Are you (or do you know) a student with an intellectual disability between the ages of 18 and 26 who would benefit from attending Next Steps at Vanderbilt? The application deadline for the 2-year college certification program on Vanderbilt's campus has been extended to May 31, 2013.
What is the goal of the Next Steps at Vanderbilt Program?
The goal of the program is to broaden the career options and opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities in inclusive, age-appropriate settings on a college campus, which lays a path for the students to have the outcomes we all value -- a career, close relationships, and enjoyment.
Who can attend Next Steps at Vanderbilt?
Young adults seeking admission should be between 18 and 26 years old, have completed their high school studies, and have a strong desire to go to college to learn skills that will enable them to live more independently. They need to have families who support this goal.
Is financial assistance available?
The majority of students pay for tuition with the help of their families. For those who may need financial assistance, there are exciting new developments for eligible families.
1. Next Steps at Vanderbilt is a federally approved Comprehensive Transition Program. This status enables eligible students to apply for Federal Financial Aid. The Federal Student Aid website has added a page explaining financial aid for students with ID. For more information, visit: http://studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/intellectual-disabilities
2. Legislation sponsored by Senator Doug Overbey is giving eligible students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to receive a Tennessee Lottery Scholarship. The bill is scheduled to be signed on June 4, 2013. This will create the Tennessee STEP UP Scholarship to provide accessible funding for high school students with intellectual or developmental disabilities who have college aspirations. Currently, Next Steps is one of only three qualifying programs. There are some stipulations. For example, students must have been out of high school for not more than 16 months and the scholarships are only available for entering students.
3. Some families have successfully reached out to local agencies and civic groups for scholarships.
4. Vocational Rehabilitation Departments in many areas of the country are supporting postsecondary education programs with funding.
For more information on Next Steps at Vanderbilt, visit: kc.vanderbilt.edu/nextsteps