10 Differences Between IEP and 504 Plan

Quite often, parents in our online chat group will ask what is the difference between an IEP and a 504.

504 Plan vs IEP So what is the correct information? How do you know what to do–do you keep pushing for an IEP, or take the 504 Plan? I hope to clear up some of the confusion for you.

IEP Basic - An IEP stands for Individualized Education Plan/Program. It is governed by the federal statute IDEA and implemented by states, then local districts. (LEA)

504 Plans

A 504 plan has none of those things. A 504 plan can be developed and changed without the parents’ input. If things are not going well, you have little recourse–no procedural safeguards.

What is an IEP Plan vs a 504 Plan?

IEPs and 504s differ significantly; 504s aren't meant to be "IEP Lite" or a pre-IEP alternative. They are distinct documents.

How are an IEP and a 504 Plan the same?

1. Legal Framework 2. Purpose 3. Eligibility 4. Documentation 5. Accommodations and Support 6. Review and Reevaluation

Despite these similarities, there are notable differences between a 504 plan and an IEP. The primary distinction lies in the level of services and individualization provided.

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