For most FIU students, daily challenges include finding a parking space, getting to class on time, passing their exams, balancing work and school. Some of our students, however, face a challenge which makes receiving an FIU degree seem nearly impossible: they are homeless. With no support system, no financial foundation and no home to return to after class, these students lack the stability needed to succeed at FIU.
The challenges – and the numbers – are daunting. In Fall 2014, FIU estimated there were more than 80 homeless or former foster care youth enrolled at the university.
Despite overwhelming obstacles, these students choose to be at FIU – allocating their limited resources to attend this university. They understand the importance of an FIU degree and the power of higher education. They understand that FIU will lead them to a life of prosperity and security.