Passage USA Graduates standing in front of the Waterman Globe


PASSAGE USA is a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP). Students attending PASSAGE USA can use the FASFA to apply for need-based financial aid.

PASSAGE USA, (Preparing All Students Socially and Academically for Gainful Employment) is a two-year non-degree, certificate program. This program is designed for students who need extra supports to be successful in our community.

Through person-centered planning, we help students define their goals for their future. These goals are turned into an individualized Adult Education Plan (AEP) in which we target the skills they need to achieve their goals. These skills include independent living, social, employment, and self-determination skills.

Students in the program will be full university campus members, which includes:

  • Access to campus recreation
  • Academic inclusion in classes
  • Inclusion in campus social activities

Students will attend elective classes with other USA students, as well as, attend specialized classes that target the skills they need to achieve their goals and they will participate in a work internship each semester. Peer Mentors (other USA students) will be used as natural supports on and off campus to help foster independence and learning.

Major Grant Fuels PASSAGE USA Expansion

The College of Education and Professional Studies at the University of South Alabama has been awarded a $2.3 million U. S. Department of Education grant to expand its PASSAGE USA program, which assists students with intellectual disabilities.

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The Gaillard-Neville Reynolds Scholarship fund has been established to support students in the PASSAGE USA program.

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Interested in applying as a student?

For full eligibility requirements, please, see the USA PASSAGE Admissions page.  Applying for PASSAGE USA is a process, and requires several steps.  To start the process, click here.

Interested in applying as a peer mentor?

If you're interested in becoming a peer mentor, start the process by clicking here.

This project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education Grant # P407A150076.