April 17, 2006
Douglas, General Manager, Student Aid Awareness and Applicant Products
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
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
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
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
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
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