In the last decade, a body of literature has emerged on the topic of foster youth educational attainment, mostly quantitative in nature. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to provide an opportunity for eight former foster youth to give "voice" to how they are preparing for and experiencing the transition into higher education. This study explored, firsthand, the facilitating and inhibiting factors that affected their transitions. By conducting this study I hoped to gain insight into the personal, social and academic factors affecting former foster youth as they pursue postsecondary education. Through three in-depth interviews, the study explored the following key questions: (a) How will former foster youth describe the success factors and challenges associated with their transition from high school/GED to two or four year college?; and (b) What advice do former foster youth have for educators and child welfare staff who aim to support them in their transition from high school to college? The study also provides policy and program recommendations to child welfare services administrators and staff, legislators, current and former foster youth, and educators.