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Homeless children and youth report that school is a home to them – a place where they see the same faces, sit in the same seat, and can put their hearts and minds into pursuits that ease their daily troubles. In school, students gain the skills and support needed to avoid poverty and homelessness as adults.

NAEHCY Podcasts

Higher Education

In an effort to provide succinct and readily accessible information about college access and success for young people experiencing homelessness, the NAEHCY Higher Education Committee is releasing a monthly higher education podcast. Please check back each month to access the newest podcast.

Podcast 1: What is the FAFSA? (November 2013)
Podcast 2: When should I file the FAFSA? (December 2013)
Podcast 3: FAFSA Completion for Homeless Youth (January 2014)
Podcast 4: Who Can Make a Determination? (February 2014)
Podcast 5: What to Do When You Are No Longer Considered an Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (March 2014)
Podcast 6: How to Apply for NAEHCY's LeTendre Scholarship Program (April 2014)
Podcast 7: NAEHCY Local Youth Task Forces (May 2014)
Podcast 8: Where to Go for Help or to Learn More (June 2014)
Podcast 9: NAEHCY Statewide Higher Education Networks | An Overview (July 2014)
Podcast 10: The NAEHCY Higher Education Initiative | An Overview (August 2014)
Podcast 11: Choosing Between a 2-year and 4-year College (October 2014)
Podcast 12: Understanding Types of Colleges | Public, Private, and For-Profit (November 2014)
Podcast 13: Avoiding Common FAFSA Errors (January 2015)
Podcast 14: Now That You Have Been Admitted, What's Next? (April 2015)
Podcast 15: Fee Reductions and Waivers (April 2015)
Podcast 16: Transfer Issues (May 2015)
Podcast 17: How Colleges Can Support Homeless Youth (June 2015)
Podcast 18: Awareness of Homeless Students on Campus (July 2015)
Podcast 19: Seeking Support Your First Year of College (August 2015)
Podcast 20: Connecting with Potential Community Partners (September 2015)
Podcast 21: Searching for Scholarships (October 2015)
Podcast 22: A Home For The Holidays (November 2015)
Podcast 23: Permanent Mailing Address on the FAFSA (February 2016)
Podcast 24: Suicide Prevention (March 2016)
Podcast 25: Overview on the role of the Single Point of Contact (April 2016)
Podcast 26: Establishing a Campus Food Pantry (May 2016)
Podcast 27: Using Case Management with Students Experiencing Homelessness (June 2016)
Podcast 28: Understanding Food Insecurity on College Campuses (July 2016)

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Podcast 1: What is the FAFSA? (November 2013)

This podcast provides a brief overview of the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which all students must complete each year if they wish to receive federal financial aid for postsecondary education.

Web addresses mentioned during the podcast:
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) | www.fafsa.gov

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Podcast 2: When should I file the FAFSA? (December 2013)

This podcast provides important information about when a student should file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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Podcast 3: FAFSA Completion for Homeless Youth (January 2014)

This podcast provides important information about how youth experiencing homelessness, whether with their parents or on their own, should complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Web addresses mentioned during the podcast:
NAEHCY | FAFSA Tips for Unaccompanied Youth Without Stable Housing
NAEHCY | Higher Education Helpline

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Podcast 4: Who Can Make a Determination? (February 2014)

This podcast explains who can make a determination that a young person is an unaccompanied homeless youth for purposes of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Related resource:
NAEHCY tip sheet | Who Can Make a Determination of Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Status?

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Podcast 5: What to Do When You Are No Longer Considered an Unaccompanied Homeless Youth (March 2014)

This podcast explains options available to unaccompanied homeless students who no longer meet the definition of "youth". Unaccompanied homeless students ages 22 and 23 may qualify for independent student status for purposes of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) via a dependency status appeal. This podcast explains under what circumstances a dependency status appeal may be appropriate and what documentation may be needed.

Related resource:
NAEHCY tip sheet | Dependency Status Appeal Frequently Asked Questions

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Podcast 6: How to Apply for NAEHCY's LeTendre Scholarship Program (April 2014)

This podcast provides important information about how to apply for NAEHCY's LeTendre Scholarship Program. Topics covered include:

  • Basic scholarship information
  • Information about who is eligible to apply
  • Specific application instructions
  • How scholarship funds may be used
  • Additional support and services received by NAEHCY LeTendre scholars

Related resource:
NAEHCY | About the LeTendre Education Fund

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Podcast 7: NAEHCY Local Youth Task Forces (May 2014)

This podcast provides information about NAEHCY's local youth task forces. These task forces work together at the local level to improve access to housing, nutrition, transportation, healthcare, jobs, and education for youth experiencing homelessness.

