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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.

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College Costs: Net Price Calculator


Overview of the Financial Aid Process


After the FAFSA: What Happens Next


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Resources

  • The Accessible Guide to Paying for College for Students with Disabilities
    Created by the college and careers experts at GoodCall.com, 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 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
  • Financial Aid Checklist 
    This checklist from the College Board was developed to guide high school students and their families about what they can do to prepare to fund their college education, freshman year through the final year of high school.
  • 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.
  • Scholarship Finder
    This web page from the U.S. Department of Labor’s CareerOneStop site allows you to search more than 7,500 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities.
  • Scholarship.com
  • Scholarships & Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities 
    This page allows users to search for scholarships available to students with specific disabilities such as autism or hearing, vision or speech disabilities and also provides general descriptions of federal financial aid programs.
  • Scholarships for Students with Disabilities | AffordableCollegesOnline.org
    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 Aid.gov
    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.
  • FAFSA On the Web