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PACE at National Louis University

PACE at National Louis University
National Louis University
PACE at National Louis University
122 S. Michigan Avenue
Suite 6047
Chicago, IL 60603
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Program Contact Elizabeth Potter
Phone 312.261.3770
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P.A.C.E. at NLU is a three-year post-secondary program that is designed to meet the transitional needs for young adults (aged 18-28) with multiple intellectual, learning, and developmental disabilities. P.A.C.E. is one of the leading residential-based programs in the country that integrates employment preparation, independent living skills coaching, functional academic courses and social development into a curriculum that prepares students for independent living through experiential learning. We have a path towards independence designed to meet the needs of students with our residential and commuter certificate programs.

Program information submitted: March 16, 2021

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: 11
Summer program name College Summer Experience Program
Description of our summer transition program: P.A.C.E. at National Louis University's Summer College Experience Program is designed for all students interested in getting a taste of college life! Utilizing the four components of our program, students discover what skills are needed to thrive independently. Instruction is based on the observation that students learn best when actively involved in the process and when teaching is directly linked to events and activities encountered in daily living. The curriculum for the week will include: Functional Academics Employment Independent Living Life Skills Socialization
Summer program link: College Summer Experience Program
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: May 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-28
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • learning and developmental disabilities
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 85.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $26000.00
Room and board: $16000.00
Additional costs:
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: P.A.C.E. scholarships have been established through appeals to generous foundations and private donors to recognize students persevering to complete their studies in this certificate program. Selection will be based primarily on the student’s financial need, and the amounts granted vary from year-to-year. To be considered a P.A.C.E. scholarship, families submit an application along with a FAFSA application at Completed applications must be returned by May 1, 2021, to be considered for the 2021-2022 school year.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Students do not take typical college courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Information on special classes: .A.C.E. students discuss, role-play, and reflect upon their life-experiences, and practice critical thinking skills within an undergraduate university environment. Classroom subjects are designed to teach skills needed for students to experience living independently. Students then apply what they learned to their personal situations relationships, and routines outside of the classroom. Problem-solving instruction across all areas of the program assist P.A.C.E. students in becoming successful and independent in day to day living situations. Some subjects covered are: Money Management Technology Health & Wellness Social Skills Disability Awareness
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: All of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
We offer the following specialized credentials: Over the course of the program, P.A.C.E. students complete three internships to accumulate over 1500 hours of actual work experience. All aspects of instruction are designed to help P.A.C.E. students find employment interests and skills to succeed at work. Employment skill development includes classroom instruction, workshops/trainings, as well as on-the-job coaching from supervisors and job coaches. Our students prepare for employment in fields such as adult care, early childhood, food service, general office, supply and distribution, housekeeping, animal care, retail, health care and hospitality. The program operates from a base of more than 50 veteran career partners and continually recruits new contacts to match our students’ interests and skills.
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 50%