Making Determinations of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Status

Sunday, July 19, 2015: 2:30 PM-3:30 PM
Celestin GH - Level 3 (Hyatt Regency New Orleans)
Session Type: Interest Sessions
Track: Compliance Track
Audience: All
Credit Type: Credit Hours and Clock Hours
School Type: All Schools
The CCRAA amended the definition of independent student to include several new populations, including unaccompanied homeless youth. To be independent, students must have a yearly determination of their status. Data from the Department of Education shows school district liaisons make the majority of determinations each year. Because these professionals can only make determinations for incoming students and space in qualifying shelters is limited, many students need to have financial aid administrators (FAAs) make determinations. This session will review the process FAAs should use to make determinations, including appropriate documentation. Scenarios will be used to illustrate the process and encourage discussion.
Jennifer Martin (NASFAA)
Cyekeia Lee (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth)
Richard Heath (Anne Arundel Community College)
Jennifer Martin (NASFAA)