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College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness Toolkit

The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) provides this toolkit for Educators and Service Providers.

It serves as a comprehensive resource on the issue of higher education access and success for homeless students, including information on:

  • Understanding homeless students: Who are homeless students? How can homeless students be identified? What educational barriers do these students face?
  • Assisting homeless students in choosing a school: What information and resources are available to homeless students to help them research and choose an institution of higher education that is right for them?
  • Helping homeless students pay for application-related expenses: What is available in terms of waivers for Advanced Placement (AP) test fees, college entrance exam (ACT and SAT) fees, and college application fees?
  • Assisting homeless students in finding financial aid and scholarships for school: How should homeless students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Are there scholarships available for homeless students?
  • Helping homeless students succeed in college: What supports are available to homeless students to help them make the grade and reach graduation?

The toolkit provides local homeless education liaisons, State Coordinators for Homeless Education, school counselors, college admission counselors, college financial aid administrators, and youth shelters and other service providers with the resources they need to understand the options and supports available for college-bound homeless youth and assist these youth in accessing them.

Click on the links below to view the full resource.

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