Your application to become an approved FPCTP must be submitted by your institutional leader (president or other),
so begin the process with buy-in from the “top.” Partnerships and cross-institutional collaboration are key to successful program development.
Design Inclusive Program
Key elements of approved FPCTPs. include experiential inclusive opportunities, access to courses, and a meaningful culminating credential.
Apply for FPCTP
The Florida Postsecondary Comprehensive Transition Program Act (the Act) (FS 1004.6495)
established the Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities at the University of Central
Florida (the Center) and charged the Center with managing the Florida Postsecondary
Comprehensive Transition Program (FPCTP) application and approval process. The Act also
established criteria for FPCTP approval, scholarship awards for eligible students to attend
approved programs, and accountability requirements associated with program renewal and
Section 6 of the Act specifies:
To offer an FPCTP, the president or executive director of an eligible institution,
as applicable, must submit to the center, by a date established by the center, the following:
An application for approval of a comprehensive transition program proposed by the eligible institution,
which must be approved by the institution's governing board and must address the requirements of the federal comprehensive
transition and postsecondary program under 20 U.S.C. s. 1140 and the requirements of this section.
Documented evidence that the institution currently offers a federally approved comprehensive transition
and postsecondary program that is eligible for federal student aid programs, documented evidence of the submission of an application
for such federal approval of a program proposed by the institution, or documentation demonstrating the commitment of the institution's
governing board to submit an application within the subsequent academic year for federal approval of a program pursuant to 20 U.S.C. s. 1140.
An eligible institution may submit an application to the center for approval pursuant to the requirements of this section for implementation
of the FPCTP no later than the academic year immediately following the academic year during which the approval is granted. An eligible institution must submit a
renewal application to the center no later than 3 years following the year during which the approval is initially granted.
By August 1 of each year, an eligible institution that has an FPCTP shall submit an annual report to the center which,
at a minimum, for the prior academic year, addresses thefollowing performance indicators:
Efforts to recruit students in the FPCTP and the number of students enrolled in the program.
Efforts to retain students in the FPCTP and the retention rate of students in the program.
The completion rate of students enrolled in the FPCTP and related courses, as applicable.
Transition success of students who complete the FPCTP, as measured by employment rates and salary levels at 1 year and 5 years after completion.
Other performance indicators identified by the center pursuant to subsection (8).
An eligible institution shall notify students with intellectual disabilities and their parents of the student
eligibility requirements specified in subsection (4) and the scholarship requirements and eligibility requirements specified in subsection (7).