March 5, 2008
Douglas, General Manager, Student Aid Awareness and Applicant Services
Channel, Federal Student Aid
for Blind and Visually Impaired Students
Posted on 03-05-2008
Federal Student Aid
has a variety of information resources available for blind and visually
impaired students enrolling in or currently enrolled in education beyond
- Funding Education
Beyond High School: Audio Highlights
introduces students to critical information to consider as they prepare
for education after high school. In addition, this recording gives
them 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.
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 nearly $83 billion
in grants, work-study and low-interest loans to help finance the dreams
of tomorrow's leaders.
also provides information on nonfederal sources of aid. Students can
listen to Audio Highlights online at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov/audio.
is available on compact disc. Your school can order copies in bulk
from www.FSAPubs.org or your
students can order individual copies by calling the Federal Student
Aid Information Center (FSAIC) toll-free at 1-800-433-3243. In addition,
your students can order copies individually from www.edpubs.org.
The following federal
student aid print publications are available in Braille and can be ordered
in bulk at www.FSAPubs.org or individually
through the FSAIC toll free number or from www.edpubs.org.
- 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 www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Funding Education
Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid
is a comprehensive and user-friendly resource on federal student aid
that can be used at every stage of the student's financial aid lifecycle.
The guide covers the three major types of federal student aid available-grants,
loans, and work-study-and explains how to apply for them. The Guide
also mentions sources of nonfederal aid.
- Braille Bookmark
The Braille Bookmark contains our 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.