VIP is honored to be one of the 10 programs in the United States that is a federally-recognized Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program. As the only one in New York State, and one of just two in the Northeast, VIP is in an elite class of programs for students with Intellectual Disabilities (ID).
What does this mean?
- VIP students and their families may apply for specific federal grants: Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG).
- VIP students are eligible for work-study programs: as long as they are not funded by U.S. Department of Labor Youth Program.
- VIP students and parents can begin by filing out their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online: there are special FAFSA instructions for CTP students – see below.
- The amount of aid VIP students can receive from grant and work-study programs will vary based on their financial profiles.
- VIP students who are funded by school districts are not eligible for federal grants or work study.
- VIP students and their families are not eligible for federal loans or programs other than those specified above.
Applying for Federal Aid in a Comprehensive Transition Postsecondary program
To be considered for federal aid as a student in the Vocational Independence Program (VIP), the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here's how:
- Students must obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at pin.ed.gov prior to completing the FAFSA. If the student is considered dependent (under the age of 24), the student's parent must also obtain his or her own unique PIN. The PIN serves as an electronic signature for both the student and the parent.
- Complete the FAFSA online at fafsa.gov with the federal school code for New York Institute of Technology: 002782.
- For the question "When you begin college, what will be your high school completion status?"(question #26 on the FAFSA), the student should select the answer that most closely represents the student's current situation. For instance, if the student does not have a high school diploma or the recognized equivalent (usually a GED), and was not homeschooled, the student should select "None of the Above."
- For the question "When you begin the school year, what will be your grade level?" (question #29 on the FAFSA), the student should select the response that most closely tracks the student's current situation for the grade level at the beginning of the school year. If the student has never attended a postsecondary institution and is a first-year student in a Comprehensive Transition Postsecondary Program such as VIP, the student should select "Never Attended College and 1st Year Undergraduate."
Verification is a process where the institution (in this case, NYIT) is required by the federal government to collect pertinent tax documentation to confirm all information submitted by the student on the FAFSA is accurate. Students are selected by the federal government at random. Only those students selected for verification are required to submit tax documents. Please do not submit any tax documents if you have not been selected for verification.
The following documents are required for students who are selected for verification:
- Verification Worksheet signed by the student (and parent, if the student is a dependent). The worksheet is available at nyit.edu/financial_aid/forms.
- Copies of IRS tax transcripts (for student and/or parent), which must be retrieved directly from the IRS. Please note: Copies of federal tax returns and W2 statements will no longer be accepted by the NYIT Financial Aid Office for any student selected for verification for the school year. Tax returns will only be accepted if the IRS determines that obtaining a tax transcript is not possible. NYIT is required to obtain documentation of this.
- Tax transcripts may be obtained in one of three ways:
Should you have questions about completing the FAFSA, there are three sources of support:
- For general questions, call VIP directly at 631.348.3354.
- For technical questions, please contact NYIT's Office of Financial Aid at 516.686.7680 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- For questions concerning the FAFSA, contact the federal government at 800.4.FEDAID or 800.433.3243. Please note: the changes to financial aid regulations for CTP programs are new. Not all of the operators are aware of the recent changes. You must explain that your student has an Intellectual Disability (ID) and is enrolled in a federally approved Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program
Think College is designed to share what is currently going on, provide resources and strategies, let you know about training events, and give you ways to talk to others. The information is for transition aged students as well as adults attending or planning for college. It provides resources and tools for students, families, and professionals.
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- National Center for Learning Disabilities
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- National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)
- The Source - Autism and Aspergers
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- U.S. Department of Education
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