Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Students with intellectual disabilities may be able
to get certain types of federal student aid.

Students with Intellectual Disabilities

If you have an intellectual disability, you may receive funding from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs if you:

  • are enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a comprehensive transition and postsecondary (CTP) program for students with intellectual disabilities at an institution of higher education (a college or career school) that participates in the federal student aid programs;
  • are maintaining satisfactory academic progress; and
  • meet the basic federal student aid eligibility requirements, except that you are not required to have a high school diploma or GED and are not required to be pursuing a degree or certificate.

A CTP program for students with intellectual disabilities means a degree, certificate, or nondegree program that:

  • is offered by a college or career school and approved by the U.S. Department of Education;
  • is designed to support students with intellectual disabilities who want to continue academic, career, and independent living instruction to prepare for gainful employment;
  • offers academic advising and a structured curriculum; and
  • requires students with intellectual disabilities to participate, for at least half of the program, in
    • regular enrollment in credit-bearing courses with nondisabled students,
    • auditing or participating (with nondisabled students) in courses for which the student does not receive regular academic credit,
    • enrollment in noncredit-bearing, nondegree courses with nondisabled students, or
    • internships or work-based training with nondisabled individuals.


    CTP Programs Approved to Participate in the Federal Student Aid Programs*
    California State University Fresno, California
    Taft College Taft, California
    Southeastern University Lakeland, Florida
    Elmhurst College Elmhurst, Illinois
    Heartland Community College Normal, Illinois
    The College of New Jersey Ewing, New Jersey
    New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, New York
    Western Carolina University Cullowhee, North Carolina
    Appalachian State Boone, North Carolina
    Kent State University Kent, Ohio
    College of Charleston Charleston, South Carolina
    Vanderbilt University Nashville, Tennessee
    Clemson University Clemson, South Carolina
    University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina
    Coastal Carolina University Conway, South Carolina
    George Mason University Fairfax, Virginia

    *As of Mar. 1, 2013

If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the financial aid office at your college or career school.

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