Frequently Asked Questions
What does non-degree seeking mean?
Non-degree seeking students at UCF do not receive a degree or certificate upon completion of coursework. Currently, Inclusive Education Services is working with UCF officials to develop a plan where students associated with IES can receive a certificate.
What can my student do to prepare for college?
The Inclusive Education Services IES Prep Chart provides information that includes advice and steps towards preparing one’s student for college and association with IES. In addition, there is a monthly program offered and hosted by Dr. Rebecca Hines, Ph.D., and Dr. Lisa Dieker, Ph.D. called Preparing for College that prepares men and women with intellectual disabilities for college as well as how to become an independent adult. Participants of Preparing for College generally meet one Saturday out of the month on UCF’s main campus.
*For more information as to how to sign up for the monthly program please visit http://www.dsfflorida.org/http___www.dsfflorida.html
What is the cost of attendance at UCF for students connected with IES?
Students associated with IES pay the same tuition as every other UCF student and have access to additional resources and opportunities offered through the university.
UCF Tuition 2016-2017
Approximately $225 per credit hour (for in state students) and $750 per credit hour
(for out-of-state students)
Neptune Community (Private Bedroom Residence Hall)
Cost: $6,000.00 per school year
Meal Plans (optional)
Information about meal plans: http://ucf.campusdish.com/MealPlansContent.aspx
Are students required to live on campus?
Students are not required to live on campus but will gain the full postsecondary education experience when feasible.
What sources of financial aid and/or scholarships are available for students associated with Inclusive Education Services? The Florida Center for Students with Unique Abilities is now offering scholarships for students with intellectual disabilities. Funding can help cover the cost of classes, on-campus housing, and meal plans.
* For more information, visit http://fcsua.org/
Furthermore, IES is working to become Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) certified. If IES receives this designation, students associated with IES who qualify, as determined by their FASFA form, will have access to Pell grants and federal student work money.
What are the qualifications for a student to be eligible to be associated with Inclusive Education Services at UCF?
In order for a student to be eligible to be associated with IES, the student must have:
- Completed the K-12 system with either a regular or special diploma
- A documented intellectual disability
- A clear indication that access or success in traditional postsecondary options (such as traditional UCF admission or state college success) is not feasible
- A desire to attend college and learn
If accepted, what is the difference between modification and accommodation in terms of schoolwork/testing?
Modifications are done through the contact of the IES program and the professor. This is changing the output of the coursework provided to allow the student to perform to their best of their abilities. An accommodation is allowed for any UCF student registered in the Student Accessibility Services office. This allows for technology and resources that aid in the classroom.
How many students are admitted into IES per year?
As this is still a new endeavor, the admission rate will vary per year. No decisions have been made for 2017-2018.
Is there 24-hour support available for students?
IES staff members are located on campus during normal business hours, (typically 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Students are encouraged to contact campus resources (i.e. Residential Advisors, UCF Police Department, Safe Escort Patrol Service [S.E.P.S.], etc.) for assistance when needed. Resource Facilitators and IES Staff can also be available in emergency situations.
What is the purpose of a Resource Facilitator?
A Resource Facilitator for Inclusive Education Services is a peer mentor, employed by UCF, who works to facilitate student success in academics as well as campus involvement by providing students with resources offered through the university. In addition, Resource Facilitators provide the students with additional social, job and personal coaching and guidance while challenging them to reach their fullest potential as UCF Knights.
Are students connected with IES eligible to enroll in classes in summer sessions?
IES students have the opportunity to attend summer classes if desired but this is not required.