LiFT University Admissions

LiFT U provides a unique postsecondary experience, empowering students with skills for successful independence.

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LiFT U Application Process


LiFT U Requirements

  • 18-23 years old (or in last year of public school program)
  • Cognitive assessment with documented intellectual disability
  • Finished high school or complete high school at LiFT U
  • The ability to learn and participate in inclusive classroom and work settings
  • Demonstrate interest and desire to pursue educational, employment and life experiences through post-secondary education
  • Agree to participate in periodic assessments throughout program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Basic academic skills (e.g., write sentences, elementary reading skills, follow directions in a group or individually)
Please Note:
LiFT University Transition Program is selective. Meeting basic requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. In addition to submitting the required documentation, the candidates will interview with the LiFT University Program Committee.

How Do I Apply?

Download Admissions Packet

Contact LiFT University Transition Program at: liftuniversity@liftacademy.org or phone at (727) 258-7659 and ask for an application packet or download the application packet here.

Submit Application

Complete and return the application packet and required documentation, including a non-refundable application fee of $450.00 payable to LiFT. Registration fee includes technology fee, student insurance, Renweb use, ITBS testing materials, library use and a yearbook.

Interview with Committee

Attend a personal interview with the LiFT University Program Committe


LiFT University Scholarship Information

LiFT accepts the McKay Scholarship, Gardner Scholarship, and Step Up for Students. A copy of your tax return and your W-2 form will be required LiFT also offers two scholarship opportunities within our school, the Joanne Gallagher Guardian Angel Scholarship or LiFT Board Scholarship.


Joanne Gallagher Guardian Angel Scholarship

LiFT families may also apply for the Joanne Gallagher Guardian Angel Scholarship and/or a limited scholarship from LiFT. Families applying for the Joanne Gallagher Guardian Angel Scholarship and/or LiFT scholarship must first go through the FACTS system.


LiFT Board Scholarship Opportunities

LiFT offers limited scholarships to families in financial need. Families can go through the FACTS system to apply. A copy of your tax return and your W-2 form will be required.


Additional Scholarship Opportunities

The O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund is to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down syndrome – 18 and older – who are continuing to enrich their lives by taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs. Read more and download the application here: http://www.ndss.org/OTEF. For any questions regarding the O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund, please either send an email to otef@ndss.org or call 800-221-4602.