State-by-State VR Agencies

FAQ

What other financial resources are important for me to know about?

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) provides services to individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing who need help to qualify for or to find a job. VR may assist with paying for college. States have various names for VR, and services vary depending on need and the state in which a student lives. The RIT Financial Aid Office will include an estimate of VR contributions to your education on your financial aid award letter. You need to apply to your state VR agency in order to qualify for those funds. It is important that you contact VR as soon as possible to learn your state's VR process and requirements so that you can benefit from their services and funding resources.

I have questions about VESTID, SSI, OSAP, or loans. What do I do?

Schedule an appointment with the NTID Financial Services Coordinator.

If I paid for my books myself, how do I get a refund?

After you get your book authorization from VR, go to Barnes & Noble with your original receipt. Barnes & Noble will give you a refund.

Caution: If you lose your receipt, you will not get paid back!

State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agencies can be an important resource in helping deaf and hard-of-hearing students fund their education. VR can provide invaluable assistance in helping you obtain your college degree so you can realize your career goals. Click on your state below for information about VR services and support in your state.

Arizona Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration
103 West Highland Avenue, Suite 202
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
Toll Free: (800) 563-1221
TTY: (855) 475-8194

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the closest office to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: You can apply for VR services by completing a referral form and submitting it to Arizona RSA. A member from a specialized deaf and hard of hearing orientation/intake and eligibility unit will meet with you to determine eligibility for services, and your Order of Selection Priority category.

If you are determined eligible for services, and are in Order of Selection Category 1, you will meet with your counselor to develop a plan for services. However, most participants placed in Category 1 are not usually college-bound students. They either have the most severe disability/disabilities and/or have the most functional limitations that cause a barrier to their employment goal.

If you are placed in Order of Selection Categories 2 or 3, you will be placed on a waitlist for services. These waitlists have been closed since 2009 and individuals on these waitlists cannot receive any services from Arizona RSA until the waitlist is opened.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: If you meet the Economic Need requirements, Arizona RSA will pay any and all costs that are related to the employment goal after PELL monies and/or scholarships and other grant monies are applied.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: This depends on the school. Deaf and hard-of-hearing “friendly” colleges such as RIT/NTID are treated as in-state schools, and all costs related to your employment goal (after Pell monies and/or scholarships and other grant monies are applied) are paid. Other schools are covered equal to the in-state equivalent unless the degree/major is not offered at an in-state school.

California Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

California Department of Rehabilitation
721 Capitol Mall
P.O. Box 94422
Sacramento, CA 95814
Direct: (916) 324-1313
TTY: (916) 558-5807
Phone: (916) 558-5320

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule an appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The covered costs depend on your Individual Plan for Employment (IPE). There is no coverage cap. All services are determined by the IPE.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. RIT/NTID is one of two approved out-of-state colleges that the California Department of Rehabilitation will support.

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1574 Sherman Avenue
4th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Toll Free: (866) 870-4595
Direct: (303) 866-4150
TTY: (719) 589-5150
Fax: (303) 866-4905

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the closest office to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: An application form is completed, and an intake interview is conducted. Please check with your local office for their application process and procedures.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Colorado DVR covers related costs if the goal/services are necessary, appropriate and least possible cost. There are some restrictions to dorms and food, depending on your independence. If you’re a self-supporting adult, food is normally not supported. Dorms are only supported if it is a second home and you are still paying for the Colorado home (proof is required).

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: The out-of-state students may only receive the same amount of money an in-state public college costs (however, there are exceptions for disability issues).

Connecticut Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
Department of Social Services
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5033
Toll Free: (800)537-2549
Direct: (860)424-4840
TTY: (860)424-4839

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. All clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule your appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: All of the services are individualized to each consumer, so once you and your counselor agree on an employment goal, and if training (post-secondary) is required to obtain that goal, then it will be supported. Connecticut’s support is dependent on its VR21 formula and has a designated CAP amount based upon the year the student is in college, financial aid award, family contribution and grants. A link to the policy manual on training can be found here.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: All of the services are individualized to each consumer, so once you and your counselor agree on an employment goal, and if training (post-secondary) is required to obtain that goal, then it will be supported. Connecticut’s support is dependent on its VR21 formula and has a designated CAP amount based upon the year the student is in college, financial aid award, family contribution and grants. A link to the policy manual on training can be found here.

Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Delaware Vocational Rehabilitation
Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
4425 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19089
Direct: (302) 761-8300
TTY: (302) 761-8300

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. To schedule your appointment contact your local VR office.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The coverage is equivalent to in-state community college rates for the first two years and equivalent to the University of Delaware for the second two years.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. Coverage is equivalent to in-state community college rates for the first two years and equivalent to the University of Delaware for the second two years.

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
4070 Esplanade Way
Tallahassee, FL 32399-7016
Toll Free: (800) 451-4327
Direct: (850) 245-3399
Videophone users can call through video relay serves (VRS).

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: There is not a dedicated office to serve deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. VR offices in Florida serve any individuals with disabilities, including those with hearing loss. Some VR counselors, particularly in cities, carry large caseloads of clients with hearing loss. You should contact the VR office closest to your home and request an appointment. At that time, VR will determine if that office will serve you or suggest another office to work with you. Visit the VR Office Directory to find the location nearest you.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: You should contact your local VR office to apply in person for VR services. A VR counselor will work with you to determine if you are eligible to receive VR services.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover:
A: Once the client is eligible for VR services, VR will look at the financial income of the household to determine how much it will cover in costs for vocational rehabilitation services, including post-secondary education. Those who get SSI/SSDI will be waived from financial participation, so they may receive full financial support from VR. At the same time, VR will explore comparable benefits (e.g., scholarships, grants and other state and federal financial aid support) that can be used to help cover the costs of a client’s post-secondary education.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes, depending on strong justification by the client, client maturity, and client‘s realistic academic focus and goal. Final decision on support and choice for post-secondary education rests on final determination between the counselor and the client, including approval from area office for any out-of-state training. If the client has good justification for attending an out-of-state college, VR may cover most, if not all, of the costs. In some cases, clients attending an out-of-state college may get financial support comparable to in-state rates.

Georgia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation
vVocational Rehabilitation Program
200 Piedmont Avenue SE
West Tower, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30334
Toll Free: (866) 489-0001
Direct: (404) 232-1998

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: You can apply for VR services through several ways, such as high school meetings with clients through IEP meetings, client requested services, parents seeking services for deaf and hard of hearing students, referrals from audiologists or walk-ins. The state accepts all deaf and hard of hearing clients for services and they are referred to counselors who are deaf or hard of hearing specialty caseload managers. The closest office to your residency can be found here.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The state will cover tuition, housing, meals and textbook costs.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: The Georgia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation does support students who attend college out of state; however, the maximum a student can obtain is the amount of in-state costs in Georgia except for a few designated colleges including RIT’s College of NTID. Georgia’s current policies do not support clients who want to transition to one of the other colleges at RIT after completing their program at NTID.

Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Idaho Vocational Rehabilitation
Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
PO Box 83720
650 West State Street, Room 150
Boise, ID 83720-0096
Direct: (208)334-3390
Fax: (208)334-5305

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule your appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Idaho VR will cover up to 90% of tuition and required text books. All federal grants are subtracted from the total tuition cost; the 90% coverage is calculated from the remaining total.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. Idaho VR supports students who attend colleges out of state. The support differs though, depending on the situation. If you choose to attend an out-of-state college when your major is offered at an in-state college or university, your coverage will be determined based on the costs to attend the in-state college that offers the same degree.

Illinois Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Illinois Vocational Rehabilitation
Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of Rehabilitation Services
100 S Grand Ave E
Springfield, IL 62762
Toll Free: (800) 843-6154
TTY: (800) 447-6404

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact the office closest to your residency to schedule your appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: : Illinois VR may financially contribute towards the costs of tuition, fee, required books and supplies, increased cost for housing and food, and $25 toward consumable supplies such as paper, pens and highlighters.

You and your counselor must complete a financial analysis to determine, if any, the amount of customer financial participation. If you receive SSI or SSDI you are exempt from customer financial participation.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes, but Illinois VR does have a cap to the amount paid for out-of-state or private colleges. RIT/NTID and two other colleges are three post-secondary education institutions that are exceptions to this rule.

