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How to Apply 

GOAL is accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. All application materials must be received via email by March 1, 2022. All application materials can be emailed to christina.ruffatti@unco.edu

  1. Student Application
  2. Parent Application
  3. Student Living Questionnaire
  4. Three Professional and/or Personal References
  5. Teacher Recommendation Letter
  6. Additional materials:
    • Transcripts - Unofficial or Official Transcripts are acceptable
    • Psychoeducational Evaluation and/or Plan
  7. Application Checklist 

Admission Criteria

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 or older by August 1 of the academic year in which applicants are applying 
  • Must be their own legal guardian
  • Exhibit strong desire to continue an academic education, career development, social development, and independent living instruction at the University of Northern Colorado
  • Have a cognitive and/or developmental disability that interferes with academic performance and social development according to the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Must have been (or is presently) eligible for special education under The Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA)
  • Must be in application status or above with Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Must be connected to Community Center Board within the student's home community
  • Have sufficient emotional and independent living skills necessary to participate in coursework and campus life:
    • Be able to remain unsupervised for longer periods of time
    • Be able to independently manage personal care responsibilities (hygiene & grooming)
    • Demonstrate the ability to accept responsibility for their actions and maintain respect for themselves and others
    • No history of disruptive or challenging behaviors
  • Be able to perform at a functional academic level with or without assistive technology
    • Able to access text and read materials related to coursework with accommodations and modifications
    • Able to write complete sentences and multi-paragraph coursework with accommodations and modifications
    • Able to complete simple math problems specifically related to money with accommodations and modifications
    • Able to attend traditional UNC courses without in-class support using accommodations and modifications
  • Is independent in handling their own medication, specialized dietary and/or medical needs
    • Staff is not available to manage/administer medications
    • Staff does not take responsibility for specialized diets or medical needs
  • Participate in an interview involving informal academic and communication assessments with and without support from family/support persons
  • If selected for program, student agrees to:
    • Participate in Person Centered Planning 
    • Attend a 3-day, New Student Orientation with GOAL staff prior to the start of the academic year
    • Agree to follow all University of Northern Colorado Rules and Regulations
    • Agree to follow all University of Northern Colorado GOAL Rules and Regulations as stated in the Student Handbook