Inclusive Postsecondary Education
Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 and TPSID Grants
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008 opened doors to a college experience for students with intellectual disabilities. Model Demonstration Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities, often referred to as TPSID grants, are funded under the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA). These discretionary funds were specifically earmarked to provide grants to institutions of higher education or universities, state, and career and technical colleges, to facilitate the creation and expansion of high quality, inclusive postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability. In 2015, the second iteration of TPSID grants and Think College, National Coordinating Center, were funded through 2020. In 2020, the third iteration of TPSID grants were awarded and the complete list may be found on the U.S. DOE’s Office of Postsecondary Education TPSID Awards page.
What is CTP?
Simply, a CTP is a federal accreditation of high-quality access to college for students with an intellectual disability.
Comphrehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs (CTPs) are defined in HEOA as a degree, certificate or non-degree program that is:
- offered by an institution of higher education;
- designed to support students with [an intellectual disability] who are seeking to continue academic, career and technical, and independent living instruction at an institution of higher education in order to prepare for gainful employment; and
- includes an advising and curriculum structure.
Please note that the Florida Consortium on Inclusive Higher Education’s funding is ending. Select resources and information remain available until March 2021. Many of the resources and information developed by the FCIHE have been retained on the Project 10 website.
Inclusive postsecondary programs in Florida are listed on the “Promising Practices Transition Sites” webpage of Project 10 (http://project10.info/DPage.php?ID=74).
The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities (FCSUA)
The FCSUA, located at the University of Central Florida, was created by the Florida Legislature in 2016. The purpose of the center is to increase independent living, inclusive and experiential postsecondary education and employment opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities. Funding is available to help colleges set up new programs and also for student scholarships to attend these programs. There are several important distinctions between TPSID and FCSUA funding opportunities. FCSUA policies require the following:
- Students must have exited from the K-12 system to be eligible for FCSUA scholarships.
- Students may exceed the age of 22 and remain eligible for an FCSUA scholarship.
- Postsecondary programs must have Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) status or be in the application process to be eligible to receive grant funding.
- Postsecondary programs must also be accessible to students who have exited the K-12 system. The FCSUA website (https://fcsua.org/E_postsecondary.php) provides a listing and map of postsecondary education programs that serve students with intellectual disabilities in Florida, which includes the approved Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Programs (FPCTPs), as well as those not approved as such. For more information, visit www.FCSUA.org.
The FCSUA website provides a listing and map of postsecondary education programs that serve students with intellectual disbilities in Florida, which includes the approved Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Programs (FCTPs), as well as those not approved as such.
For more information, visit www.FCSUA.org.
This brief provides a 2-page overview of the Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program (CTP) and Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) certifications and includes resources for further information.