142 Making Determinations of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Status

Monday, July 11, 2016: 8:30 AM-9:30 AM
Delaware Suite (Marriott Wardman Park)
Session Type: Interest Sessions
Track: Enrollment & Retention Track
Subcategories: Diversity Issues/Student Access & Success
Audience: All
Credit Type: Credit Hours and Clock Hours
School Type: All Schools
The College Cost Reduction and Access Act (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.
Jennifer Martin (Johns Hopkins University)
Jennifer Martin (Johns Hopkins University)
Cyekeia Lee (National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth)
Richard Heath (Anne Arundel Community College)