Beyond Access

Beyond Access LogoBeyond Access (BA) is an opportunity for you to work smarter, not harder in a competitive academic environment while also preparing for life beyond college. The goals of your individually designed program are to help you understand, achieve, and develop a pathway to success.

  • Work one-on-one with a trained Strategy Instructor for one to three hours a week.
  • Create a customized program that matches your learning style, and personal and academic goals.
  • Develop and enhance your academic, social and life skills including time and stress management, reading, writing and math strategies, self-advocacy, memory and concentration, social skills, health and wellness, and career preparation.

     

    Goals of Beyond Access

    • To help students identify strengths and challenges in both their academic and personal life.
    • To increase awareness of strategies, skills, and technologies for application in and out of the classroom.
    • To create a positive learning environment through active networking and communication amongst students, staff, faculty and parents and family members.
    • To help students build the self-determination needed to advocate for themselves on campus.

     

    Meet our Beyond Access team

    Our Beyond Access team includes professional staff members who supervise the program and graduate students who serve as Strategy Instructors (SIs). The Strategy Instructors come from a wide variety of disciplines including the NEAG School of Education (Special Education, School Psychology, Adult Learning, etc.), School of Social Work, Department of Communication, and Department of Psychology. The Strategy Instructors are all working towards their master's and/or doctoral degrees and have experience working with students with disabilities in either a classroom or one-on-one setting. They attend a comprehensive training related to working with students in the Beyond Access program.

    Throughout the semester, SI's are required to submit weekly meeting notes to their supervisor, as well as attend regularly scheduled meetings. These meetings include discussions regarding specific strategies that may be of assistance for individual students and suggestions for continued work with their students.

    The Center makes every effort to provide a positive experience for students in our Beyond Access program and is dedicated to hiring a team that shares a passion for working with students and helping them to realize and work towards achieving their goals. We invite you to explore our program and get to know the Strategy Instructors by clicking on their names to the right!

    Getting Involved in Beyond Access

    Beyond Access is open to any UConn student who is interested in working with an SI to meet their academic and personal goals. Students do not need to have a disability to apply.

    Applying to Beyond Access

    Students are accepted on a rolling basis for Storrs and regional campus participation. Participation is open only to (matrictulated and non-matriculated) students attending the University of Connecticut.  Submission of additional documents are required to complete enrollment. *This information will be provided after confirmation of university attendance.

    If you are interested in participating in the program, submit a completed Beyond Access Application. Applications are also available at the Center for Students with Disabilities (Wilbur Cross Building, Room 204). Upon submission of your application, a Beyond Access representative will contact you to discuss the next steps.

    Program Fees

    As this program goes beyond the legislative mandates, in order to provide the necessary materials and resources, participation in this program includes a rate of:

    • Track I (1 hour per week) - $1,800 per semester.
    • FLEX Track I (1.5 hours per week) - $2,200 per semester.
    • Track II (2 hours per week) - $2,700 per semester.
    • Track III (3 hours per week) - $3,600 per semester.
    • Tracks I, FLEX I, II, and III are offered for each summer and winter session

    Don't see a track that meets your needs? Contact csdbeyondaccess@uconn.edu to inquire about drop-in and session pack options.

    Financing Participation

    Financial aid, scholarships, and payment plans are among the few different ways that students can minimize the weight of paying the full program cost at the start of the enrollment.

    Students may further inquire about applying unused financial aid to cover BA costs by contacting the UConn Office of Student Financial Aid Services at (860) 486-2819 or financialaid@uconn.edu

    The CSD is proud to offer increased scholarship opportunities for students participating in Beyond Access. Currently, two $500 scholarships and five $3000 scholarships are offered to students for the academic terms (excluding winter intersessions). Links to scholarship details, criteria and application are in the menu to the right. The application deadlines are August 1st and November 15th @ 11:59PM for fall and spring semester scholarships. Students interested in summer scholarships should contact csdbeyondaccess@uconn.edu for additional inquiries.  

    Information on payment plan options is available through the Office of the Bursar (Payments Page | Office of the Bursar (uconn.edu) ).  Students enrolled in Beyond Access may elect to use the program payment plan which offers 2-5 installments based on date of authorization (e.g. pre-semester enrollment offers a maximum 4-5 payments and mid-semester enrollment offers 2 payments).


    If you have questions regarding the Beyond Access program, please contact Lori Susi, Assistant Director or Christine Wenzel, Associate Director, at (860) 486-2020 or csdbeyondaccess@uconn.edu. For more information please also visit the FAQs page.

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