On May 7, 2024, bipartisan, bicameral legislation was introduced to remove barriers to higher education access for homeless and foster youth.

The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth (HEASHFY) Act of 2024 S.4270/H.R. 8273, was re-introduced by U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mike Braun (R-IN) in the Senate, and by U.S. Representatives Sydney Kamlager-Dove (D-CA-37) and Erin Houchin (R-IN-09) in the House of Representatives.

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HEASHFY removes barriers and ensures that homeless and foster youth have clear and reliable pathways into and through higher education. This legislation:

  • Requires institutions of higher education to designate a homeless and foster liaison to help students navigate higher education and access services;
  • Requires institutions of higher education to develop a plan for homeless and foster youth to access on-campus housing during and between academic breaks;
  • Asks states to grant in-state tuition rates to those students who haven’t had stable residency;
  • Ensures that college access programs identify, recruit, and prepare homeless and foster students for college; and
  • Requires data collection in the admissions process on homeless and foster youth to support student services and provide outcome data

Previous versions of HEASHFY included critical improvements to the financial aid process for homeless and foster youth, which were enacted by the FAFSA Simplification Act. To learn more about those changes, click here.

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