It’s becoming more and more common for homeless students to get into—and succeed—in college.
According to a recent article on Inside Higher Ed, two main factors are contributing to this phenomenon. One is recent legislation that makes it easier for colleges to help applicants who are homeless. (Homeless students now automatically qualify for independent status on the FAFSA; this enables them to receive substantial amounts of need-based financial aid.)
Additionally, the young homeless population is growing. The number of homeless young persons in the U.S. has jumped by 69 percent over the last two years, and there are now 1.6 million such individuals.
Who qualifies as a homeless young person? The definition might be wider than you would think. According to Inside Higher Ed, some of these individuals are runaways and throwaways, while “others are from chaotic family situations, maintaining contact with parents and siblings but spending the majority of nights on friends’ couches or in cars or mobile homes.”
Despite the obstacles faced by homeless young persons, many of them are academically successful. And college—with its dorms, dining halls, and stable schedule—is an environment in which many homeless students thrive.
To learn more, check out the full article on Inside Higher Ed.