The Center for Disability Access and Resources will provide assistance to individuals with disabilities who seek admission to Florida A & M University but do not meet standard admission criteria, by seeking admission under alternate criteria. In implementing this procedure, the CeDAR shall not compromise academic or admission standards in any way.
1. An applicant with a disability, which prevents him/her from meeting standard admissions criteria, may seek admission under alternate criteria, by requesting it in writing when applying.
2. An applicant may amend his or her request for alternative admission consideration at any time, before the published deadline, by sending a letter requesting admission based on disability to the Office of Admissions. Applicants requesting special admission consideration must submit the application to the Office of Admissions by April 1st to ensure the timely review and forwarding to the CeDAR. The CeDAR will not review applications forwarded from Admissions after May 1st.
3. The Office of Admissions will forward the applicant’s admissions packet to the CeDAR. The CeDAR will send a letter requesting current and appropriate documentation to any applicant that requests consideration based on disability on his/her application.
4. The applicant must provide the CeDAR with current and appropriate documentation certifying the existence of a disability and the functional limitations imposed by the disability in order to be eligible for alternative admission consideration.
5. The CeDAR will review all of the information and confirm that the applicant’s disability necessitates using alternate criteria.
6. Based on the information provided the CeDAR will make a recommendation to the Office of Admissions.
7. First-time in college freshmen and some transfer students seeking special admission consideration will be required to enroll in the CeDAR ART (Admissions, Retention, & Transition) Program.
8. The documentation of disability, above mentioned, is required to certify the necessity of alternative admission consideration. Documentation must be issued by an appropriate professional or agency such as a physician, optometrist, audiologist, psychologist, or other health care professional.
9. Documentation must be current and complete. The university reserves the right to request additional documentation of disability in the event the documentation presented is insufficient to establish the existence of a disability or if the documentation fails to support the need for alternative admission consideration.
10. Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s) are not acceptable as the sole means of documentation. Please review the “Documentation” policy for specific information.
11. Please Note: All required documents for admission to the University must be submitted in addition to the disability verification documentation. For example, transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, letters of recommendation, essays, etc.
12. The CeDAR is not an admission granting body. Only the FAMU Office of Admissions can admit applicants to the University. The CeDAR serves to provide “Recommendations for Special Admissions” only. All questions regarding admissions should be made to the Office of Admissions.
13. Policy Violations: Any applicant who makes false or fraudulent statements within his/her admission application or the admission process may result in disciplinary action, denial of admission, and invalidation of credits or degrees earned.
ABOUT THE CeDAR ART PROGRAM
The CeDAR ART Program was designed for students who meet the following criteria: (a) have the desire to pursue college studies and (b) may not be able to successfully perform on the college level without academic support services. It is also designed to develop students’ academic, professional, and personal maturity in an effort to ensure their continued success in post-secondary education. The CeDAR ART Program has three basic goals:
Admissions: helping qualified students with documented disabilities gain admission to Florida A & M University via alternate admission criteria.
Retention: working to promote the continued enrollment of these students throughout the first and second year of college.
Transition: facilitating the successful transition of our students into the upper division of their intended major/academic program.
Enrollment in the CeDAR ART Program comes with a recommendation for PROVISIONAL admission to the university for the preceding SUMMER term. Enrollees are required to attend and successfully complete the College Study Skills Institute (CSSI) held during the summer before a final recommendation for continued enrollment will be offered. The CeDAR ART Program is a two year commitment to the institution as a stipulation for a student’s continued enrollment at FAMU. CeDAR ART Program enrollees are required to reside on campus for the first two years.
ABOUT THE COLLEGE STUDY SKILLS INSTITUTE
The College Study Skills Institute (CSSI) is the first phase of the CeDAR ART Program. It is a summer transition/orientation program that provides students with disabilities an opportunity to strengthen their social, technological, and study skills. During this time, CeDAR staff, as well as other University officials, interact with students on a personal level and attendees have an opportunity to learn about FAMU and the city of Tallahassee. Attendance at CSSI is mandatory for students receiving special admissions to Florida A & M University via the CeDAR ART Program.
