Higher education is a key to helping students experiencing homelessness 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. In December 2015, the McKinney-Vento Act was reauthorized as Title IX, Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act. Under the amendments to McKinney-Vento, liaisons must make sure that unaccompanied homeless youth are informed of their status as independent students for college financial aid and that they get help verifying their status for the FAFSA. 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(6)(A)(x)(III). The amendments to McKinney-Vento also require that school districts advise, prepare, and improve the college readiness of students in temporary housing. 42 U.S.C. § 11432(g)(1)(K).
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