OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS

There is special financial aid for students with disabilities:

 

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP):
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) is financial aid provided to New York State resident students dependent on need. Ordinarily the TAP program is available only for full-time study. Students with disabilities often enroll as part-time students as an accommodation for their disability. Students with disabilities are eligible for special Disability TAP if they enroll as part-time students, i.e. they enroll for as few as 3 credits. Students should discuss their eligibility for TAP and other programs for tuition assistance with the Financial Aid Office.  Disability TAP is only allowed when the disability is the reason that the student needs to take less than full time credit hours.  www.buffalostate.edu/financialaid/

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities:
There are many scholarships established for students with disabilities. A current listing of these scholarships as well as the eligibility and deadlines for application is available in the Scholarship Office in Grover Cleveland Hall 211.  Here is a recent pdf file about these opportunities:  www.buffalostate.edu/scholarship/documents/studentswithdisabilities.pdf

Adult Career and Continuing Education Services -Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR) provides funds to students who have significant disabilities and who need training to meet their employment goals as agreed upon with the rehabilitation counselors for the agency. ACCES-VR works with individuals who have disabilities other than blindness. Funding is provided based on income and severity of need. Assistive technology and adaptive equipment and training in their use are also common forms of support. If a student is eligible for ACCES-VR support, he/she must first complete the federal FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Assistance) paperwork as well as TAP. Any gaps after that funding is in place can be covered according to guidelines established periodically. It is the student’s responsibility to provide transcripts and other documentation of progress each semester for continued funding. To receive a voucher for books, the student must request it from the agency well before the start of the semester to ensure the paperwork is ready when the books are needed.  The ACCES-VR website can be reached by clicking on the link.

Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped (CBVH) Funding Resources:
CBVH works with individuals who have a significant visual impairment or legal blindness. Funding is provided based on income and severity of need. Assistive technology and adaptive equipment and training in their use are also common forms of support. If a student is eligible for CBVH support, he/she must first complete the federal FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Student Assistance) paperwork as well as TAP. Any gaps after that funding is in place can be covered according to guidelines established periodically. It is the student’s responsibility to provide transcripts and other documentation of progress each semester for continued funding. To receive a voucher for books, the student must request it from the agency well before the start if the semester to ensure the paperwork is ready when the books are needed.  www.ocfs.state.ny.us/main/cbvh/