The State of California has increased administrative support for homeless college students. AB 801 requires community colleges and Cal States to designate a staff member who is employed within the financial aid office, or another appropriate office or department, of the institution to serve as a Homeless and Foster Student Liaison and to inform current and prospective students of the institution about student financial aid and other assistance available to homeless youth and current and former foster youth, as specified.
The California State University and each community college shall administers a priority enrollment system, and grant priority in that system for registration for enrollment to a foster youth or former foster youth or, until January 1, 2020, a homeless youth.
“Homeless youth” means a student under 25 years of age, who has been verified at any time during the 24 months immediately preceding the receipt of his or her application for admission by a postsecondary educational institution as a homeless child or youth, as defined in McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act by at least one of the following: (i) A homeless services provider,(ii) The director of a federal TRIO program or Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs program, or a designee of that director. (iii) A financial aid administrator for an institution of higher education. A student who has been verified as a homeless youth shall retain that status for a period of six years from the date of admission to the postsecondary educational institution.
AB 801 is effective beginning the 2017 fall term.