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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 ext 202
Facebook link to program Facebook page

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, virtual and in-person. 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. 

Program information submitted: February 24, 2021

Public or private: Private
Type of school: Non-profit organization, not an accredited institute of higher education. Support program for post-secondary transition needs, including customized academic support, vocational support, independent living skills, and social skills.
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 25
Summer program name Our programming is year-round and always customized.
Description of our summer transition program: We can customize a plan to prepare and support students in their goals over the summer.
Summer program link: Our programming is year-round and always customized.
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: None
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Specific learning disabilities, anxiety disorders, ADHD (all types), executive function deficits, sensory processing issues.
Program length: Varies from student to student
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)
Scholarships available: We work with families individually if there are financial strains to adapt our program to what can be afforded. We are hoping to begin accepting Medicaid waivers in the future.
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 do not take typical college courses
More about course access: Students are not required to engage in academics. Some students will utilize our program to further vocational development and gain employment, and/or independent living skills development.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program:
Other career development activities are: