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Tuition & Financial AidEducation is an Investment

More and more high-paying jobs are requiring that applicants have some post-secondary education or training. Whether students are pursuing a career as an HVAC technician or they wish to become computer scientist, some education is required beyond a high school degree. Students who complete a higher education degree or vocational certificate are at an advantage in the job market and earn higher wages than those with a high school degree alone. Students with disabilities should have these same opportunities available to them as their peers. With the assistance provided by trained staff at Accessible Academics, students can earn the qualifications necessary to attain a higher paying career.

Why is This the Cost of Tuition?

Our coaches have at minimum a masters degrees in education, social work, or mental health counseling and hold certifications in their area of expertise. All of our staff undergo rigorous training, including certification in Mental Health First Aid, and ongoing professional development. In addition, we aim to provide a high quality experience for all of our students, including the most recent evidence-based curriculum, fun and engaging social activities, nutritious meals, and a highly individualized program. As a non-profit, we seek to maintain a low overhead of 15% or less so that the majority of our resources go to direct student services. We strive to be inclusive to families of all backgrounds and financial means. We offer tuition counseling, payment plans, and scholarships, making this program affordable for every family.

Financial Aid & Funding Sources

Accessible Academics is a non-profit that strives to make this program available to every family, regardless of their income. During the admissions process, after determining whether the program is a good fit for the student, the student and their family will be invited to complete the financial aid application. Students who are in need of financial assistance in order to participate in the program will receive a scholarship from Accessible Academics based on their need. For students with OPWDD eligibility, who are eligible for HCBS waiver funded services, Accessible Academics is currently in the process of applying to be a provider. For those students, the cost of the program will be billed based on current New York State Medicaid reimbursement rates.

What Does Tuition Include?

Full services are offered beginning the 2nd week of August through the third week of May and include a semester “warm up” in August and end of semester “cool down” filled with workshops and activities. There is a 2-week break at the end of December and first week of January. Please see the current program calendar for specific dates.

Tuition for full services includes:

  • Up to 8 hours of individualized support per week - including life and academic skills support
  • 4 hours of supported Resource Center per week
  • 2 workshops series per semester
  • Matched to a peer mentor
  • Weekly dinner with cooking lesson
  • Weekend social activity - all costs included

Tuition for academic only services (half-services):

  • Up to 4 hours of individualized academic support per week
  • 4 hours of supported Resource Center per week
  • 1 workshop per semester (academic only topics)
  • Matched with a peer mentor
  • May attend weekend social activities, but may be responsible for additional entrance fees (museum entry, theme parks, etc.)

Tuition for life skills only services (half-services):

  • Up to 4 hours of individualized support per week
  • 1 workshop per semester (life skills topics only)
  • Matched with a peer mentor
  • Weekly dinner with cooking lesson
  • May attend weekend social activities, but may be responsible for additional entrance fees (museum entry, theme parks, etc.)

Students may elect to only receive individualized services on a per hour basis. These students are also eligible to be matched with a peer mentor.

Summer Program:

  • Up to 4 hours of individualized support per week (summer employment or coursework support)
  • Summer social activities
  • Summer workshops

Not included:

  • College tuition
  • Rent
  • School supplies (though some students may be eligible for free supplies)
  • Money for groceries or other supplies

Cost:

  • Full Services (9 months) - $2800/month.
  • Half Services (9 months) - $1400/month
  • Summer Program (2 months) - $1400/month
  • Per Hour Basis - $50/hour
  • Per Workshop Basis - $45/weekly Session

Contact Us

Phone: 1-716-492-8656

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Saturday & Sunday | By Appt. Only

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