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Whether you are applying to The College Experience for 2022 or 2023, you should get started as soon as possible to make sure you have time to complete your application, secure funding, get your transcripts in, and schedule an overnight trial* and interview.

Ready? Let’s take this one step at a time

STEP 1: Review our Minimum Admission Requirements to make sure you qualify for The College Experience

STEP 2: Contact our admissions team by filling out our Information Form. We can answer all your questions and guide you through the process.

STEP 3: Complete and submit your application. For all private pay and out of state students, please submit our Private Pay Application. For students who are residents of New York State and applying using the OPWDD Medicaid Waiver and SSI funding, please submit a Waiver Application.

STEP 4: Write and submit your One Page Essay.

STEP 5: Have two individuals that are familiar with your abilities complete the Recommendation Form. These individuals could be teachers, job coaches, job supervisors, day habilitation specialists.

STEP 6: Have your parent/guardian complete the Assessment of Daily Living Skills Form.

STEP 7: Have the following documents mailed to the address below:

  1. Please ask your High School to mail the following:
    • High School Transcript
    • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
    • Psychological Evaluation (Most Recent)
  2. If applying as Medicaid waiver student, please mail the following yourself:
    • Life Plan
    • Letter of Determination of Eligibility for OPWDD Services
    • Notice of Decision Letter to show that you are Medicaid Waiver enrolled
    • SSI Benefit Letter
    • DDP2

Once your application and supporting documents are reviewed, qualified students will be contacted to schedule an interview. Students who complete a successful interview will have their family interviewed at a later date.

*The College Experience prior to COVID would host overnight trials before the interview process. Until further notice, all overnight trials have been suspended.

Our Mailing Address

The College Experience Program
Attn: Colleen Dergosits
Living Resources Corporation
300 Washington Ave. Extension
Albany, NY  12203