The government puts me through school for free and even pays my gas to get there and plenty of other Missouri Western students qualify to do the same but fail to take advantage and slide into debt instead.
The program that is in place is called Vocational Rehabilitation [VR]and it helps students with a variety of disabilities fund college, or many other training programs, to make them more attractive in the job market without breaking the bank.
The list for qualifying for VR can be found at http://www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/vr.shtml along with a ton of other useful information about the program and are as follows.
- mental illness,
- hearing impairment,
- impaired functioning of arms or legs,
- back injury,
- alcoholism or drug addiction,
- mental retardation,
- learning disability,
- traumatic brain injury and
- other physical or mental disabilities that prevent the person from finding and keeping a job.
At first one may think that a student would need something severe to be wrong with them to qualify but in actuality, the qualifications are much broader than they seem.
I qualify simply because I have ADHD. Others who qualify would be those with depression, bi-polar disorder, and many other relatively common disorders.
This program is made readily available on campus by appointment via VR counselor Tom Wilson. He can be reached at (816) 387-2280 and appointments take place on Tuesdays.
With the program being this accessible and easy to get into students who have disabilities no matter how trivial they think they may be need to set up an appointment as soon as possible.
The only drawback comes if you have not been diagnosed professionally in over three years but it’s not really a big deal, just time consuming.
In the case of a student fitting that criteria or having never been diagnosed but suspecting the existence of a disability VR will actually get you diagnosed for free.
There is absolutely no excuse why students with disabilities should ever graduate college with student loan debt. VR will even pay student’s rent or on-campus living expenses if they fit the right criteria and they even pay for their books.
Students who believe that they even just may fit the qualifications should check it out. The worst they can say is no, and the best they can do is give students an absolutely free education.
Students can’t let laziness be their disability when it comes to funding their schooling; that is one disability that will never qualify them for VR and a debt-free start at life.