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Financial Accommodations

Budget increases can be made for students with disabilities that might raise their cost of living, transportation, medical bills or even child care. By completing the Academic Year Revision Request form a student can petition to have those costs factored into their Cost of Attendance for the academic year. Increasing the Cost of Attendance allows more room in a students budget that can be filled with loans, grans and scholarships.

If a student has a FAFSA on file they can apply for emergency financial assistance. The purpose of the Emergency Fund Request is to provide immediate support for students needing emergency assistance with unexpected expenses. This funding cannot be used towards tuition. For 2023-2024, students can only be awarded up to $1,000* per academic year through Student Financial Services. Applicants will be considered for SFS emergency funding, but also referred to additional support as needed. Students will be considered first for funding through Student Financial Services Emergency Assistance Grant, but students who are not eligible for assistance through SFS or students who may need additional support can also be referred to other sources for consideration of funding.

Emergency Funding Request Form

Academic and Housing Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations remove or reduce barriers to the university environment, allowing students an equal opportunity to engage in learning. WSU Access Center offers a variety of accommodations to meet students situations, including Housing and Academic accommodations. To view information and fill out the application for accommodations you can visit the WSU Access Center.

WSU Disability Specialists can assist WSU students with documented disabilities in securing reasonable accommodations in the following areas:

Reasonable accommodations can include modifications to classroom materials, facilities, or activities to allow persons with disabilities to have an equal opportunity to demonstrate their ability. Accommodations should not fundamentally alter a course’s essential components. Typically, students are responsible for notifying their Faculty of approved reasonable accommodations from their campus Access Center/Access Services by presenting the approved accommodation form for signatures. Faculty members are responsible for implementing many student accommodations.

Student Access Service Centers may be able to provide a student some information on resources available at the university and in the community to help meet access needs that are outside the realm of “reasonable accommodations”.  For example, Student Access Service Centers may be able to connect a student with accessible transportation sources to enable the student to better access community shopping and dining facilities.

Pregnant and Parenting

Washington State University (WSU) strives to provide an environment where students are able to work successfully towards graduation, and employees can continue to meaningfully contribute to the workplace, including those students or employees who experience pregnancy, child birth, health conditions related to pregnancy, termination, recovery, and/or the need to care for a newly adopted child or foster child. WSU provides equal access to services, school programs, and extracurricular activities to pregnant and parenting students as they would to any other students. Students experiencing pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions may contact their campus’s Access Center/Access Services to request reasonable modifications to ensure their equal access. WSU Human Resources Services can assist employees with needs relating to their employment. Human Resources Services also provides information on the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which, in addition to medical leave, may be used for things like the birth of a child, placement of an adopted or foster child, and childcare for children under one year of age.

Service and Support Animals

Washington State University recognizes  the importance of, and supports, the work that trained service animals can provide to those with disabilities. The University also supports providing accommodations for emotional support animals to those with a medically – documented need for such animals. Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) – Students and others who reside in University Housing (WSU Residence Halls and WSU apartments) may request an accommodation to allow an ESA. The WSU Access Center and Housing and Residence Life have developed a process to request this type of accommodation. Visit the Access Center and Housing ESA and Service Animal Procedures page for more information.

Scholarship Information

WSU is committed to connecting students from all backgrounds and circumstances to as many funding sources as possible. Differently abled students can access scholarship opportunities specific to their circumstances through the WSU scholarship search engine. To qualify for specific disability related scholarships we recommend you register with the Access Center. To qualify for our in-house scholarships, students must fill out the WSU General Scholarship Application. Due to recent FAFSA application delays, the scholarship deadline has been extended to May 1.

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