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Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support)

Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support)
The University of Arizona
Project FOCUS (Focusing Opportunities with Community and University Support)
1430 E Second Street
Tucson, AZ 85721
Program Contact Dr. Stephanie MacFarland
Program Contact Email
Phone 5206215165
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Project FOCUS is a two-year, fully inclusive transition program located on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona. We support students aged 18 to 22, with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, to attend college courses, work at internships and enjoy life on campus as a Wildcat. Our students are dually enrolled in a local (Pima County) public or charter school. Our students spend their days with same-aged peer mentors who serve as tutors, coaches, role models and friends. The goals for our students are increased independence, strong self-determination and advocacy, authentic community engagement and competitive employment.

Program information submitted: January 23, 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: Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 17
School district or agency partner: Pima County School Districts (vary depending upon the applicants) or Charter/Private Schools
Program serves students who have left high school? No, all of our students are still in high school
Deadline to apply to this program: October of that Year
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disabilities (various)
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 64.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Acceptance rates vary year to year depending on number of applicants - every student completes the full two years

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $7500.00
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)
  • Scholarships
  • University funding

Scholarships available:

We offer tuition scholarships based upon student financial need; we encourage everyone to apply regardless of their financial situation.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

We work in partnership with other colleges on our campus - the college, department and professor agree to offer a seat to our student with the understanding that our student will be auditing that course.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by 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
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 20%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Students also complete academic pre-employment curriculum such as portfolio work

Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation