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Options for College Success

Options for College Success
Evanston, IL
Options for College Success
1515 Maple Ave.
Suite 190
Evanston, IL 60201
Program Contact Kevin Holbrook
Phone 847.425.4797

OPTIONS FOR COLLEGE SUCCESS is a nonprofit organization located in Evanston, IL, whose purpose is to encourage learning-challenged postsecondary students to develop the skills, the confidence, and the courage necessary to transition into living independently, succeeding academically, and working productively. We offer both in-residence and day services. We provide our in-residence students with a college living experience in off campus apartments.The program was established in 2009, and serves students aged 17 and older. We provide support in all areas of an individual’s life, and customize all plans to best fit the needs and goals of the individual.

ABOUT OUR STUDENTS: Juniors and Seniors in high school preparing for transition (special programs), those currently exiting high school, post-high school transition program students, adults needing adult support services, students struggling in college and needing support, executive functioning deficits.

Note that Options for College Success is not directly affiliated with any college or university, but supports students academically in the schools of their choosing. At this time, typically Oakton Community College, DePaul, Northeastern University and Northwestern University. Other students have attended Columbus State Community College, Northern Colorado University, and Otterbein University. 

Public or private: Private
Type of school:

Non-profit organization, not an accredited institute of higher education. Support program for post-secondary transition needs.

Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 30
Description of our summer transition program: We can customize a plan to prepare and support students in their goals over the summer.
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 16-30
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, expressive language disorder, sensory processing disorder, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, issues with executive functioning.
Program length: Varies from student to student
Cost of the program: Our Choices program offers a variety of services to choose from to customize the student's week. All services are one-on-one except for social events. As of 2020: Academics support and tutoring: $100/hour Career/vocational support: $50/hour Independent Living Skills: $50/hour Cooking lesson: $50/hour Social Skills and Counseling: $75/hour Financial Literacy: $50/hour Social only program: $30/month. Executive Functioning group: $25/group Mentoring sessions: $25/hour As of 2020, our full time in-residence program is $47,800, plus room and board and school tuition. The total cost varies, but would be between $60,000 to $70,000/year depending on the room choice and school.
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

Please inquire into our academic scholarship funding available. It is very limited.
We cannot guarantee acceptance of all state and federal funding.
Payment plans are available.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Executive Functioning Group
Fitness/Health and Wellness
Healthy Relationships
Art/Creative Expression

Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 80%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: More than 75%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

We host social events every day of the week. We encourage students to provide suggestions.
Social events can include:
Group cooking
Museum days
Rock Climbing
Video games, board games, and puzzles
Attending sporting events
Movie Nights

Last updated: Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 11:41