I am working with a young lady who is on track to graduate this year. Her sister was awarded guardianship of her May 2017. She was an unaccompanied youth last May when I met her, but has not qualified as unaccompanied or homeless even one day this school year. How should she complete the FAFSA?

Answer: She cannot complete the FAFSA as an unaccompanied homeless youth, because she would’ve had to have been in that status after July 1, 2017. However, she still qualifies as independent because of the guardianship....

A McKinney-Vento student is enrolled in school A, and now is living in the attendance area for school B. She was emergency expelled from school A due to posting on social media a credible threat of violence against several school peers. How should we proceed?

Answer: The student is subject to the same discipline regarding the threat of violence as any other student would be. Once she is through that process, she can return to school A as her school of origin (assuming that is not against the discipline policy), or enroll...

How do we handle enrollment for a McKinney-Vento student when we have two laws that are in direct opposition to one another: McKinney Vento requiring immediate enrollment and removing barriers, versus a state law requiring a medical plan in place prior to enrollment.

Answer: Article VI, Clause 2 of the US Constitution (commonly known as the Supremacy Clause) requires that federal law be followed. That constitutional language is: “This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof;...

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