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REAL Certificate

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About the REAL Certificate

The Raising Expectations for Academic Learning or REAL Certificate offers students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the same learning environments available to same-age peers in an academic-, vocational- and social inclusion-focused program. This two-year program includes auditing a minimum of one (1) undergraduate course per semester and completion of a specified number of vocational and other experiences. An individual plan for college participation is developed for each student.

The REAL Certificate is a Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program approved by the U.S. Department of Education. Eligible students are therefore able to apply for certain types of federal aid. See the Student With Intellectual Disabilities eligibility section of the Federal Student Aid website ( for further information. 

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Admission Guidelines, Academic Requirements, and Fees



Students who are interested in the REAL Certificate should request an application.

Once we receive this information, the program coordinator will send an application packet to you. Complete application packets must be submitted by December 15th of the year prior to the desired Fall entry date. The Admissions Committee will review applications in January and interviews will be scheduled in February, before a final decision is made.