The Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) Homeless Education Program is offering an opportunity for graduating high school students who are experiencing homelessness to receive a College Starter Kit. The kit will include items such as a laptop, school supplies and other essential items to prepare students for success in their first year of college.
- Students must have experienced homelessness during the 2023-24 school year.
- Students must have been identified as experiencing homelessness in the LEA McKinney-Vento Database application or by an advocate/caseworker during the 2023-24 school year.
- Students must show proof of acceptance and/or enrollment into a college or university for the 2024 summer/fall semester.
Instructions: Applicants applu via email. A complete application includes the following:
- A completed application form;
- A personal essay consisting of 1,000-1,500 words about the impact of experiencing homelessness on your life and desire to attend college (see essay evaluation criteria listed below);
- A minimum of one letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or another adult who can speak to your educational qualifications (e.g., Advanced Placement classes, honor roll selection, academic improvement, standardized tests, academic certificates, or awards) and life experiences; and
- Proof of acceptance into a college or university (e.g., acceptance letter, class schedule, or housing confirmation letter).
Students can request and submit the required documents via email to [email protected].
For additional information about the homeless education program, return to the Homeless Education Program’s main webpage.
For questions or additional information, please email [email protected] or call (202) 654-6123.
The Homeless Education Program is administered by OSSE’s Office of Special Populations and Programs within the Division of Systems and Supports, K-12.
[Date Posted: May 10, 2023]