Archived Homeless List Serve Messages
SUBJECT: Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers for College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homeless
LISTSERVE MESSAGE DATE: June 28, 2013
Good afternoon colleagues:
The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) is pleased to announce the availability of a new resource, entitled College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers.
SETTING THE CONTEXT
The past several years have seen a heightened interest in the issue of access to higher education for students experiencing homelessness. This heightened interest is due, at least in part, to the September 2007 passing of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, including its provisions related to unaccompanied homeless youth. As interest in the issue increased, NAEHCY realized the need for a resource that would provide information on a variety of topics related to college access and success for homeless youth.
The toolkit 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.
Download the toolkit at http://www.naehcy.org/educational-resources/he-toolkit.
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