Financial Assistance

While your degree of disability may vary during the course of your life with MS, you  qualify for assistance from various  MS Associations and may at times qualify for government assistance.

At www.benefits.gov you will find online access to government benefit and assistance programs as well as the tools to help you navigate the system. The site’s core function is the eligibility prescreening questionnaire or “Benefit Finder.” Answers to the questionnaire are used to evaluate a visitor’s situation and compare it with the eligibility criteria for more than 1,000 federally-funded benefit and assistance programs. Each program description provides citizens with the next steps to apply for any benefit program of interest.

 

Senior and Special needs Accessibility Grants

http://www.nwanchorage.org/home-ownership/seniors-special-needs-accessibility-grants

 

Financial Aid Guide for Students with Disabilities

1)  http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/disabilities/.

NMSS  Scholarships for Children who’s parents have MS

 http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Resources-Support/Insurance-and-Financial-Information/Financial-Resources/Scholarship-Program

 

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation (MSF) Grant Programs

Call  Program Services Department at 1-888-MSFOCUS ;  email: support@msfocus.org, or visit:

 Brighter tomorrow Grant http://www.msfocus.org/Brighter-Tomorrow-Grant.aspx

 Homecare Grant     http://www.msfocus.org/Homecare-Grant-Program.aspx

 Assistive Technology   http://www.msfocus.org/Assistive-Technology-program.aspx

Computer Grant      http://www.msfocus.org/Computer-Grant-Program.aspx

Cooling Program     http://www.msfocus.org/Cooling-Program.aspx   

Program cycle begins on February 1st and continues through June 1st.

More often than not, heat and MS don’t mix. As the body temperature rises, weakness, fatigue, visual disturbances, and other symptoms can become aggravated and temporarily worsen. But keeping the body cool can help a person  to reclaim those sun-splashed days of summer and the countless activities associated with the season, like gardening, fishing, walking, biking, family outings, barbeques, and baseball games. The MSF Cooling Program offers a variety of items, free of charge, including:

  • Cooling vests      Work collars
  • Neckties              Skull-pads
  • Wristbands          Baseball hats
  • Bandannas
  • All applications are confidential . For more information on the MSF Cooling Program, or to access these services, call: (888) MSFOCUS (673-6287).

 

Other  available financial resources:

Federal Assistance

  • studentaid.ed.gov
    • The U.S. Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs are the largest source of student aid in America.
  • Fafsa.ed.gov
    • Free application for federal student aid
  • Federal Student Aid Information Center
    • 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243)
    • This is a toll-free number.
  • www.lookingglass.org/services/national-services/scholarships – Scholarships specifically for high school seniors and college students who have parents with disabilities.
  • www.sfa.osu.edu/scholarships – Two special scholarships are available at Ohio State University specifically for students who have MS or have a parent with MS. They are: The Gail A. and John A. Simonetti Endowed Scholarship, and the Walter F. Gnezda Memorial Scholarship Fund. Search keyword “ms” or call the university for assistance.
  • Disability.gov resources – Connecting the disability community with scholarship opportunities.
  • www.aahd.us – American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) Scholarship Program provides scholarships for people with disabilities. (November 15, 2014 application deadline.)
  • www.heath.gwu.edu – George Washington Heath Resource Center. Online clearinghouse and postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities.
  • www.matchcollege.com – Free college search and information site, providing information on admissions, financial aid, tuition and more on over 6,000 colleges and universities nationwide.
  • www.advocacy-net.com/scholarmks.htm – More than 1,500 scholarships on the Internet.
  • www.salliemae.com – SallieMae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans.
  • www.elks.org/enf/scholars/ourscholarships.cfm – High school seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants need not be related to a member of the Elks.
  • www.fastweb.com – Each day, more than 20,000 people access this free scholarship search database containing 400,000 scholarships.
  • www.careerinfonet.org/scholarshipsearch – Search more than 7,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial aid opportunities.
  • www.ronbrown.org – Ron Brown Scholar Program (major scholarships).
  • www.truman.gov – The Harry S. Truman scholarship site.
  • www.jackierobinson.org – The Jackie Robinson Foundation scholarships.
  • www.marine-scholars.org – Marine Corps scholarships.
  • www.uncf.org – United Negro College Fund Merck Science Initiative.
  • www.collegeanswer.com – College planning assistance.
  • www.scholarships.com – Free service… database of more than 2.7 millions scholarships and grants worth over $19 billion.
  • www.collegenet.com – Offers 10,000 scholarships for applying for college on-line.
  • www.internationalscholarships.com – Searchable database of scholarships all around the world.
  • www.collegeboard.com – The College Board’s free scholarship search program.
  • www.freschinfo.com – A frequently updated database of scholarships which currently lists 500 scholarship sources offering 450,000 awards.
  • www.petersons.com – Very respected name in college search information.
  • www.gocollege.com – Resources to guide students on how to finance and succeed in college.
  • www.scholarshipamerica.org – The nation’s largest nonprofit, private sector scholarship and educational support organization.
  • www.cappex.com/scholarships – Searchable database with access to thousands of additional scholarships to help students pay for college.
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