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Higher Education: College Starter Kits

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.


  1. Students must have experienced homelessness during the 2023-24 school year.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. A completed application form;
  2. 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);
  3. 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
  4. 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].

Additional Information
For additional information about the homeless education program, return to the Homeless Education Program’s main webpage.

Contact Us
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]