What is a CTP?

A comprehensive transition program (CTP):
  • is offered by a college or career school and approved by the U.S. Department of Education;
  • is designed to support students with intellectual disabilities who want to continue academic, career, and independent living instruction to prepare for gainful employment;
  • offers academic advising and a structured curriculum; and
  • requires students with intellectual disabilities to participate, for at least half of the program, in
    - regular enrollment in credit-bearing courses with nondisabled students,
    - auditing or participating (with nondisabled students) in courses for which the student does not receive regular academic credit,
    - enrollment in noncredit-bearing, nondegree courses with nondisabled students, or
    - internships or work-based training with non disabled individuals.
CTPs allow for students with an intellectual disability to receive financial aid support in the form of:
  • Federal Pell Grants
  • Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants
  • Work Study Programs 
Students may receive support if they are:
  • enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a comprehensive transition and postsecondary (CTP) program for students with intellectual disabilities at an institution of higher education (a college or career school) that participates in the federal student aid programs;
  • are maintaining satisfactory academic progress; and
  • meet the basic federal student aid eligibility requirements, except that you are not required to have a high school diploma or GED and are not required to be pursuing a degree or certificate.

To learn more about comprehensive transition programs, visit the Federal student aid website