Kansas Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Kansas Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Kansas Rehabilitation Services Commission
Docking State Office Building, 9th Floor North
915 SW Harrison Topeka, KS 66612
Toll Free: (866) 213-9079
Direct: (785) 368-7471
TTY: (785) 368-7478
Fax: (785) 368-7467

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done online.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Kansas VR will pay for all post-secondary education needs if the program is available within Kansas.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Kansas VR will pay for the costs based on intra-state equivalents, usually based on the University of Kansas, and you will have to pay the difference. If there is a program available within Kansas, you would be expected to use that, unless you can justify the need.

Louisiana Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Louisiana Vocational Rehabilitation
Louisiana Workforce Commission
627 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-9297
Toll Free: (800) 737-2958
Direct: (225) 219-2225
Fax: (225) 219-2942

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. To schedule your appointment please contact your local VR office.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Depending on your IPE, services can include coverage of all or part of tuition costs, related costs and limited funds for textbooks. However, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services reserves the right to limit support depending on availability of resources and other factors.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: If the degree program or comparable is available in-state, then funding is limited to the in-state support rate based on your economic need according to the established financial criteria.

Michigan Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Michigan Rehabilitation Services
201 N. Washington Square
4th Floor
P.O. Box 30010
Lansing, MI 48909
Toll Free: (800) 605-6722
Direct: (517) 373-2062
TTY: (888) 605-6722
Fax: (517) 335-7277

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: Michigan Rehabilitation Services provides orientation services online and is currently revisiting that to have closed captioning and ASL. There are situations where MRS works with community entities such as school districts, colleges, community rehabilitation organizations, etc. and have special referral relationships.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Services are based upon the individual needs of the customer. There is no predetermined financial cap on services. Your cost is determined based on your individual financial needs (determined by FAFSA).

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. MRS also has a pre-established relationship with RIT/NTID.

Minnesota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota Street, Suite E200
St. Paul, MN 55101-1351
Toll Free: (800) 328-9095
Direct: (651) 259-7366
TTY: (800) 657-3973
Fax: (651) 297-5159

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development mails the applications via hard copy and asks people to fill them out. You also can visit one of the offices and fill it out there. However, Minnesota currently has an Order of Selection in place, meaning that depending on your financial needs you could be placed on a waiting list.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The coverage includes tuition and books though the actual amount provided is dependent on your financial plan and if you are on the Order of Selection wait list.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes, however the coverage amount depends on your employment goal and if there is no comparable in-state training program offered.

Mississippi Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Mississippi Vocational Rehabilitation
Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services
1281 Highway 51
P.O. Box 1698
Madison, MS 39110
Toll Free: (800) 443-1000

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: Mississippi’s Department of Rehabilitation Services has Rehabilitation Counselors for the Deaf who are assigned a coverage area within the state. They serve all clients who are deaf and use ASL to communicate. Hard-of-hearing students go to general counselors unless there are other factors that would impact how services needed to be provided, then that may be transferred to the RCD as well. The closest office to your residency can be found here.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. To schedule your appointment please contact your local VR office.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The coverage for in-state colleges includes tuition, dorm fees, and textbooks after Pell grant funds are applied. For NTID, students receive coverage for tuition, dorm fees, textbooks and meals after Pell Grant funds are applied, plus one round-trip plane fair per semester.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: If you’re going to NTID your tuition, dorms fees, textbooks and meals are covered after Pell Grant funds are applied.

Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation
Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
3024 Dupont Circle
Jefferson City, MO 65109
Toll Free: (877) 222-8963
Direct: (573) 751-3251
TTY: (573) 751-0881
Fax: (573) 751-1441

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: Missouri has seven VR Counselors for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. They are housed in five of the state’s VR offices across the state. Contact Kelly Cook, assistant director, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to find the one nearest you and schedule an appointment.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is usually done in person. Contact Kelly Cook, assistant director, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, to find the counselor nearest you and schedule an appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The services provided are based on an individual’s need. The covered costs can include tuition, books, dorms and assorted other fees. VR has financial guidelines that are considered for educational and training services.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Missouri Vocational Rehabilitation supports deaf and hard-of-hearing students in attending out-of-state colleges that offer specialized support services for deaf individuals. VR has financial guidelines that are considered for educational and training services.

