Last year over 1.3 million children and youth attending public schools in the U.S. experienced homelessness. Of these students over 56,000 indicated on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that they were homeless while accessing post-secondary programs. These vulnerable young people contend with histories of abuse, neglect, trauma, and frequent educational disruption caused by mobility. Higher education is their best hope for a better life. With this comes an increasing need for seamless communication among Homeless Liaisons, School Counselors, and University SPOCs to best ensure that K12 McKinney-Vento students interested in pursuing higher education have the information and supports available to them for a smooth transition.
Read a summary of the 2008 Higher Education Reauthorization Act as it pertains to Homeless and Foster Youth.