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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy
Box 453014
Las Vegas, NV 89154
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Program Contact Ryan Wennerlind
Phone 702-895-1749
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F.O.C.U.S. (Forming Occupational and Community Understanding for Success) is a 2 to 4 year post-secondary education program for young adults with intellectual/developmental disability including Autism. F.O.C.U.S. uses the principles of the Universal Design for Learning and Person Centered planning to provide a 100% inclusive program to help college students achieve current and future academic, independent living, and employment goals.

Program information submitted: February 26, 2021

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: 21
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: April 1st
Criteria for admission
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 71.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 87.50%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $6250.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $12000.00
Room and board: $11000.00
Program fees: $6000.00
Cost of the program:
Additional costs: $3,000.00
Students are required to purchase textbooks per 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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available: Students can apply for the Cohen Scholars program (*when available). The Cohen Scholars program awards fours students. Two students receive $1100 per semester for two years and two students receive $550 per semester for two years. Awards are made every other year. Based on fundraising, students can apply for program scholarships (*when available).
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Student audit typical college courses determined by a person-centered plan working towards the program certificate. Although courses are audited, an audit agreement between the student, instructor, and program is competed for each course. The requirements on the audit agreement must be met in order to receive credit towards the program certificate. The only program specific courses are: FOCUS Daily Living, FOCUS Career Development, and FOCUS Internship Seminar. The FOCUS specific courses are all taken through UNLV Continuing Education.
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: The only program specific courses are: FOCUS Daily Living, FOCUS Career Development, and FOCUS Internship Seminar. The FOCUS specific courses are all taken through UNLV Continuing Education.
Percentage of academic 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: Occupational, Career, & Life Studies Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 15%
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: 50%
We offer the following specialized credentials: All students working in Paid/Unpaid internship take the FOCUS Internship Seminar
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: Student have/currently participate in intramural sports, group fitness, video game club, intervasity club, republican club, toastmaster, rebellion, ballroom dancing, light saber club, bowling club.