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Accessing College for Students in Temporary Housing
Higher education is the key to helping students experiencing homeless escape poverty. There are several programs available through the federal Higher Education Act, such as the TRIO programs, that help students graduate from high school, apply and enroll in college, and complete their degrees. Also, homeless unaccompanied youth qualify as independent students on the Free Student Application for Financial Act (FAFSA), which makes it easier for them to get the financial aid they need to pursue post-secondary education. Below are links that more fully explain these resources as well as information about other sources of financial aid and scholarships.
National Center for Homeless Education: Access to Higher Education for Students Experiencing Homelessness
This webpage has a variety of information and links for students experiencing homelessness who wish to pursue post-secondary education.
Increasing Access to Higher Education for Unaccompanied Youth: Information for Colleges and Universities [PDF]
Many unaccompanied homeless youth have higher education aspirations, but find the barriers to enrollment and attendance to be overwhelming. This NCHE brief provides a better understanding of unaccompanied homeless youth and the educational and other challenges they face, a summary of federal education legislation that gives unaccompanied homeless youth access to important educational supports, and samples of promising practices implemented by high schools, colleges, and universities to assist unaccompanied homeless youth in succeeding in college.
Financial Aid Information
This template, from the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth, provides local homeless education liaisons, HUD-funded shelter representatives, and RHYA-funded shelter representatives with a sample form for verifying a student's status as an unaccompanied homeless youth for the purpose of applying for federal financial aid for higher education using the FAFSA.
Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Youth: A Key to Higher Education Access and Success
Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Youth: A Key to Higher Education Access and Success is a publication supported by Casey Family Programs, the Legal Center for Foster Care & Education, NAEHCY, and other organizations. It is a manual to assist college financial aid administrators to understand and apply the provisions in the College Cost and Reduction and Access Act of 2007 to include unaccompanied homeless youth and youth in the foster care system as independent students for the purposes of applying for federal financial aid. The publication includes an explanation of dependency status questions on the FAFSA form, an overview of the foster care system and of unaccompanied youth, and scenarios to help make appropriate determinations.
National Association of the Educational of Homeless Children and Youth: Information on Higher Education
This webpage includes information about programs available through the federal Higher Education Act and how homeless unaccompanied youth qualify as independent students on the FAFSA.
The U.S. Department of Education's "Application and Verification Guide" (AVG) provides instructions and guidance to financial aid administrators and counselors who help students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2010-2011 edition of the AVG contains important new information regarding unaccompanied homeless youth (pp. 28-30).
This two-page brochure ACT describes the procedures that economically disadvantaged high school juniors or seniors should follow to receive a fee waiver for taking the ACT college entrance exam.
This webpage from the College Board explains how a high school junior and senior can receive a fee-waiver in order to take the SAT college entrance exam or SAT subject test, if paying the fee would posea barrier to the student's college entrance. It also discusses how a college-bound student can recive waivers for college application fees.
A list of resources for College Scholarships, Fellowships, and other funding opportunities.
This webpage describes the LeTendre Education Fund Scholarship that provides financial assistance to students pursuing a college education who are homeless or who have experienced homelessness.
The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., is a national educational organization that offers, among other things, scholarships to students who are in financial need and who are in their senior year of high school and graduating in the Spring of 2011. The Horatio Alger New York Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of New York who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity, including homelessness, and who aspire to pursue higher education. Applications are due by October 30th!
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