Embark News Campaign 33

Information Regarding Verification of Homeless Status

The Embark Georgia statewide network serves post-secondary professionals and institutions to ensure connectivity, share best practices, and provide information exchange among youth, community based stakeholders, and K-12 education.
This week's mailchimp focuses on financial aid for homeless and unaccompanied youth. The information below focuses on these three documents:
Financial Aid Information
  1. A McKinney-Vento liaison can only make the determination of a student's homeless status their senior year.  
  2. If a student becomes homeless after high school has ended, at any point in time they will need to get verification of their homeless status from one of the other three verifiers. This is also the same for subsequent year determinations. 
  3. If the student has not been at an RHYA or HUD funded shelter, then the Financial Aid Administrator is the only person that can make that determination. 
  4. If your DPOC is the Financial Aid Administrator, then yes that DPOC can make the determination. If they are not, then they can write a letter of support if they know about the student's situation. However they can not make the determination. 
  5. In terms of verification, Chapter 5 of the Application and Verification Guide (attached see pages 127-128) indicates that the FAA can do a documented interview, which means they don't necessarily need to have anything else outside of speaking with the student, and confirming that they are unaccompanied and lack fixed, regular, adequate housing to make the determination. Our determination tool can be used in those instances when schools don't have their own form (attached)

Link to the Designated Points of Contacts for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. 

Visit Embark Website for more information

The Department of Education has created an infographic regarding dependency status for financial aid purposes. Be sure to check it out below!
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The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
– a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia – is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education.

Embark Georgia is located at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
David Meyers and Lori Tiller are the network directors. Our offices are located at 

1240 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30605

You may contact us by calling 706-542-1108 or emailing  EMBARK@fanning.uga.edu
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