During CSSI, student’s strengths and weaknesses are identified, information regarding their specific disability is presented, and reasonable accommodations are discussed. This program works to enhance their academic foundation levels for learning and success. CSSI participants will enroll in eight (8) college credit hours. The credit hours will consist of College Orientation and two additional courses in English, Mathematics, Reading, and/or an approved Social Science.
CSSI participants will also engage in transition program modules one week prior to the start of classes. The modules are Leadership Development, Career Development, Personal Development. Disability Awareness, and Healthy Living. The CeDAR staff believe laying the proper foundation for learning and transitioning to a university environment is crucial to the retention and progression of the student.
Participation in the CSSI includes a program fee which covers expenses for program materials and activities. This fee is in addition to the University’s fees for tuition, housing, meals, and books.
BENEFITS OF THE CeDAR ART PROGRAM
The program identifies participants’ level of abilities and provides assessment, prescriptive plans of study, academic advisement, and individualized counseling. These activities benefit the participants by exposing them to college life in a slower and more relaxed summer environment.
Other benefits include:
Very intensive instructional schedule that promotes reinforcement of materials and provides the consistency needed for students that require a structured environment.
Give students with disabilities that do not meet minimum admissions criteria an opportunity to gain access to the university.
Provides transitional support to students with disabilities to the senior college level.
Students receive in-depth social, personal, and academic support services.
Students will have the opportunity to earn college credit.
Helps students establish an immediate cohort of peers with and without disabilities.
Provides enough structure to keep students on task, while allowing for their own individual maturation process.
Provides in-depth instruction on assistive technology.
Offers students an opportunity to research their disability and learn how to manage their disability in a college setting.
Students have a more socially and academically integrated process.
How to Get Started: Special Admissions Checklist
PHASE 1: Complete & Submit FAMU Application for Admission
Step #1: Go to www.famu.edu and click the “APPLY NOW” link.
Step #2: Option A: Click “APPLY ONLINE”. This will allow you to submit your application for admission online.
Option B: Click “DOWNLOADABLE FORMS”, then click “UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSION APPLICATION”. This will allow you to print a hard copy of the application that can be mailed to the University.
Step #3: Look for item #12 on the application. Put a check in the box which states “I wish to request special admission consideration due to a documented disability”.
*This step is extremely important. If this item is not marked, your application will not be referred for special admission consideration. Your application will be reviewed with the standard University entrance criteria, and may be at risk of being denied.
Step #4: Complete the application in its entirety. This includes the PERSONAL STATEMENT and ESSAY. Without these items, your application will be incomplete and the review process halted.
Step #5: Submit the application immediately upon completion.
Step #6: Submit the application to the Office of Admissions by April 1st. The CeDAR will not review applications forwarded from Admissions after May 1st.
PHASE 2: Submit High School Transcripts & College Entrance Test Scores
Step #1: See your High School Guidance Counselor or Registrar and request an official transcript be sent to FAMU.
Step #2: Contact the appropriate testing agency and request that your test scores be sent to FAMU. Please note – the Admissions Office will not accept copies or faxes of test scores. The scores must come directly from the testing organization.
If you took or are taking the SAT, contact:
College Entrance Examination Board P.O. Box 592 Princeton, NJ 08540 www.collegeboard.com SAT Code: 5215
If you took or are taking the ACT, contact:
American College Testing Program P.O. Box 168 Iowa City, IA 52240 www.act.org ACT Code: 0726
Step #3: Be sure to submit high school transcripts and test scores to the FAMU Office of Admissions. The review of your application will be held up without these documents, and may put you at risk of being denied.
PHASE 3: Submit Letters of Recommendation & Disability Documentation
Step #1: Ask at least two teachers, counselors, and/or mentors to write you a letter of recommendation.
Step #2: Speak with your ESE liaison and/or guidance counselor to provide you with a copy of your disability documentation.
Step #3: Submit the letters of recommendation and disability documentation to the address provided below. These documents must be received in order to complete the review process. Failing to submit these documents will hold the review and may put you at risk of being denied.
