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The Learning Academy at USF

The Learning Academy at USF
University of South Florida
The Learning Academy at USF
13301 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard
MHC 2113A
Tampa, FL 33612
Program Contact Megan Fitzpatrick
Phone 813.974.2996
Website Program website

The Learning Academy at the University of South Florida is a thirty-week, two-semester transitional program designed to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (who may also have an intellectual disability) to achieve a life of opportunity, independence and success. Both students interested in seeking employment and students interested in continuing their education are eligible to apply. The intent of the program is to build and enhance skills that will prepare students for the world of work or to further their education in a college or university setting. Each course is structured to prepare students for the future in an educationally challenging environment, with the provision of support and services that will facilitate success and provide the building blocks for future goal attainment. Regardless of whether the student's focus is employment or higher education, skill development in the areas of self knowledge, organization, time management, goal setting, conflict resolution and community contribution will be emphasized.  Please note that applications are due by MARCH 1 of each year for students who wish to attend the following August.

Program information submitted: March 11, 2021

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
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $9900.00
Annual program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Florida Prepaid

Scholarships available:

Gardiner Scholarship, Able United, Jan La Belle Scholarship

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Additional information about career development and work experience

Each internship is individualized to the student based on their career interest

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: No