Displaced college students face hardships while attending school. These are resources and programs that can help. No one knows how many college students are homeless but it is estimated to be about 58,000 homeless students. This figure could be higher since the homeless youths try to keep their situation a secret. They sleep with friends, on couches, sleep in the library, stay at shelters or on the street. The 58,000 homeless students figure is based on an estimate from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY).
The federal College Cost Reduction and Access Act (PDF) was passed in 2007, and made it easier for financial aid administrators to offer assistance to existing and prospective homeless students.