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How to Prep for the 2024-2025 FAFSA

The 2024-2025 FAFSA is now fully available to students and parents following its 'soft launch' on December 31, 2023, which was a three-month delay from the usual October 1st release date. With all these new changes, we urge our network to be proactive and prep for the 24-25 FAFSA with these strategies.

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Flexing the Flexibility of ARP-HCY Funding Series: Making the Most of Federal Relief Dollars to Help Students Experiencing Homelessness

This series highlights some specific uses of ARP-HCY funds; explains why these uses may be beneficial for students experiencing homelessness; provides strategies to address common concerns; and highlights how some school districts are using ARP-HCY funds for these purposes.

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Tips for Homeless Higher Education Liaisons

Many institutions of higher education are designating liaisons for students experiencing homelessness. Similar to their counterparts in K-12 education, homeless higher education liaisons support students by connecting them to available resources on and off-campus, and removing barriers to their college retention and success. This tip sheet provides basic strategies for homeless higher education liaisons.

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Innovation in Illinois: New Law and Funding Supports Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education

Designating homeless higher education liaisons is a best practice for supporting students experiencing homelessness and students with experience in foster care. Illinois is among the states that has enacted a law, the Higher Education Housing and Opportunities Act, which aims to address the needs of homeless students and students in foster care on college and university campuses.

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Navigating Financial Aid for Homeless Students: A FAFSA Screening Tool for High School Counselors

This FAFSA screening tool is intended to help counselors and other school staff identify if students are experiencing homelessness or in foster care before they fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Follow these steps and ask your students these questions to identify if they are independent students, meaning they do not need to include their parental information on the FAFSA.

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