Paying for College: Resources

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.  Think College National Coordinating Center has developed several resources that share information on the different funding options that students and families can explore, such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Medicaid, scholarships, federal student aid, Veteran’s benefits, and ABLE accounts. In these briefs, each funding sources is explained, and of the conditions under which that funding may be an option is described.

Paying for CollegeExploring Funding Sources for an Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program 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 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 Provides more information for those who want to explore waivers within their own state. 

Students with ID Accessing VA Benefits (Chapter 35) Basic information and resources that students and programs can use to take advantage of VA funding opportunities.