How to Apply

TAP envisions a world where young adults with ID/DD are afforded the option of post-secondary education. We are emerging as a leader in creating an authentic inclusive living-learning experience that builds career skills, academic achievement, personal responsibility, social networks, and a promising future.

Application Due Date: November 1st

Early Action: We must receive your complete application (by that we mean your admission application and recommendation packet) by midnight (EST) on November 1 if you wish to be considered for Early Action.

By meeting the early action deadline, you will get an admission decision no later than the end of January.

February 1st – Regular Decision: February 15 by midnight (EST) is the final date by which we must receive your complete application. You’ll get an admission decision by the end of March. Applications received after the February 15th up until April 1st will be reviewed based upon availability of space in the program.

Applications are filed in the order in which they are received and reviewed by the Admissions Committee throughout the year on a rolling basis for Fall enrollment. Applying too close to the final deadline is strongly discouraged.

The Admissions Committee conducts personal interviews with the prospective student and his/her parents or legal guardian. If accepted, the student begins the fall Registration/Enrollment process with the University of Cincinnati, applies for housing by May 1st and is expected to attend the TAP summer workshop and university orientation.

Download a copy of the TAP Application and Recommendation Packet.

Program Requirements:

  • Cognitive assessment with documented intellectual or developmental disability
  • High school diploma- age 18 or older
  • Basic academic skills
  • Ability to learn and participate in inclusive classrooms and work settings
  • Demonstrate interest and ability to pursue educational, employment, and life experiences through post-secondary education

Fees:

The cost of the program, approximately $30,000 per year, is comparable to most traditional UC students. These fees include:

  • Room and board: ~$12,000/year
  • UC Tuition: ~$2000/year
  • Program fees: ~$16000/year

Grants and Scholarships:

TAP is a Comprehensive Transition Postsecondary Program (CTP), which means eligible students may receive funding from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study programs.

A Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary program is:

  1. a degree, certificate, or non-degree program;
  2. at an accredited institution;
  3. designed to support students with intellectual disabilities(ID) who are seeking to continue academic, career and technical, and independent living instruction in order to obtain employment.

For information on scholarships, please email Jan Goings.