focusing on K-12 education opportunities that address learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, climate action, and food insecurity 

2024 - 2025 Service Term

College Corps at UC San Diego is now limiting additional applications for the 2024 - 2025 term due to limited remaining spots for fellows. Please fill out the interest form below to receive details about applying!


Interest form for students & community partners



About College Corps at UC San Diego

In one year, College Corps Fellows at UC San Diego accomplished the following:

  • Tutored or mentored more than 6,700 students
  • Supported training in environmental stewardship and/or environmentally conscious practices for more than 2,200 individuals
  • Cleared more than 22 acres of invasive species
  • Served more than 129,000 meals
  • Distributed more than 155,000 pounds of food 
  • Served more than 754 individuals, including more than 500 families, facing food insecurity



#CaliforniansForAll College Corps is the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history.

College Corps at UC San Diego aims to:

  • Create a generation of civic-minded leaders with the ability to bridge community divides and address social problems;
  • Help low-income students graduate college on time and with less debt;
  • Address societal challenges;
  • Connect students to community partners via direct service; and
  • Help build more equitable communities across California.


What You'll Get

Each student serving as a College Corps Fellow for the academic year receives:

  • An opportunity to create a more just, inclusive, and sustainable world by supporting K-12 education, reducing food insecurity, and addressing climate change and public health in our community
  • Real-world job experience and resume-building skills
  • Access to training, networking, and professional development opportunities
  • Connections with fellows throughout California via a virtual community platform and regional events
  • Up to a $7,000 living stipend to help pay for college and a $3,000 education award upon completion of 450 fellowship hours
  • An opportunity to earn academic credit through AIP 197P: Changemaking and Civic Leadership (4 units)
  • A sense of pride and accomplishment in working toward a common purpose alongside young leaders from across the state


College Corps at UC San Diego Eligibility

Students interested in applying to College Corps at UC San Diego should meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the program
  • Full-time, enrolled UC San Diego undergraduate student
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Ability to commit to the program for the full academic year (no early graduation or study abroad)

In addition, eligible fellows are required to:

  • Complete a National Service Criminal History Check and Live Scan, upon selection
  • Commit to the program for the full 450 hours during the academic year 

The College Corps fellowship is designed for low- to moderate-income students. Therefore, each student selected to join the fellowship should meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for a federal Pell grant, OR
  • Qualifies for a State Cal Grant, OR
  • Qualifies for a Middle Class Scholarship, OR
  • Needs to work part time and/or borrow student loans to meet their educational costs, OR
  • Is an AB-540 eligible Dreamer:
    • Must have a completed and submitted a California Dream Act Application (CADAA) for the academic year
    • Must be an active recipient of a Cal Grant A or B Award for the academic year
    • Must submit a CA DSIG Application to become eligible for Education Award

Service Areas

Through College Corps at UC San Diego, fellows will serve in one of four areas throughout greater San Diego during the 2024-2025 academic year:

  • Assisting local K-12 schools and education organizations;
  • Participating in climate action research and community engagement;
  • Addressing food insecurity in our region; or
  • Addressing public health needs in our region.

A Day in the Life

Day-to-day activities depend on each fellow's placement.

  • Fellows focused on K-12 education might: work with a teacher to plan and set up lessons, lead classroom or extracurricular activities, connect with students 1:1, or work with teachers leading after school tutoring efforts.
  • Fellows focused on climate action might: remove invasive species from a coastal reserve area or develop a public communications/education campaign on local issues.
  • Fellows focused on food insecurity might: lead food recovery efforts, such as picking up unspoiled food for distribution at the food pantries around San Diego.
  • Fellows focused on public health might: interview community members about housing insecurity, conduct outreach to community members about nutrition, or develop tools for measuring the health impact of air pollution on local neighborhoods.

Important Dates

Application Deadlines for the 2024 - 2025 Fellowship Cohort

  • Application opens: January 15, 2024
  • First priority deadline for current UCSD students: February 15, 2024
  • Applicants may be placed on a waitlist following the first priority deadline depending on how quickly openings become filled.
    • Second priority deadline for current UCSD students: March 15, 2024
    • Final priority deadline for current UCSD students: April 15, 2024
    • Priority deadline for incoming UCSD students: May 15, 2024
  • Continuing students, incoming first-year students, and transfer students may apply.


