Many students are faced with the question of how to fund their college education. This dilemma may be even greater for students with disabilities who may have greater expenses depending on any auxiliary services they may need (i.e. personal assistants, tutors, equipment, etc.).
There are several resources for financial aid for students with disabilities.
Texas A&M University Scholarships
All students at Texas A&M are encouraged to apply for scholarships that are administered by the university. The deadline for most of the scholarships is March 1st. Information and online applications for the following TAMU scholarships are available on the Student Financial Aid web page (http://financialaid.tamu.edu/):
- Academic Excellence Award
- Academic Incentive Award
- Opportunity Award
- Two Year College Transfer Scholarship
Texas A&M University has a limited number of scholarships for students with disabilities. To determine if any are offered for a particular semester, contact the Student Financial Aid Office at (979) 845-3236.
Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS)
Students with disabilities should contact either the local office of DARS or their hometown DARS office to determine if they are eligible for services and/or financial assistance. The Bryan/College Station office of DARS can be contacted at (979) 680-5290. The primary goal of DARS is to help people become employed. Services that may be provided include: help with tuition expenses, books and supplies, tutoring expenses, technology aids, etc.
If you are a Texas state resident who is legally blind, or legally deaf attending a public university in the State of Texas, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver. If you qualify, your tuition waiver can be used at any Texas state institution. For more information, contact the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) or read more details at the College for All Texans web page on waivers:
Certificates of Blindness and Certificates of Deafness should be sent directly to the Student Business Services office via their waiver guidelines in order for the waiver to be applied to the student's account:
Student Accounts & Billing
PO Box 30015
General Services Complex, Suite 2801
College Station, TX 77842-3015
Or by FAX to 979-845-9406 (Be sure to include full name and UIN #)
Federal Financial Aid
Applications for the following financial aid programs are available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
- Stafford Loans
- PLUS Loans
- Direct Loans
- Pell Grants
- Perkins Loans
The above programs are federally administered loans and grants, many of which require repayment.
The following websites may be helpful in finding information about scholarships for students with disabilities:
Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Health Related Disabilities