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 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.
Download the 2019-2020 Sample Form Letter (Applicable for a student enrolling in college between July 1st, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
Download the new 2020-2021 Sample Form Letter (Applicable for a student enrolling in college between July 1st, 2020 – June 30, 2021)