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Homeless Higher Education - Single Points of Contact (SPOCs)

Talk with your counselor, or McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaison, if you are currently a high school student.

List of McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaisons.

Each public two and four-year college and private four-year college in Colorado has a designated staff member called the McKinney-Vento Single Point of Contact to assist you with all your questions about that particular college. List of college contacts. Call or email your questions to the person listed at the college you plan to attend.

Who are SPOC's?

Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) are designated safe and supportive college administrators who are committed to helping unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY) successfully navigate the college-going process. SPOCs implement a streamlined process on their campuses to help with the UHY determination for financial aid purposes, and to facilitate communication and quick referral among campus departments and services to assist unaccompanied homeless college students to reach their higher education goals.

Why was the SPOC model developed?

The Colorado Taskforce on Higher Education for Unaccompanied Youth Experiencing Homelessness was formed to lead a collaborative effort bringing together K-12 McKinney-Vento public school district liaisons, higher education financial aid, admissions and student support services staff, as well as other public/private partners such a pre-collegiate agencies, scholarship organizations and funding partners.  As a result, in 2009 colleges and universities across the state of Colorado appointed higher education homeless liaisons, also known as “single points of contact” (SPOCS), to help youth successfully matriculate into higher education and address barriers to enhance academic advancement.  Multiple barriers have been addressed including  the waiving of application and other fees at higher education institutions (when possible), changing the timing of housing deposits so that students can pay when financial aid is received by the student, and connecting students with other community and higher education resources such as financial literacy, peer support groups, food banks, etc. 

The information and 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 assisting unaccompanied homeless youth in their post-secondary endeavors.  Thank you for your hard work and dedication in serving unaccompanied homeless youth in our state.

  1. Read the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Tip Sheet for Colorado Higher Education McKinney-Vento Single Points of Contact (SPOCs)
  2. Read about Special Cases from the Application and Verification Guide (AVG) that pertain to independent status for unaccompanied homeless youth for the purpose of financial aid. Access the full AVG 
  3. Read and become familiar with the UHY Documentation of Independent Status for the FAFSA form.

Scholarships for Homeless Youth

LeTendre Scholarship

LeTendre scholarship funds are available to students who are homeless or who have been homeless during their K-12 school attendance, and who have demonstrated average or higher than average achievement.  The LeTendre Fund is administered by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth.

The scholarship is a one-time award of $2,000. Additional financial support may be available for scholars in subsequent years.

Applicants may be high school seniors, students enrolled in a GED or other alternative education program, or recent graduates/GED recipients. If you are in high school and not yet enrolled in a post-secondary program, the committee will hold your scholarship for you pending your enrollment.

Give Us Your Poor/Horatio Alger Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Colorado Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to students in the State of Colorado who have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity and who aspire to pursue higher education.

College Access Scholarship

$2,500 scholarships are offered to help students access and complete higher education. The College Access Scholarship will be awarded to up to 300 eligible students to use toward their higher education expenses.


A free, general scholarship search engine.

College Board

A free, general scholarship search engine.

Other Resources

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY)

NAEHCY is a professional organization specifically dedicated to meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NAECHY provides professional development, resources, and training support for anyone and everyone interested in supporting the academic success of children and youth challenged by homelessness. 

National Center for Homeless Education at SERVE (NCHE) 

NCHE is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance and information center in the area of homeless education.   

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP)

Lawyers working to prevent and end homelessness by servicing as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.