College Campuses See Rise In Homeless Students

Career College Central summary:

  • The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) claims the number of homeless students on college campuses has increased over the last few years. But the organization isn't certain given that there isn't sufficient national data.
  • The Free Application for Federal Student Aid tells the NAEHCY that there are 58,000 homeless students on campuses nationwide. Since colleges are not required to keep track of their homeless students, the FASFA form is the only significant data available.
  • According to the NAEHCY, many homeless students trying to go to college don't receive enough financial aid because they can't provide information about their parents or guardians on the form. Several pieces of legislation have helped remove the barriers between homeless students and financial aid, such as the recent Higher Education Act.
  • This legislation allows students to apply for federal aid without parental information or a signature. The act also allows financial aid administrators to designate a student as independent in extreme circumstances.

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