Answer: The U.S. Department of Education’s guidance states that the two general principles for using Title IA funds for homeless students are:

  1. Services must be reasonable and necessary to enable homeless students to take advantage of educational opportunities.
  2. Funds must be used as a last resort when services are not reasonably available from another public or private source.

Unfortunately, it seems this would not be allowable, since college supplies would not be necessary to take advantage of an educational opportunity offered by the local educational agency.

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