There are a number of resources available that can help reduce the cost of attending CIP, allowing your student with learning differences to have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for a happy and productive life.
CIP Tuition Assistance
All applicants who fully apply for enrollment at a full-year CIP program location can apply for Tuition Assistance through our National Financial Office. This can help defray the cost of tuition for applicants who are found to be a good fit for CIP. Tuition Assistance is limited and first-come-first-served basis.
Tuition and living expenses for CIP’s full year and summer programs may qualify as a tax deduction. 1.213-1(e)(1)(v)(a) a medical deduction is allowed for the cost of attending when a school meets the definition of a “special school” for physically or mentally handicapped individuals. The definition of a “special school” is a school where the primary purpose of the school is to enable students to compensate for their handicaps in order to prepare them for future normal education and/or normal living. CIP meets this definition, as its primary goal is to assist students in earning a degree in college and with developing skills necessary for employment and living independently in the community.
Applicants considering deducting CIP’s tuition and housing on their federal income tax returns should first consult with a tax advisor.
Summer@CIP and Mploy Programs Tuition Credit
$2,000 of tuition paid for the Summer@CIP or Mploy Program can be applied as a discount to full year tuition (not applicable toward housing or fees). When a student has enrolled and paid the tuition for theSummer@CIP/Mploy Program for more than one year, and subsequently is enrolled into the CIP full year program, the student will receive a $2,000 credit for each cumulative program attended, subject to a maximum of two years of program tuition equaling $4,000.
Full Year Program – Families with more than one student attending CIP are eligible to receive a discount on tuition. A $1,000 discount is given to each eligible sibling.
Two-Week Summer@CIP/Mploy Programs – Families with more than one student attending Summer@CIP or Mploy in the same year are eligible to receive a discount of $150 per student on tuition.
FACTS Tuition Management Payment Plans
This plan allows you to spread CIP payments equally in up to 12 monthly installments, without interest or finance charges. Paying monthly using current income savings helps limit borrowing and reduces the overall cost of education by avoiding interest and finance charges associated with most loans.
The monthly installment plan is available to all families, regardless of financial need. There is an annual fee of $45 due to FACTS Tuition Management at the time of enrollment as well as a $200 processing fee due to CIP.
FACTS Tuition Management
Call: (866) 412-4637
Karen Thomas Scholarship
College Internship Program is grateful to Karen Thomas, who committed a decade of dedicated service to the Bloomington Center as its Program Director. Her values and beliefs on student growth, community integration, and person-centered learning have contributed to the CIP program’s overall effectiveness. In appreciation of her dedicated service, CIP has instituted the Karen Thomas Scholarship Fund which awards up to a total of $10,000 to eligible CIP Bloomington students.
To apply for a scholarship from this Fund, you must be currently enrolled or currently accepted to a full-year program at a Core or higher level at CIP Bloomington. Any scholarship provided will be applied towards tuition at CIP Bloomington. Please contact Rebecca Haight in Student Financial Services for a scholarship application at (413) 344-4109 ext. 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some program costs may be fully or partially defrayed through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Vocational Rehabilitation or school district funding for which some students may be eligible. We encourage students to apply for these prior to admission. Some school districts provide transitional funding for students to attend programs like CIP.
Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)
Tuition and living expenses for CIP’s full year and summer programs may be eligible for reimbursement in a flexible spending arrangement (FSA) account. A health flexible spending arrangement allows employees to be reimbursed for medical expenses. Qualified medical expenses are those specified in the FSA plan that would generally qualify for the medical and dental expense deduction. These include Special Education, and is described in IRS publication 502. You can include in medical expenses the cost (tuition, meals and lodging) of attending a school that furnishes special education to help a child to overcome learning disabilities. A doctor must recommend that the child attend the school. Overcoming the learning disabilities must be a principal reason for attending the school, and any ordinary education received must be incidental to the special education provided.
Financial Aid for Students Enrolled in College
Financial aid may be available to cover the cost of attending a college. FAFSA could apply. Please contact the college directly to inquire.
Banks and Loans
A variety of private bank loans and home equity loans exist and can help to make CIP a possibility.
The following scholarship opportunities are provided as possible outside financial resources and not affiliated with CIP.