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College Corps at UC San Diego

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

Students accepted into the College Corps program at UC San Diego engage in community-serving opportunities that focus on K-12 education, 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 and addressing learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity, and climate action 



#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, addressing climate change, and food insecurity in our community
  • A $10,000 fellowship to help pay for college
  • 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
  • A sense of pride and accomplishment in working toward a common purpose alongside young leaders from across the state


UC San Diego College Corps Eligibility

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

  • 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 
  • Not undertake a study abroad program during their participating 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 B Award for the academic year
    • Must submit a CA DSIG Application to become eligible for Education Award

Service Areas

UC San Diego College Corps fellows work in one of three service areas:

  • Assisting local K-12 schools and education organizations throughout the greater San Diego region;
  • Addressing food insecurity in our region; or
  • Participating in climate action research and community engagement.

A Day in the Life

Day-to-day activities for College Corps fellows will depend on their placement.

  • For students placed in K-12 education, it might look like: working with a teacher to set up their lessons, leading college tutorials, connecting with students 1:1, and working with teachers leading after school tutoring efforts.
  • For food insecurity, it might look like: leading food recovery efforts, such as picking up unspoiled food for distribution at the food pantries around San Diego.
  • For climate action, it might look like: removing invasive species from a coastal reserve area, or developing a public communications/education campaign on local issues.

Important Dates

Application Deadlines for 2023-2024 Fellowship Cohort

  • Priority application deadline: March 15, 2023
  • Final application deadline: April 15, 2023
  • Fellow Interviews: April 2023
  • Background checks for AmeriCorps-funded fellows: April/May 2023
  • Community Partner Placement: May/June 2023
  • College Corps Celebration and Social: June 2, 2023
  • Orientation: August 2023 (exact date TBD)

Information Session

View this recorded information session to learn how you can become a College Corps Fellow, supporting K-12 change in our community.

Watch Video

Apply Now

UC San Diego is now accepting applications on a rolling basis.

Current UC San Diego Students

Prospective UC San Diego Students


#CaliforniansForAll College Corps provides up to 6,500 college students over two academic years with service opportunities in critical issue areas such as climate action, K-12 education, and COVID-19 recovery.

Students who complete a year of service receive $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 create 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 contact Catherine Lettieri, Assistant Director of the Changemaker Institute and College Corps Program Director.

Be sure to include a brief description about the primary activity or project that you would like College Corps at UC San Diego to support.

An Introduction

Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday introduces the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Program.

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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.

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?

UC San Diego College Corps offers Lyft passes and mileage reimbursements to offset travel costs and minimize logistic 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 original $7,000 living stipend as well as the $3,000 educational award.

How will this impact my Financial Aid?

Each student's financial aid package is different. We work closely with financial aid to ensure that not only are applicants eligible according to program criteria but that participating will not negatively impact their financial assistance. Ideally, the College Corps Living Stipend is intended to take the place of loans and work-study, NOT grants.

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.

Questions? Please contact:

Catherine "Cat" Lettieri
Assistant Director of the Changemaker Institute