Related resource:
NAEHCY | Local Youth Task Forces

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Podcast 8: Where to Go for Help or to Learn More (June 2014)

This podcast provides important information about where students, educators, and service providers can go to get help or learn more about college access and success for homeless youth. Resources highlighted include the NAEHCY Higher Education Helpline, NAEHCY's State Higher Education Networks, and NAEHCY's College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers.

Related resource:
NAEHCY | Higher Education Helpline
NAEHCY | State Higher Education Networks
NAEHCY | College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers

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Podcast 9: NAEHCY Statewide Higher Education Networks | An Overview (July 2014)

This podcast provides an overview of the work of NAEHCY's Statewide Higher Education Networks. NAEHCY Statewide Higher Education Networks consist of stakeholders from K-12 education, higher education, Runaway and Homeless Youth Act (RHYA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shelters, community agencies, and college access programs. Network members collaborate to identify and address barriers to higher education access, retention, and success for youth experiencing homelessness. For more information, visit http://www.naehcy.org/legislation-and-policy/state-he-networks.

Related resource:
NAEHCY | State Higher Education Networks

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Podcast 10: The NAEHCY Higher Education Initiative | An Overview (August 2014)

This podcast provides an overview of NAEHCY's higher education initiative, including information about NAEHCY's state higher education networks, technical assistance and publications, and policy and advocacy work. For more information, visit http://www.naehcy.org/educational-resources/higher-ed.

Related resource:
NAEHCY | Educational Resources > Higher Education

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Podcast 11: Choosing Between a 2-year and 4-year College (October 2014)

This podcast explores issues to consider when choosing between a two-year or four-year college, including expenses, admissions requirements, housing, class schedule options, and levels of student engagement.

Web addresses mentioned during the podcast:
NAEHCY | College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessness: A Toolkit for Educators and Service Providers

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Podcast 12: Understand Types of Colleges | Public, Private, and For-Profit (November 2014)

This podcast explores the various types of postsecondary institutions that college-bound youth may be considering, including public 2-year, public 4-year, private, and for-profit colleges, and factors that should be considered when choosing between the different types of institutions.

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Podcast 13: Avoiding Common FAFSA Errors (January 2015)

This podcast shares the three most common mistakes students make when they complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It provides tips and resources to help students avoid these mistakes, which can delay financial aid.

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Podcast 14: Now That You Have Been Admitted, What's Next? (April 2015)

This podcast explores some steps students should take after they have been admitted to college.

Additional Resources: What's Next Checklist | FAFSA.gov

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Podcast 15: Fee Reductions and Waivers (April 2015)

Information on eligibility & resources for fee reductions and waivers.

Additional Resources:
Fee Reductions for AP Exams
SAT Fee Waivers
ACT - Am I Eligible for a Fee Waiver?
College Board College Application Fee Waiver FAQs

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Podcast 16: Transfer Issues (May 2015)

This podcast explores three important issues to consider if you are thinking about transferring to a new college: transferring academic work, housing, and financial aid. The accompanying handout, Issues to Consider When Transferring, details questions you should ask and answer if you are planning on transferring.

Additional Resources:
Issues to Consider When Transferring

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Podcast 17: How Colleges Can Support Homeless Youth (June 2015)

Information on how colleges can support homeless youth

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Podcast 18: Awareness of Homeless Students on Campus (July 2015)

Raising Awareness of Homeless Students on Campus

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Podcast 19: Seeking Support Your First Year of College (August 2015)

Seeking Support Your First Year of College

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Podcast 20: Connecting with Potential Community Partners (September 2015)

Connecting with Potential Community Partners

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Podcast 21: Searching for Scholarships (October 2015)

This podcast provides tips to make the scholarship search process easier.

Websites Mentioned:
The College Board
Fast Web!
The Office of Federal Student Aid

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Podcast 22: A Home For The Holidays (November 2015)

Strategies for accommodating homeless youth during holiday school closings.

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Podcast 23: Permanent Mailing Address on the FAFSA (February 2016)

As a student experiencing homelessness, you may wonder what you should use as your permanent mailing address on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This podcast explores your options.

Related website: http://www.fafsa.gov/

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Podcast 24: Suicide Prevention (March 2016)

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Podcast 25: Overview on the role of the Single Point of Contact (April 2016)

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Podcast 26: Establishing a Campus Food Pantry (May 2016)

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Podcast 27: Using Case Management with Students Experiencing Homelessness (June 2016)

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Podcast 28: Understanding Food Insecurity on College Campuses (July 2016)


Food Insecurity Studies:

Food Insecurity Organizations:

NAEHCY 2018 Conference
Anaheim, CA
October 27-30, 2018
The Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015
Homeless Students in ESEA Reauthorization
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