College Experience Terms

The following information is part of the college readiness workbook. You can download this and other parts of this workbook for your personal use. Each document is fillable.

These are some terms for post-secondary education programs that are unique to those supporting students with intellectual disabilities.

Click on each term for more information.

Transition and postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disability (TPSID)

  • A federally funded model demonstration grant that allows schools to create and/or further develop their program.
  • Programs receiving the TPSID grant are more likely to have accommodations to support students with IDD because they’re literally being paid to create and expand their programs.
  • Students attending schools that are CTP approved can apply federal funding from the Department of Education to pay for non-degree programs.
  • Some programs may use the acronym “IPSE” to indicate they are focused on supporting students with IDD.

Inclusive post-secondary education (IPSE)

Sometimes used to refer to college programs for students with intellectual disability; also referred to as inclusive higher education programs.

Comprehensive transition program (CTP)

Approved by the U.S. Department of Education and eligible for federal student aid.

*If a student has an IEP and they intend to participate in a non-degree college program, their transition goals don’t have to be focused on a major to help them prepare for higher learning.

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