There is no special financial aid for students with disabilities. They must apply for the same financial aid as all other students. The priority time for application for financial aid each year is from January 1st until March 1st; this period is for financial aid to be awarded for the next upcoming academic year (fall to spring of the next year). There are a few scholarships for students with disabilities which come from the private sector, and information regarding them can be obtained at the Financial and Scholarship Office website at http://www.sjsu.edu/faso/Scholarships/. Most of those scholarships must be applied for during the same priority period as for regular federal and state financial aid.
Students are encouraged to contact the California Department of Vocational Rehabilitationto see whether they qualify for services under their agency. For students with disabilities who do qualify and whose individual rehabilitation plan includes college education, there can be assistance with fees, books, and required supplies. The purpose of the Department of Rehabilitation is to provide training and assistance to persons with disabilities which will enable them to achieve employment either as a career for persons with severe disabilities who wish to be employed, or for persons who have acquired disabilities and can no longer do the work they had formerly done. SJSU has a Workability IV Program in cooperation with the Dept. of Rehabilitation which is available to AEC students. For more information, contact AEC for referral.