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Eileen Hoffman Hafer UMatter Program

Eileen Hoffman Hafer UMatter Program
University of South Florida St. Petersburg campus
Eileen Hoffman Hafer UMatter Program
140 7th Ave. South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Program Contact Jayme Joslyn
Program Contact Email
Phone (727) 873-4451
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UMatter is an innovative inclusive postsecondary education (IPSE) program for students with intellectual disability (ID) located at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) campus. UMatter students will increase their skills in the five program components (academic access and enrichment, career development and employment, campus and community engagement, self-determination, and independent living) based on their individualized goals and tailored program of study. Students will complete their program of study by earning a certificate of completion and accomplishment from the UMatter program and a Career Readiness Badge from USF based upon their individualized career goals and program of study. The Career Readiness Badge addresses eight essential skills employers look for when hiring interns or new employees (career management, communications, critical thinking, global citizenship, leadership, professionalism, teamwork, and technology). Students who successfully complete the program will obtain competitive employment aligned with their selected program of study. Students in UMatter express a strong desire to continue their education in an inclusive postsecondary setting, explore careers and engage in work-based learning opportunities, and live independently. Students in UMatter will physically attend the university and audit college courses, join and participate in campus and community clubs, organizations and activities, engage in internships, apply for jobs, obtain competitive employment, and become responsible members of their community. Students may have the option to live on campus at USFSP which is a unique opportunity in that less than half of the inclusive postsecondary programs in Florida feature an on-campus residential component, complete with support from residential coaches.

Program information submitted: February 16, 2022

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
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 15, 2022
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: at least 18 years old
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 54.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $19250.00
Room and board: $15064.00
Additional costs: $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
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
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: UMatter 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
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
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