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.