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Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE)

Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE)
University of Kansas
Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE)
Haworth Hall
1200 Sunnyside Ave, Room 3134
Lawrence, KS 66045-3101
Program Contact Megan Heidrich
Phone 785-864-0686

KU Transition to Postsecondary Education (KU-TPE) is an inclusive postsecondary education program at the University of Kansas for students with intellectual disability. KU-TPE is a two-year non-degree seeking program that leads to a KU Career Development Certificate. Students take regular KU courses for credit, join student clubs and organizations, can live in KU Housing, and participate in paid and unpaid career internships.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 10
Deadline to apply to this program: Early January each year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 25
  • For a full list of admissions requirements, please visit
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Some students have ID/D and other disabilities (e.g., ASD, mental health, Fragile X, vision impairment, etc.)
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 92%
Retention rate: 75%
Cost of the program:

Tuition and Fees (in-state): $2,700 per semester (for 6 credit hours)
Room and Board: $8200-$10,200 per year depending upon room type and dining plan



Additional costs: $200.00
In addition to tuition and fees, students must purchase books, and supplies for classes. This varies by class requirement and is often less than $200.
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

The program does not have any specific scholarships, but students have applied for and received external scholarships.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

KU-TPE provides individualized course adaptations as needed.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Career Development Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Open to all students at Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Career Development

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

University athletic events
Student Union Activities
Music & theater events
Spencer Art Museum & Natural History Museum events
Student clubs & organizations (Sign Language Club, Sports Management Club, faith-based student clubs, etc.)
Greek organizations
Student hang-outs and restaurants in town
Movies and sports watch parties
Student recreation center fitness activities

Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:33