College Funding for Students with Disabilities

Financial aid is available to help students pay or supplementeducational expenses for college. Students with disabilities may beeligible for Federal or State programs, agencies, and organizationsthat offer financial support.

Federal student aid programs include Federal Pell grants, FederalStafford Loans, Federal PLUS loans, Campus-based programs, FederalSupplemental Educational Opportunity, Grants, Federal Work Study, andPerkins Loans. Grants do not have to be repaid. Loans must be repaid.For more information about Federal Student Aid go to the Department of Education web site or call the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 800-433-3243 or 800-730-8913(TTY).

Students with disabilities may be eligible for Supplemental SecurityIncome (SSI) and Plan for Achieving Self Support (PASS). Contact the local Social Security Administration office or go to

Most states offer information and financial assistance in the form of state grants and loans. Refer to PHEAA to identify available state financial assistance.

Studentswith disabilities may be eligible for State Vocational RehabilitationServices. This agency helps individuals with disabilities prepare for,obtain, and retain employment. To determine eligibility for services,contact the Lehigh/Carbon county OVR office at 610-821-6441,1-800-922-9536, 610-821-6144 TTY, or the Schuylkill County office at610-378-4370, 1-800-442-0949, 610-378-4433 TTY

Scholarships are gifts and awards based on academic achievement,background, or other criteria. There are limited disability-specificscholarships. Students should research scholarships based on criteriaother than disability. Students can research locally by checking withparents' employer, local professional or social organizations,religious groups, Chamber of Commerce. Students taking the PSAT(Preliminary SAT) will receive information about the National MeritScholarship Corporation. Students can also search the web by using various search engines.

The following are samples of web sites that provide information about financial aid resources and scholarships. This is not anall-inclusive list. Students may use this list to initiate an online research project.

College Resources


Financial Aid information

Best Colleges Scholarships

General scholarship lists

Disability related scholarships