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Funding

Savings Accounts

Colorado ABLE 

ABLE accounts are savings accounts designed for individuals with disabilities and their families. To learn more, go to https://www.coloradoable.org/


Government Funding

Department of Vocational Rehabilitation 

Students with intellectual disabilities may be able to access support from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) to help defray some of the cost of a college education while working to achieve their employment goals. DVR's services are very individualized, so families are encouraged to discuss available supports with their counselor. To learn more about DVR and find your local office please visit https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dvr/application-eligibility


Financial Aid

Elevate at ACC, UNC GOAL, and the Office of Inclusive Services at UCCS are currently in the process of applying for Comprehensive Transition Program certification, a prestigious status granted by the US Department of Education.  Once the individual programs receive this designation, students enrolled at that institution may apply for Federal Financial Aid, Pell Grants and Work Study Programs. IN! will update this page as designation is conferred.

Currently, students not exercising modifications at ACC may qualify for federal financial aid.  


Scholarship Opportunities

Local Scholarships

The Veronica Brennan Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship based upon financial need that supports one student each semester who is admitted to and enrolled full-time in the GOAL Program at the University of Northern Colorado. Through this scholarship, financial assistance is provided by the Bresnahan-Halstead Center, School of Special Education, to offset costs of similarly enrolled typical undergraduate students at UNC.

Application is made through UNC's Office of Financial Aid. The award is made to one student each semester and is renewable for the academic year, depending upon student's eligibility.

National Scholarships

The National Down Syndrome Society offers a scholarship opportunity through the O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund for students with Down syndrome who are pursuing post-secondary educational programs. Read more and download the application here. For any questions regarding the O'Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund, please either send an email to otef@ndss.org or call 800-221- 4602.

Ruby's Rainbow grants scholarships to adults with Down syndrome who are seeking post-secondary education, enrichment or vocational classes. It is the goal to create awareness of the capabilities of these amazing individuals and help them achieve their dreams of higher education.  Review their website for application deadlines and contact information.


Other Funding Options

Think College, a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with ID, has a resource page about paying for college