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Loans, Scholarships, and Financial Aid for Students

dollar signsThe Federal government is the single largest source of financial assistance for postsecondary education for students with or without disabilities. Students with disabilities should consider all types of funding sources since many scholarships are not disability specific.

This page lists some excellent resource guides for financial aid for college and funding strategies for students with disabilities.

If you have already selected a college, the financial aid office at the school you plan to attend is a good place to begin your search for financial aid information. The financial aid administrator can tell you about student aid available from your state, the school itself, and other sources.

There are different types of financial aid; grants, scholarships, work-study, loans, etc. Be sure you understand the type of financial assistance you are seeking. If you have a question about the repayment of loans, information specialists who staff the US Department of Education’s Financial Aid Information Center, at 1-800-433-3243, can answer questions about the aid programs and provide estimates of monthly loan repayment amounts based on commonly used schedules. Chat and email are available.

Student Loans: Avoiding Deceptive Offers. Whether you’re taking out a new student loan or consolidating existing education loans, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, and the U.S. Department of Education (ED), the agency that oversees federal student loans, want you to know how to spot potentially deceptive claims or business practices some private companies may use to get your loan business.


College Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities - Attending college can be an exciting and enriching experience. It can also be a costly one. In addition to tuition, fees, books and supplies, other expenses to think about include room and board, health insurance, transportation and spending money.

Students with LD and the Search for College Financial Aid: A Discussion of Options and Resources. Prospective college students with learning disabilities (LD’s) face the added challenge of finding a college where the approach to providing accommodations engenders confidence that their particular needs will be understood and addressed.

Financial Aid for Students with Learning and Attention Issues. When searching for financial aid, throw out a broad net. You may find options where you least expect them.

FAFSA4caster - This Web site provides you with an opportunity to increase your knowledge of the financial aid process; become familiar with the various types of federal student aid that are available; and investigate other sources of aid, such as grants and scholarships.

To apply for federal aid and to apply for many state student aid programs, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Electronic versions of the FAFSA make applying for financial aid faster and easier than ever.

FinAid: The SmartStudent Guide to Financial Aid - Comprehensive information about scholarships and fellowships for students with disabilities.

Resources for Students with Disabilities in Need of Financial Assistance from The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet.

FastWeb - Free internet scholarship search. - Understand all of your options when it comes to paying for college. Get the latest information about college costs, scholarships, financial aid applications, education loans, and college financing. Use college costs and financial aid tools: Scholarship Search and the Financial Aid Easy Planner.

Financial Aid Basics: What Students and Families Need to Know from the National Association for College Admission Counseling.

National Society of High School Scholars: Scholarships.

Entrypoint! - A program through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) offers paid summertime internship opportunities for college students with disabilities who are pursuing degrees in science, engineering, mathematics, computer science, and some fields of business. Employers provide TDDs, screen readers, magnifying software, and other assistive technologies which allow students with disabilities to be productive members of an R&D team.

Undergraduate Scholarships and Loans. A comprehensive listing of scholarship and loan programs by Michigan State University Libraries. Though some of the listings are for students in Michigan, most are nationwide programs available to all students.

Scholarship Opportunities. Information and links to financial resources about scholarships and fellowships for students with disabilities in need of financial assistance from InCight.

Scholarship Junkies Network. Stuck on a scholarship essay? Need a letter of recommendation from your teacher? At Scholarship Junkies, you can learn from the tips and suggestions fo students who have won shcolarships on local and national levels.

Paying for College: Funding Strategies and Financial Aid from Think College. 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. Scholarship Finder. Find scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community.You and your dependents have great military education benefits. Learn about great schools and programs that can help you reach your goals.


Scholarships Your Teen Can (Ahem, Should) Apply To. One of the best ways to pay for college? Scholarship money! Check out this list of thirty (30) vetted scholarships for teens from GreatSchools.

VA Scholarship for Children of Fallen Members. The Marine Gunnery Sergeant John D. Fry Scholarship is an amendment to the Post-9/11 GI Bill (chapter 33) that makes education benefits available to the children of service members who die in the line of duty after Sept. 10, 2001.

Military Family Educational Assistance Programs. The Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain veterans.

Lime Fellowship Program for students with disabilities. Lime Scholarships for Students with Disabilities.

Google Scholarship Program.

Buckley Moss Society Scholarships and Awards

National Center for Learning Disabilities Scholarships

Anne Ford and Allegra Ford Scholarship

The Anne Ford Scholarship is a $10,000 scholarship awarded by the National Center for Learning Disabilities to a high school senior with a learning disability who can act as a role model for others who are faced with learning disabilities and who has the potential of contributing to society in a way that increases opportunities for all people with learning disabilities.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities Student Achievement Award. This award recognizing the strengths and accomplishments of young people with learning disabilities and ADHD will be given to a student 19 or younger who has demonstrated initiative, talent, and determination resulting in a notable accomplishment in any field.

8 College Scholarships for Students with Learning Disabilities from Money.

Yes I Can! Student Achievement Awards and Scholarships from the Council for Exceptional Children.

College Scholarships for Students with Parents with Disabilities. Through the Looking Glass is pleased to announce new scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities.

Scholarship Programs of the Fischer Foundation.Scholarships for military children at Comprehensive listing of college scholarships for students with disabilities.


College View: Financial Aid 101

Five Tips for Paying for College - How to Win the Financial Aid Game

"I Can't Afford College" and other Financial Aid and Grant Myths


2018–19 Do You Need Money for College? The Guide to Federal Student Aid is a comprehensive resource on student financial aid from the U.S. Department of Education. Grants, loans, and work-study are the three major forms of student financial aid available through the federal Student Assistance Programs. Updated each year, The Guide tells you about the programs and how to apply for them. More Resources from Federal Student Aid.

Federal Financial Aid and College: An Overview for Students with Disabilities - This resource guide (2007) describes federal financial aid programs, state vocational rehabilitation services, and regional and local sources. A listing of nationally awarded grants and a pre-college checklist to organize the search for funds complete the guide.The HEATH staff has prepared this resource guide for students, parents, and all professionals who assist students with disabilities in securing financial assistance for postsecondary education.


Peterson's College Money Handbook 2018

Peterson's Scholarships, Grants and Prizes

Financial Aid for the Disabled & Their Families, 2012

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2018

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