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University of Missouri - Columbia
The PAWS Program
303R Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65201
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PAWS (Preparing Adults for Work and Society) is an Inclusive Post Secondary option for students with intellectual disabilities. Students will participate in Skill Focused classes specific to the PAWS program as well as courses offered to degree-seeking students, centering around meeting their individual goals. Students will work with their advisors, faculty, and tutors during this four semester program. Students will also pursue vocational opportunities (in hopes of potential long term, meaningful employment) As an inclusive post-secondary option, students will be a part of the Mizzou community. Students will live on campus in the residence halls, participate in courses, study for and take exams, and be a part of the day-to-day social interactions of the undergraduate experience.

Program information submitted: January 30, 2023

Public or private: Public
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
This program will BEGIN serving students in: 2023-2024
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: March 1, 2023
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $29066.00
Room and board: $15670.00
Program fees: $8000.00
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)
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

PAWS Students will participate in skills classes focused around independent living, academic, vocational, and social/community building.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
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: University of Missouri Certificate
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
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
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
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 on campus
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 50-74%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation