Sign On to Support Homeless and Foster Youth in Higher Education
The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY) of 2019
Youth experiencing homelessness and youth from foster care face unique barriers to accessing and completing higher education. Lack of family and other supports, coupled with histories of neglect, abuse, trauma, mobility, and deep poverty, create substantial roadblocks to their path to and through postsecondary education. Yet higher education is their best opportunity for economic independence, health, stability, and well-being.

The Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act of 2019, sponsored by U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) in the U.S. Senate, and by U.S. Representative Katherine Clark (D-5th/MA) and Representative Don Young (R At Large/AK) in the U.S. House of Representatives, amends the Higher Education Act and simplifies eligibility for federal financial aid to improve outreach, resources, and policies for homeless and foster youth by:

* Streamlining the process of applying for and receiving financial aid
* Helping students access housing options
* Designating a higher education liaison to help students access services
* Asking states to grant in-state tuition rates for those students who haven’t had stable residency
* Ensuring that college access programs identify, recruit, and prepare homeless and foster students for college

The text of the bill may be found here:

Please use the form below to endorse these important bills. For more information, please contact Barbara Duffield, Executive Director, SchoolHouse Connection, at or Jenny Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center, at
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