Hope for Higher Education

In the past, for individuals with low incomes or disabilities, the hope of going to college seemed distant if not impossible. Luckily, times have changed.  There are now growing opportunities for the poor and disabled.  The following article has information to help those individuals with low incomes or disabilities get the education they deserve.

There are many financial aid and scholarship options for underprivileged or disabled students who are interested in highergraduate education, such as college or trade schools. Every year, the U.S. Department of Education awards money, or federal aid, to students attending four-year colleges or universities, community colleges or career schools. Eligibility for most federal student aid is based on financial need and several other factors, such as citizenship and academic achievement. Federal student aid includes grants, work-study programs, and federal loans.

To be eligible to receive federal student aid, you must:

  1. Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen
  2. Certify that you are not in default on a federal student loan and do not owe money on a federal student grant
  3. Certify that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  4. Demonstrate financial need
  5. Have a high school diploma or GED
  6. Have a valid Social Security Number
  7. Maintain satisfactory academic progress once in school
  8. Men Ages 18-25 must Register with the Selective Service

In addition to the eligibility for federal student aid requirements above,  students with intellectual disabilities must  be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an institution of higher education in a Title IV-eligible, comprehensive transition and postsecondary (CTP) program for students with intellectual disabilities.

To find more information about scholarships and federal student aid, visit Disability.gov online at https://www.disability.gov/home/i_want_to/student_financial_aid.

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