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Texas A&M University
Department of Educational Psychology
4225 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-4225
Program Contact Jamie Berthold
Phone 832-800-4066
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Aggie ACHIEVE (Academic Courses in Higher Inclusive Education and Vocational Experiences) is a four-year comprehensive transition program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who have exited high school. Aggie ACHIEVE provides an inclusive and immersive college education and equips students for employment in the community. Aggie ACHIEVE aligns coursework, internship opportunities, and extracurricular activities with each student’s academic interests and employment goals. Students reside in Texas A&M residence halls and have access to all campus-related activities. Aggie ACHIEVE students graduate with a Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University.

Program information submitted: February 24, 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: 12
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: December 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: At least 18 years of age
  • The student is not under guardianship
  • We have a list of eligibility criteria that can be viewed here:

Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Multiple Disabilities
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
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 $20578.00
Room and board: $8060.00
Additional costs: $0.00

Meal plans cost about $2,000 depending on the selected plan.

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)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Aggie ACHIEVE has several endowed scholarships available through the Texas A&M Foundation.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies includes seven Texas A&M courses, six-credits of Physical Education Activity Program (PEAP), seven-credits of internship, and six seminar courses. Each student's program of study is individually designed through a comprehensive and collaborative process called person-centered planning. Through person-centered planning, students select courses they want to pursue based on their interests, strengths, and longterm goals.

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:

Aggie ACHIEVE seminars are designed to provide more in-depth instruction such as career awareness, self-determination and advocacy, health and wellness, independent living, financial management, and career exploration. Seminars are program specific. Therefore, they are not formal classes at Texas A&M University and students do not have to register for them. Students take one seminar course each semester based on what they need more instruction in.

Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Work Study
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students in Aggie ACHIEVE have access to all of the same services as other Texas A&M students, including on-campus housing, student organizations, and university services (e.g., library, dining halls, recreation center, instructional technology services). Aggie ACHIEVE students are encouraged to join some of the hundreds of clubs and student organizations that are available on campus. Additionally, all Aggie ACHIEVE students are also involved in Aggie ACHIEVEMates. Aggie ACHIEVEMates is a recognized student organization at Texas A&M University that is designed to promote acceptance and inclusion among its members. ACHIEVEMates are undergraduate and graduate students from across disciplines who establish one-on-one relationships with Aggie ACHIEVE students to facilitate natural inclusion in the broader campus community.