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Tips for Preparing for an Independent Determination Financial Aid Interview

If you do not have, or cannot obtain, documentation from those individuals, your financial aid administrator is required to make a determination of your status as an unaccompanied homeless youth. The financial aid administrator’s determination may be based on a documented interview with you. This resource is designed to help unaccompanied homeless youth prepare for documented interviews with the financial aid administrator.

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Applying To College

It is never too early to prepare to apply for college. Regardless of when you begin, a good first step is to reach out to a high school counselor or a McKinney-Vento liaison to ask about your high school’s graduation requirements and steps you can take to prepare to apply for college. This resource provides an overview of items to consider when applying to college.

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National Crisis Line Information

This resource contains a list of national hotlines that provide an array of services. All hotlines listed are national hotlines providing 24/7 support across the United States. If you find yourself in dangerous situations, or in need of medical, emotional, or physical support, there is help available.

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COVID Distance Learning Strategies For Students, By Students

The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way students and teachers alike must navigate the world of education. Distance learning, while providing a safer environment in many communities, also has presented challenges for students, especially those experiencing homelessness. We asked our Youth Leadership Scholars to reflect on their distance learning experiences and provide any tips and tricks that may help other students. Here are their thoughts.

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Back to College and Training 2020: An Editable Toolkit for Assisting Youth with Experience in Foster Care or Homelessness

The COVID-19 pandemic caused unexpected campus closures in mid-March. With the Fall 2020 school year approaching, campuses have decided to resume in-person classes with heavy safety precautions to enforce social distancing, to go completely remote, or a hybrid of the two. Students need to make many decisions about if and how they want to resume their education in a way that is safe and meets their needs. Planning for the school year is complicated and young people need our help to make the best decisions possible. This resource includes tips for advocates and higher education institutions.

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Identifying Students Experiencing Homelessness During School Building Closures

With many school buildings completely or largely closed this fall, identifying students experiencing homelessness will require revisions to typical techniques. The anticipated increase in homelessness due to increased unemployment, family stress, and other factors also will complicate identification efforts. This checklist offers some strategies to promote robust identification of students experiencing homelessness during COVID-19.

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Does My Living Situation Meet the Definition of Homelessness?

A number of federal laws help to remove barriers to K-12 education, early childhood education, child care, and higher education (including financial aid). All of these education laws use the same definition of homelessness. This resource is designed to help you see if you meet this definition of homelessness, and if so, how you can access education and other resources.

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