College Programs and Funding


All contents of this resource were created for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, therapist, or other qualified health providers with any questions or concerns you may have.

There are many programs to help your child attend and succeed at college.

TIP! If you are going to apply for grants such as a Pell Grant, make sure you have registered for Selective Service, as it’s a qualification for most federal grant funding programs.

College Assistance Programs

There are companies who can assist you in finding grants, scholarships and appropriate placements in schools, as well as offering ongoing tutoring and mentoring services throughout the school year.

College Living Experience 800-486-5058
CLE offers the ongoing support of resident advisors, tutors, mentors, psychologists, academic liaisons, site directors and peers helps students become more self-sufficient, more independent and more confident.

College Autism Spectrum 612-730-1806
CAS  helps students with ASD explore and navigate college options before, during and through the college process.

Achieving in Higher Education with Autism/Developmental Disabilities 412-848-9355
AHEADD provides Coaching, Mentoring & Personal Advocacy for College Students with Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit Disorder, High-Functioning Autism, Learning Disabilities, Non-Verbal Learning Disability The college program for children with Asperger’s Syndrome at Marshall University.

More programs are listed in this book
The K&W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Differences, 12th Edition: 350 Schools with Programs or Services for Students with ADHD or Learning Disabilities (College Admissions Guides)

The College Internship Program at the Berkeley Center
They provides individualized, post-secondary academic, internship and independent living experiences for young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome and other Learning Differences.

Financial Aid for People with Disabilities – Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities – Scholarships for People with Disabilities

Transitioning to College

Going to College, A Resource for Teens with Disabilities

Prepaid College 529 Plans and ABLE Accounts

Most people buy 529 (Prepaid College) plans before their children are diagnosed with an ASD. A 529 plan can still be used towards college as usual but make sure you do not make your ASD child the beneficiary of any 529 Plan, as it will count against their assets for SSI.

There is a law called the ABLE Act. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 established tax-exempt ABLE accounts for individuals with a disability to pay certain expenses of such individuals, including expenses for education, housing, transportation, employment support, medical care, and certain life necessities. Defines “individual with a disability” as an individual who is eligible to receive certain supplemental security income benefits under the Social Security Act.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 is a tax-advantaged savings program designed for eligible people with disabilities. Also known as 529A ABLE accounts, these funds can be used to help individuals and families pay for qualified disability expenses, such as education, housing, and more. You can learn more about ABLE accounts here.

Suggested Reading

Realizing the College Dream with Autism or Asperger Syndrome, by Ann Palmer

Preparing for Life: The Complete Guide for Transitioning to Adulthood for Those with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome , by Jed Baker

Adolescents on the Autism Spectrum: A Parent’s Guide to the Cognitive, Social, Physical, and Transition Needs of Teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Chantal Sicile-Kira

Aquamarine Blue 5: Personal Stories Of College Students With Autism by Dawn Prince-Hughes

Preparing For Adulthood – Guardianships & Conservatorships

Government Resources & Obligations

Legal Planning & Special Needs Trusts

Vocational Rehabilitation


Please note: The information in these articles is not intended to constitute legal advice applicable to specific factual situations.


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