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1 Homelessness And The Financial Aid Student ISFA Conference, Spring 2014 Carrie Bishop Dir. of Fin. Aid Training & Compliance, Ivy Tech CC

2 Agenda Who Are the Homeless? The McKinney-Vento Act Title IV Aid Implications Recommendations McKinney-Vento School District Liaisons Resources for FAOs

3 Who Are The Homeless? Runaways or kicked out Families in shelters College-educated and jobless Evicted or foreclosed Displaced workers staying with relatives Homeless status may/may not be evident!

4 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act Enacted in 1987 Defined homeless children as those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and provided examples*. Established programs and services (including grants for homeless shelters) to better meet the needs of homeless people. *examples include living in motels, camp grounds, emergency shelters, cars, abandoned buildings, bus/train stations; sleeping on park benches; awaiting foster care placement

5 McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act There have been several Reauthorizations Improvements Act of 2001 added: Homeless students must be given equal access to public education. School districts must appoint a homeless liaison. States must review/revise certain documentation requirements (birth certificate, residency, immunization records, etc.) for the homeless.

6 Implications for Title IV Aid From SFA Handbook, AVG p. 28

7 Implications for Title IV Aid Definitions Unaccompanied Youth means: Student is not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian. Applies up to age 21. (Age 21-23: consider doing a dependency override.) At risk of being homeless means: Student is self-supporting and Has been evicted, is unable to find fixed, regular, and adequate housing.

8 Implications for Title IV Aid Definitions Fixed, Regular, and Adequate Housing Fixed: stationary, permanent Regular: predictable, routine, consistent Adequate: meets physical & psychological needs typically met in the home

9 Implications for Title IV Aid Definitions Student may be voluntarily homeless due to abuse in the family. May be homeless even if living in campus housing (if they would otherwise be homeless).

10 Implications for Title IV Aid Determination Homelessness can be certified by school district liaison, director of HUD-funded shelter, or director of runaway center. Homelessness can be determined by a college/university Financial Aid Administrator.

11 Homeless Certification Form for Agency Verification

12 Page 1 of 3-page interview guide for FAO determining student s homeless status.

13 Implications for Title IV Aid Determination In determining student s homeless status, be discrete. Respect student s privacy. Some information is protected by confidentiality. Student may offer certain information, but we cannot require it. Police or CPS reports are not required.

14 Implications for Title IV Aid Determination In determining student s homeless status, use a checklist or interview form to ensure: consistent treatment of students, and that you meet your documentation requirements & procedures. Documentation must at least include FAA s determination that student meets the homeless definition (example: notes on interview form). Other documentation can include information obtained by another school or FAA documentation of phone calls with a relevant authority.

15 Implications for Title IV Aid Dependency Status Homeless/Unaccompanied Youth are independent for Title IV aid purposes. This is not a dependency override or professional judgment. Don t select for verification unless you have conflicting information. Homeless students may use college s address on FAFSA.

16 ISIR Correction: Homeless Submitting homeless determination: Dependency Override* field #4 Homeless Youth Determination (online) College Use Only box Homeless Youth Determination (paper) Canceling homeless determination: change dependency override* value to 2 (online) *It s is not a dependency override, but this is how you submit the correction.

17 Implications for Title IV Aid Do get to know your local high school homeless liaison; work in partnership as needed. Do process ISIR corrections for students who submit a certified homeless form after filing a FAFSA. DO

18 Implications for Title IV Aid If student submits a certified homeless form: Don t require additional documentation or ask probing questions. Don t question student about the certification form if you think it is fraudulent (accept form and contact the oversight party see links on next slide). Don t

19 Confirming the Certifier If you question the authenticity of a certified form, contact: School District Liaison: find state contact information at Director of Emergency Shelter: find state HUD contact info at Director of Runaway/Homeless/Youth Shelter: or call (301)

20 Guests: School District Homeless Liaisons Crystal Haslett Student Programs Advisor, M-V Liaison Washington Township School District Tonya Monnier District Social Worker, M-V Liaison Pike Township School District

21 The Liaison s Role Identify homeless students Ensure that students are aware of and receive assistance and services related to Educational opportunities Transportation to their school of origin Medical and dental programs Resolution & appeals process re: disputes

22 Recommendations from School District Homeless Liaisons Update your local school district homeless liaison annually re: FAFSA process and deadlines. Build on-campus awareness of homelessness issues (advisors, student affairs, health center). Identify an on-campus single point of service for homeless students (as you do for handicapped students).

23 Resources for FAOs Federal Student Aid Handbook Application/Verification Guide Dependency Status: p. 28 ISIR Corrections: pp Unaccompanied Homeless Youth: pp

24 Resources for FAOs National Center for Homeless Education Map: find state-specific contact info Homeless Liaison Toolkit: 17 Informational Chapters Dozens of Appendices Publications, videos, training

25 Poster by NCHE and NASFAA display on your campus and in your local high schools!

26 Resources for FAOs National Assn. for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Publications, videos, and podcasts for educators at all levels Toll-free hotline for students, parents, shelter staff, school liaisons, and FAOs Tip sheets and FAQs on financial aid topics

27 Discussion Share Sample Forms My Contact Information: Carrie Bishop

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