Student Accessibility Services

Financial Assistance

Learning Evaluations or Coaching Financial Assistance 

Limited funds are available to provide financial assistance to students with the cost of disability-related testing or academic coaching. These funds usually cover the “copay” or deductible for testing or for coaching based on the student’s health insurance rates. In certain instances, depending on need, SAS financial assistance may be available to pay a portion of the testing costs or the coaching themselves. 

Funds for learning evaluations and academic coaching are only available if the evaluation is needed to support coursework at Brown University. In the application, we ask students to explain briefly the need for financial support from SAS.  There is no minimum or maximum amount cutoff, but generally, the most common awards cover the “copay” or the deductible portion of the testing, or a small number of coaching sessions. The financial assistance amounts awarded may differ from the amounts requested depending on the availability of funds, the reasonableness of the requested amount, and the number of requests that are pending at the time of request.

SAS can provide a convenient list of names of local evaluators who are qualified to complete neuropsychological evaluations for students with learning disabilities and coaches who charge reduced rates, but students can see any coach or evaluator they choose, and students can schedule the evaluations during academic breaks. SAS financial assistance does not typically pay the providers directly but provides students a portion of the costs they paid for the testing or coaching. In order to receive SAS financial assistance, the student should complete the application and have it approved by SAS prior to scheduling the testing or coaching. A receipt of payment to the provider is always required. Once that proof of payment is received and Brown paperwork is completed,  SAS will credit the student the approved amount.