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Higher Education Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness


John Burton Advocates for Youth: Financial Aid Guide for Homeless Youth in California webpage

This John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) webpage includes resources for both students and professionals to take the mystery out of applying for and maintaining financial aid for higher education. Resources include a comprehensive Financial Aid Guide, step-by-step visual guide to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)/California Dream Act Application (CADAA), and an “After the FAFSA/CADAA” checklist.

National Center for Homeless Education: Access to Higher Education for Students Experiencing Homelessness webpage

This National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) webpage provides informational and practical resources on supporting higher education access and success for students experiencing homelessness.

National Center for Homeless Education: Scholarships for Higher Education webpage

This NCHE webpage provides informational and practical resources on accessing higher education scholarship funds for students experiencing homelessness, including those with an undocumented immigration status.

SchoolHouse Connection: Higher Education webpage

This SchoolHouse Connection webpage provides informational and practical resources on supporting higher education access and success for students experiencing homelessness..

The HOPE Center

The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is redefining what it means to be a student-ready college, with a national movement centering on students’ basic needs, including reliable and consistent access to affordable food, housing, transportation, technology, familial care, and health care. Without those needs met, far too many students leave college in debt and without degrees. The Center’s research and publications provide the evidence and practical insights needed to support higher education learners experiencing housing and food insecurity.

Sample Materials

Education Goals and Supports: A Guided Discussion Tool

This NCHE tool may be used by educators and service providers working with youth experiencing homelessness to guide youth clients through a discussion of their interests and skills. The tool uses motivational interviewing questions to help determine the client’s interest in pursuing education, provides online resources to help the client explore education and career pathways and determine possible pathway options in areas of interest, includes information on how to pay for higher education, and recommends next steps towards the client’s goals.
Download the Allegheny County Guided Discussion Tool Addendum
This addendum provides more details on Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA area) education and career supports that complement NCHE’s Guided Discussion Tool. The addendum may be customized and adapted by other communities for their own use.

Sample Form Letter to Determine the Independent Student Status of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

This SchoolHouse Connection form may be edited as appropriate by a school district, institution of higher education, shelter, transitional living program, or street outreach program to document independent student status on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for unaccompanied homeless youth.