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    I'm not sure if this is in the right area, but I'm getting ready to go back to college in the Fall and was wondering if anyone knew anything about possible grants for disabled people (I'm a quad). I'm working with New York state VESID and recieved a pell grant but I still need more money (go figure). If someone could point me in the right direction, I'd apperciate it. Thanks!
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    #2
    Do you have an Office of Vocational Rehab (ovr) in your area? They will pay for school, they turned me down but you may have better luck. Besides that all I can suggest is student loans.
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      #3
      That's what VESID is, unfortunatly the deadline was up the day before our meeting with them (which they conviently forgot to mention when we made the appointment in the first place). So I'm applying for their aid for next semester. However that leaves me short on cash for this semester. I was hoping to avoid loans at all costs as there's no qurantee I can even get a job afterwards.
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        #4
        apply for financial aid. The department of rehab told me to apply there and whatever they dont pay for the dept of rehab will cover the difference...

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          #5
          I hear you about loans, have no idea how I'm going to pay mine!
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            #6
            Turns out being disabled in some states really doesn't matter. I for one get no funding for being disabled in PA.

            OVR has a formula that sucks ass and makes it literally impossible to get any help, and when you do get help its like 2,000 bucks if your lucky.

            I got 2,000 once because we had like a huge battle apeal after apeal, the system is f'ed.

            I'm currently in 4,000 dollars debt after 5 years in college which isn't bad, I get grants/scholarships based on grades and fin. need (my family is poor) so it works out. If yoru family is rich you get screwed. SO once you start college work your ass off so you can get scholarships as well. Some schools like Penn State have University wide scholarships which you don't even have to appply to, if you have a high gpa your automatically given them. 3.5 or above.

            Don't let debt scare you, school is a great thing. After I started school I got less depressed because it made me feel like I was doing somthing with my life, not just sitting in a chair. Everyone has debt, go for it.

            PS: talk to your school fin. aid and disability office they are a great resource.
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              #7
              Originally posted by mr_coffee
              If yoru family is rich you get screwed.
              I respectfully disagree, if your family is rich get them to pay for school.



              But on a more realistic not, contact your school's Office of Disability services (or whatever its called), my school has some scholarships specifically for people who are registered with the office of disability services. But here you have to be currently enrolled, which means no luck for your first semester.

              I can almost make ends meet with SSDI and whats leftover from my grants. I just need to find a parttime job or somefing.

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                #8
                Thats true hah.

                My parents owe me more money than I have from college debt so I guess their less than helpful when it comes to money situations.

                Look for "work study" jobs, those are nice because when your not working you can be doing homework and getting paid for it, dependingon the job.

                i use to work for the computer center and 80% of the time I would be getting paid to do my calc III homework.
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by mr_coffee
                  I for one get no funding for being disabled in PA.
                  So wha ur tellin' me is to forget grants? lol I'm actually going to Edinboro, but I live in NY which means no state aid. I'm actually going to get help now from VESID. They decided to waive the deadline. So that'll be a big help big time.

                  Thanks for the suggestions!
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                    #10
                    Robo,

                    You may get grants, depending on your county. Where I was (centre) county I didn't get jack with their calculations from OVR.

                    But talk to your local OVR and try to get aid, and also talk to Edinboro's office of disability to see if you can get help there.

                    But yours might be different. I know exactly where Edinboro is, I use to go partying there on the weekends or thursty thrusday! I use to go to Penn State Behrend (thats where I got paralzyed but now I go to Penn State Main campus.)
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                      #11
                      You don't have to be a member so try local: Moose, Kiwanis, Rotary, Elk, etc.

                      Depending on major some associations will give grants.
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                      Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.

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