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Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit for Financial Aid Administrators

Welcome to NAEHCY’s Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit* for Financial Aid Administrators! The following table of contents shows all the documents included in the Toolkit. Click on a document title to access it.

Part 1: The Basics

1. McKinney-Vento 101
The basics of the McKinney-Vento Act’s Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program

2. FAFSA and Unaccompanied Youth Basics
The basic provisions for homeless unaccompanied youth in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

3. Financial Aid Administrators Checklist for Identifying Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
The definitions, context, and strategies to assist in identifying and verifying unaccompanied homeless youth

Part 2: McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week

4. McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
How to implement a MV-FAFSA Week

5. Sample Announcement for McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
A sample announcement of a MV-FAFSA week to be used in newsletters, web pages, social media, posters etc.

6. Sample Letter for Seniors for McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
Sample letter to go out to all high school seniors during MV-FAFSA week

7. PowerPoint Slides for Students for McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
Some ideas to advertise and help students understand MV-FAFSA Week, using quotes from students

8. Sample Letter for College Staff for McKinney-Vento FAFSA Week
Sample letter for admissions reps, academic advisors, etc. to introduce MV-FAFSA week

Part 3: Assisting Homeless Unaccompanied Youth to College and Beyond

9. Recruiting Homeless Unaccompanied Youth to Your College
Ways to network with agencies and school programs serving homeless youth

10. Support for Unaccompanied Youth in College
Tips to prepare and assist homeless unaccompanied youth to be successful in college

11. Financial Aid and Income Tax
Basic information about how being an independent student for financial aid purposes affects a youth’s obligations to file income tax returns

12. Sample Form Letter for Verification of Status of Homeless Unaccompanied Youth

Part 4: Access to Basic Services Tip Sheets

13. Access to Medicaid for Unaccompanied Youth
Basic information about Medicaid and barriers for unaccompanied youth

14. Unaccompanied Youth’s Rights to Consent for Medical Treatment
Information about state laws that allow youth under 18 to consent for medical care

15. Access to Social Security Benefits for Unaccompanied Youth
Tips to help eligible youth access Social Security for youth with disabilities and youth who have lost a parent

16. Access to Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) for Unaccompanied Youth
Tips for pregnant and parenting youth eligible for TANF

17. Access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/Food Stamps) for Unaccompanied Youth
Tips to help youth access SNAP benefits

18. Access to Shelter and Housing for Unaccompanied Youth
Basic information about barriers to youth accessing shelter and housing, with successful shelter models and tips for implementing them

Part 5: Training Resources

* The Fine Print: Many of the topics covered in this Toolkit rely on individual state laws. While NAEHCY has attempted to provide the most complete, current, and accurate information possible, readers may wish to contact state agencies and/or legal aid directly for additional information and support. The Toolkit and its contents are not legal advice and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining professional legal advice.

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