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Transition from High School to College

High schools provide a high level of support; the accommodations in higher education might look and feel very different than what you experienced in high school. 

  • Special education laws do not continue into college 

  • In high school, special education laws are implemented with the goal of success for all students entitled to a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) 

  • At the college level, civil rights laws direct policy regarding accommodations with the goal of access for enrolled students 

Colleges/Post-Secondary Institutions are required to: 

  • Make all programs and services accessible to all students 

  • Provide auxiliary aids and appropriate supports/equipment to ensure the participation of students with disabilities in college classes and activities. 

Colleges/Post-Secondary Institutions are not required to: 

  • Provide academic modifications if the modifications would fundamentally alter the nature of the course or program or place an undue burden on the institution. 

  • Diagnose a disability or conduct testing 

  • Provide personal attendants or private tutors 

Comparison of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)& Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504)

* Do not send disability documentation to Admissions.