Publication Date: April 17, 2006
Author: Jennifer Douglas, General Manager, Student Aid Awareness and Applicant Products and Services
Summary: Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Posted on 04-17-2006
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, has a variety of information resources available for blind and visually impaired students considering enrolling in or currently enrolled in education beyond high school.
- Student Aid Audio Guide
The Audio Guide contains a 60-minute overview of the Department's federal student aid programs and the federal student aid life cycle including
-Notification of results
-Loan repayment options
-Deferment and cancellation provisions
The Audio Guide also provides information on nonfederal sources of aid. Students can listen to the Audio Guide online at www.studentaid.ed.gov/audioguide.
The Audio Guide will be available on compact disc by late April. To order copies, please call the Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243).
The following federal student aid print publications are available online through the use of a screen reader. They are also available in Braille through the Federal Student Aid Information Center.
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and FAFSA on the Web Worksheet
Students use the FAFSA to apply for the Department's federal student aid programs. Although the Braille FAFSA cannot be submitted, students may use it as a reference aid. They can use the Braille FAFSA as a guide when they apply on paper, or they can use the new Braille FAFSA on the Web Worksheet as a guide when they apply online. Apply at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid
This publication, new this year, combines our previous publications (The Student Guide, which provided more comprehensive information to high school seniors and those students enrolled beyond high school, and Funding Your Education, which was targeted to junior and senior high school students and their parents). This new publication provides a single, comprehensive, and user-friendly resource on student financial aid from the US Department of Education that is designed for use at every stage of the student's financial aid lifecycle. The guide covers the three major forms of student financial aid available: grants, loans, and work-study and explains these programs in detail, including how to apply, and also includes sources of nonfederal aid. The guide is available online at http://studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/2006-2007/index.html.
- Repaying Your Student Loans
This publication, designed for borrowers about to enter repayment, explains loan repayment plans, offers tips on budgeting, and explains options such as loan consolidation so that borrowers can avoid repayment problems and successfully manage and repay their debts. It is available online at www.studentaid.ed.gov/repayingpub.
- Braille Bookmark
This handy pocket-sized item encourages students to apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, apply for a PIN at www.pin.ed.gov, and visit our Student Aid on the Web site at www.studentaid.ed.gov.
If you have any questions, please contact our Federal Student Aid Information Center toll-free at 1-800-433-3243.