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Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program

Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program
Appalachian State University
Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program
151 College St
College of Education, Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28607
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Program Contact Dr. Susan Hedges
Phone 828-262-8389

The Scholars with Diverse Abilities Program provides support for college-age students with intellectual disabilities who are pursuing postsecondary education at Appalachian State University. SDAP Scholars participate in a two year living and learning experience which prepares students for personal and occupational success. As an inclusive program, SDAP students are fully integrated into the university community. Scholars follow a program of study, take courses related to career and personal interests, live in residence halls with peers, work in jobs on and off campus, participate in social and extracurricular events, and engage in civic activities and service learning opportunities culminating in the College Achievement Award Certificate. 

Program information submitted: April 21, 2021

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: 6
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
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 $7700.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $22500.00
Room and board: $7500.00
Program fees: $3000.00
Cost of the program:
Additional costs:
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
  • Go Fund Me-self fundraising
Scholarships available: Small, needs-based scholarships
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Collegiate Achievement Award
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
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
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes