What resources can help pay for my child with a disability to attend college?
Funding can be a big issue, especially as many of us were told not to save money in our children’s name (yes, Section 529 college savings plans above the allowable limit will disqualify a young adult for Social Security benefits). There are several other sources of funding that parents can explore, however. An ABLE Account can be used to save for college without affecting Medi-Cal benefits. Regional Center and the DOR are able to fund most programs based on a variety of criteria. Think College's webinar on Paying for College explains the variety of funding sources available.
There are also scholarships available, which Think College can provide information about. For example, the DOR is able to pay the entire cost of attending UC Davis SEEDS for students that are DOR clients. In other states, it is possible that the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation can provide funding. There are also scholarship programs such as Ruby’s Rainbow.
Most college students are also eligible for federal funding, such as a Pell grant or a student loan, but the standard criteria includes being matriculated (accepted to a degree program) and having a high school diploma.
For more information, check out this article.