VR spending on higher education services increased from 2008 to 2013

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Personal assistance services include a range of services provided by the VR system to assist an individual with a disability attend college. VR funds may be used towards a student's tuition. In some cases, VR can also provide funds for student housing, food, and/or transportation. VR may also aid in paying for assistive devices and services, such as braillers, computer technology, personal readers, and interpreters. The specific services that VR can fund differs from state to state.

For this analysis, we calculated the national average dollar amount by dividing the total amount of money an agency spent on higher education services by the number of individuals who received such services.

The dollar amount that the national VR system spends on higher education services varies from year-to-year. For example, in 2008 the VR system spent $3086.19 in higher education services. In comparison, in 2013, the VR system spent $3854.67 on higher education services.

Why might VR have spent more on higher education services in 2013 than in 2008, while spending on total services remained relatively stable?

Description: This figure shows the national average dollar amount that VR agencies spent on higher education services from 2008-2013. The graph also shows the total dollar amount that VR agencies spent on providing all types of services each year.  

Population: All VR clients 

Data Source: RSA-2

Instructions: In this figure, the red line represents higher education services dollar values, and the blue line indicates total VR spending. Place your curser over the dots to see corresponding dollar amounts for a given year. Select different agency types to obtain related average figures.

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