Students with Disabilities

The Office of Financial Aid at MSU is committed to providing quality services to all of our current and future students and visitors. This page is designed to assist individuals with disabilities in their interactions with our office and in their search to find aid for disability-related costs.

The first step is to apply for financial aid by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). This provides our office with the basic data we need to assess your ability to pay for your education.

Once MSU has received your FAFSA data, we will make an initial aid offer. It is important to note that the initial offer includes standard expenses that are common to all students, and does not include aid for special costs such as translators, equipment, tutors, etc.  To cover these additional expenses, you must work with an advisor in the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities to document your needs.  Then you will see an advisor in the Office of Financial Aid for a Special Condition/Cost of Attendance Increase Form.

Appointments

The Office of Financial Aid generally sees students only on a walk-in basis.  However, students with disabilities may need to make an appointment if they will need an interpreter.  You may contact Carol Albert at albertc1@msu.edu or call her at 517-353-5940 to make an appointment.

If you need an accommodation, such as an interpreter, at your appointment, please call the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities (RCPD) in advance of your visit so that they are able to arrange services to best meet your needs (7 or more days in advance is advisable when possible). Requests for accommodations received with fewer days of notification will be honored when possible.