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Financial Aid Administrators

Financial aid is crucial to unaccompanied homeless youth seeking to enroll in college and realize their post-secondary goals. Financial Aid Administrators play a critical role in directing these youth to obtaining a college education, which enables them to break the cycle of poverty and move toward a brighter future. The resources below help your institution 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.

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

* emergency shelter, transitional housing program, runaway or homeless youth basic center can verify that student would have received services (i.e., if room had been available at the time)


National and Colorado Education Contacts for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth

CDE State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Paula Gumina

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

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

National Homelessness Law Center (NHLC)

NHLC is a group of lawyers working to prevent and end homelessness by serving as the legal arm of the nationwide movement to end homelessness.