As students and their families look at college options, the question of how to pay for it is on everyone’s mind. No one solution is going to work for all students, so in May, 2022, Cate Weir of the Think College National Coordinating Center presented a webinar to share information on several funding options that students and families can explore, such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Medicaid, scholarships, federal student aid, Veteran’s benefits, and ABLE accounts. Details of each funding source are shared, as well as an overview of the conditions under which available funding possibilities may be an option.
Several resources were discussed and shared during the webinar and provide additional information about specific college funding options. Each offer more information on an important source of funding for students attending a college program.
Paying for College: Exploring Funding Sources for an Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program This brief summarizes 10 different sources of funding for college for students with ID
Federal Financial Aid for Students with ID Explains how the Higher Education Act opened the door for federal financial aid for students attending approved Comprehensive Transition Programs
Federal Financial Aid for Students with ID (Plain language) Provides a plain language explanation of federal financial aid options for students with intellectual disability
Scholarships for Students with Intellectual Disabilities-2022 Edition Updated annually, this guide provides information on 20 scholarships, with guidance on how to find others in your area.
Use of Medicaid Waivers to Support Students with Intellectual Disability in College An introduction to Medicaid HCBS waivers with a general explanation of how some states have used them to support students with ID in college, and the types of PSE services and supports that waivers can fund.
Medicaid HCBS Waiver Support for Students with Intellectual Disability Attending College This brief provides more information for those who want to explore waivers within their own state.
GI Bill Resources This webpage explains who is eligible for Chapter 35 Dependent benefits and how to apply.