US Education Department Eases College Loan Application Requirements for the 56,000 Homeless College Students

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel reports in The Washington Post that the US Education Department is in the process of revising the FAFSA application and procedures to make it easier for homeless college students to access financial aid.

In her article, “Education Department Eases Financial Aid Application Restriction for Homeless College Students,” she notes that one of the changes concerns the procedure for receiving designation as homeless, a requirement for a homeless student to apply for and to receive financial aid. In addition, legislation requiring colleges to serve as a point of contact for homeless students and encouraging colleges to provide year-round housing for homeless students may be introduced during Congressional discussions concerning the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act.

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