Attending CIP’s specialized post-secondary program requires a financial commitment on behalf of a family. Here are some ways we can help.
Full Year Program
There are a number of resources available that can help reduce the cost of attending CIP, allowing your student with learning differences to have the opportunity to develop the skills necessary for a happy and productive life.
Summer@CIP Tuition Credit
$2,000 of tuition paid for each successfully completed Summer@CIP program will be applied as a discount to full year tuition at CIP. When a student has enrolled and paid the fees for Summer@CIP for more than one year and subsequently is enrolled in the CIP Full Year program, the student will receive a maximum credit of $4,000.
Tuition Management Payment Plans
CIP partners with an external company to offer the ability to spread CIP payments equally in up to 8 monthly installments, without interest or finance charges. The monthly installment plan is available to all families, regardless of financial need. There is an annual fee of $45 due at the time of enrollment.
Full Year Program – If two or more siblings are enrolled in CIP’s full year program, each student is eligible for a $1,000 discount.
Summer@CIP Program – Families with more than one student attending Summer@CIP in the same year are eligible to receive a discount of $150 per student on tuition.
Some program costs may be fully or partially defrayed through Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Vocational Rehabilitation, California Regional Centers, or school district funding for which some students may be eligible. We encourage students to apply for these prior to admission. Some school districts provide transitional funding for students to attend programs like CIP.
Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA)
Tuition and living expenses for CIP’s full year and summer programs may be eligible for reimbursement in a flexible spending arrangement (FSA) account. A health flexible spending arrangement allows employees to be reimbursed for medical expenses. Qualified medical expenses are those specified in the FSA plan that would generally qualify for the medical and dental expense deduction. These include Special Education, and is described in IRS publication 502. You can include in medical expenses the cost (tuition, meals, and lodging) of attending a school that furnishes special education to help a child to overcome learning disabilities. A doctor must recommend that the child attend the school. Overcoming a learning disability must be a principal reason for attending the school, and any ordinary education received must be incidental to the special education provided.
Medical Tax Deductability
Tuition for College Internship Program’s Full Year and Summer programs may qualify for a tax deduction.
In accordance with IRS Regulation 1.213-1(e)(1)(v)(a) a medical deduction is allowed for the cost of attending when a school meets the definition of a “special school” for physically or mentally handicapped individuals. The definition of a “special school” is a school where the primary purpose of the school is to enable students to compensate for handicaps in order to prepare them for future normal education and/or normal living. The program at the College Internship Program meets this definition, as its primary goal is to assist students in earning a degree in college and with developing skills necessary for employment and living independently in the community. Applicants considering deducting tuition on their federal income tax returns should consult with a tax advisor.
CIP's Independence Award Scholarship Program
To help further diversity, equity, and inclusion at the College Internship Program by subsidizing the cost of tuition for motivated individuals of color and those who are economically disadvantaged who may personally and professionally benefit from the CIP program.
Regional Center Funding
DDS oversees the coordination and delivery of services for Californians with developmental disabilities through a statewide network of 21 community-based, non-profit agencies known as regional centers. Regional centers provide assessments, determine eligibility for services, and offer case management services. Regional centers also develop, purchase, and coordinate the services in each person’s Individual Program Plan. CIP’s California-based Centers are vendorized programs within the Regional Center system.