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The Union EDGE Program

The Union EDGE Program
Union University
The Union EDGE Program
1050 Union University Drive
School of Education
Jackson, TN 38305
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Program Contact Jennifer Graves
Phone 731-661-5382

A two-year certificate program for students ages 18-26 who have completed high school and who have a documented intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD). The Union EDGE Program is a residential or non-residential program designed to aid in career development and employment skills. Students will audit college courses, participate in life skills classes, work in on-campus and off-campus internships and experience the full range of college life.

Public or private: Private
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: 16
Deadline to apply to this program: October 1-February 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 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
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 38%
Retention rate: 88%
Tuition amount: $16,000.00
Room and board: $8,000.00
Program specific fees: $900.00
Additional costs: $1,000.00

On-campus fees for the University

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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students audit two courses per semester of typical undergraduate courses.

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

Students take two Life Skills courses each semester.

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: Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
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: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Students are welcomed and encouraged to participate in all campus activities.

Last updated: Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 16:47