Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has announced an additional $2.1 million investment to help college students with disabilities. State agency Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) will give those eligible – in two-year, four-year, and graduate school programs – up to $1,000 for tuition or educational expenses during the 2022-2023 school year regardless of financial status.
“Higher education and a successful future should be available for all students,” DeWine said. “By supporting college students with disabilities through services from OOD and its partners, they are afforded a greater opportunity of success as they transition from academic life to in-demand careers.”
To qualify, students must apply and be eligible for OOD services. The student and family must also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.
With state budget support in 2019, OOD launched Ohio College2Careers to ensure students with disabilities have support to complete degrees or credentials, pursue careers, and earn higher wages.
“I often say that when it comes to postsecondary education, Ohio’s colleges and universities offer a diversity of opportunity, and that means opportunity for all students,” said Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner. “This additional support, along with the Ohio College2Careers program, helps to ensure that students with disabilities can continue forward to a successful future.”