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Financial Aid

It is crucial that youth and families begin planning for how postsecondary education costs will be covered as early as possible. This includes knowing when to submit financial aid paperwork, accessing programs that may help cover certain costs and using other savings strategies.


College Costs: Net Price Calculator

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

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  • The Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities
    Created by the college and careers experts at, the purpose of this guide is to provide comprehensive information about how to pay for college as well as scholarships and other information that is specifically helpful for students with disabilities. The design, formatting and style were developed to be easily interpreted by students with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities and was built to work with a broad range of assistive technologies. It includes a list of disability specific scholarships and rights for college students with disabilities.
  • College Affordability and Transparency Center
    This new US Department of Education Web site helps students and their families determine which colleges have the highest and lowest tuition, how much career and vocational education programs cost, and how fast college costs going up. 
  • College Funding for Students with Disabilities
    Fact sheet from the University of Washington's DO-IT program
  • Disability.Gov’s Guide to Student Financial Aid
    Provides a list of resources with information on federal, state and local scholarships and loans for students with disabilities.
  • 2015-2016 Planning Ahead: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities
    This resource guide from the HEATH Resource Center explains financial aid and highlights various scholarship resources for youth with disabilities.
  • Funding Your Education
    Section of Minnesota's Disability 101: web site providing information to Minnesota youth with disabilities and their families looking at a variety of ways to pay for postsecondary education.
  • Scholarships for Students with Disabilities |
    This page on the Affordable Colleges Online web site features selective scholarship opportunities that students with disabilities may apply for to help pay for school.
  • Student
    A U.S. Department of Education web site that can provide students with an early estimate of their eligibility for federal student financial assistance and reduce the amount of time it will take to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the qualifying form for all federal student financial aid.
  • "Mapping Your Future"
    A neutral, non-proprietary, and non-commercial Web site sponsored by student loan guaranty agencies – many of which are nonprofit or state agencies – from around the country. While not focused on disability issues, it provides resources on career selection, college planning, and money management tools helpful for all students and families.
  • U.S. Department of Education — Federal Student Aid
    Web site with information on preparing for and funding education beyond high school. It has information geared to students from elementary school to high school as well as their parents to help families make prepare for and make informed decisions regarding academic preparation, choosing a school and applying for financial aid.
  • FAFSA On the Web
  • Financial Aid FAQs