The National Alliance on Mental Illness reported the following about college students:

o    30% struggle with school work due to mental illness
o    25% experience suicidal thoughts
o    14% engage in reckless behavior

These shocking numbers moved the team at BestColleges.com to do more research about mental illness among students. We realized those struggling with mental illness contend with a true disability that requires the full support of their learning community. We published our College Guide for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities as a way to start a conversation about this issue. Our goal is to share this with as many students, families, and educators as possible.


Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), approximately 11% of undergraduate students have a disability. Considering that around 20.2 million students are enrolled at U.S. colleges, an estimated 2 million of them are likely living with some type of a disability. This may include a visual handicap, a specific learning disability, an orthopedic handicap, hard of hearing/deafness, or a speech disability, among others. Many of these students receive federal financial aid in the form of grants and loans, while some work part-time and/or receive financial assistance from their families to help pay for college. As medical and tuition costs continue to rise, however, more and more scholarships for students with disabilities are being made available to fill critical financial gaps.

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The Recovery Village Local Rehabilitation Resources

While the Beaver State boasts beautiful views and bustling metropolitan areas, it also has a reputation for substance use. While there are higher-than-usual instances of heroin, marijuana, and controlled prescription drugs, methamphetamine currently presents the biggest problem to the state. Law enforcement agencies confirm that meth contributes to the most violence crime & property crime. It also contributes to fatalities, with 140 reported in 2014. To assist those struggling, their families and new patients, we have created new resources which allow visitors to find valuable information on drug misuse and rehabilitation centers in their area. Resources include locations of local Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and SMART Recovery meetings, as well as phone numbers for The Recovery Village, alcohol abuse, drug abuse and poison control center hotlines.