Begin the financial aid process early. A good resource for beginning your exploration of financial resources is the HEATH Resource Center.
If you are sponsored by a vocational rehabilitation agency (ACCES-VR, CBVH), you will need to determine your eligibility for financial assistance from them (e.g. tuition, transportation, assistive technology, etc.).
If you will need to purchase new assistive technology to support your disability needs in college, discuss your need with the financial aid office. The cost may be added to your budget increasing your pool of available aid.
If you are planning to attend a school in New York State, you may be eligible for part-time Tuition Assistance Program (known as ADATAP) aid; however, Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) may provide a greater benefit. Apply for both TAP and APTS and the financial aid office will be able to determine which program provides the greatest benefits for you. This page has all the links you'll need if you are applying to Tompkins Cortland.
In order to be eligible for federal and state financial aid such as PELL, TAP, or a student loan, you must have one of the following: a local or Regents high school diploma, a General Equivalency Diploma (GED), or a satisfactory score on the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). Neither an IEP diploma nor a New York State Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement Credential (CDOC) is equivalent to a local or Regents diploma. If you received an IEP diploma or a CDOC without a local or Regents diploma, you are not eligible to be considered for admission or financial aid.