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Supported Higher Education Project of Northern Kentucky University

Supported Higher Education Project of Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University
Supported Higher Education Project of Northern Kentucky University
Northern Kentucky University, Nunn Drive
MEP 100
Highland Heights, KY 41099
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Program Contact Emily Hellmann
Program Contact Email
Phone 895.572.6149
Website Program website
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The Supported Higher Education Project (SHEP) at Northern Kentucky University is an inclusive program through which students with intellectual disability (ID) who have graduated from high school, either with a traditional or alternate diploma, can attend NKU as non-degree seeking students. Upon acceptance into SHEP, students gain access to college classes, volunteer work opportunities, student life, and campus activities. Peer mentoring partnerships provide the needed academic and social supports students may need, as determined through a person-centered planning process. Since volunteer peer mentors are the primary support for students in the program, it is important that students have the necessary safety skills to navigate the campus and unexpected situations with a certain degreee of independence.

Students in the SHEP program typically take one to two classes per semester for six semesters, completing up to 36 semester hours of coursework, along with several work-related internships. Collaboration with the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation provides students with support when involved in job and career development opportunities.  The SHEP program is a federally designated Comprehensive Transiton Program (CTP).  Eligible students enrolled in a designated CTP may apply for financial aid, even though they are attending classes part time.


Program information submitted a year or more ago

Public or private: Public
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: 6
Deadline to apply to this program: April 1st
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $2500.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00

$2500 in state plus student fees. $5000 out of state plus student fees. No residential alternatives at this point.

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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

The Jane, Terry and Doug "Sandy" Garrigan Scholarship is a recently endowed scholarship to specifically support students enrolled in the Supported Higher Education Project at Northern Kentucky University.  This scholarship will become available to students beginning Fall 2018.

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:

Students may choose to take college courses for either credit or audit.  Taking courses for credit allows students to work toward an eventual degree.  This option allows students to receive accommodations through the Disability Services Office at the University. Auditing status provides faculty with more options for making modifications to the curriculum, instruction, and student outcomes without having to compare students with ID against peers without disability.  Students enrolled in the SHEP program can alternate between taking courses for credit and audit, depending on the course expectations, and how well the instructional approaches used in the class match the student learning styles, strengths and interests.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College to Career Certificate
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 66%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
Additional information about career development and work experience:


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