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Access ETSU
East Tennessee State University
Access ETSU
P319 Warf-Pickel Hall | PO Box 70685
Johnson City, TN 37614
Program Contact Dawn Rowe
Program Contact Email
Phone 423-439-7697
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Access ETSU is a two-year, undergraduate, non-degree program for young adults with a documented intellectual disability who seek to enhance their academic, career development, and social skills in an inclusive setting with their same-age peers at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Access ETSU serves students ages 18-25 who have graduated from their high school and/or exited special education services who have a personal desire to continue their education at the university level and want to expand their employment prospects.

Program information submitted: May 25, 2022

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: 13
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: January 31, 2023
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Prader-Willi Syndrome
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Fall 2021 was the first major expansion of the program and we had fewer applicants compared to 2022.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $10000.00
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
Scholarships available: Vocational Rehabilitation (VR): funding for active VR clients who receive Transitional Learning Services are currently awarded $3,000 per semester for four semesters Employment and Community First Choices (ECF Choices) provides funds for the reimbursement of college expenses (i.e. tuition, books, transportation), up to $500 per year. Families can set up a college savings account with TNStars or explore private loan optons.
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:
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Access ETSU Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 60%
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; Students generally participate in on-campus opportunities in their first year and off-campus/community employment in their second year.
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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation