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University of Northern Colorado
501 20th St
C. B. 141
Greeley, CO 80639
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Program Contact Christina Ruffatti
Phone 970-351-1164
Website Program website

UNC GOAL is a project at the University of Northern Colorado providing students with intellectual/developmental disabilities a supportive college experience. UNC supports students in an environment that helps them grow personally and professionally by attending classes and living with their peers in campus residence halls. Our program provides academic enrichment to support the student’s career and independence goals. Students enrolling in UNC GOAL audit at least two, three credit academic courses each semester. Additionally, they take a UNC GOAL course to build skills in academic, social, independent living, and career domains.
We offer opportunities to socialize and participate in recreation opportunities to enhance independent living. We also focus on building self-determination and self-advocacy skills through student directed person-centered planning. All students seek on-campus integrated work experiences as well as off-campus internships while at UNC. Student live in the residence halls with their peers as roommates and supported, as needed, by a Residence Life Mentor. Students are encouraged to participate in clubs, organizations and other social activities alongside their classmates. Upon completion of the UNC GOAL students participate in graduation ceremonies and receive a “Credential of Completion.”

Program information submitted a year or more ago

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: 10
Deadline to apply to this program: January 31st
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Disability
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $8000.00
Room and board: $9700.00
Program fees: $8200.00
Additional costs: $4,500.00
Program fee charged each semester
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities)
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students take two (at least) academic courses based on their desired outcomes (obtained through Person-Centered Planning) and modified to meet their needs. They are able to take the courses for typical college credit or for modified credit, whereby the course content may be modified according to student needs and the student earns GOAL credit.

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:

One GOAL course is taken for credit each semester. After the first semester field hours in work settings on- and off-campus are required.

Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Comprehensive Higher Education Certificate with an emphasis in an individualized area of study
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Not at this time

Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 0%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
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