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Washington State University
P.O. Box 642132
Pullman, WA 99164-2132
Program Contact Katie Abrams
Phone (509) 335-4078

WSU ROAR (Responsibility Opportunities Advocacy and Respect) is a two-year inclusive postsecondary education program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). The program provides individualized programs of study in education, social skills, and vocational training through person-centered planning. WSU ROAR students live communally on campus during the University’s fall and spring semester, attend individualized programming, and complete WSU audit courses with same-aged peers. Most importantly, the WSU ROAR program welcomes young adults with I/DD to be part of the Cougar family experience. WSU ROAR is a Comprehensive Transition Program, as described by the U.S. Department of Education.

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: 9
Deadline to apply to this program: January 12, 2020
Requirements for admission to this program:
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 25%
Retention rate: 80%
Tuition amount: $2,232.00
Room and board: $7,295.00
Program specific fees: $15,000.00
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:

Scholarships will be available through the College of Education. Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000 depending on the individual need. We also encourage students families to apply for Financial Aid.

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

Audit courses: Any available WSU course that can be audited (non-credit) focused on their personal and career interests (e.g., horticulture, early childhood, education, multimedia).

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

WSU ROAR programming: WSU ROAR workshops and specific training opportunities will include those specifically for their needs (life skills, digital literacy, career planning, financial literacy/management).

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 22%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
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:

WSU Roar students will also be encouraged to take advantage of the social aspects of college life such as attending WSU sponsored events (e.g., sporting events, cultural events, etc.), spending time with other WSU students outside of class, using the recreation center, or planning outings to restaurants or other settings with classmates or friends.

Last updated: Monday, October 26, 2020 - 12:00