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University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203
Program Contact Dr. Pam Trocki-Ables
Program Contact Email
Phone 940-369-8563
Website Program website
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UNT ELEVAR (Empower, Learn, Excel, enVision, Advance, Rise) is a high-quality and self-sustaining, four-year inclusive postsecondary education program model for young adults with intellectual disabilities (ID). The program’s vision is to empower young adults with ID who wish to continue post-secondary education to become self-determined, independent, and healthy adults readied for integrated competitive employment. As the first Hispanic serving institution to house an inclusive postsecondary education program in Texas, UNT ELEVAR will strive to facilitate natural and culturally responsive individual supports and services for students with ID from diverse and underrepresented communities through an inclusive college experience across academics, employment, community engagement, health, and well-being. UNT ELEVAR holds a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) accreditation through the U.S. Department of Education.

Program information submitted: January 12, 2023

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: 13
Summer program name UNT ELEVAR Transition Pathway Program
Description of our summer transition program:

This summer program is a 1-week program for 20 secondary students with ID who are served under IDEA, interested in vocational planning and independent living for their future. The Transition Pathway summer program focuses on teaching participants independent, pre-employment skills, and self-determination skills in the areas of living, working, and engaging in the community.

Summer program link: UNT ELEVAR Transition Pathway Program
School district or agency partner: Decatur ISD, Denton ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Irving ISD, Corsicana ISD
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: February 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-28
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 17.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 80.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $8258.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $8258.00
Room and board: $10856.00
Program fees: $12000.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

UNT ELEVAR Scholarship

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

UNT Traditional courses, inclusive and career-focused. All courses are zero-credit with pass/fail grades. Accommodations and modifications depending on individual needs. ELEVAR students are eligible to enroll in any course provided in the UNT course catalog.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Program-specific courses to enhance individual skills such as financial literacy, health, and sexual education, independent living skills, employability skills, etc.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 75-99%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: US Department of Education Comprehensive Transition Program Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students?

Industry-Recognized Badges

Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 40%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

The program's employment coordinator and staff provide supports in seeking employment, career development, job coaching, and support in work experiences. We also provide professional development and other supports to employers to learn/enhance natural supports for our students during their work experiences.

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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation