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CUNY Unlimited (in partnership with the Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program)

CUNY Unlimited (in partnership with the Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program)
Queensborough Community College, The City University of New York
CUNY Unlimited (in partnership with the Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program)
222-05, 56th Avenue
Bayside, NY 11364
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Program Contact Carrie Shockley
Program Contact Email
Phone 646-664-8800
Website Program website

Under the umbrella of CUNY Unlimited, AHRC New York City's Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at Queensborough Community College is a fully integrated college-based program designed to prepare people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities for adult life through higher education coursework, career exploration and preparation, community living, personal development and socialization. The program engages students in supporting individual academic, vocational, community and social experiences. These students have the same opportunities for social and personal growth as other young adults who attend college.

Program information submitted: January 27, 2023

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
This program will BEGIN serving students in: 2023-2024
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: December 1
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • OPWDD Eligible
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program students at Queensborough Community College are able to select and register for any of the courses available to general students.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Workshops run primarily during the Summer and Winter sessions. These workshops are intended to help students practice and develop skills in areas such as financial responsibility, independent living, health/well being, and others that help promote social growth.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: CUNY Unlimited Advanced Credential in Academic and Career Studies
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Housing is provided to students: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 50-74%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events