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Support Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education: Take Action to Support Two Federal Bills

Postsecondary attainment is increasingly necessary to move out of poverty and homelessness and live a healthy, secure life. However, homeless and foster youth face unique barriers to accessing and completing higher education, including lack of family and supportive adults, histories of neglect, abuse, trauma, mobility, and severe poverty.

SHC supports two bills that will help homeless and foster youth transition successfully to and through higher education, and receive the support they need to complete their degrees and achieve economic independence. These bills are summarized below.

Bill #1: The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY)

HEASHFY was introduced on May 7, 2024 by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). In 2020, the bipartisan FAFSA Simplification Act enacted many critical improvements to the financial aid process for homeless and foster youth that were first suggested by previous versions of this legislation. HEASHFY of 2024 goes further to remove barriers in college for homeless and foster youth and ensure they have clear and reliable pathways into and through higher education.

This bipartisan legislation would:

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Bill #2: The Fostering Success in Higher Education Act (FSHE)

FSHE was introduced by U.S. Representatives Danny K. Davis (D-7th/IL) and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-8th/IL) in the U.S. House of Representatives, and by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Tina Smith (D-MN) in the U.S. Senate on September 19, 2023. This legislation is unchanged from the version introduced in the previous session of Congress.

This legislation would:

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