Higher Education

  • Independent Status | Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

    The College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA) 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. In addition to the CCRAA, various other national-level supports are available for college-bound students experiencing homelessness, including fee waivers for Advanced Placement exams, college entrance exams, and college application fees.

    A student is considered homeless if he lacks fixed, regular, and adequate housing. This is broader than just living “on the street.” It includes temporarily living with other people because he had nowhere else to go; living in substandard housing (if it doesn’t meet local building codes or the utilities are turned off, it is generally not adequate); living in emergency or transitional shelters, for example, trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after disasters; or living in motels, camping grounds, cars, parks, abandoned buildings, bus or train stations, or any public or private place not designed for humans to live in. .

    How to request the verification form titled 'Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Documentation of Independent Student Status for the FAFSA':

    • Contact the SAP Counselor at the high school attended (view list of SAP Counselors here)
    • Provide the following information
      • Student First and Last Name
      • Date of Birth
      • Current Mailing Address

    *The SAP Counselor may determine independent status for a student's Senior year of high school. If the student is attending college, the SAP Counselor can only make the determination if he/she has personal knowledge of the student's living situation.

    If a student is requesting the form after Senior Year*, contact the following verifiers:

    *Living in the school dormitory if the student would otherwise be homeless or fleeing an abusive parent may be considered homeless even if the parent would provide support and a place to live and eligible for independent student status.

    FAFSA Resources for Students in Transition (all links open in a new window):

View Contact Information

The McKinney-Vento School Contact List is updated regularly to include new phone numbers as our schools move to a new phone system.

  • Michelle Mozingo, MSW
    McKinney-Vento District Liaison
    Phone: (919) 694-0574

    NC Homeless Education Program
    Lisa Phillips, State Coordinator
    PO Box 5367
    Greensboro, N.C. 27435
    Phone: (336) 315-7491
    Toll-free: (800) 659-3204