Rehabilitation Long-Term Training

To support projects to provide academic training in areas of personnel shortages identified by the Secretary to increase the number of personnel trained in providing vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities.

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) Residency scholarships in physical medicine and rehabilitation; (2) graduate scholarships in rehabilitation counseling; (3) graduate scholarships in rehabilitation administration; and (4) undergraduate scholarships in rehabilitation service.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Program Accomplishments

Approximately 1505 awards are supported annually.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Training grants are provided in fields directly related to the vocational and independent living rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, such as rehabilitation counseling, independent living, rehabilitation medicine, physical and occupational therapy, prosthetics-orthotics, speech-language, pathology and audiology, rehabilitation of individuals who are blind and individuals who are deaf, and rehabilitation technology.

A grantee must use at least 75 percent of the total award for scholarships.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Institutions of Higher Education, State vocational rehabilitation agencies (including territories), and other public or nonprofit agencies and organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Individuals preparing for employment in the field of rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities.


An application should show evidence of current accreditation by or seeking of accreditation from the designated accreditation agency in the respective professional field. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for educational institutions.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

New applications are made to Department of Education, Application Control Center, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4725. Attn: 84.129. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.

Award Procedures

New and continuation grants are awarded by the Rehabilitation Services Administration. All new applications are reviewed by a panel of at least three individuals. Each panel consists of nonfederal consultants with experience and training in the related field.


Deadlines are published in the Federal Register; contadct the program office for application deadlines and other information.


Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, Title III, Section 302, 29 U.S.C. 774.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 160 days.




Renewals are available only through the new application process. Projects with an approved multi-year project period may be continued based on the availability of adequate funds and an annual review of accomplishments to determine satisfactory performance.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

The Federal share may not be more than 90 percent of the total cost of a project under this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Projects are generally supported for a maximum of 5 years; with budget periods of 12 months. Renewals are subject to the availability of funds.

Post Assistance Requirements


Annual financial and progress reports must be submitted as required by grant award terms and conditions.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Proper records must be maintained for a period of time equal to the time required to fulfill the obligations of each grantee to determine whether a scholar has met the work-or-repay provision in 34 CFR 386.34, or until all audit questions are resolved.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants and Contracts) FY 07 $19,267,000; FY 08 est $19,524,000; and FY 09 $19,549,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$70,000 to $100,000. Average: $100,000 in FY 08.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations can be found in 34 CFR 385 and 386.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Rehabilitation Services Administration, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-2649. Contact: Ruth Brannon. Telephone: (202) 245-7278.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The relevance of the purpose of the content and the training project to the administratively established mission of the public rehabilitation program and the objectives of the Rehabilitation Services Administration. The methodology to be employed in implementing the project and its feasibility for the achievement of the established educational objectives. The existence of a working relationship with the State vocational rehabilitation agency and other agencies and rehabilitation facilities providing vocational rehabilitation services. Criteria for evaluating applications are published in program regulations 34 CFR 385 and 386.

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