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Overcoming Difficulties: The Special Education Grant

There are many individuals who have either emotional or physical problems that unfortunately make it impossible for them to attend classes. The special education grant was designed for these individuals. Whether a person is “differently-abled,” psychologically unwell, or is unable to attend classes because of being confined to a hospital bed for a long period of time, there are many grants that could aid the student in pursuing their academic goals.

A special education grant could be used to relieve the economic burden placed on an individual or his or her family of having to pay both medical bills and school bills; a special education grant could allow a student to enroll in distance education classes to continue pursuing their academic dreams in spite of their challenges; a special education grant could allow the use of special equipment useful for an individual to study and overcome his or her difficulties.

Some grants have stringent needs and are only reserved for individuals with specific challenges, while others are more general and anyone with some kind of personal difficulty is eligible. In order to prove that a special education grant is actually needed, an individual will most likely have to have a doctor’s note or some other official documentation attesting to their condition. Many organizations further need a written essay by applicants explaining their situation. Keep in mind that students who qualify for a special education grant are also eligible for other types of grants.

Grants of this nature can be donated by the federal or state government, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, research institutions, funding institutions, corporations, or private individuals. Grants.gov is an excellent place to start the search, which is a site listing all Federal grants available ($400 billion are available) as is Ed.gov, the home page of the US Department of Education. Internet searches are helpful, and sites such as finaid.org, collegeanswer.com, and the Michigan State Library website are excellent sources for special education grant information.

The American Council on Education’s HEATH Resource Center at www.heath-resource-center.org or heath.gwu.edu provides information on federal and private funding. Furthermore, students with special needs are encouraged to check with the US Department of Education’s Clearinghouse on Disability Information for further information. One of the best ways to research grant opportunities is to visit your regional foundation library, located at most major universities. Your local library will also have books listing grant opportunities, and you can consult with the librarian if you have any questions. These kinds of books will also be available either at your high school counselor’s office or your university’s financial aid office. You can buy these books at book stores.

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