• November 2010
  • Vol. 11, No. 9

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Increasing Access to Higher Education for Unaccompanied Youth

For unaccompanied homeless youth who lack the support and guidance of an adult, the hope of attending college presents many struggles, such as how they will pay tuition and where will they reside when campus housing is closed. The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) has developed an issue brief to inform postsecondary educators and education administrators about the struggles of homeless youth and possible solutions that can help these youth achieve a college education.

This NCHE brief provides:

  • A better understanding of this population of young people and the educational and other challenges they face
  • A summary of Federal education legislation that gives unaccompanied homeless youth access to important educational supports
  • Samples of promising practices implemented by high schools, colleges, and universities to assist them in succeeding in college
  • Links to resources

NCHE is funded by U.S. Department of Education Student Achievement and School Accountability Programs. The brief, Increasing Access to Higher Education for Unaccompanied Youth: Information for Colleges and Universities, is available on the NCHE website:

http://center.serve.org/nche/downloads/briefs/higher_ed.pdf (620 KB)

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