Question: My daughter is in high school and is starting to worry about what kinds of services and supports will be available to her if she decides to pursue higher education. Are there IEPs and 504 plans in college?
of 1973 still protects students from discrimination when they get to college. However, they won’t get a
like they had in high school. In other words, a your daughter’s 504 plan doesn’t “travel” with her to college.
Students can still receive
in college, though. Colleges have to provide accommodations under Section 504. You aren’t likely to hear many colleges use the term “504 plan,” though.
For example, the process of requesting and receiving accommodations in college is not the same as in high school. Colleges may also vary in their requirements for documentation. Another big difference between high school and college is that your child has to seek out the supports that colleges offer.
There’s one other thing I want to mention related to your question about supports in college. Unlike high schools, colleges are not allowed to send progress reports to parents unless students give permission for them to do this. When you’re
talking with your child about college
, it might be a good idea to encourage her to give the college permission to keep you in the loop.