Student Admissions Criteria

The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program (IHECP) is a program of study for highly motivated adults whose “Intellectual disability is a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.” (American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities)

All applicants younger than 21 years of age are encouraged to consider opportunities available in their current school system under Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) before committing to this fee-based program. Some public school districts offer concurrent enrollment opportunities. Please contact your school district to determine if your student’s IEP includes postsecondary education and/or dual enrollment in the postsecondary education section of transition services.

In order to ensure that the IHECP is the best match for our applicants, we require an application packet be completed for each student. To be considered for our support programs, students will demonstrate the following minimal requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have a documented disability that interferes with academic performance
  • Complete and submit the IHECP application with three non-family references, followed by an interview with the IHECP
  • Demonstrate a desire and motivation to pursue continuing education, employment skills, and life experiences through postsecondary education
  • Demonstrate the ability to learn independently in classroom and work settings as determined by the IHECP
  • Be able to participate in 90-minute college classes with accommodations, if necessary, and function independently for a 2-hour time period in multiple environments
  • Demonstrate a willingness to complete assignments with support
  • Be able to negotiate a college campus independently
  • Be able to adjust to and handle change
  • Exhibit no behaviors or emotional issues that would impact school performance, safety, positive classroom environment or that violate the IHECP’s or partner college and/or university Student Code of Conduct
  • Agree to actively participate in assessments, including academic, adaptive, employment and independence
  • Be able to be successful in competitive employment situations with minimal support
  • Be willing to be in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation process
  • Agree to have story, progress, and outcomes shared with the general community.

(Identifying information will be disclosed only with prior approval.)


  • Complete and submit the Student Application Packet
  • Submit High School/Post-secondary School Transcripts
  • Submit Educational and Psychological Evaluations (or latest Triennial IEP/Summary of Performance)
  • Submit Reference Forms (Three total; see checklist and evaluation forms for details)
  • Submit application fee
  • Upon receipt and review of the completed application packet, the applicant, along with a parent/guardian/support person, will be contacted to schedule a personal interview.
  • Following the personal interview, the Application Screening Committee will review applications and select students for admission.

Note: A limited number of applicants will be admitted to the IHECP College Preparation Program each year. The decision to offer or deny admission to the program will be made by the IHECP Screening Committee in their best judgment and in the best interest of the applicant. See “Student Admissions Criteria” for basis of student selection.

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