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ACCESS (Miss.)
Mississippi State University
ACCESS (Miss.)
01 Montgomery Hall
P.O. Box 806
Mississippi State, MS 39762
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Program Contact Beca Spencer
Email rspencer@saffairs.msstate.edu
Phone 662.325.8375
Website http://www.access.msstate.edu
Facebook link to program Facebook page

ACCESS at Mississippi State University promotes successful transition of students with intellectual disabilities into higher education. ACCESS (Academics, Campus Life, Community Involvement, Employment Opportunities, Socialization, and Self-Awareness) provides inclusive opportunities for diverse learners to realize their full potential with appropriate supports for academic and social success. ACCESS students participate in university catalog courses, live in on-campus residential housing, engage in professional internships, and enjoy an active social life with friends. ACCESS is designed to reduce the amount of support needed by the student as he or she progresses through the program and into the world of independence. Upon completing the four-year ACCESS program, students will receive a Certificate of Completion and will participate in MSU’s graduation ceremonies.

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

General
Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 26
Requirements
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: October 1 - December 1
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 64.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Cost
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $8750.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $8750.00
Room and board: $4000.00
Cost of the program:
Additional costs: Meal Plan = $1,875-$2,019
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:
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Academic
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes: ACESS teaches courses designed to improved independent living such as Money Math, Campus and Community Access, Everyday Communication, and more.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Mississippi State University Certificate of Completion
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Employment
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 60%
We offer the following specialized credentials: Every student has an internship each semester except for the fall of the freshman year
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Extracurricular
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Greek Life, Special Olympics College, Faith-based organizations