The value of a college degree is undisputed. A 2010 report from the College Board estimates that, among full-time workers, high school graduates earned a median annual income of $33,800; workers with an associate’s degree, $42,000; and, workers with a bachelor’s degree, $55,700.

Chapter 4 | Federal Financial Aid

The series of Webpages that follows is excerpted from Chapter 4 of College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers, available in its entirety at For a comprehensive discussion of the issue of federal financial aid for college, download College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers and reference Chapter 4 - Paying For College: Federal Aid, Appendix 4A - Federal Financial Aid Web Resources, and Appendix 4B - FAFSA Tips for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth.

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Paying for college is a challenge for many students; and understanding and navigating the financial aid process can be difficult, especially for low-income and first-generation college-bound youth. Because many students experiencing homelessness are low-income, first-generation, or both, their level of knowledge about federal financial aid may be minimal, while their sense of financial stress may be overwhelming. For unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY), who often have little or no support from a responsible, informed adult, the financial aid process can be even more daunting. This chapter provides information about federal financial aid, including federal financial aid basics, tips for filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and special FAFSA provisions for UHY.

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