Post-Secondary Education

Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) may be able to assist with post-secondary training.

Post-secondary training is the training you receive after successful completion of high school and may include:

  • training at public or private universities,
  • colleges,
  • community colleges,
  • career/ technical schools,
  • vocational/ trade schools,
  • centers for continuing education,
  • apprenticeships, or
  • certifications.

Frequently Asked Question

If you have applied for IVRS services, have been determined eligible, and have an Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) that requires post-secondary training, then you may receive post-secondary training support from IVRS.

Please contact your assigned IVRS staff for more information about different types of support available to you.

The general process for post-secondary training starts the same as it does with anyone else applying for IVRS. You can review the IVRS Process to learn more.

During the Plan Development step, you and your assigned IVRS staff will plan out your employment goals. This planning also includes any post-secondary training you may need. Your assigned IVRS staff will also gather some information for you. They may ask for your past transcripts, next semester schedule, and make sure that you applied to FAFSA if your training accepts it. They will also verify schools/ programs if required.

During the Service Delivery step, you will be attending your training at the pace you have set with your assigned IVRS staff and anyone else who is involved in the service delivery.

Services are available to potentially assist with post-secondary costs.

Your Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) will outline the services IVRS will assist with so you can be successful in your post-secondary training program.

Yes, IVRS supports post-secondary training for non-traditional students as long as it is needed to support the agreed upon employment goal.

If you tell your assigned IVRS staff that you want to participate in a program that is not accredited, they will talk with you about comparable options that are accredited at other post-secondary institutions.

If you have already applied for IVRS and have been determined eligible for services, please speak with your assigned IVRS staff about next steps.

If you have already applied and have been determined eligible for VR services in your state of residence, please contact them for more information.

Your employment goal and Individualized Plan for Employment (IPE) can be changed or modified at any point in the process with the approval of both you and your assigned IVRS staff.

Your plan will be reviewed every year to discuss your progress and determine if any additional services are needed in order for you to be successful.