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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.

Program information submitted: March 2, 2021

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: 18
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
Deadline to apply to this program: February 15th
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
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 60.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 94.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $16500.00
Room and board: $10000.00
Program fees: $500.00
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
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 from the traditional student catalog. All students take two life skills courses which includes cooking lab.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes: Each student takes two life skills courses each semester for credit, in addition to the two traditional undergraduate courses for audit.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Not while enrolled in the EDGE Program.
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 90%
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: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Clubs, fraternities and sororities, SAC.