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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
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Program Contact Megan Fitzpatrick
Phone 813.974.2996

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.

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: 21
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 25
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
  • Student must have an Autism Spectrum Disability, but Intellectual Disabilities are not precluded
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 1 year
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 36%
Retention rate: 0%
Cost of the program: Tuition is 9,900 and includes everything. Housing costs are estimated.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? We are not a CTP, and have no plans to become one.
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • We have a special foundation from a doner we also accept Florida Pre-pay and Gardiner Scholarship

Scholarships available:

Gardiner Scholarship

Learning Academy Scholarship

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Individually created curriculum using discovery.

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 57%
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Clubs, football games, basketball games, singing groups, fraternity activities, vollunteer activities

Last updated: Thursday, February 7, 2019 - 08:50