#CaliforniansForAll College Corps provides up to 6,500 college students over two academic years with service opportunities in critical issue areas such as K-12 education, climate action, and food insecurity.

Students who complete a year of service receive up to $10,000 while gaining valuable experience serving in their communities.

The College Corps program unites young Californians of all backgrounds in service, and – for the first time – specifically creates state-funded opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers to serve their communities. Learn more about the statewide College Corps program here.


Are you affiliated with a local nonprofit organization or government agency that would be interested in hosting two or more fellows for the academic year?

If so, please message with a brief description of the primary activity or project that you would like College Corps at UC San Diego to support.

Current community partners include: 

AVID logo Basic Needs Center Logo Center for Community Health Logo CREATE UCSD logo
Feeding San Diego Logo Global Action Resource Center logo Housing, Dining, Hospitality Sustainability at UC San Diego High Tech Elementary Logo
Homelessness HUB at UC San Diego La Colonia de Eden Gardens, Inc. logo Lived Experiences logo Mama's Kitchen Logo
North County LGBTQ Resource Center logo National Park Service logo Porchlight Community Services Reality Changers Logo
San Diego Unified School District logo San Diego Youth Services Logo Step Up Tutoring Logo We See You San Diego Logo


Map of College Corps partner sites

Where do fellows serve?

View a map of sites that partner with College Corps at UC San Diego.

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News and Press Releases

College Corps in the News

UC San Diego Today - April 2, 2024
El Latino - November 5, 2022
The I.E. Voice - October 13, 2022
Lake County Record-Bee - October 13, 2022
Los Angeles Blade - October 9, 2022
"California Is Leveraging the Pandemic Into Its Own Peace Corps"
New York Times (subscription required) - January 28, 2022

Watch the project launch on Facebook.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply as an incoming first-year UC San Diego student?

Once you have committed to UC San Diego, you are welcome to apply to the College Corps fellowship program.

How should I plan to complete 450 hours over the course of the year?

There will be a multi-day orientation in September 2024 plus regular meetings and community-building opportunities throughout the year that will total approximately 70 hours. California Volunteers programs an additional 20 hours, leaving 360 hours of service. You will need to organize your schedule each quarter to be able to serve roughly 15 hours per week at your community partner site during their business hours. We recommend having mornings open or 1-2 full days available if at all possible.

Can I apply as a new transfer UC San Diego student?

All undergraduate transfer students are eligible for the College Corps fellowship program and are encouraged to apply as long as they have at least one academic year to complete before graduation.

Is there transportation assistance?

College Corps at UC San Diego offers Lyft passes and mileage reimbursements to offset travel costs and minimize logistical challenges for participating fellows.

UC San Diego has been awarded this grant for two years. May I participate both years?

College Corps fellows are welcome to reapply for a second year and leadership opportunities are available.

What if I am forced to drop out of the program?

Fellows receive financial compensation for their hours served on an ongoing basis.

Should a fellow need to discontinue their participation in the program, they are ineligible to receive the remaining balance of the living stipend as well as the $3,000 educational award.

How would this program impact my financial aid?

Each student's financial aid package is different. We work closely with financial aid to ensure that applicants eligible according to program criteria and that participating will not negatively impact their financial assistance. The College Corps living stipend is packaged as part of a student's Offer of Self Help (OSH) and takes the place of loans and work-study, NOT grants. If a student does not have enough room in their financial aid package, there is a process to waive the living stipend.

We encourage you to connect with the UC San Diego Financial Aid office to make sure you understand how the $7,000 living stipend portion of the fellowship will impact your specific situation.

What if I don't have enough room in my financial aid package for the living stipend?

If a student does not have enough room in their financial aid package there is a waiver process.

We encourage you to connect with the UC San Diego Financial Aid office to make sure you understand how the $7,000 living stipend portion of the fellowship will impact your specific situation.

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