Wisconsin Hearing or Visually Handicapped Program

A lot of people are unaware of the Wisconsin Hearing/Visually Handicapped Program grant offered by the State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board. This grant is for undergraduate students who are Wisconsin residents who have a profound hearing or visual impairment. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have a financial need. (Financial need is determined by the Financial Aid Administrators at the institution in which the student has enrolled.) Applicants must also have a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent, and must be enrolled in at least half-time at an in-state or eligible out-of-state public or independent higher education institution. (This grant is not available to students who are enrolled at for-profit institutions.)

The grant award can range anywhere from $250 up to the maximum of $1,800 per year. There are no deadlines for the grant, however funding for this grant is limited and applicants should apply as soon as possible. Eligible students can receive this grant for up to ten semesters. In order to be considered for this grant because of a visual impairment, the student must have corrected vision of 20/200 or less in the better eye. If the student is applying for this grant because of a hearing impairment, the student must have a hearing loss of 40 decibels or greater in the better ear. The degree of hearing or visual impairment must be certified for first-time applicants.

The certification must be included with the application, and there is a place in the application form for the certification to be completed by a physician or examiner. Otherwise, you can simply include either a current audiogram or eye report. Certification is not required if the student has previously been awarded a grant under this program. Applications for this grant can be obtained from the State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board located here. Completed applications should be submitted to: State of Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board P.O. Box 7885 Madison, WI 53707-7885 Applicants must also complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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