Scholarships for Students with Disabilities

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Need money to help pay for college? Click on the links listed below to learn more about scholarship resources for students with disabilities!  (Google Chrome is the recommended web browser for the websites)

Affordable Colleges: Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

Affordable Online Colleges: Scholarships by Disability

FinAid: Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities


Please note that CPCC does not formally endorse any of the scholarships listed here.

NC AHEAD offers 3 student scholarships for 2016! Application deadline is 2/5/16!

Click here for the application form and instructions for the 2016 NC AHEAD Student Scholarships.  A total of three *scholarships ($500 each) are available—one scholarship will be awarded in each of the following categories:

  •  an *undergraduate student enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at a private college or university in North Carolina
  • an *undergraduate student enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor’s Degree at a public college or university in North Carolina
  • a student enrolled in degree or certificate program at a 2-year/community college in North Carolina

*Please note students are only considered eligible if they are seeking a 2 year degree OR their first bachelor’s degree. Second bachelor degree seeking students are not eligible to receive this award.

Criteria for these scholarships include:

  1. Applicant MUST be an undergraduate student with a disability registered with the disability services office on your campus.
  2. Disability Services Provider at your institution MUST be a member of NC AHEAD for the 2014-15 academic year
  3. Applicants are evaluated based on
    a) leadership and service to campus and/or community
    b) academic achievement
    c) well-articulated goals
  4. Applicants must have at least a 2.5 GPA

Disability Counselors at CPCC are members of NC AHEAD! Contact your assigned Disability Counselor today if you are applying for this scholarship. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

The deadline to apply is February 5, 2016! Good luck!

Scholarships for Students with Disabilities (Summer & Fall deadlines)

Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator

Need help paying for school? Think it would be nice to pay half-price for assistive technology? Some organizations award scholarships and assistive technology grants specifically to students with disabilities! Check out these examples.

For more information about scholarships offered specifically to students with disabilities, visit


Financial Aid and Scholarships Available for Students with Disabilities

A common issue for any studnet is “How do I pay for college?” Students with disabilities are no exception! Fortunately, there are financial resources available specifically for students with disabilities. Affordable Colleges Online has a listing of these resources. Click here to find out what’s out there! Scholarship categories for students with disabilities include Autism/Asperger’s syndrome, blindness, deaf and hard of hearing, learning disability, mental illness, spinal disability, cystic fibrosis, epilepsey, hemophilia/bleeding disorders, and hydrocephalus.

Don’t wait to apply! Most scholarships have deadlines and they are competitive, so act quickly! If you have more questions, please contact the scholarships directly. Your Disability Counselor may also be able to assist you with your questions. Good luck!