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Higher Education

Postsecondary education and/or training is increasingly necessary to break the cycle of homelessness.

FAFSA & Youth Homelessness

FAFSA & Youth Homelessness

This page provides comprehensive FAFSA-related resources to help youth, K-12 educators, homeless service providers, and higher education professionals understand, prepare, and fill out the FAFSA.
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The majority of well-paying jobs created since 2010 require some education beyond high school. In 2021 only 10% of jobs went to workers without a high school education while 36% went to workers with at least a bachelor’s degree and that disparity will only continue to grow. New research shows that by 2031, 72% of jobs in the US will require postsecondary education and/or training.

Postsecondary education is crucial for escaping poverty and homelessness, leading to a healthy, productive life. However, young workers often struggle to secure good jobs until their early thirties, hindered by rising education costs, limited access to quality work-based learning, and lack of comprehensive career services. Homeless youth additionally face challenges in transitioning to higher education and accessing financial aid. Legislation like the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Higher Education Act aim to alleviate these barriers, supporting homeless youth in achieving economic independence through higher education.

Higher Education Resources

Q&A From the Field

We receive many questions from educators, service providers, and the public about the education and care of children and youth experiencing homelessness. We respond to every question we receive, citing applicable law and policy.

Find State and Local Contacts

This homeless directory lists contacts for state coordinators, liaisons, Head Start collaboration offices, and homeless higher education liaisons.

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Early Childhood

Early childhood programs prevent the harmful life-long effects of homelessness on education, health and well-being.


Education is a critical strategy both for addressing child and youth homelessness and for preventing it from re-occurring in the future.

Policy Advocacy

A strong voice for effective and responsive federal policy.