Montana Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Montana Vocational Rehabilitation
Montana Vocational Rehabilitation
111 Sanders Suite 307
PO Box 4210
Helena, MT 59604-4210
Toll Free: (877) 296-1197
Direct: (406) 444-2590
TTY: (406) 444-2590
Fax: (406) 444-3632

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule an appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The coverage depends on your vocational goal. After meeting with your VR counselor, your coverage will be determined. Potential coverage includes tuition, computers and textbooks, among other things.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes, if you attend NTID you are covered. You also are covered if you attend a community college in other states if Montana does not offer the programs. If you choose to attend an out-of-state college such as NTID or a community college that fits the requirements, your coverage will be capped at the same cost as attending a public university in Montana ($6,800) for the year.

Nebraska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Nebraska Vocational Rehabilitation
Nebraska Department of Education, Vocational Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 94987
Lincoln, NE 68509
Toll Free: (877) 637-3422
Direct: (402) 471-3644

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule your appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Nebraska VR pays for the actual cost of tuition, fees, and required books and supplies for up to 12 credit hours per term subject to unmet need after considering the financial aid package for Nebraska students attending NTID.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. If you attend NTID, Nebraska VR will pay for the actual cost of tuition, fees, and required books and supplies for up to 12 credit hours per term subject to unmet need after considering your financial aid package.

Nevada Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Nevada Vocational Rehabilitation
Nevada Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation
1370 South Curry Street
Carson City, NV 89703-5146
Direct: (775) 684-4040
TTY: (775) 684-8400
Fax: (775) 684-4186

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application can be found here, but each office differs a little in how they handle applications. If the office has an orientation, the application is passed out during orientation. However, all offices also accept applications that are mailed in or brought in personally. During orientation you will be provided an appointment time to meet with a counselor for an intake. If the office does not have orientation, you will be called to schedule a time for your intake.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Generally Nevada VR will assist with post-secondary education costs needed to reach the specific vocational goal agreed upon by the individual and counselor.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: In general Nevada VR pays out-of-state tuition and college expenses at the same rate as in-state tuition, and you’re responsible for additional costs. However, Nevada VR does have some exceptions to this policy. If the program needed is not available in the state or if an out-of-state program meets specific disability needs, then it may pay the additional expenses of attending an out-of-state school.

New York Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

New York Vocational Rehabilitation
Adult Career and Continuing Education Services - Vocational Rehabilitation
One Commerce Plaza, Room 1609
Albany, NY 12234
Toll Free: (800) 222-5627
Direct: (518) 474-1711

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: Both in person and online applications are accepted. The website has information on applying. The New York Vocational Rehabilitation Department offers an in person orientation at the Rochester District Office where a sign language interpreter is always available at the afternoon session. Other district offices have slightly different processes. If an office does not routinely offer a sign language interpreter, you just need to request to have one at orientation.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: ACCES-VR can cover tuition, room and board, textbooks, transportation and other fees. The amounts are based on college policy, your financial need status and comparable benefits. You work with your counselor to determine the level of support.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. The tuition rate is based on New York state SUNY tuition. Other categories also have limits that are stated in the policies.

North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation
North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
2801 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2801
Toll Free: (800) 689-9090
Direct: (919) 855-3500
TTY: (919) 855-3579

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: The North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation department has more than a dozen counselors who work with deaf and hard of hearing individuals. More than 50% of them are deaf or hard of hearing and they’ve all been trained in ASL. These counselors also work with transition programs in their communities. Find the office closest to your residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person at one of the 33 offices located throughout the state. Find the office closest to your residency.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Possible cost coverage includes tuition, room and board, tutoring, textbooks and supplies, interpreting services, transportation services and addition fees. However, all of these are identified when you meet with a counselor and develop your financial plan.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: In general, out-of-state colleges are supported at the same coverage rate as in-state colleges, with the exception of specialty programs at schools like NTID, where the coverage policies are different.

