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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 Ave
Suite 6047
Chicago, IL 60603
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Program Contact Elizabeth Potter
Program Contact Email
Phone 312.261.3245
Website Program website
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P.A.C.E. at National Louis University (NLU) is a three-year post-secondary program designed for young adults with multiple intellectual, learning and developmental disabilities ready to thrive in the vibrant city of Chicago!
Our students attend the program with two life track options that offer the skills needed to live their best independent life.
Employment & Independent Living is the goal: This life track is offered for students who are provided the experience and instruction to live their best independent lives! With over 1000 employment experience hours, students are equipped with the confidence and skills essential for the workforce.
College Degree is the goal: This life track is offered for students who are looking to cultivate the executive function skills needed for life and the classroom. Inside our three-year program, students will begin incorporating college-level courses as they gain confidence in balancing all the demands expected of a college student.

Program information submitted: January 30, 2023

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: 28
Summer program name Summer College Experience
Description of our summer transition program: Summer College Experience Program is designed for students between 16-28, 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 - Having Fun!
Summer program link: Summer College Experience
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: June 1
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length:
  • 3 years
  • Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 75.00%
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: $27000.00
Room and board: $17000.00
Additional costs: $85.00
Students weekly budget is apprx $1800 per term
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
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: PACE NLU Scholarship - attending families are eligible to apply yearly for our need-based scholarship. Award amounts are based on the number of eligible applicants as well as the amount of funds available.
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: PACE Students are eligible to apply for NLU UGC at the end of the successful completion of their 1st enrollment year.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Functional academic classes focused upon essential life skills such as employment, social skills, disability awareness, money management
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 1-24%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? No
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: College Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? RBT Certificate, Culinary Certificate, Business Certificate
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience: 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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 1-24%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation