Paying for KU TPE

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Here are a variety of resources to help students in KU TPE pay for college. We recommend that students planning to apply to KU TPE review the options and apply for relevant financial aid before priority deadlines.


KU TPE is a Comprehensive Transition Program, which allows qualified students to obtain federal financial aid in the form of: 

Federal Direct Student Loans and PLUS Loans are not available.

Financial Aid Resources:

Completing the FAFSA

  • Students and their families must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to determine financial aid eligibility.
  • Make sure to check the box for Work Study while applying.
  • The FAFSA application opens in early October each year. Keep up with the latest information about financial aid by watching the KU Financial Aid & Scholarships website.
  • February 1 is the priority deadline for applying for financial aid for the 2022-23 school year.

*IMPORTANT*: The FAFSA will ask, What degree or certificate will you be working on when you begin the 2022-2023 school year?

Select: Certificate/diploma (occupational/technical/education program of at least 2 years)

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FAFSA Facts Webinar

In the webinar below, Jordan Underwood, assistant director of KU Financial Aid and Scholarships discusses:

  • Filing the FAFSA for 2022-2023.
  • Types of income that can affect the FAFSA.
  • What aid the TPE program students could receive.
  • General timelines for KU awarding.




Resources on scholarships for students with intellectual disability.

KU TPE also encourages students and families to explore local financial aid opportunities. Here are a few ways to do so.

  • Contact your high school guidance counselor and ask about scholarship databases and searches.
  • Look in your community. Often, local organizations such as rotary clubs, churches, and service organizations provide financial support for students.

ABLE Savings Account

ABLE National Resource Center and the Kansas ABLE Savings Plan can help you save for college! The ABLE Act for 2014 gives families the ability to establish tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. Here’s one basic video about ABLE.