Comprehensive Transition Programs

Comprehensive Transition Programs, or CTPs, are degree, certificate, or non-degree programs for students with intellectual disabilities that meet specific criteria. If students with intellectual disabilities are attending a CTP, they are able to use federal financial aid to help pay for attendance.

CTPs are offered by a college or career school, and are approved by the U.S. Department of Education. They support students with intellectual disabilities who want to continue academic, career, and independent living instruction to prepare for gainful employment.

CTPs offer academic advising and a structured curriculum. They require students with intellectual disabilities to participate, for at least half of the program, in one of the following: 1) regular enrollment in credit-bearing courses with "typical" college students (those who do not have disabilities), 2) auditing or participating (with typical college students) in courses for which the student does not receive regular academic credit, 3) enrollment in noncredit-bearing, non-degree courses with typical college students, or internships or work-based training with individuals who do not have disabilities.

CTPs were initially described and defined in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

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