According to a national survey, 11.1% of undergraduate students reported having a disability. While these students may face unique challenges, they are entitled to the same quality of education as anyone else. For this reason, the team of experts at the Affordable Colleges published a financial aid guide for students with disabilities that helps students:
- Find specific scholarships based on their specific disability
- Get the most from their state and local financial aid resources
- Understand difficult concepts like loan forgiveness and reduction options
Disabilities may include a visual impairment, a specific learning disability, an orthopedic impairment, hard of hearing/deafness, or a speech disability, among others. Many of these students receive federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans, while some work part-time and/or receive financial assistance from their families to help pay for college. As medical and tuition costs continue to rise, however, more and more scholarships for students with disabilities are being made available to fill critical financial gaps.
A person with a disability is defined as someone who has or considers themselves to have, a long-term or recurring issue that impacts one or more activities that others may consider to be a daily function. This definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists.
Stuttering is considered a disability by Federal, State and private organizations.
Please click the link below to search for scholarships and grants frequently given to college students with disabilities.
Financial Aid Guide for Students with Disabilities
Also, each college or university is mandated by the federal government to provide a “Disabled Student Services Department” staffed by counselors who are assigned each disabled student to provide academic accommodations and counseling during the school year.
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