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Next Steps at Vanderbilt University

Next Steps at Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University
Next Steps at Vanderbilt University
230 Appleton Place
PMB 552
Nashville, TN 37203-5721
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Program Contact Tammy Day
Program Contact Email
Phone 615.343.0822
Website Program website

Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a 4-year inclusive higher education program committed to providing students with intellectual disability inclusive, transformational postsecondary education in academics, social and career development, and independent living, while honoring equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.

Next Steps is currently working to expand its program to include on-campus residential options for students.

Program information submitted: March 15, 2021

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 33
Summer program name Next Steps Summer Institute (NSSI)
Description of our summer transition program: The Next Steps Summer Institute has been providing students with a week-long college, residential program since 2011. More information about NSSI can be found at
Summer program link: Next Steps Summer Institute (NSSI)
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
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • A documented intellectual disability diagnosis is required. Many students also have additional diagnoses.
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $21990.00
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:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students' enrollment in Vanderbilt courses count for credit within the Next Steps at Vanderbilt program, but they do not earn a letter grade from the instructor. Instead, they complete a modified syllabus. More details about the academic experience can be found at
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Details about the Career & Community Studies (CCS) courses can be found at
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Career & Community Studies (CCS) Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes