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Options for College Success

Options for College Success
Options for College Success
Options for College Success
1515 Maple Ave.
Suite 190
Evanston, IL 60201
Program Contact Samantha Kolkey
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 and working productively. We offer both residential and non-residential services. We provide our residential students with a college living experience in off campus apartments.The program was established in 2009, and serves students aged 16 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, those currently exiting high school, post-transition program students, adults needing adult support services.

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.

Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program:
  • Have graduated or exited from high school
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 16-30
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Mood Disorders, ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, expressive language disorder, sensory processing disorder, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, issues with executive functioning.
Program length: Varies from student to student
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
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
Last updated: Friday, January 26, 2018 - 11:21