For Families: Paying for College

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One of the greatest challenges for college attendance is how to pay for it, and this can be particularly true for students with intellectual disability. But there are several avenues to explore for funding the cost of a college program. Vocational rehabilitation funds, Mediciad waiver funds, ABLE accounts, scholarships and financial aid may be able to help families and students pay for college.  What is available for each student depends on what services are available to them in their area and what service they are eligible for, so it can be confusing.  
We have put together pages on our site that share key curated resources and frequently asked questions on important topics related to inclusive postsecondary education that we call the  Innovation ExchangeThere is page  that shares multiple resources and answers frequently asked questions about Paying for College that we hope is helpful.  We encourage you to check out the information on that page, particularly the Frequently Asked Questions.  
To the right on this page are resources you can download and read that share information about specific funding possibilities, such as federal financial aid, ABLE accounts, Medicaid and scholarships.  Becuase each situation is different, you can reach out to us at our Help Desk if you have questions once you review these materials. 

Think College Insight Brief #45 discusses how students with intellectual disabilities can utilize federal financial aid to help pay for college. This publication was originally released in 2012 as Insight Brief #16; it was updated to reflect current legislation and policy...Read more

Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers can provide support for individuals with intellectual disability participating in postsecondary education (PSE). HCBS waiver funding has been used to pay for peer support, career services, transportation, tuition, fees, and more (Parisi...Read more

The mission of Ruby's Rainbow is to grant scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking postsecondary education, enrichment, or vocational classes. It is their goal to create awareness of the capabilities of these amazing individuals and help them...Read more