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Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings: TOPS

Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings: TOPS
Youngstown State University
Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings: TOPS
One University Plaza
Fedor Hall
Youngstown, OH 44455
Program Contact Erika Campolito
Phone (330)941-2437

YSU TOPS supports young adults with intellectual disabilities or autism wishing to participate in college, career, and community learning experiences in preparation for independent living and competitive employment. TOPS aims to improve the ability of young adults with intellectual disabilities or autism to attain greater independence participate in their communities, and achieve successful employment outcomes.

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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 6
Deadline to apply to this program: June 3, 2019
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 17-25
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Global dyspraxia
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 100%
Retention rate: 100%
Cost of the program:

The program tuition is $3000 per semester . Course fees and tuition may vary for each student estimating about $1500.00. We currently do not offer room and board.

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)
  • Local School District funds
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Studetns are currently enrolled in a varity of university course with their non-disabled peers.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

<p>Students participate in a modified CPR First Aid course.</p>

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: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

TOPS students attend football and basketball with typical peers. Along with attending concerts held at a museum on campus.  Students also participate in student ran activities in the student center such as the indoor block party. TOPS students also work out in the Rec Center with their peers. TOPS Students are able to attend lectures and guest speakers on campus along with hanging out in the student center.

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:50