The OTS Grant
OTS grants are available at the Federal level, at the corporate and business level, as well as from charitable entities such as foundations. Many go into occupational therapy out of the sincere desire to help people but unfortunately, even the most altruistic of pursuits are subject to the requirement of considerable financial resources. Indeed, as is the case with any education above college, tuition - after academic requirements - is the highest barrier to entry. From government entities to charitable entities, society collective encourages its members to citizens to pursue such laudable vocations, such as OTS. This encouragement is accomplished by OTS grants.
You can apply for an OTS grant from the Federal government. Federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health issue millions of U.S. dollars in OTS grants every year. Standard across all Federal academic grants are the requirements of:
• U.S. citizenship or legal resident status
• Must be 18 years or older
• You must not owe any money to the IRS
If you’re an undergraduate, you can seek the assistance of your academic advisor for a list of grants that are open and applicable to your particular background. In the case that you qualify as a disadvantaged student, a number of grants are available to financially assist you in your pursuit to get through OTS school. Your own university or college might offer grants, in fact. In which case, your advisor should be able to tell you about the grants the university or college offers directly. If you’re working or don’t otherwise have access to a college academic counselor, many counselors at public state universities will offer you free advice.
The private sector corporations offer OTS grants as well. Although, to a large extent, businesses award OTS grants as a matter of public service and to earn the good will of the community, businesses only award grants in their relevant industry. Grants are differ from scholarships in this sense, in that not only are the students expected and required to maintain and achieve a particular academic performance in order to continue receiving the grant money but sometimes, the business will insist on some sort of commitment to the company after graduation. The company might insist that you work for them for a time, which is very common.
Aside from government agencies and private businesses, OTS grants are also issued by non-profit entities. This might be a professional association, a private family foundation or a medical charity. Foundations and other charitable organizations subsist on an endowment and as a part of their financial plan for their fiscal year, the charitable organization will have a plan for how much grant money to disburse. Charitable organizations won’t expect you to work for them after graduation but they will require you to maintain a certain grade point average in order to continue receiving the OTS grant money. It’s possible that the charitable organization require you to fulfill public or community service as well. The application processes for some charitable grants are more competitive than others.