AG Bell Financial Aid Programs Overview
AG Bell Financial Aid Programs
About the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
AG Bell helps families, health care providers and education professionals understand childhood hearing loss and the importance of early diagnosis and intervention. Through advocacy, education, research and financial aid, AG Bell helps to ensure that every child and adult with hearing loss has the opportunity to listen, talk and thrive in mainstream society. Find additional financial aid program information in the FAQs.
Arts & Sciences Award Program
The Arts & Sciences Award Program is available to students who are deaf and hard of hearing who are in grades one through twelve to participate in after-school, weekend or summer programs focused on developing skills in the arts or sciences. Programs may be offered through museums, nature centers, art or music centers, zoological parks, space and science camps, dance and theater studios, martial arts studios or any other program with a focus on the arts or sciences. Awards cannot be used for programs that offer academic credit, travel or study abroad, recreational summer camps, sports camps or sports including figure skating or gymnastics. The deadline to apply for support in 2016 has passed. The 2017 program will open in February with a deadline in April. Please check back at that time for an application and more information about the 2017 program.
School‐Age Financial Aid Program
The School‐Age Financial Aid program is for students with a pre‐lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range who use listening and spoken language and who are in first through twelfth grades and attending a parochial, independent or private mainstream school. Awards are intended to assist with educational costs such as tuition, books, equipment, room and board, auditory and speech language support services, academic tutoring, transportation, and other school‐related expenses. Please Note: Public school, oral school, OPTION school, home school and post‐secondary students are not eligible for this program. This program is now closed for 2016. The 2017 application is expected to open in late March with a deadline in early May. Program details and an application packet will be available here when the application is open.
Preschool‐Age Financial Aid Program
The Preschool‐Age Financial Aid program is for families of preschool-age children who have been diagnosed with a moderately-severe to profound bilateral hearing loss and who are in pursuit of a listening and spoken language education for their child. Awards are made to assist with expenses such as auditory support services, speech‐language therapy, pre‐school tuition, etc. Families who apply should be committed to a listening and spoken language approach for the education of their child’s listening, speech, and cognitive skills. The application period for this program is now closed. Program details are available here.
Parent & Infant Financial Aid Program
The Parent‐Infant Financial Aid Program is for families of infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3 who have been diagnosed with a moderately-severe to profound bilateral hearing loss and who are in pursuit of spoken language education for their child. Awards are made to assist with expenses such as auditory support services, speech‐language therapy, tuition, etc. Families should be committed to a listening and spoken language approach for the education of their child’s listening, speech, and cognitive skills. This program is open for applications as of August 15 and has a deadline of October 14, 2016. Program details and an application packet are available when the program is open. Please check our website at that time or review our newsletters for additional information.
AG Bell’s Financial Aid Programs – From a Parent’s Perspective
I just wanted to thank you for blessing my family with financial aid on behalf of both our daughter and son. Our son received a very generous amount of money for the Preschool Financial Aid Award, and our daughter received an even more generous amount for the Parent‐Infant Financial Aid Award. Having two children with bi‐lateral cochlear implants puts a huge financial burden on our family. If it were not for the generosity of people like you all, we would not have the ability to provide our children with the best technology out there for an oral language program.
Both kids have shown remarkable growth since receiving their implants. Our daughter received both implants just a few months ago and is already saying five or six 6 words consistently and understands so much more! Our son recently got his second implant and continues to come home with new words and phrases every day! The other day, we took him for his first swim lesson and the teacher actually told me she was “impressed with his language skills.” I was in shock—that was one phrase I never expected to hear about our son. His progress truly has been amazing!