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Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Hostos)

Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Hostos)
Hostos Community College of the City University of New York
Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Hostos)
475 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
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Program Contact Kensaku Matsuda
Program Contact Email
Phone (646 242-5112
Website Program website

AHRC New York City's Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at Hostos 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. Applicants must be a resident in the Bronx, NY.

Program information submitted: March 16, 2022

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
Number of students: 17
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 15th
Criteria for admission
  • OPWDD Eligibility
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 50.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
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:
  • 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 Hostos 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 that the program runs primarily during the Summer and Winter semesters. 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%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Career and Community Studies
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services: Disability/accessibility services
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 40%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Career development workshops developed by AHRC New York City as well as by program staff are provided to help prepare students for career pursuits. The program also partners with other institutions that focus on employment to provide certain cohorts an opportunity to develop jobs.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 25-49%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation