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Higher education offers students experiencing homelessness the best hope for escaping poverty and homelessness as adults. The programs of the Higher Education Act (HEA) have the potential to assist these youth to graduate from high school, apply for and access postsecondary education, and complete their degrees. In addition, recent changes to the Free Student Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) will make it easier for unaccompanied homeless youth to obtain the support they need to pursue their education.

Homeless to higher education by Tyler Cobb Posted: 06/24/2010 01:00:00 AM MDT


FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Website The FAFSA is the form required by the federal government for application to any federal education aid program. The FAFSA is used to determine the expected family contribution based on family financial information. A FAFSA is used to determine the specific Federal Student Aid programs that can contribute to a student's total financial aid package and in what proportions.

  • Call 1-800-4-FED-AID or 1-800-394-7084 to request that a hard copy of the FAFSA be mailed to you.

For more information please contact:
Dana Scott at (303) 866-6930 or e-mail:



Increasing Access to Higher Education for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: Information for Colleges and Universities

Resources on your campus:

  • SPOC list with brief explanation
  • Best Practices: Recommendations for Transitioning Unaccompanied Homeless Youth to Higher Education (link to doc)
  • Housing services on and off-campus
  • TRIO/GEAR UP Higher Education Act Reauthorization: Homeless and Foster Youth

This two-page brief summarizes the amendments designed to increase homeless and foster students access to postsecondary education contained in the Higher Education Opportunity Act, reauthorized in August 2008. Download the brief

  • SAT & College Admission Application Fee Waivers:

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