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College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA)

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Context

The College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 includes provisions to make undergraduate and graduate education more affordable for aspiring social-impact professionals. It also establishes that unaccompanied homeless youth qualify as independent students for purposes of federal financial aid.

Legislation


Regulations | Guidance | Memoranda

Download the U.S. Department of Education's Questions and Answers: Federal Student Aid and Homeless Youth fact sheet.

Download a July 2015 U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) clarifying the implementation of providing independent student status for unaccompanied homeless youth on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The DCL clarifies that unaccompanied homeless students between the ages of 21 and 24 are to be considered independent students.

Download the U.S. Department of Education's Application and Verification Guide (AVG).
The AVG provides financial aid administrators (FAAs) with guidance on the processing of Free Applications for Federal Student Aid (FAFSAs), including as relates to independent student status for unaccompanied homeless youth. See Chapter 5 - Special Cases for specific references to unaccompanied homeless youth.
Download the Application and Verification Guide - 2017-2018 - With References to Homeless Students Highlighted (Compiled by NCHE, November 2016)

Download the federal interagency letter entitled, Aligning Federal Supports and Program Delivery for College Access and Completion.

U.S. Department of Education FAFSA Data


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The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) is the U.S. Department of Education's technical assistance center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is housed at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

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