School and IBD

Whether it’s middle school, high school, college, or a job, you spend a lot of time in these places. Because IBD is unpredictable, you’ll need a backup plan with someone who knows what’s what.

Your IBD and treatments might affect your school attendance or performance. You might have to miss school when you have medical appointments or if you’re feeling really bad during a flare. Remember, you are still responsible for learning the required subject matter. To help you do that, your parents can request a 504 (Accommodation) Plan. Once your health care professionals and the school identify how your IBD could affect you in school, a 504 Plan is created that lists the accommodations, special services, or adjustments that you might need. 

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has a 504 Plan template for you and your caregiver(s). 

College Scholarship Opportunities

There are several scholarships available for patients with a chronic condition such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. To learn further details, please visit our Patient Financial Assistance Programs page and filter for the "Academic Scholarships" category.