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University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle #311335
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Program Contact Brenda L. Barrio, Ph.D.
Phone 940-891-6800
Facebook link to program Facebook page

UNT ELEVAR (Empower, Learn, Excel, enVision, Advance, Rise) is a four-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID). Following the definition of the program’s name, ELEVAR [lift, soar, rise, in Spanish], the program’s vision is to empower young adults with ID who wish to continue postsecondary education (PSE) to become self-determined, independent, and healthy adults readied for integrated competitive employment. Most importantly, the UNT ELEVAR program welcomes young adults with ID to be part of the Mean Green family experience. UNT ELEVAR will seek the Comprehensive Transition Program accreditation from the U.S. Department of Education.

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

UNT ELEVAR's transition program is called the Transition Pathway program and is implemented in collaboration with local school districts. The Transition Pathway program is currently only serving students from partnership school districts (Irving ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Denton ISD, and Decatur ISD). 

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 H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: December 1, 2021
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-28
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 4 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $10096.00
Room and board: $10716.00
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)
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Scholarships are available for UNT ELEVAR students. For more information visit:

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access:

Students can complete any undergraduate course in the UNT catalog for zero-credits (non-degree seeking).

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:

UNT ELEVAR specific courses will include financial literacy, health and sexual education, life skills, advocacy skills, employability skills, and employment internships.

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: Once CTP Accreditation is approved, they will receive a Certificate of Completion.
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Person-centered career guidance

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Over 400 student organizations on campus are available for all students, including UNT ELEVAR students.