Essential Resources and Programs for Achieving Higher Education

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The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth published “College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers.” This comprehensive guide by Christina Dukes:

  • Gives advice to professionals working with homeless youth for every step of the process from selecting a school to applying for admissions, financial aid and private scholarships, and succeeding once enrolled.
  • Addresses overcoming common barriers, such as completing financial aid forms for young people who no longer have relationships with their parents.
  • Lists federal programs that can help disadvantaged student enter, pay for and graduate from post-secondary programs, including Upward Bound, GEAR UP and Student Supportive Services Programs, as well as federal protections given to students under the McKinney-Vento Act.
  • Contains a tip sheet for college students experiencing homelessness.
  • NAEHCY also has a helpline for homeless youth who want to attend college — which also advises adults working with these youth — as well as numerous other online resources for financial aid and other issues for homeless youth:

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