CTP: Other components to Student Financial Aid Eligibility
Becoming an approved CTP allows colleges and universities to provide financial aid to eligible students with ID. There are other important components to financial aid eligibility as well.
When students with ID are attending a CTP, it does waive some typical eligibility requirements – students with ID are not required to have a standard high school diploma, and they do not have to be working towards a degree. But other requirements remain in place. It is useful for programs to have a basic understanding of these requirements so that they can effectively advise the students in their programs.
The video in the To Learn More section shares very useful information about financial aid for students with intellectual disabilties attending CTPs. David Bergeron from the US Department of Education answers several questions related to the FAFSA form, how things differ for students with ID as compared to other students, and much more.
Components of Student Eligibility for Financial Aid
1. Attending an approved program: The student must be attending an approved Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP). A list of currently approved programs can be found here.
Did You Know? While program approval is a one time process, students must apply every year to determine their eligibility for financial aid.
2. Meet eligibility requirements: A student attending an approved CTP must also meet requirements.
The student must have exited high school or a secondary institution. The student is not required to have a standard high school diploma. Students who are dually enrolled (attending college while still in high school, or still receiving special education services from their high school), cannot receive financial aid.
The student must have an intellectual disability as defined by the HEOA.
The student must demonstrate financial need. Financial need requirements that are in place for other college students also apply to students with ID attending a CTP. Need is determined by the student and their family completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).