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Tuition, Fees, and Financial Aid

Financial Aid

The O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund

The mission of the O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund is to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome – 18 and older – who are continuing to enrich their lives by taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs. Read more and download the application here

The Springboard Foundation Scholarship

The Springboard Foundation, a non-profit affiliate of Springboard Consulting, is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships to full-time college students who have documented disabilities of any type deemed to be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act and/or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These scholarships are given as one-time awards in the amount of $1,500. The rules for eligibility are contained in the Application document. The Springboard Foundation is pleased to provide this opportunity to several promising students each year, based on available funds. Additional information and the scholarship application can be found on their website.

Ruby's Rainbow Scholarship

Ruby's Rainbow awards scholarships to individuals with Down syndrome seeking higher education or post-secondary enrichment classes. The scholarship application for Fall 2018 is now open. Applications are due by April 28, 2018. Additional information and the scholarship application can be found here.

Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship

Shire is sponsoring an ADHD Scholarship to recognize students who are legal residents of the United States who are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and who are accepted to or enrolled in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate program at an accredited college, university, technical school, trade school, or vocational school located in the US for the academic year 2018 - 2019. Applications are due by May 31, 2018. Additional information can be found here.

The Google Lime Scholarship

Google has partnered with Lime Connect, a nonprofit organization that supports students with disabilities while they pursue education and promising organization that supports students with disabilities while they work toward their academic goals in the field of computer science. Selected students will receive $10,000 for the 2018-2019 year. Additional information can be found on their website.

National Garage Door Atlanta Asthma and Allergy Scholarship
National Garage Door Atlanta is awarding one $1000 scholarship to a student diagnosed with asthma or suffer from any type of allergy; who are accepted to or enrolled in, an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a collge or university in the United States; and carry a minimum 3.0 GPA. Additional information can be found on their website.
NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarships

The NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Scholarship will offer eight (8) scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities who are interested in pursuing a career in the communications, media, or entertainment industry. Each recipient will receive $5,625 to help cover the cost of education at their current college or university. More information can be found here.

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. Disability Scholarship Program

The Buckfire Law Firm offers one $1000 scholarship to any student of any age with any type of disability. Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled at an accredited college or university within the US, must have a disability diagnosis, and must have completed at least one semester of classes at an accredited college or university. The deadline to apply is April 1. More information, including how to apply, can be found here.

Gemm Learning Dyslexia/Auditory Processing Disorder Scholarship

Gemm Learning offers two $1000 scholarships per year (one per semester) to undergraduate students with dyslexia and/or auditory processing disorder. Applicants are required to submit an essay and proof of college enrollment. The deadline to apply is July 16, 2018. For more information, application instructions, and past winning essays, visit their website.

Wells Fargo Scholarship Program for People with Disabilities

Wells Fargo awards several renewable scholarships to students with disabilities seeking education and training to succeed in the career path of their choice. The deadline to apply varies because they only accept a certain number of submissions. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must specify whether they are in a certificate program or a degree program. More information is available here.

disABLEDperson, Inc. Scholarships

disABLEDperson, Inc. offers various scholarship opportunities throughout the year for students who are currently enrolled in school and can provide proof of enrollment. Additional information is available on their website

REACH Program Scholarships

REACH Program Scholarships are supplemental and based on need. This scholarship opportunity is made possible by funds raised at our annual fundraising efforts. Applications are due in June. Applications are available here.

Federal Financial Aid

Students in the REACH Program are eligible for some federal financial aid (e.g., Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs). Additional information can be found here.

Federal Student and Parent Loans

Federal student and parent loans are not available.

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation assistance

The Department of Vocational Rehabilitation may provide financial assistance. Check with your local agency for more information as regulations vary by state.

Additional Resources

Sallie Mae rolls out parent loans to pay for college

The Washington Post

By Danielle Douglas-Gabriel | April 26 at 3:42 PM As parents face the prospect of paying for college this fall, Sallie Mae is offering a new option for those considering borrowing to cover costs. The private lender said Tuesday that it is now providing parent loans at a lower cost than the government. Sallie Mae joins an expanding market of companies promoting alternatives to the federal Parent Plus loan, one of the government’s most profitable student aid programs. The federal program has come Read the full story 

Additional information and resources are available at: http://www.thinkcollege.net/topics/paying-for-college.

2018-2019 Academic Year Program Costs

For projection purposes only.  Subject to change.
Academic Tuition and other fees            $16,000 (in-state)
    $24,000 (out-of-state)
Housing (optional)   $8,000 (private room)
    $7,000 (shared room)
Program fee   $3,300 (students living on campus)
    $1,600 (students living off campus)
Meal Plan   $3,980 (all freshmen living on campus must have a meal plan)

*This projection does not include books or individual housing supplies (sheets, clothes, toiletries, computers, etc.)