Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado


Seth Morones

Faculty Sponsor

David Musick


This phenomenological study sought to explore how resource relationships impact college independent students during his/her homeless experience, while accessing higher education opportunities. Six students were interviewed at a Colorado university about their individual experiences. It was found that experiences pertaining to collegiate aspirations, educational barriers, accessing resource opportunities, and finding supplemental support were shared between the participants. Three major areas were identified as access areas for finding support including educational settings, community organizations, and intimate connections. These relationships assisted in providing social capital, based primarily on trust, as well as skill building and navigating the process of accessing college opportunities.