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University of Tennessee FUTURE Program

University of Tennessee FUTURE Program
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee FUTURE Program
1122 Volunteer Blvd.
431 Claxton Complex
Knoxville, TN 37996-3452
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Program Contact Emma Burgin
Phone 865.974.9176

The University of Tennessee FUTURE Postsecondary Education Program is a two- or three-year nonresidential course of study; upon successful completion, students are awarded a vocational certificate and receive assistance with job placement. There is an optional third year for students who have further vocational and academic goals. The program curriculum focuses on academic, social, vocational, and independent living skills and students also audit courses across the general undergraduate curriculum. FUTURE students have a special admissions process, are then enrolled in the University, and are able to participate in campus activities, organizations, and events as they choose. Young adults who are 18 to 29 years old with an Intellectual or Developmental Disability, learning disability, and/or Autism are encouraged to apply. FUTURE is designed for students who would not qualify for admission to, or have not been successful in, traditional two- or four-year degree programs. FUTURE empowers students to continue their education after high school, develop more independence and increase their employment options

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: 15
School district or agency partner: Knox County, Anderson County, Blount County, and Sevier County School Districts
Deadline to apply to this program: March 1
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-29 at admission
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, and other cognitive disabilities.
Program length: Varies from student to student
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
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 85%
Housing is provided to students: No
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 have full access to campus clubs and organizations.

Last updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 - 10:53