The Adult Student Transition Education Program, more commonly known as A-STEP, began at Minot State University in 2010 through a federal grant from the U.S. Dept. of Education. The Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) program provides colleges and universities federal grant funding and technical assistance enabling them to create or expand high quality, inclusive comprehensive transition and postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. A-STEP is an inclusive college program at Minot State University for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). A-STEP focuses on the development of students’ academic skills in their areas of interest, career skills and paid community employment, social skills, independent living skills and self-determination. A-STEP program addresses the development of:


• Academic skills in the individual student’s area of interest;

• Meaningful employment through career development and integrated work experiences;

• Independent living and self-advocacy skills; and

• Social relationships and recreation/leisure skills


2015 - 2016 ASTEP Calendar (pdf - 62kb)


Update Regarding A-STEP Sustainability
April 2015

A-STEP (Adult Student Transition Education Program) at Minot State University continues efforts to build sustainability for the program beyond the current federal grant which ends September 30, 2015.

• Funding for A-STEP was not included as part of the Governor’s proposed budget which is currently being reviewed by the ND Legislature. There is currently no bill in the legislature that includes A-STEP.

• Currently no new Transition and Postsecondary Programs for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) federal grant dollars from the U.S. Dept. of Education are available for already existing programs like A-STEP. A-STEP’s application to become a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) to qualify for the use of Federal Student Aid is in draft form until we know more about future funding. See more about this process here:http://www.thinkcollege.net/topics/becoming-a-comprehensive-transition-program . A-STEP also continues to look into other funding possibilities and grants.

• Currently students who attend A-STEP pay approximately $2400/year for tuition to audit classes, student fees and books. Students who choose to live on campus pay an additional $5300 for room and board. The bulk of the federal grant dollars cover the costs of staff coordination, student supports and mentoring costs. A-STEP has requested a No Cost Extension, which is a request to use unspent A-STEP federal grant dollars for a 6th year. While the amount of money in this request is less than the previous annual budgets; the plan is to use these funds to offer the current students a 2nd year (2015-2016) in the program and to also open the program up to a limited number of new students. Applications for new students to attend A-STEP for the 2015-16 school year are due May 15th or before the end of the student’s local high school academic year; applications to A-STEP often necessitate follow up meetings with teachers and families. Please contact A-STEP if you are interested and would like to request an application packet.

Each year A-STEP and similar programs around the country submit information to show the participation and outcomes for students attending their programs. The Profile of Students in TPSID Programs developed by Think College, shares information about these programs. The goal of A-STEP and other TPSID programs is to help students become more independent, self-determined and gain skills to be successfully employed in their communities. According to the summary, from 2012-2013, 70% of TPSID students across the county were employed and/or participating in other career development activities while attending TPSID programs.

In the resource Financing Higher Education for Students with ID, Think College explains possible funding ideas for programs like A-STEP or more details may be found on the Think College website under the topic of Paying For College.

How can you help?

Share your support of A-STEP with local legislators and agency staff such as: ND Vocational Rehabilitation, ND Dept. of Human Services - Development Disabilities Division and the ND Dept. of Public Instruction.

For more information please contact A-STEP project director at 800-233-1737 or 701-858-3578; or visit the Think College website at www.thinkcollege.net.


Applications are being accepted for the ACCESS Scholarship which is sponsored by the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University. This scholarship was created to assist students with significant developmental disabilities attending MSU in financing their college experience. For more information and access to the application form, go to: http://www.ndcpd.org/access-scholarship.html

Deadline for Applications: June 1, 2015 If you're interesting in applying, complete the application form found online and send it to:


Attn: NDCPD Access Scholarship/Askvig

NDCPD @ Minot State University

Memorial Hall 203

500 University Avenue West

Minot, ND 58707

If you have questions, please call (701) 858-3580





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