North Dakota Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation
North Dakota Vocational Rehabilitation
117 1st Street East
Dickinson, ND 58601
Toll Free: (888) 227-7525
Direct: (701) 227-7600
TTY: (701) 227-7620
Fax: (701) 227-7618

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. All clients use the same office. Call 1-800-755-2745 for more information.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: For adults the application process is done in person. For a student, a VR counselor will travel to the student’s school to meet as early as their sophomore year and encourage them to apply for services. We encourage parents/guardian to attend the meeting, so we can explain the process. If there is a need for an interpreter or other accommodation, they will be provided if advance notice has been made.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Each case is unique and individualized. You will develop a plan while meeting with a VR counselor. VR does have a formula for determining VR financial participation which they apply to all cases regarding the costs related to college such as tuition, books and supplies. Following is a link to VR’s policies and procedures. There you will find the financial aid worksheet and directions. VR also will evaluate a student’s need for assistive technology services or devices and may participate in that cost.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes, if it is consistent with your rehabilitation plan. If it is necessary for a student to attend college out of state and there is not a comparable program in North Dakota, then the out-of-state tuition has the potential to be covered. However, if the student can attend school in state, but chooses to attend out of state, then the student is only considered for coverage equal to in-state public coverage costs.

Ohio Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Ohio Vocational Rehabilitation
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
400 E. Campus View Blvd., SW3C
Columbus, OH 43235-4604
Toll Free: (800)282-4536
Direct: (614)438-1200
TTY: (614)438-1200
Fax: (614)438-1257

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule an appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Ohio VR will contribute to educational expenses such as tuition, books and fees that all students at an institution have to pay. The actual amount covered is determined on a person-to-person basis based on financial need. Ohio VR also has a “least cost institution” policy, meaning that it will only fund students at the level of cost equal to the cost of the school that is in closest geographic location and costs the least.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Ohio VR does support out-of state colleges, but the “least cost institution” policy is still in effect. If there is a cheaper school in Ohio that offers the same program, only that college’s amount will be covered.

Oklahoma Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Oklahoma Vocational Rehabilitation
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
3535 N.W. 58th Street, Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112-4815
Toll Free: (800) 845-8476
Direct: (405) 951-3400
Fax: (405) 951-3529

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application can be obtained online, mailed or emailed to you. The intake process for services is done in person or via videophone if necessary.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Oklahoma VR can assist with tuition, fees and other educational expenses after PELL grants and other available federal/state student aid are applied.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Out-of-state colleges can be supported and are considered on an individual basis as approved by a supervisor and the administration. If the college is approved, tuition and fees will be paid at the same rate that is paid at state-supported colleges or universities of equal rank.

Oregon Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation
State of Oregon Vocational Rehabilitation Division
500 Summer St. NE, E87
Salem, OR 97301-1120
Toll Free: (877) 277-0513
Direct: (503) 945-5880
Fax: (503) 947-5010

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
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Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
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Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
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Pennsylvania Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Pennsylvania Vocational Rehabilitation
Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
1521 N. 6th Street
Harrisburg, PA 17102
Toll Free: (800) 442-6351
Direct: (717) 787-5244
TTY: (717) 787-4885

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: You may be met either at the district office, at a public place such as a library closer to your home, at a one-stop center (CareerLink), or potentially at your home in rare instances.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: You can be covered up to the maximum average cost of tuition and fees of a Pennsylvania community college (currently $4,620 per year) for your first two years. If you are a student entering your third year onward and receive SSI/SSDI , the level of support increases to the average cost of tuition of a state college (currently $17,180 per year). If you are a student entering your third year onward and do not receive SSI/SSDI, the level of support remains the same as the maximum average cost of tuition and fees of a Pennsylvania community college. Tuition and fees are typically paid first, and then if there is any money left over, the Pennsylvania VR will pay for books up to $500 per year.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes, however Pennsylvania VR does not provide additional monies for out-of-state institutions of higher education. The coverage rate remains the same as an in-state institution.

South Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
1410 Boston Avenue
P.O. Box 15
West Columbia, SC 29171-0015
Toll Free: (800) 832-7526
Direct: (803) 896-6500
TTY: (803) 896-6553
Fax: (803) 896-6525

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule your appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: South Carolina VR offers possible tuition assistance, assistive technology, books, etc. This is determined by the financial aid office and is determined on a case by case basis.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: South Carolina does support clients attending school out of state. The limitations are the same for students in state. The financial aid office information will determine what is covered. This is determined on a case by case basis.

Tennessee Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Tennessee Vocational Rehabilitation
Tennessee Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Citizens Plaza State Office Building
2nd Floor, 400 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1403
Direct: (615) 313-4891
TTY: (615) 313-5695
Fax: (615) 741-6508

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule your appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Tennessee VR potentially covers tuition and fees, books and supplies, and housing and maintenance.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes, if comparable in-state programs are not available. If there is a comparable in-state program, there could be a cap placed on your coverage amount. There is a limit on the number of semesters which can be paid by VR based on the type of degree the student is enrolled in.

The U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

U.S. Virgin Islands Vocational Rehabilitation
U.S. Virgin Islands Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1303 Hospital Ground Knud Hasen Complex Building A
St. Thomas, VI 00802
Toll Free: (340) 774-0930

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The U.S. Virgin Islands bases its coverage off of the costs to attend the University of the Virgin Islands. After financial aid is applied, the difference is covered up to the cost to attend the University of the Virgin Islands.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. Students who attend college outside of the islands are covered up to the cost to attend the University of the Virgin Islands once financial aid has been applied.

Utah Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Utah Vocational Rehabilitation
Utah State Office of Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
Toll Free: (800) 473-7530
Direct: (801) 538-7530
TTY: (801) 538-7530
Fax: (801) 538-7522

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: Yes, deaf and hard of hearing clients can visit the Utah State Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DSDHH) office. DSDHH is a separate subsection of Utah State Office of Rehabilitation (USOR) and regularly collaborates with DSR (Vocational Rehabilitation).

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: Print and fill out the Utah State of Rehabilitation Application and then contact the office that is nearest to your home to schedule an appointment. If you do not have access to a printer you can always call the office nearest to you and fill out the paperwork there. It is best to prepare ahead of time if at all possible.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Utah VR assists with post-secondary and vocational training on a case by case basis. This is done after exploring other employment options and financial means first, such as scholarships. Just because you are eligible for VR services, it does not guarantee that you will be supported financially. In some situations, VR has been able to approve and justify additional training and the costs associated with a post-secondary education. VR has assisted in the past with core costs such as tuition, fees and required books or supplies. Additional expenses are the responsibility of the client.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. Significant documentation is necessary to show why other in-state options are not viable and then costs that have been covered by VR, after thoroughly exploring other financial means, are limited to certain approval levels and are, again, granted on a case by case basis.

Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Vermont Vocational Rehabilitation
Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
103 South Main Street
Weeks 1A
Waterbury, VT 05671-2303
Toll Free: (866) 879-6757
TTY: (802) 241-1455

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: Vermont VR requires you to attend an orientation session first to make sure you understand the process and expectations. Then your counselor will meet with you face to face to get the paperwork started. If you fill out a referral online, you still have to come in for orientation and meet your counselor afterwards in person.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Vermont VR only provides up to $600 per semester. Usually this goes to the cost of books/supplies.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes. Vermont VR supports out-of-state attendance if the student can demonstrate the feasibility of this decision and how it applies to his/her major. The covered costs are the same for out-of-state colleges: up to $600 per semester.

Virginia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Virginia Vocational Rehabilitation
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
8004 Franklin Farms Drive
Henrico, VA 23299-5019
Toll Free: (800) 552-5019
Direct: (804) 662-7000
TTY: (800) 464-9950
Fax: (804) 662-9532

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: Yes. Mary Crews Nunnally, program manager, Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Services, can be reached the following ways:

Email: Mary.Nunnally@dars.virginia.gov
Voice/Text (V/T): 804-322-3456
Toll Free: 800-552-5019
Toll Free TTY: 800-464-9950
Videophone (VP): 804-433-3277

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The intake interview is done in person. To schedule an interview, contact Mary Crews Nunnally.

