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Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Manhattan)

Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Manhattan)
Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York
Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program (Manhattan)
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
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Program Contact David Summers
Program Contact Email
Phone (646) 418-9736
Website Program website

AHRC New York City's Melissa Riggio Higher Education Program at the Borough of Manhattan Community College is a fully integrated college-based program designed to prepare people with intellectual and 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 Manhattan, NY.

Program information submitted: March 17, 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: 15
School district or agency partner: AHRC New York City
Contact person:
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 Medicaid Waiver

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: 45.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 15.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00

OPWDD Medicaid Waiver, no cost to students. However, tuition will be charged in Fall 2022.

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:
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • 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
More about course access:

Students enroll in two inclusive colleges via the course catalogue. All classes must be approved by the professor.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

The program offers supplemental courses in addition to inclusive courses. These classes focus on independent living that would not be offered by a college. Examples include: budgeting, personal exploration, sexual education, abuse prevention, and health.

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
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

GED - depends on what person is interested in (individualized)

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health 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: 0%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Due to COVID this area was difficult to target, however, the program has a transition develop whom develops internships for students. In student senior year, they are introduced to AHRCNYC Employment and Business department who assist with supportive employment if appropriate.

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