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Resources for Students with Disabilities in Need of Financial Assistance


Paying for college is difficult at best, The Center has collected some resources we hope will assist parents of students with disabilities and the students themselves who are looking for college financial aid and or student financial aid.  One of the best resources we have found is the Fastweb college Scholarship site which is listed above.This page is devoted to resources for disabled students in need of financial aid.  At the moment it is centered around the U. S.  We would like to gather information for students from all over the world. Everyone should be able to get financial aid for school if they need it.   If you have other resources please let us know by contacting us at: icdri@icdri.org 

Or you may fill out a registration form and we will include the resource as soon as possible.

A special thanks to the members of our advisory board who contributed these links and did the research.

You might also want to visit our Books section. 

Most colleges and Universities in the U. S.  have a disability office as part of the student services organization.  So check with each school that you or you child wishes to attend to see what each school has as well.

In the U. S. also try the listing below as one of your first resources: 

Listing of the U. S. State Directors of Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation, also known as "VR," is a US Department of Labor program that helps people who have disabilities to get and keep a job. VR helps people who have physical, mental, or emotional disabilities.  This can and does include payment for appropriate education and other services to qualify for and secure successful employment. 

Each state should have one of these.  If you cannot find the listing for your state please contact us at icdri@icdri.orgso we can assist you.


ScrubsGallery.com and ExceptionalNurse.com joint $1,000 nursing student scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually based on merit to a current or enrolled nursing student with a disability. There’s more information and the scholarship application at http://www.scrubsgallery.com

Hotels Cheap is offering to College and High School students two ongoing scholarships per year, valued at $1,500 each.  Please apply at http://www.hotelscheap.org/scholarship 

See the new page  Financial Aid Resources for Purchasing Assistive Technology

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An Introduction to College Scholarships

The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing 

Anne & Matt Harbison Award Scholarship

Anne Ford Scholarship ($10,000 award for high school senior with an identified learning disability (LD) who is pursuing an undergraduate degree):

Arkansas - Fund My Future - http://www.fundmyfuture.info

UC Berkeley Campus AA Plan: Individuals with Disabilities and Covered Veterans

College & Student Savings Calculator

Council of Citizens with Low Vision International Scholarship 

Denova Scholars offers 2 scholarships listed on their website at

Disabled Student Program.  - Yahoo Resource Collection on disabled student progrmam

If you have a learning problem or disability check the college or University that you are interested in to see if they have a Disabled Student Program. Make an appointment and talk with a person there. Most Universities now have a department for disabled students. Please note make sure to learn what all they can offer the student in regards to equipment and their disability.

ELA Foundation Scholarships

 ELA offers scholarships to women with disabilities who are currently pursuing graduate degrees

The ERIC Clearinghouse on Disabilities and Gifted Education (ERIC EC) Financial Aid

Fast Web Scholarship Search

At FastWeb, fund seekers create an online profile to search over 600,000 possible scholarships and turn up the most likely matches. The site automatically notifies users when a new, applicable scholarship becomes available. The site also provides applications to more than 700 colleges and tips on paying for school and career opportunities.

Federal Student Aid

Financial Aid for the Disabled and Their Families - Book

FinAid the Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Financial Aid Resources for Purchasing Assistive Technology
Resources to help in the purchase of many different types of Assistive Technology

Financial Aid Tips for International Exchange and Disability
http://www.miusa.org/participant/finaid.htm l

University of Florida Student Financial Affairs Office Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities.

The Foundation for Science and Disability

Funding Strategies for Students with Disabilities

Immune Deficiency Foundation

Listing of the U. S. State Directors of Vocational Rehabilitation

MatchCollege.com - a free college search and information site, providing information on admissions, financial aid, tuition and more on over 6,000 colleges and universities nation-wide. - http://www.matchcollege.com/

If you're looking for a complete list of scholarships for students with disabilities, this resource was recently compiled: http://www.medicalgoods.com/disability-scholarships/

Special scholarships for people with disabilities
University of Missouri, www.missouri.edu/~accesscm/scholarship.htm 

National Clearing House on Postsecondary Education for People with Disabilities

Online Masters Scholarship page is located at:http://www.onlinemastersprograms.org/financial-aid/scholarships/.

Online Masters Financial Aid Resources page can be found at: http://www.onlinemastersprograms.org/financial-aid/


Parents Inc, Scholarship links, a huge list!

Scholarships and Grants

Spina Bifida Association of America Scholarships 

The Stokoe Scholarship

$2000 scholarship for a deaf graduate student (studying for master's or doctoral degree), who is actively involved in research on Sign Language or the Deaf Community.

TPA Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and Near Deaf

 The Travelers Protective Association of America established the TPA Scholarship Trust for the Deaf and Near Deaf in 1975 to provide financial aid to children and adults who suffer deafness or hearing impairment and who need assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment or specialized education as well as speech classes, note takers, interpreters, etc. and in other areas of need that are directly related to hearing impairment.

University/Education Disability Resources:
http://www.makoa.org/education.htm  (with links to financial aid sources for people with disabilities)

Wheelchair.com Scholarship

Wheelchair.com  is offering a $500 scholarship to an undergraduate student. You can find the complete details here: http://www.1800wheelchair.com/scholarship/

World of Options Scholarships

Learn more about this scholarship opportunity for people with disabilities from Boston or San Francisco.

The Yes I Can! Foundation Scholarship