On Thursday, December 9, the “Helping Foster and Homeless Youth Achieve Act” was introduced in the Senate by Senators Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Rob Portman (R-OH).
This bipartisan legislation removes barriers to higher education for youth experiencing homelessness and youth formerly in foster care by requiring federally-funded institutions of higher education waive application fees for foster and homeless youth.
Postsecondary education is increasingly necessary in order to attain economic independence, stability, and permanently exiting homelessness. Waiving the barrier of application fees will increase access to postsecondary education for homeless and foster youth, and bring them closer to long-term self-sufficiency.
SchoolHouse Connection strongly supports this legislation, and urges Congress to pass it quickly.
Urge your U.S. Senators to sign on as a cosponsor of the Helping Foster and Homeless Youth Achieve Act.
Use the form below to contact them today!