Another ESSA amendment to the McKinney-Vento Act requires school district liaisons to inform unaccompanied homeless youth of their status as independent students for financial aid (the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA) and help them obtain verification of that status.

To help implement this policy, we’ve prepared a sample form letter to determine the independent student status of unaccompanied homeless youth for the 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (Microsoft Word). This form letter may be edited as appropriate for your school district, institution of higher education, shelter, transitional living program, or street outreach program. (Please note that the new FAFSA for 2018-2019 becomes available on October 1st; we will provide an updated template at that time.)

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