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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 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

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