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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 Christine Hugh
Program Contact Email
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. 

Program information submitted: August 20, 2022

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: 15
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: 18-25
  • Have an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Autism
Program length: 1 year
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $9900.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $9900.00
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 Pre-paid

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
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 0%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Campus events