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ACE-IT in College

ACE-IT in College
Virginia Commonwealth University
ACE-IT in College
1310 West Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284
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Program Contact Jaclyn Camden
Program Contact Email
Phone 804-828-2548
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

VCU’s ACE-IT in College is an inclusive higher education program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. With individualized support, ACE-IT in College students maintain paid on-campus employment, take college classes, and participate in campus activities of their choice. These college experiences create opportunities and prepare students to pursue self-determined futures.

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

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: 7
Summer program name Summer Bridge-in
Description of our summer transition program:

Accepted ACE-IT in College students spend time on campus with their Advisors to learn how to navigate the campus and college life. Students also work with our Career Support Specialist to practice interview skills, refine their resume, and apply for their on-campus jobs. Students and their support system attend a meeting called a Person Centered Planning (PCP) meeting where, along with the ACE-IT team, they identify their strengths, support needs, conditions for success, and goals for the future.

Summer program link: Summer Bridge-in
School district or agency partner: Virginia Department of Education, Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Chesterfield County Public Schools; Powhatan County Public Schools; Richmond City Public Schools
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: February 3, 2023
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
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%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $6288.00
Program fees: $9990.00
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Military benefits

Scholarships available:

ACE-IT in College Scholarship

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
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Only their final 1 credit course- the ACE-IT internship course where they work towards their careers.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
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: VCU School of Education, ACE-IT in College Program Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 33%
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
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation