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Access ETSU

Access ETSU
East Tennessee State University
Access ETSU
P319 Warf-Pickel Hall | PO Box 70685
Johnson City, TN 37614
Program Contact Dawn Rowe
Phone 423-439-7171
Website Program website
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East Tennessee State University - Clemmer College’s Access ETSU is a two-year, undergraduate, non-degree program for young adults with a documented intellectual or developmental disability who seek to enhance their academic, career development, and social skills and experiences alongside their same-age peers at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Access ETSU serves students with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities ages 18-25 who have graduated from their high school and/or exited special education services. Beyond the academic coursework, the broader curriculum for students in the Access ETSU program also includes experiences designed to support their goals for integrated social experiences, employment skills, and adult living opportunities and experiences.

Program information submitted: March 3, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 2
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admission
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-28
  • Students must have an intellectual disability and a personal desire to continue their education at the university level and want to expand their employment prospects
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Any intellectual or developmental disabilities
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 33.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: We had capacity to take on one more student in Fall 2020 and we had three applicants.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $10000.00
Annual program fees: $0.00
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
  • Vocational Rehabilitation (VR): funding for active Vocational Rehabilitation clients who receive Transitional Learning Services are currently awarded $3,000 per semester for 4 semesters. INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING SERVICES- an option for ECF (Employment and Community First Choices) recipient funds for the reimbursement of college expenses (i.e. tuition, books, transportation), up to $500 per year. The Managed Care Organization is the responsible party to authorize a service for a member based on their needs and assessment. 529 College Savings Plans: For more information visit: Families can set up an account for their child with I/DD or utilize funds saved for another child PRIVATE Loan options- Students can explore other private loan options (e.g., Sallie Mae:
Scholarships available: Haley Elise Van Pelt Scholarship: scholarship has been established to benefit students of any age seeking post-secondary education who have a permanent intellectual or developmental disability and/or functional impairment: Tennessee Higher Education Commission: TN Step-Up Scholarship is a program designed to assist students with intellectual disabilities who have completed high school and enroll in an individualized program of study of up to four (4) years at an eligible postsecondary institution PRIVATE and NONPROFIT SCHOLARSHIPS- Students and families should explore scholarship opportunities through their communities, local agencies, and diagnosis-related organizations. Past students have received $1,000 and $2,000 scholarships from their church families, The Arc, Ruby’s Rainbow, Down Syndrome Associations, Williams Syndrome Association and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Any courses available in the ETSU undergraduate course catalog are available to Access ETSU students.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Access ETSU Program Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Additional information about career development and work experience Person-centered process, based around student interest
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes