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Financial Aid Administrators

Financial aid is a critical factor in helping unaccompanied homeless youth to enroll in college and to realize their post-secondary goals.  Institutions of higher education, in collaboration with public schools and community agencies, can play a critical role in supporting unaccompanied homeless youth in their post-secondary endeavors.  As Financial Aid Administrators, your assistance will help these youth to obtaining a college education which will enable them to break the cycle of poverty and move towards a brighter and more stable future.

The resources below will help your institution to comply with the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) of 2007, and support the McKinney-Vento Act’s intent of verifying unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY) as independent students for purposes of financial aid, and assisting them in their post-secondary endeavors.

The CCRAA lists the following 4 authorized verifiers of ‘homeless unaccompanied youth’ status:

  1. A high school district homeless education liaison.
    List of district liaisons in Colorado
  2. The director (or designee) of an emergency shelter program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
    Contact information for Colorado’s HUD regional office
  3. The director (or designee) of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program.
    List of centers and programs in Colorado
  4. A college financial aid administrator. 

 Resources


National and Colorado Education Contacts for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

Cyekeia Lee
National Higher Education Liaison for Homeless Youth
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)
clee@naehcy.org
734-258-8175

NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline
1-855-446-2673 (toll-free)
highered@naehcy.org
The NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline provides assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education.




For more information please contact:
Dana Scott at 303-866-6930 or e-mail: scott_d@cde.state.co.us

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