190 Prospect Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126
|Program Contact||Tim Ahlberg|
A four-year program, ELSA provides a full-time, post-secondary educational experience to young adults with differing abilities. The program emphasizes three key areas: academics, work experience and social and recreational experience. Students have an inclusive college experience at Elmhurst College that includes joining clubs and organizatons, living on campus, and opportunities to explore some college level course work.
|Public or private:||Private|
|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:||50|
|Deadline to apply to this program:||ELSA encourages applicants interested in living on campus to have complete applications in by December of the year prior to enrolling. Students who do not plan to live on campus are accepted through June 1.|
|Link to admissions process:||Admissions link|
|Requirements for admission to this program:||
|Accepts out-of-state students?:||Yes|
|Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:||
|Program length:||4 years|
|Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates|
|Percent of students applying who are admitted:||43%|
|Cost of the program:||
Full-time tuition for ELSA during the 2019–2020 academic year is $17,412 per semester. Part-time tuition is based on an hourly rate of $914 per credit hour. Tuition includes all books and required instructional materials. Visit online for up-to-date costs: https://www.elmhurst.edu/admission/financial-aid/tuition-fees/elsa-costs/
Students who live on campus are required to have an individual life coach which families pay $15 per hour. Number of hours can vary by student depending on needs but typically average between 3 to 5 hours per week.
|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:||
Students who have successfully completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year are eligible for a need-based grant. Only students who complete the FAFSA will be considered for this award. Elmhurst College grants range in value from $500 to $13,000 and are awarded by the Office of Student Financial Services after admission to the ELSA program. Consideration for the Elmhurst College Need-Based Grant is based on the submission of the FAFSA each year and the student remaining in good academic standing in the ELSA program.
|Links to scholarship information:||Information on Financial Aid and Scholarships|
|Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):||
|More about course access:||
ELSA students can participate in Elmhurst College courses as electives as a pass/no pass class. Students participate in these courses to the best of their ability though some modifications can be made and these courses are not for college credit. Utilizing these elective courses ELSA students can pursue a certificate of specialized study and take four supported college courses in a specific subject area. Past students have completed certificates of specialized study in journalism, business, graphic arts, education and more.
Students with strong academic skills may consider enrolling in the ELSA+ program, taking Elmhurst College courses for credit. These courses can be transferred towards a degree program or to another college later if desired.
|Students take courses that are only for students in this program:||Yes|
|Information on special classes:||
Following the academic calendar of Elmhurst College, the Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy offers a 16-week Fall Term, a four-week January Term, a 16-week Spring Term, and a six or eight-week summer term.
To earn the ELSA Certificate, students must complete a total of 128 semester hours of coursework (52 hours of required courses and 76 hours of individual choice/elective courses).
Sample list of Courses:
|Time spent only with other students in this program:||Between half the time and 75% of the time|
|Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program:||ELSA Certificate of Completionn|
|The credential(s) is/are:||
|Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program:||70%|
|Other career development activities are:||
|Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program:||90%|
|Housing is provided to students:||Yes|
|Housing options available:||
|Students participate in student organizations on campus:||Yes|
|Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program:||25%|
|Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:||
ELSA students have participated in a number of Elmhurst College clubs and organizations including; Cheerleading, Relay for Life, Best Buddies, TaeKwanDo Club, Special Olympics, various choirs, bands, involvement with Elmhurst Theater and Elmhurst College radio. Beginning in 2018 ELSA students have participated in Elmhurst College athletics including; cross country, golf, track and field and football.