Eligibility Criteria

IHECP believes that higher education for students with disabilities is a vehicle for self-empowerment, and it can increase students’ social circles, chances for employment, and independence. The IHECP designs inclusive college experiences for students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities so they can attend classes, interact with instructors and the community, and explore all that college life offers.

If you have questions about whether you or your student qualify for IHECP programs, please feel free to contact us.

How does the IHECP work?

The IHECP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports students through a continuum of fee-based on-campus services. The IHECP supports degree-seeking students, non-degree-seeking audit students (modified content), and College Preparation students with learning, intellectual, and developmental differences.

  • IHECP students receive individualized accommodations and, if needed, modifications to their inclusive coursework
  • IHECP students are encouraged to engage in social activities and events, career exploration, vocational apprenticeships and internships, and expanded independence skills training through adult agency partnerships
  • IHECP culminates in a College Preparation certificate, Inclusive Support Services certification in a student’s chosen course of study, or a certificate or degree conferred by the student’s institution of higher education

The goal of the Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program is to broaden the career options and opportunities for our students in inclusive, supportive, and challenging settings.

Who is eligible for the IHECP?

In order to be considered for Academic Coaching, Inclusive Support Services, or College Prep, a potential student must:

  • 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.)

How to apply to the IHECP

Interested IHECP and College Prep applicants must apply for admission.

Application packets can be obtained by contacting IHECP. Please email us at info@ihecp.org or call our office at (303) 805-4083 to schedule an appointment.

Once the completed application packet has been received and reviewed, selected candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview.  The IHECP Steering Committee reviews application materials, including non-family references, and determines who is accepted into the program based on materials and information submitted, as well as the student interview.

If you have questions about whether you or your child qualify for IHECP programs, please feel free to contact us.

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