Paying for KU TPE

There 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 below and apply for relevant financial aid before priority deadlines.
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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.
  • December 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 2022-23 school year?

Select: Certificate/diploma (occupational/technical/education program of at least 2 years). See sample image below.

Screen shot image of a sample FAFSA application.


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. Below are informative videos about ABLE.