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Supporting College Completion for Students Experiencing Homelessness - Since the College Cost Reduction and Access Act was signed into law in September of 2007, the issue of college access for youth experiencing homelessness has garnered increased attention. Among other provisions, the CCRAA confers independent student status on unaccompanied homeless youth, helping to ensure that they have access to the financial support necessary to pay for college. Gaining entry to college and securing financial aid are only the first steps to degree completion. This brief explores how several colleges are supporting their homeless student populations. (National Center for Homeless Education, April 2015)...

Supporting Latino Community College Students: An Investment in Our Economic Future - Latinos make up the fastest growing population group in the country, yet their completion rate of an associate’s degree or higher is half that of all U.S. adults. Latinos are thwarted by college cost, lack of college knowledge, increased family responsibilities and the need to work. A report released last week suggests if the United States wants to increase its percentage of degree-carrying citizens, policymakers and institutions will need to consider strategies to raise the rate of Latino completion. Authors suggest federal policymakers use Higher Education Act reauthorization to encourage colleges to implement services aligned with retention, completion and employment. Information about financial aid and services should be better targeted, and antiquated eligibility rules should be addressed. (Deborah A. Santiago and Andrew Stettner, Excelencia in Education, Single Stop USA, June 2013)...

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