Per changes from the FAFSA Simplification Act, financial aid administrators (FAA) have the responsibility to make determinations of unaccompanied homeless youth if youth are unable to get determinations from other entities. Remember, if a student provides a determination from one of the authorized entities, financial aid administrators MUST accept the determination unless there is “specific documented conflicting information.” Financial aid administrators do not need to ask more questions or ask for additional documentation. However, if the student is unable to obtain documentation, FAAs are required to make a determination based on a documented interview or a written statement from the student. The determination must be made based on the legal definitions of homeless and unaccompanied, and independently from the reasons that the student is an unaccompanied homeless youth, or is a youth who is unaccompanied, at risk of homelessness, and self-supporting.
To help financial aid administrators make these determinations, we’ve created this financial aid template. This template may be edited as appropriate for your institution.
- Applicable for a student enrolling in college between July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024
- Applicable for a student enrolling in college between July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025