Grants for Students with Disabilities – US College Scholarships

Are you a student with disabilities at college in the US ? Perhaps you are thinking of applying for college next year? If so, you may be interested to learn more about the grants for students with disabilities available to those studying at college in the US. College can be a more challenging and expensive experience for students with disabilities due to the additional time, energy, perseverance and equipment/support systems required to provide the same learning opportunities as others receive. 

Luckily there are a range of grants for students with disabilities to apply for while studying in the US to make learning more accessible. Let’s have a look at the options available and how you can get started with your applications!


Federal Pell Grant 

grants for students with disabilities

The Pell Grant is a form of non-repayable funding which students at college in the US can apply for to support their studies. The Pell Grant is not solely for students with disabilities and it is issued based on a financial assessment so you must meet the financial requirements in order to receive the funding. If eligible, this can be a great method of learning support to fund medical bills, specialised equipment, assistive technology software (such as a Jamworks Pro subscription) and much more. You can apply for a maximum of $7,395 per year, for a total of 6 academic years (as of 2023/24). 


Grants for Students with Disabilities

In terms of funding support solely for students with disabilities at college in the US, scholarships are available to apply for, but most are tailored towards specific disabilities as opposed to being a generic grant for all eligible disabilities such as the Disabled Students’ Allowance in the UK. The US government does not offer funding to students with disabilities, so each scholarship/bursary/grant is offered by various organisations and groups and are usually for specific conditions/locations. Let’s have a look at the different scholarships available to apply for below!



Grants for students with specific learning difficulties 







Grants for students with physical disabilities

 General Physical Disabilities


Mobility Disabilities


Cystic Fibrosis 


Cerebral Palsy




Loss of limbs 


Grants for students with mental health conditions

General Mental Health Conditions


Bipolar Disorder


Eating Disorders


Grants for students with sensory disabilities

Hearing Impairment 


Visual Impairment 


Grants for students with long term health conditions









Course-specific grants for students with disabilities

Computer Science/Computer Engineering


Engineering, computer science, computer information systems, law, business, or a related field 


Location-specific grants for students with disabilities

New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania




Washington, Oregon and California


These are just a few of the hundreds of different scholarships and grants for students with disabilities available to apply for in the US. If you don’t see anything on the above list that is relevant to your disability, do not worry! Feel free to get in touch with the Jamworks team here where we can assist you in finding a potential funding scheme for you to apply for.


Eligibility Requirements

All scholarships, bursaries and grants for students with disabilities have their own individual eligibility requirements outlined, but typically these are the key details you will need to provide in order to receive funding:

  • Are a college student in a qualified program (undergraduate/postgraduate/PHD)
  • Are a student with a disability recognised by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Can provide documented evidence of your diagnosis/condition approved by a medical professional
  • Have a diagnosis relevant to the specific scholarship/grant/bursary you are applying for
  • Meet the financial requirements if relevant/necessary
  • Live/study in the correct state/area for the funding you are applying for


How can I provide evidence of my eligibility?

Forms of evidence for your disability which you can use to apply for the scholarships/grants/bursaries mentioned above are:

  • A doctor’s letter
  • Psychiatrist review
  • Medical form confirming diagnosis
  • Letter of confirmation from relevant medical professional

If you don’t have access to any of the following, get in touch with your doctor to discuss your situation and plans for applying for disabled funding and hopefully they will be able to provide you with necessary documents. If you think you have a disability but are yet to be diagnosed, we advise you to discuss this with a medical professional.


What can I use the grants for students with disabilities funding to pay for?

The amount of funding you can receive from each scholarship/grant/bursary will vary, typically from anything between $250-$25,000. This means that what you choose to spend your funding on will be subject to how much you are awarded. 

Here is a list of some learning support options you could spend your funding on:

  • Tutors 
  • Note takers
  • Interpreters
  • Readers
  • Assistive technology (computer/software such as Jamworks)
  • Specialised transportation (to and from campus)
  • Reimbursements for learning disability assessments


Certain awards may have a limit on what you can spend the funding on, such as excluding non study-related purchases like medical costs. Make sure to check the terms and conditions of your funding so that you use it correctly.


Jamworks – Study support for students with disabilities at university

A form of assistive technology software which you could purchase with your funding from the grants for students with disabilities is a Jamworks Pro subscription. Jamworks is an app available on both mobile and desktop devices which enables college students to record their lecture content and automatically note down the important information through the use of AI technology. 


AI generated features such as a lecture transcript, highlight summaries, revision quizzes and key points can make study more accessible for disabled students as they now have access to multiple forms of revision without having to engage in writing any notes by hand. Lecture recordings can easily be accessed on any device and all revision content is stored in the cloud which is convenient and accessible, reducing the need to carry heavy folders and notebooks around campus. 

The accessibility profiles stand out as a prominent feature in supporting the learning of disabled students as they can adapt the dashboard to be more visually engaging for their individual needs.

Join the Jamworks DSA Community

The Jamworks DSA Community

Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is the UK version of a student with disabilities support grant for UK university students. The Jamworks team have developed a community for students with disabilities who are going through the DSA application process to join where they can ask experts and fellow students any questions they may have, as well as provide advice to others. US students applying for grants for students with disabilities in the US are welcome to join the Jamworks DSA Community here. It’s a great way to connect with other students who are going through the same process and helps to normalise being a student with disabilities at college. 


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