Jovany Felix Center for Disability Access & Resources 667 Ardelia Court Tallahassee, FL 32307
PHASE 4: Apply for Federal Financial Aid
Step #1: Go to www.fafsa.ed.gov
Step #2: Follow the steps for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. *If you are a dependent of your parents, be sure to have their income tax information available. You will need this to complete the application. Florida A&M University’s school code is 001480.
Step #3: When applying for financial aid you must complete the application for the CURRENT AND the NEXT school year.
For example, if you applied for the Fall 2014 term, if given special admission, your first term will be Summer 2014. The summer term is considered a part of the CURRENT academic year. The Fall 2014 semester is considered the NEXT school year.
If you will need financial aid during the summer term, you must complete the FAFSA for the CURRENT school year.
Step#4: If you will be using a 3rd party to pay your tuition such as Vocational Rehabilitation, contact your VR Counselor immediately to get your benefits approved before you enroll.
PHASE 5: Confirm CSSI Attendance
Step #1: Once your application is approved, you will receive packets from the CeDAR and the FAMU Office of Admissions. Please carefully review the contents of each packet.
Step #2: Review the Special Admissions Guidelines in the CeDAR packet. Your acceptance to the University will be provisional. You must attend the CeDAR College Study Skills Institute (CSSI) during the summer before continued enrollment is granted.
Step #3: Complete and sign the forms and contracts in each packet and submit the documents to the appropriate office.
Step #4: Submit the CSSI fees in the form of a cashier’s check, money order, or credit card along with the completed forms to the CeDAR.
Step #5: Be sure to submit CSSI fees and other confirmation forms by the stated deadline or the provisional admission will be revoked. No EXCEPTIONS.
PHASE 6: Secure On-Campus Housing
Step #1: Once you are admitted, you will be allowed to secure on-campus housing. Contact the FAMU Housing Department at www.famu.edu/housing about various housing options.
Step #3: Complete the housing application and submit a deposit for the Summer B term. Typically summer residents will reside in Palmetto North, Palmetto South, or Palmetto Phase 3 apartments. Submit the housing application and the deposit as soon as possible. Housing is at a premium, and operates on a first come-first served basis. You must give a deposit in order to secure housing.
PHASE 7: Register for New Student Orientation
Step #1: Go to www.famu.edu
Step #2: Select Students (Located on the left)
Step #3: Select Prospective Students (second link, located on left)
Step #4: Select Student Orientation (located in the middle & near the bottom of page)
Step #6: To register for orientation, select the Summer B Freshman Orientation Registration Instructions.
All incoming freshman are required to attend orientation. The fees for orientation are as follows: $90.00 for Students; $80.00 for Parents; $30.00 for children (10 & Under)
Your orientation will not be complete if at minimum, the student fee of $90.00 is not paid.
*Fees are subject to change.
PHASE 8: Complete FAMU Summer Financial Aid Application
Step #1: Go to www.famu.edu/financialaid
Step #2: Select Summer School Financial Aid
Step #3: Complete the required documents as prescribed for Summer Financial Aid. Please do this as early as possible to avoid late processing of your financial aid.
PHASE 9: Submit Immunization Records
Step #1: Go to www.famu.edu/shs and Review the University’s Immunization requirements as listed by Student Health Services.
Step #2: Contact your family physician and get copies of your immunization records. If you do not have the required immunizations, make an appointment with your local health care provider to get them done ASAP. Step #3: Complete the University Medical History Form. This form should be in the Admissions packet. It is also available at www.famu.edu/shs on the Immunizations web page.
Step #4: Submit the Medical History Form and Immunizations to Student Health Services. This can be done by mail or by fax. Please remember to keep copies for your records.
Step #5: Confirm with Student Health Services that your records were received. Document date, time and person you spoke with. It is important that your immunizations are on file with the University to avoid having a hold on your registration for classes.
PHASE 10: Begin CeDAR ART Program
Step #1: Attend and successfully complete the College Study Skills Institute.
Step #2: Complete the requirements outlined in the CeDAR ART Program Guidelines.