Students With Intellectual Disabilities | Federal Student Aid

Students with intellectual disabilities may be able to get certain types of federal student aid.

Students With Intellectual Disabilities

If you have an intellectual disability, you may receive funding from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs if you

A CTP program for students with intellectual disabilities means a degree, certificate, or nondegree program that

  • is offered by a college or career school and approved by the U.S. Department of Education;
  • is designed to support students with intellectual disabilities who want to continue academic, career, and independent living instruction to prepare for gainful employment;
  • offers academic advising and a structured curriculum; and
  • requires students with intellectual disabilities to participate, for at least half of the program, in
    • regular enrollment in credit-bearing courses with nondisabled students,
    • auditing or participating (with nondisabled students) in courses for which the student does not receive regular academic credit,
    • enrollment in noncredit-bearing, nondegree courses with nondisabled students, or
    • internships or work-based training with nondisabled individuals.


The following states have schools that offer CTP programs:
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
South Carolina


CTP Programs Approved to Participate in the Federal Student Aid Programs*



California State University

Fresno, California

University of California

Los Angeles, California

San Diego City College

San Diego, California

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego, California

Santa Rosa Junior College

Santa Rosa, California

Taft College

Taft, California

University of Delaware

Newark, Delaware

Florida Panhandle Technical College

Chipley, Florida

Southeastern University

Lakeland, Florida

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw, Georgia

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, Illinois

Heartland Community College

Normal, Illinois

Bluegrass Community and Technical College

Lexington, Kentucky

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky

Murray State University

Murray, Kentucky

Rochester Community and Technical College

Rochester, Minnesota

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

Camden County College

Blackwood, New Jersey

The College of New Jersey

Ewing, New Jersey

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, New York

Monroe Community College

Rochester, New York

Roberts Wesleyan College

Rochester, New York

Appalachian State

Boone, North Carolina

Western Carolina University

Cullowhee, North Carolina

UNC – Greensboro

Greensboro, North Carolina

Western Piedmont Community College

Morganton, North Carolina

Ohio State University

Columbus, Ohio

Kent State University

Kent, Ohio

Arcadia University

Glenside, Pennsylvania

College of Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina

University of South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina

Coastal Carolina University

Conway, South Carolina

Winthrop University

Rock Hill, South Carolina

University of Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

George Mason University

Fairfax, Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, Virginia

*As of July 1, 2015

If you have questions about your eligibility, contact the financial aid office at your college or career school.