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Cost & Aid

There are several payment options for InclusiveU. Most students pay through the Transition Program and are able to utilize self-direction funds through a Medicaid Waiver, while some students choose to Private Pay directly.

The InclusiveU Transition Program is billed $4000 each semester for the academic year. This is separate from tuition, which costs approximately $1,300 for a 3-credit audited course. We recommend budgeting around $4,000 per semester for tuition and an additional $4,000 per semester for transition program costs. Private Pay estimated costs will be similar to the Transition Program option above. If your family will be paying all costs through loans or private options, we will work directly with you on payment options.

InclusiveU Costs

Tuition, room, board, and other fees are closely aligned with matriculated Syracuse University student rates and vary from year to year. The numbers provided are only an estimate.

If you are utilizing Medicaid Waiver self-direction funds:

  • Tuition and Classes:
    • Cost is approximately $1,300 per 3 credit course. InclusiveU students typically audit their courses. This allows them to pay for the classes through the Community Classes line in their budget. Most students take 2-3 classes per semester. We recommend budgeting around $4,000 per semester for tuition.
    • If you are using Syracuse University employee tuition benefits, please note you will still be responsible for the Transition Fee and any Support Services.
  • Transition Fee: $4,000 per semester
  • Mentor Support: Averages around $10,000 per year  (usually billed through Community Hab, refer to our Transition program page for options)
  • For students choosing to live on campus:
    • Room and Meal Plan: $16,000/year
      Residential Mentor: $9,000 (varies based on need)

If you are from out of state, using private funds, or seeking scholarships or financial aid:

  • Tuition and classes: Cost is approximately $1,300 per 3 credit course. Our students typically audit their courses. We recommend budgeting around $4,000 per semester for tuition.
  • Transition Fee: $4,000 per semester
  • InclusiveU’s Campus Mentor Support Service: $10,000 per year for Level 1 – up to 20 hours of support per week, $20,000 per year for Level 2 – up to 40 hours of support per week
  • For students choosing to live on campus:
    • Room and Meal Plan: Approximately $16,000 per year (varies based on room type and meal plan)
      Residential Mentor: Approximately $9,000 per year (varies based on need)

Internships

Most InclusiveU students choose to participate in our employment preparation program in their final year. This on-campus internship experience includes two career-focused internships and a daily practical skills class. Tuition costs follow the auditing rate, and are approximately $15,000 for 36 credits per year.

InclusiveU Transition Program Fee Includes:

  • Advisory services and direct instruction
  • InclusiveU seminars on self-management and self-determination skills
  • Peer-2-Peer program participation
  • Universal Design for Learning
  • Technology assistance for educational purposes, if needed
  • Most books and class materials
  • Program administrative fees

These costs do NOT include meals, parking passes and social opportunities on campus. We recommend students budget $15-$30 per week.

Parents and students who cannot afford the cost of InclusiveU should talk to their preferred local agency or vocational rehabilitation about their options; with recent changes in policies, Medicaid waivers and Self-Directed Plans can be good ways to cover all the basic costs of InclusiveU! Administrative fees are charged on a sliding scale, so please contact InclusiveU to learn more; no student will be turned away just because they are unable to pay the administrative fee.

Some organizations offer scholarships for students with Down syndrome, including NDSS and Ruby’s Rainbow.