As this is still a new endeavor, the admission rate will vary per year. No decisions have been made for 2022-2023.

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.

IES staff members are located on campus during normal business hours, (typically 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM). Additionally, IES will be adding residential mentors within the living spaces for the newly admitted students to assist and support within the living space.  Students are encouraged to contact campus resources (i.e. Residential Advisors, UCF Police Department, Knight Ride etc.) for assistance when needed. Resource Facilitators and IES Staff can also be available in emergency situations.

In order for a student to be eligible to be associated with IES, the student must have:

  • Between ages 18-30 (28 in the year of admission)
  • Student who cannot traditionally access post-secondary opportunities
  • Completed the K-12 system with either a regular or special diploma
  • A documented intellectual disability
  • Students must be able to make their own decisions in social settings without guardianship oversight or input. As such, students under a guardianship in which the guardian retains full/plenary guardianship or itemized social environment control over an individual will not be permitted to participate in the IES experience. Please contact Dr. Jaime Best at Jaime.Best@ucf.edu to discuss further as needed and to explain what current social guardianship means for the current application process.
  • Adequately manage their own behaviors and reactions to stressful or challenging situations
  • A desire to attend college and learn

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

Upon successful completion of 42 credential units over the span of this this four-semester opportunity, students will earn a Professional Services Credential through the Division of Continuing Education with support from the College of Education and Human Performance and SDES.

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.

Approximate Cost for the 2020-2021 academic year:


List of users
IES/UCF Activity Individual Cost Frequency Total Cost for 2 Years (4 semesters)
Academic Courses (in-state) Approximately $225 per unit 42 unit Approximately $9,000
Academic Courses (out-of-state) Approximately $750 per unit 42 unit Approximately $32,000
On-Campus Housing (optional) Approximately $3,200 per unit 4 semesters Approximately $13,000
UCF Meal Plan (optional) or personal food plan if living on-campus Approximately $ 2,300 per semester for UCF Meal Plan (expenses will vary with the personal plan) 4 semesters Approximately $9,200
Books and other academic fees and needs Approximately $ 750 per semester 4 semesters Approximately $3,000
Approximate Total Cost In-State for 2 years (4 semesters) with housing, meal plan, and academic materials Approximately $31,200
Approximate Total Cost In-State for 2 years (4 semesters) without Housing and Meal Plan, but with Academic Materials Approximately $12,000
Approximate Total Cost Out-of-State for 2 years (4 semesters) with Housing, Meal Plan, but with Academic Materials Approximately $44,200

Meal Plans (optional)

Information about meal plans: http://ucf.campusdish.com/MealPlansContent.aspx

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.

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 a designated Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) certified.  Students may receive funding from the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Student.  To apply for funding, visit the Federal Student Aid website.