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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

The KU-TPE establishes the first postsecondary education program in Kansas for young adults with ID that provides an academic credential, is fully inclusive, and addresses integrated, paid employment, adult roles and responsibilities, self-determination, and full community participation. KU-TPE students work toward a certificate focused on career development in a 2-year, 24 credit-hour program that has been structured to support non-degree undergraduate students in aligning academic coursework with a career pathway, including the development of career internships, 21st century skills, and adult roles and responsibilities. KU-TPE has been approved as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) so that we may offer eligible KU-TPE students with Federal Pell and/or Federal Work Study support.

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: 4
Deadline to apply to this program: Early January each year
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Regular high school diploma
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 25
  • Student must be enrolled in a particular school system/local educational agency
  • Demonstrated skills in navigating community and school environments with a willingness to learn new modes of transportation Demonstrated level of unsupervised independence (2-4 hours) using appropriate supports with potential to increase independence over time Desire to gain skills in: Ongoing academic and adult learning Career development and employment Self-determination Adult roles and responsibilities Established competence and responsibility for medications and self-care, with appropriate supports Past experience with work-based learning (e.g., in-school, volunteering, and/or paid employment) Desire for obtaining integrated employment upon completion of the KU-TPE program Full list of admission requirements here:
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • in addition to IDD our students may have other disabilities or disabilities which, as part of them, include intellectual disability (e.g Fragile X)
Program length: 2 years
Cost of the program:

Tuiton and Fees (in-state) $2,500-$3000 per semester (for 6 credit hours)
Room and Board - $8200-$10,200 per year depending upon room type and dining plan



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 needed course modifications and adaptations as needed on an individualized basis.

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: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
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%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

University Athletic events
Student Union Activities (Karaoke, grocery bingo, tea at 3, etc.)
Music & Theater Events
Spencer Art Museum/Natural History Museum events
Student Clubs (Sign Language Club, Sports Management Club)
Greek Life

Last updated: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 16:13