Applicants for the PACE program must:
- Have a documented diagnosis of Intellectual Disability (ID)
- Be 17 to 25 years in age
- Have exited or graduated high school by the time of enrollment
Additionally, students must be able to communicate reliably with others, operate a cell phone, exhibit appropriate behavior on campus, manage their own medical needs, and navigate the campus safely.
We prioritize applicants who have demonstrated an interest in learning new skills, being an involved member of the campus community, and obtaining competitive employment after graduation.
The PACE Application process consists of the following steps:
- Submit the PACE Inquiry Form.
- Participate in a virtual informational session with members of the PACE team.
- Tour SJU’s campus.
- Submit the PACE Application and upload documentation of an Intellectual Disability (ID).
Note: We do not charge an application fee for PACE.
- Participate in a PACE Experience Visit.
- Observe an SJU class.
- Conduct separate parent and student interviews with members of the PACE team.
|Type||Application Deadline||Decision Notification By|
|Early Action||November 15||December 20|
|Regular Decision||February 1||March 15|
(if space allows)
|April 1||June 1|
Applications to the PACE program are reviewed and accepted as they are received. Applicants are encouraged to apply early because spaces are limited for each academic year. PACE will accept applications on a rolling admission basis, after the regular decision deadline, if space allows; it is not guaranteed each year.
The PACE program admits students for cohorts starting in the fall semester of their freshman year; at this time, the program does not accept applications for entrance during the spring semester or transfer admission for upperclassmen students.
Our application process is thorough to ensure that accepted students are a good fit for the program and have the potential to be successful. Due to the extensive nature of the process, we cannot accept applications submitted after the rolling admission deadline of April 1.
Tuition and Fees
SJU students enrolled through PACE will pay the standard part-time (per-credit) undergraduate tuition rate; students are also responsible for relevant undergraduate fees (e.g. lab fee, orientation fee, student activity fee, etc.), depending on their enrolled courses and class year. Students should expect to audit 9-11 credits per semester, over the course of the four-year program. Students and families can review the University tuition and fee schedule to estimate costs for the academic year. Students are responsible for the cost of course materials and books. Students will also be charged a PACE program fee of $4,000 per semester to cover program-related supports, such as wages for peer coaches.*
Additional (optional) costs include residential fees for students who choose to live in a campus residence hall; freshmen residential students are required to purchase a University dining plan. Commuter students may also enroll in a University dining plan if they plan to eat on campus; there are all-you-can-eat swipe plans or Hawk Cash can be added to a student ID.
All students are encouraged to apply for private scholarships for students with disabilities (e.g. Ruby’s Rainbow, John Lepping Memorial Scholarship, etc.). SJU’s PACE program is a part of the D.R.E.A.M Partnership network, so students may apply for the D.R.E.A.M. Scholarship in the spring. Additional resources regarding funding options for college can be found on Think College’s website.
The PACE program is in the process of applying for CTP (Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Program) status with the Department of Education. If SJU is approved for this distinction, students enrolled through PACE may apply for federal financial aid (i.e. Federal PELL Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, and Federal Work-Study). Students should submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine if they are eligible for federal aid.
*Additionally, PACE is exploring how we can accept state funding from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) and Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) (i.e Medicaid Waivers) for tuition and peer support. Please follow-up with us in the future for updates. If students and families have questions about their eligibility for state funding, they can contact their local OVR and/or ODP offices.