Higher Education Opportunity Act

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Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008
The Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) (PL 110-315) was enacted on August 14, 2008, reauthorizing the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965. This law contains a number of important new provisions that improve access to postsecondary education for students with intellectual disabilities.
Of particular note are the new provisions for financial aid and the funding of twenty-seven Transition Postsecondary Education Programs for Students with Intellectual Disablities (TPSID)  and a National Coordinating Center. 

Financial Aid
Students with intellectual disabilities are eligible to apply for federal financial aid to help cover the cost of attending college under these circumstances:
Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID)
The 27 TPSID grantees, located in 23 states, create or expand college programs that focus on academics, social activities, employment experiences, and independent living. TPSIDs provide individualized supports for students and opportunities to be involved in college experiences with their peers without disabilities. Evaluating what works and does not work is a key component of each project.
National Coordinating Center
Think College serves as the National Coordinating Center for these projects.  The Center conducts evaluation of the TPSID projects and collects information related to best practices in academic, social, employment and independent living program components.

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