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REACH Program

REACH Program
College of Charleston
REACH Program
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424
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Program Contact Edie Cusack
Phone 843.953.4849

The REACH Program at the College of Charleston is a four-year, fully-inclusive certificate program for students with mild intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The REACH Program promotes the advancement of knowledge and skill in the areas of academics, socialization, independent living, and career development, and has been nationally recognized for its commitment to full inclusion and self-determination. Students in the REACH Program are able to participate in all activities offered by the College of Charleston, with individualized support for success. These include: -Attending traditional classes (with modifications and support);  -Living in traditional on-campus housing and residence halls; -Completing internships; -Participation in campus clubs, activities, and organizations; and mentoring.

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
Number of students: 40
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling admissions
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 17%
Retention rate: 90%
Tuition amount: $24,000.00
Room and board: $10,478.00
Program specific fees: $3,300.00
Additional costs: $200.00

Books, lab fees, supplies

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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

College of Charleston courses are taken for REACH credit, meaning the students earn credit towards the REACH certificate. 

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

One support session each semester

Time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate from the College of Charleston
The credential(s) is/are: Approved by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 94%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 80%
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%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students in the REACH Program have the same full access to campus social/extracurricular activities and organizations as all other students.

Last updated: Monday, January 29, 2018 - 10:32