ACE-IT in College

Inclusive College Experience for Students with Intellectual Disabilities

FAQs

As a participant in ACE-IT in College, will I get a college degree from VCU?

No. VCU offers many opportunities for 'special status students' who want to take classes part-time. ACE-IT in College is one of those opportunities. If you are accepted into VCU under ACE-IT in College, you will earn a certificate from the School of Education once you have successfully completed all coursework. To earn the certificate, you will take 9 or 10 classes and participate in an internship, over five semesters (about two classes each semester for 4 – 8 hours of classwork) and will earn 21+ credits in the program.

How do I pick my classes?

Once accepted into ACE-IT in College, a meeting will be held (called a person-centered planning meeting) with you, your family and friends, and any service providers working with you (for example, your IEP team, your CSB and/or your DARS case manager). At this meeting, the staff will learn more about you, your career interests, and your support needs. After the meeting, an academic advisor will work with you to choose classes from the VCU course catalog that match your career and personal interests. Every semester an academic advisor will meet with you to see how your classes are going and to help you select your classes for the next semester.

Do I have to pass my classes?

ACE-IT in College students audit all but one class (UNIV 101). Regardless of class type, students are responsible for completing all coursework, but do not receive a final grade at the end of the semester. All classes taken for audit appear on VCU transcripts as "AU".

What do I do if I need support and accommodations in class and on campus?

The supports and accommodations students are eligible for in college may be very different than what they had under an IEP in high school. Students accepted into ACE-IT in College will need to register with VCU's Disability Support Services Office on campus by sharing documentation of a disability. ACE-IT staff will assist all accepted students with this process. More information is available on the VCU Disability Support Services website.

What is an education coach?

An education coach is a VCU student trained to support ACE-IT in College students as they navigate classes and campus. Education coaches typically assist with note taking, clarification of concepts, organization and classroom participation. They help students communicate with professors and peers to better understand homework or assignments. Students and education coaches meet at least once a week.

How do I pay for College classes, books, meals, etc.?

Although there is no cost to participate in ACE-IT in College, students will be required to pay regular tuition and other college related fees and expenses. VCU courses typically range from $400-$500 per credit hour. This does not include fees for books and other expenses.

Additional resources for navigating college costs can be found on VCU's Financial Aid Office website.

Can I live on or near the VCU campus?

VCU is fully committed to supporting diversity, including students with disabilities, on campus. There is strong support from VCU administrators, faculty, and staff who are helping to put all of the ACE-IT in College components in place. However, the program does not offer a residential component. Students seeking to live independently can explore multiple, non-university housing options close to the VCU campus. All students participating in ACE-IT in College are from the Greater Richmond metro region, and have traditionally participated in college as commuter students.