National and Colorado Higher Education Contacts for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline
The NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline provides assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education.
- The Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Tip Sheet for Colorado Higher Education McKinney-Vento Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) – provides valuable information regarding UHY definitions, the interview and determination process, higher education best practices and the financial aid process.
- List of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaisons.
- Excerpts from the Application and Verification Guide (AVG) that pertain to independent status for unaccompanied homeless youth for the purpose of financial aid.
- The full Application and Verification Guide
- Quiz on Unaccompanied Youth and the FAFSA (NAEHCY)
- Recommendations for Transitioning Unaccompanied Homeless Youth to Higher Education - This Colorado tip sheet lists strategies for providing a welcoming environment and an effective support response for unaccompanied homeless youth in institutions of higher education.
- Increasing Access to Higher Education for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: Information for Colleges and Universities (issue brief)
- NCHE/NASFAA Higher Education Awareness Posters in English or Spanish
National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth website
- NCHE Higher Education Information by Topic webpage
- NCHE Scholarships Information by Topic webpage
- Making Student Status Determinations for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: Eligibility Tool for Financial Aid Administrators - This form, developed collaboratively by the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), is to be completed by a college financial aid administrator (FAA) who is evaluating a student’s eligibility for independent student status. It provides guidance to assist FAAs in making a determination if a student seeking independent student status as an unaccompanied homeless youth comes to the attention of a FAA when a determination by a local liaison or shelter is not available.
- Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Documentation of Independent Student Status for the FAFSA - This sample independent student determination form can be placed on your agency's letterhead and used to provide documentation of your determination of a student's unaccompanied homeless, and therefore independent, student status. NOTE: This template is to be used for students attending college for the 2012-2013 school year; please update the dates for different school years.
The Family Tree’s Higher Education Fund for Homeless Youth
The Family Tree’s Higher Education Fund for Homeless Youth was launched in August, 2011 to address barriers for homeless youth transitioning into higher education in Colorado, resulting from work by the Colorado Taskforce on Higher Education for Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness. Family Tree administers the fund which is made possible by the generous donations of: an anonymous source ($8,000); in-kind staff support from Family Tree ($1,000); and gift card fee waivers from Western Union ($1,000).
SPOCs can complete and submit an application for this special one-time fund to help college students who are experiencing homelessness to purchase necessary items for school. The Fund provides a maximum $100 gift card for students to purchase any of these items:
- School Supplies
- Student ID’s
- Vital Documents
- Sheet Sets
- Hygiene Items
- Basic Need Items <$100
The application is very quick and easy, and you can request funding for more than one student at a time. Access the application
You may want to have your students submit a written statement explaining what they need this funding for (in line with the “Allowable Expenditures” listed above). You may also ask other college administrators and faculty to refer students to you. Your request will be processed by Family Tree within 3-days, and the gift card will be mailed directly to you to give to the student.
Please take advantage of this great funding resource for your students who are experiencing homelessness. If you have questions about Family Tree, please contact Public Relations and Marketing at (303) 422-2133.