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University of Missouri-Kansas City
University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5030 Cherry Street
131 Cherry Hall
Kansas City, MO 64110
Program Contact Alexis Petri
Phone 816.235.5872

Propel at University of Missouri-Kansas City is a program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Propel is designed for students to attend full time for two years. Upon completion, students are awarded an undergraduate certificate in Leadership, Employment, and Community Engagement.  Propel is a comprehensive transition program and consequently, students in Propel are eligible for Federal financial aid. Inclusive, on-campus residential life for students is available for those who are interested.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 32
This program will be serving students in: 2016-2017
Deadline to apply to this program: Priority deadline is February 1; Regular deadline is March 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18 - 25
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 42%
Retention rate: 93%
Cost of the program:

Tuition and Fees $8,000

OPTIONAL Room and Board (including meal plan) $9,800



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
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

During their first semester, students take four required Propel courses including Communications, College Study Skills, Person Centered Planning and Personal Finance.​

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Leadership, Employment, and Community Engagement Certificate
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Approved by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 60%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students are eligible to participate in hundreds of organizations on campus.  In our inaugural academic year thus far, we have students participating in intramural sports and various campus organizations like Men of Color and Pride Alliance.

Last updated: Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 14:25