For young adults who have been diagnosed with, are living with, or have survived a cancer diagnosis, college may not seem like an affordable option.  However, there are several foundations, funds and programs offering scholarship opportunities.

Federal student loan payments - Deferment and Forbearance

Alert! The U.S. Department of Education has made available a new cancer treatment deferment form. Borrowers who are undergoing cancer treatment may request a deferment of their federal student loan payments. A deferment or forbearance allows you to temporarily stop making your federal student loan payments or to temporarily reduce the amount you pay. Find out if you qualify for a deferment or forbearance.

Cancer Survivors’ Fund

Cancer Survivors’ Fund is a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships and prosthetics for the benefit of persons diagnosed with cancer, receiving treatment for cancer or in remission to give them a new purpose and meaning in life.

National Collegiate Cancer Foundation

The National Collegiate Cancer Foundation’s mission is to provide services and support to young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer. The Foundation’s goal is to help these survivors and their families establish a “Will Win” attitude in their fight.

Patient Advocate Foundation “Scholarships for Survivors” Program

The purpose of the Patient Advocate Foundation’s “Scholarship for Survivors” program is to provide scholarships to individuals, under the age of 25, who have been diagnosed with or treated for cancer and/or a chronic/life threatening disease within the past 5 years. For more information, visit their website or call 800.532.5274.


The SAMFund is a unique nonprofit organization created to assist young adult survivors of cancer with a successful transition into their post-treatment life by providing financial support through the distribution of grants and scholarships. For more information, visit their website or call 617.938.3484.

Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults is committed to helping young adults continue their education after being affected by cancer through their own diagnosis or the diagnosis of a loved one. For more information, visit their website or call 888.393.FUND (3863).