Email: Mary.Nunnally@dars.virginia.gov
Voice/Text (V/T): 804-322-3456
Toll Free: 800-552-5019
Toll Free TTY: 800-464-9950
Videophone (VP): 804-433-3277

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: If you are financially eligible for cost services, college costs are based on financial aid information and unmet need. Tuition coverage is determined based on the highest tuition of a state school. Room/board is based on the closest state school’s fees.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Yes, but there has to be justification as to why an in-state school isn’t considered. The tuition coverage cap is based on the highest tuition of a state school. Room/board is based on the closest state school’s fees.

Washington Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Washington Vocational Rehabilitation
Washington State Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
P.O. Box 45340
Olympia, WA 98504
Toll Free: (800) 637-5627
Direct: (360) 725-3636
TTY: (800) 637-5627
Fax: (360) 438-8007

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: Applications can be made online here (which involves watching a video, doing a brief online self assessment, and then linking to the online portal). However, most contact is done in person after scheduling an appointment at the office closest to your residency. You can schedule your appointment via phone or email.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Washington State can support tuition, books, supplies, and occasionally technology such as laptops and travel fare if justification is provided. The exact coverage amount is determined based on need.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: The Washington VR does support students going out of state; however there are a few restrictions. Under no circumstances is room or board covered nor is summer school unless the major or their specific school cycle requires summer courses, or those courses are only provided during the summer session. In order to attend an out-of-state school and receive coverage, you have to justify your decision to receive the standard coverage. If you want to go to a university without the benefit of direct communication, you are only covered for the equivalent of the University of Washington or Washington State University rate.

West Virginia Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

West Virginia Vocational Rehabilitation
West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services
P.O. Box 1004
Institute, WV 25112
Direct: (304) 766-4600
http://www.wvdrs.org/

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule an appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Covered costs depend on your financial obligation such as if you accept loans, have scholarships, etc. It is determined on an individual basis.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: West Virginia VR prefers that students attend in state in order to lower costs. However, if a program or certain school would better suit your needs and is located out of state, it can be considered as long as you can meet the justification standards.

Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Wisconsin Vocational Rehabilitation
Wisconsin Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
201 East Washington Avenue
PO Box 7852
Madison, WI 53707-7852
Toll Free: (800) 442-3477
Direct: (608) 261-0050
TTY: (888) 877-5939
Fax: (608) 266-1133

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The referral process can be done online or by contacting an office. The closest office to your residency can be found here.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: Wisconsin VR funds post-secondary education with the DVR Training Grant. There is a fee schedule for this grant up to $5,000 for the academic year. If you feel that you require greater funding support, you are able to request additional funds through an exception process.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Wisconsin VR has a policy preference for in-state public education intuitions, but supports private and out-of-state colleges when required to achieve the client’s IPE goal. Funds for post-secondary education are done with the DVR Training Grant. There is a fee schedule for this grant up to $5,000 for the academic year. If you feel that you require greater funding support, you are able to request additional funds through an exception process.

Wyoming Division of Vocational Rehabilitation


General Contact Information

Wyoming Vocational Rehabilitation
122 W. 25th Street
Hershler Bldg.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Direct: (307)777-7389
Fax: (307)777-5857

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients?
A: No. There is not a specific office that serves deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. Clients should use the office closest to their residency.

Q: How do I apply for VR services?
A: The application process is done in person. Contact your local VR office to schedule your appointment.

Q: What costs related to post-secondary education will VR cover?
A: The total coverage amount is individualized to your needs, the cost of the service, and other available assistance such as financial aid. There is no maximum amount spent per student, but Wyoming VR does look at providing the least costly services.

Q: Do you support deaf and hard-of-hearing students who attend colleges out of state?
A: Wyoming VR does support students attending college out of state. To determine the coverage amount, Wyoming VR looks at least cost, availability of the education program in state and availability of appropriate accommodations and support. If the cost of attending college out-of-state is greater than the cost of a similar program in state, Wyoming VR will cover the lower cost and you will be responsible for covering the difference. Exact amounts differ between students and their needs.