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.
For more information, visit: http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/college-planning-with-psychiatric-disabilities/
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.
For more information, visit: http://www.affordablecolleges.com/resources/scholarships-students-with-disabilities/