Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

New / Prospective Students

  • Students are admitted to the program for the fall semester. New applicants should submit an complete application by March 15. After that date, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.
  • For prospective students seeking to enroll in the 2018/19 Academic Year, please address the following:
    • If you are “waiver” eligible through your county of residence, please meet with your services coordinator and make application to your County Office of Intellectual Disability to activate the waiver, identify an employment goal for the Individual Service Plan (ISP), and request support for enrollment in this program no later than May 1.  Recently published waiver guidelines provide detailed information Please access the following is a link and see pages 79 – 83 re:  Education Support Services.
    • Contact the appropriate district office of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (the office that serves your residence) with a request to open a file no later than May 1.
    • Note that it may be necessary for these offices to contact each other regarding their support of the costs for this program.
  • We strongly recommend that you complete and submit a FAFSA application, the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid, no later than May 1. Proof of FAFSA application may be required for waiver funding. Please check with your supports coordinator.
  • We list possible scholarship opportunities on our website, you are strongly encouraged to apply to any scholarships that may support this program.  At this time, we are aware that the following agencies have issued scholarships to individuals with intellectual disabilities and other developmental disabilities: 
  • An interview will be scheduled after the Career Studies program receives the completed application or a request to reactivate the application – see below.
  • Individuals who already have an application on file, should submit written confirmation to reactivate the application. Send request to Dr. Linda Rhen, Penn State Harrisburg, 777 W. Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA 17057; lxr29@psu.edu.
  • If an interview has been conducted previously, it may not be necessary to participate in another interview.  In that case, a meeting will be scheduled to confirm acceptance and provide information on the program prior to the beginning of the semester.
  • All prospective students must take a campus tour prior to being offered admission. Campus tours are given by the Office of Admissions, contact that office at 717-948-6250 or 948-6240 to schedule a tour.

Currently Enrolled / Returning Students

  • Students who are currently enrolled in the program, should apply and register to continue in the program for the following semester.
  • Application and registration must be completed by the end of the current semester or as soon as possible once the registration materials are available.
  • For current students seeking to continue in the 2018/19 Academic Year, please address the following:
    • Complete and submit a FAFSA application to the Office of Student Aid by May 1. Proof of FAFSA application may be required for waiver funding. Please check with your supports coordinator.
    • Contact the appropriate district office of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (the office that serves your residence) with a request to open a file no later than May 1.
    • Note that it may be necessary for these offices to contact each other regarding their support of the costs for this program.