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Summary: Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Publication Date: August 3, 2007

Author: Jennifer Douglas, General Manager, Student Aid Awareness and Applicant Services Channel, Federal Student Aid

Summary: Resources for Blind and Visually Impaired Students

Posted on 08-03-2007

Federal Student Aid has a variety of information resources available for blind and visually impaired students enrolling in or currently enrolled in education beyond high school.

  • Funding Education Beyond High School: Audio Highlights

Formerly called the Student Aid Audio Guide, this new audio release introduces students to critical information to consider as they prepare for education after high school. In addition, Audio Highlights introduces them to other resources (Web sites and Braille and print publications) that provide more details relating to each topic listed in the contents. Audio Highlights helps students decide what to study, what school is right for them, what to look for-and look out for-in financing their education, what career choices to make and much more.

Audio Highlights begins with a 60 second Public Service Announcement (PSA) that highlights Federal Student Aid's core mission-to ensure that all eligible individuals benefit from financial assistance for education beyond high school and to champion the value of postsecondary education. The PSA points out that each year, Federal Student Aid awards more than $80 billion in grants, work-study and low-interest loans to help finance the dreams of tomorrow's leaders.

Audio Highlights also provides information on nonfederal sources of aid. Students can listen to Audio Highlights online at

Audio Highlights is available on compact disc. Your school can order copies in bulk from or your students can order individual copies by calling the Federal Student Aid Information Center (FSAIC) toll-free at 1-800-433-3243.

The following federal student aid print publications are available in Braille and can be ordered at or through the FSAIC.

  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and FAFSA on the Web Worksheet

Although the Braille FAFSA cannot be submitted, students can use it as a guide when they apply on paper, or they can use the Braille FAFSA on the Web Worksheet as a guide when they apply online at

  • Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid

This publication is a comprehensive and user-friendly resource on student financial aid that can be used at every stage of the student's financial aid lifecycle. The guide covers the three major types of student financial aid available-grants, loans, and work-study-and explains how to apply for them. The Guide also includes sources of nonfederal aid.

  • Braille Bookmark

An updated Braille Bookmark is now available. It contains the new Federal Student Aid Gateway Web address, Students can use this site to find information on applying for aid and locating their federal student loans. The bookmark also contains our toll-free FSAIC telephone number: 1-800-433-3243. Students can call this number if they have general questions about federal student aid or would like to order publications. TTY users can call 1-800-730-8913.

Last Modified: 08/02/2007