Removing Barriers to Financial Aid for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth


Date Recorded: April 10, 2019
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: Free

Approximately one in 10 American young adults ages 18 to 25, and at least one in 30 adolescent minors ages 13 to 17, is estimated to endure homelessness on their own over the course of a year. Youth who experience homelessness face unique barriers to accessing and completing higher education, including barriers to financial aid. Yet higher education is their best opportunity for economic independence and healthier lives.

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Review the federal definition of homelessness, and the causes and consequences of homelessness among unaccompanied youth.
  • Review current policies in the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Higher Education Act designed to remove barriers to financial aid.
  • Learn practical strategies from higher education professionals, including financial aid administrators, for implementing these policies and supporting homeless youth.


Barbara DuggieldBarbara Duffield, Presenter
Executive Director
SchoolHouse Connection



Jillian SitjarJillian Sitjar, Presenter
Program Manager, Higher Education
SchoolHouse Connection



Becca SeulBecca Seul, Panelist
MT One Stop- Associate Director
Middle Tennessee State University



Flor López, PanelistFlor Lopez
SparkPoint Coordinator/Financial Coach
Skyline College



Jeremy EvanelistaJeremy Evangelista, Panelist
Program Services Coordinator, Financial Aid 
Skyline College



Mark DeloreyMark Delorey, Panelist
WMU Foundation Scholars Adviser
Western Michigan University 



Tiffany GibbsTiffany Gibbs, Moderator
Compliance Products Manager



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