Special Populations

Center for Student Opportunity – I’m First Guide to College 
The I'm First! Guide to College, now an initiative of Strive for College, is a unique college guidebook designed to help first-generation college students make their college dreams a reality! 

Education of Homeless Children and Youth
To ensure that homeless children and youth in Michigan have access to a free and appropriate public school education, the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle VII-B) of 2002, part of No Child Left Behind, requires the Department of Education to implement several items. As a response the state has designed Homeless Education Liaisons in every district. These individuals are key for students to complete necessary paperwork, especially around financial aid and FAFSA. You may be quite familiar and in regular contact with this individual, however, if you are not aware of this individual and his/her role, please take a look at the resources available at Michigan.gov/homeless.

First Generation College Student Websites in Michigan
A growing number of Michigan colleges and universities have developed websites about programs, services and resources for first generation college going students.

These Michigan colleges and universities have websites specifically for first generation college-going students:

A web based resource for teens with disabilities. This website contains information about living college life with a disability. It’s designed for high school students and provides video clips, activities and additional resources that can help you get a head start in planning for college.

I’m First! Online Community
An online community celebrating first-generation college students and supporting those who will be. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.

Improving Student Services for Military Veterans
Many service members find it difficult to align the skills gained via military service to the civilian labor market. As the number of veterans is expected to increase over the next five years, it is essential to consider how recently separated service members can succeed in earning educational credentials that will help them gain employment and reintegrate into their communities. This review from the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, outlines the insights that CCRC researchers gained by reviewing the colleges’ application proposals for a six-month planning grant to increase services for veterans, and it offers suggestions for state and federal policymakers to facilitate better support for veterans attending community colleges.


Think College
Doors in colleges are opening for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in many different ways all over the country. This website is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition-aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals. 

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