Higher Education

Legislative Updates

The Higher Education Opportunity Act, passed in August 2008, contains numerous provisions to increase homeless and foster students access [pdf] to postsecondary education.

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a Dear Colleague letter [pdf] to clarify institutional and applicants' roles and responsibilities related to Title IV dependency determinations for unaccompanied homeless youth. 

NAEHCY's Higher Education Helpline

NAEHCY’s Higher Education Helpline provides assistance with issues related to students experiencing homelessness accessing higher education. Contact the hotline at (855) 446-2673 (toll-free).

SchoolHouse Connection

SchoolHouse Connection is a national organization working to overcome homelessness through education. They provide strategic advocacy and technical assistance in partnership with early childhood programs, schools, institutions of higher education, service providers, families, and youth. We believe education is the only permanent solution to homelessness. Our vision is that children and youth experiencing homelessness have full access to quality learning, birth through higher education, so they will never be homeless as adults, and the next generation will never be homeless.

Federal Aid for Students Experiencing Homelessness