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WHAT IS "GPS" Graduates Preparing for Success?

  • The College Readiness "GPS" program provides post-secondary support, educational guidance, and mentorship to students and families experiencing transitional living as identified by the McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

    This program is designed to increase the number of senior students receiving MV status by providing:

    • College and Career planning
    • HISD Student Assistance Support
    • Referrals to Social Service Agencies 
    • and more!

Transitional Youth under the McKinney-Vento Act

  • What is the McKiney Vento Act?

  • Important guidelines for identifying children and youth who are homeless include, but are not limited to:



    College Application:
    Students identified as McKinney Vento qualify to receive up to four (4) Request for Waiver of College Application Fee forms! 

    Financial Aid Financial Aid:
    McKinney Vento students are automatically eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as independent students, meaning they do not have to provide parental income information or a signature.

    SAT/ACT Testing:
    MV students may request the College Board’s SAT fee waiver and a free ACT fee waiver.  

    Application Education Training Voucher:
    A federal benefit that provides funding for current and former foster youth attending post-secondary school. Eligible students can access up to $5,000.00 per school year. This funding can also be accessed by eligible students who are taking dual credit courses in high school!   



  • What tools or resources are available for career exploration?

  • What information is needed to complete a financial aid application?

  • What steps do I need to complete for College and Career planning assistance?


Contact Us

  • Ms. Jermani Justice, MEd. 
    College and Career Readiness Advisor, GPS Lead contact 
    713-556-7237 Ext. 217319