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Transition University for Career Advancement and Successful Adulthood

Transition University for Career Advancement and Successful Adulthood
Texas A&M University San Antonio
Transition University for Career Advancement and Successful Adulthood
One University Way
San Antonio, TX 78224
Program Contact Patrick Kelley
Phone 210-784-2424

The TU CASA model is designed to provide students with intellectual disabilities a true university experience while gaining the skills and knowledge needed to transition to independent adult lives. TU CASA addresses the critical needs in the community by establishing a sustainable program that: (a) provides 18 months of fully inclusive PSE opportunities with access to typical and specialized A&M-SA services and supports; (b) offers a meaningful credential upon completion that addresses academic, employment, and independent living domains; (c) utilizes a person-centered approach to meet unique student needs and enhance their quality of life; (d) employs comprehensive program evaluation; and (e) includes a plan for replication on regional and state levels.

Program information submitted: March 10, 2021

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: 0
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
Summer program name COATS
Description of our summer transition program:

College Orientation and Assessment of Transition Skills. The program is a one-week program providing students with a residential experience prior to potentially living on campus the following semester. The program is designed to follow a typical academic week, but will add instruction and assessment of daily living skills associated with living on campus.

Summer program link: COATS
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: September 15 of every year
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26 years of age
  • The student is not under guardianship
  • Students with guardianship will be considered, but they must become their own guardians after being accepted to the program.

Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $3948.00
Room and board: $10552.00
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Scholarships available:

Current students receive scholarship assistance through the university. Our new program has began to work with local entities to provide additional scholarships to students.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • 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: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: University and Career Experience Certificate (UCEC)
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
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%