Many students wonder how to pay for college when federal student aid or loans do not meet all of a student’s financial needs. There are additional student financial aid programs that do not typically make up a substantial portion of a student’s aid package and may not be available to all students. However, for students that do qualify, they may be of significant benefit. Apex Tech strongly urges all of our students to take a little time and contact the individual programs and do a little research on the internet, or at your local library, to learn about these lesser known programs.
VA Benefits are available to most military veterans depending on their service and their participation in VA Education programs. There are also programs for children of deceased veterans (killed in the line of duty), and the children of veterans with service-related disabilities. Eligibility is based on criteria established by the Veteran’s Administration, including the length of service, number of dependents and the student’s enrollment status. For more information about financial aid for veterans and VA educational benefits, please contact the VA at 1-888- 442-4551 or visit the VA Educational Benefits webpage.
Educational benefits are available to students who are Alaska Natives, enrolled members of a federally recognized American Indian tribe, or at least ¼ degree American Indian blood descendant of a federally recognized tribe. Most Native American financial aid programs are based on financial need and the availability of funds. Eligibility is determined and administered by your tribal government and may be awarded in successive years based on the student’s satisfactory academic progress. Information and applications are available from the education office of the tribe with which you are affiliated. Native American financial aid information is also available from the Bureau of Indian Education, Washington, D.C. 20245 or visit the Bureau of Indian Affairs website.
Social security survivor benefits may continue to be available to students after the age of 18 if they continue enrollment in an accredited institution of higher education. Students should check their local social security office for information on continued eligibility and benefits.
Educational programs for persons with disabilities vary from state to state. New York state residents with disabilities should contact their local District Office of the NYS Office of Adult Career and Continuing Education Services-Vocational Rehabilitation (ACCES-VR). Programs are also available for the vocational rehabilitation of former prisoners in some states. Check with your state’s vocational rehabilitation office.
Educational benefits for unemployed/displaced workers vary from state to state. Contact your state employment office or Department of Labor for information.
Students seeking further information about these programs should contact an Apex representative at (212) 645-3300.