Policy & Financial Aid
This section’s focus in on financial and legislative programs, issues, and resources. The reader will find information about the laws that have brought about many of the changes we are seeing today in inclusive postsecondary education (e.g., HEOA, 2008) and the regulations and policies that follow. Two of the most prominent policies which have emerged are the Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Education Program (CTP) certification and Florida’s Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) certification, which enables students with intellectual disability and their families’ to access to federal and state financial aid and scholarship dollars. Additionally, this section contains resources for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and private scholarships.
This is a listing of over 20 questions relating to the FAFSA.
Frequently Asked Questions for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
FAQ resource for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
My Next Move
Created for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, by the National Center for O*NET Development, this site lets students search for careers in three ways: by keyword, by industry, or by interests/skills.
Senate Bill 926 - Postsecondary Education Memorandum
On July 22, 2011, the Florida Department of Education issued a Memorandum that addresses Senate Bill 926. Effective July 1, 2011, Senate Bill 926 provides employers immunity for negligent or intentional acts or omission by an employee that is an individual with a developmental disability. This bill also allows supported employment providers immunity from liability for the actions or conduct of a person with a developmental disability served that occur within the scope of the person’s employment.
Questions & Answers about Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Questions & Answers about Persons with Intellectual Disabilities in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)” addresses how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to applicants and employees. In plain, easy-to-understand language, this revised document reflects the changes to the definition of disability made by the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) that make it easier to conclude that individuals with intellectual disabilities are protected by the ADA.
CTP & Title IV Federal Student Aid Eligibility
This session provided information on financial support for students with intellectual disabilities. Specifically, the presenter details how students in CTP programs can receive financial aid, including eligibility requirements for both programs and students.
Sample CTP Application: Murray State University
This application was submitted to the US Department of Education by Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky to be certified as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP). Murray State was successful with this application and was awarded CTP status in May, 2013. This application can be used as a model or example for other colleges when completing a CTP application.
Think College LEARN: CTP
Think College LEARN provides self-paced modules using multimedia tools such as videos, publications, interactive learning activities and podcasts to share information on topics related to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.
The O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund offers financial assistance to adults – 18 and older – who have Down syndrome and wish to continue to enhance their lives by taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs. Students of all abilities are encouraged to apply.
One Step at a Time
The Down Syndrome Footprint Foundation’s “One Step at a Time Scholarship Program,” provides scholarships to individuals with Down syndrome that are pursuing apost-secondary education.
Ruby’s Rainbow is a non-profit dedicated to the higher educational needs of adults with Down syndrome, granting scholarships nationwide for post-secondary education, vocational or enrichment classes.
UPS for DownS Memorial
At UPS for DownS we are excited about the opportunity to give young people in our community assistance in pursuing their life goals.
de Moya Foundation
The de Moya Foundation provides scholarships for students who are interested in the engineering and construction industries, who need financial support, tutoring, or employment support to succeed in preparing for competitive employment in the road and bridge construction industry.
Building inclusive Campus Communities
Provides a framework for inclusion of students with intellectual disabilties in higher education.
This webinar provided participants with an in-depth look at all parts of the application. Ideas are provided about how to go about the curriculum structure and how to identify satisfactory academic progress, two essential components within the application.