READY TO BECOME A HAWKEYE? 

Visit campus

We encourage all families to visit campus before applying.

Please be sure to read the "Are we the right fit?" section as well.

UI REACH tours provide students, families, educators, transition specialists, and service providers an opportunity to experience the UI campus and explore the UI REACH Program more in depth. A campus visit is an important step in the admissions process and is required for all applicants prior to interviewing. Tours may be scheduled along with interviews as long as the completed application packet has been submitted and an invitation for an interview has been offered.

Tours are offered on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. and Fridays at 9:30 a.m.

Campus visits include an informational session about the general program with UI REACH staff and a brief campus tour led by a UI REACH student. Tours generally last 90 minutes

Complete your application

To be considered for enrollment in Fall 2020, it is best to submit your application by December 31, 2019. Preference will be given to those applicants whose completed materials are submitted prior to December 31, 2019, but applications can be submitted through March 31, 2020 in consideration for Fall 2020 admission. Please see scholarship and financial aid section below for FAFSA deadline.

The UI REACH Program utilizes an online application process. 

APPLICATION  MATERIALS:  Please download and refer to the Microsoft Office document iconApplication Process Checklist.

  1. Application fee of $40 (non-refundable) can be paid online using a credit card or by check, payable to UI REACH (see address below).
  2. General Application - to be completed by parent or guardian
  3. Skills Assessmentto be completed by parent/guardian
  4. Three references. Accepted sources are educators, service providers, case workers, or job coaches who have known the student for at least six months. Please e-mail this link to the three references of your choice: Reference Form (to copy the link, simply right click on it, select “copy hyperlink” or “copy shortcut” and paste it into your e-mail text).

  5. Intellectual Assessment. Please upload a copy of an Intellectual Assessment, less than 12 months old, or you can mail the assessment to the UI REACH office. The maximum file size for uploads is 16MB.

    If you will be scheduling the testing, please consult the Test Administrator Instructions for specific details on what is required Microsoft Office document iconTest Admin Instructions. When testing is completed, please have your provider either download the testing to (link) or mail it to the UI REACH office.

  6. Most recent high school transcript.  Please upload a copy of the applicant’s high school transcript, or you can mail it to the UI REACH office.

Please send all application materials and payments, not submitted electronically, to the following address:

    

UI REACH: Realizing Educational and Career Hopes
        S229 Lindquist Center
        College of Education
        The University of Iowa
        Iowa City, IA 52242

Following receipt and review of all required admissions materials, a campus interview may be offered.

Notification letters will be sent via email after and admissions decision has been made.

All accepted/admitted students begin the program during the Fall semester.  Families are encouraged to begin the admission process as early as possible. To be considered for Fall enrollment, the student and family are highly encouraged to submit all application materials by December 31st of the previous year.

When all application materials are received, the applicant’s file is reviewed by members of the Admissions Committee. If the student is a possible candidate, the family will be invited to campus for an interview. The interview allows the student to express his or her interests and to ask questions. Parents/guardians discuss relevant applicant information and gain a better understanding of the UI REACH Program.

Decisions about admission to the program follow a review of all information by members of the Admissions Committee. An evaluation of an applicant’s strengths, areas needing further development, motivation, and fit to what the program can offer, rather than a diagnosis or test scores, determines if an applicant will be admitted. Once admission decisions have been made, families will be notified by letter. Due to the limited space in the program, some eligible students may not be admitted.

Please call (319) 384-2127 or email reach@uiowa.edu if you have any questions.

Costs & Financing

We advise applicants interested in seeking financial assistance to pursue potential sources of funding by contacting a local bank for student loan information, a guidance counselor to learn about local scholarships, or other service providers for funding information. Need-based scholarships may be available.

UI REACH Program Costs
Billed Expenses

Program costs and fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change per the Iowa Board of Regents approval. In addition to the fees outlined below, UI REACH has a non-refundable application fee of $40 and an acceptance fee of $150. For further cost information, please contact UI REACH.

2019-2020 (current costs for UI REACH)

Related Costs Iowa Residents Non-Residents (a)
UI REACH Program Fee/Tuition $17,300 $35,400
University Student Fees $1,533 $1,533
Room and 20-meals/week plan $10,855 $10,855
Other Estimated Expenses $600 $600
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Estimated Total $30,288 $48,388
  1. UI REACH follows the University policy on classification for residency.

Paying UI REACH Fees

A non-refundable $40 Application Fee must be paid online at the time of submitting all application materials.

A non-refundable $150 Acceptance Fee (fee change as of July 1, 2019) is due at the time of enrollment to confirm a student's place in the program.

The Application and Acceptance Fees can be paid online using a credit card. If you have questions regarding fees or payment, please contact UI REACH at reach@uiowa.edu or call us at 319.384.2127.

Individual and corporate donations have been earmarked as scholarship funds for UI REACH students. Limited need-based scholarships are available for qualifying UI REACH students.

To apply for a needs-based UI REACH Scholarship, a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will need to be completed and submitted to The University of Iowa prior to March 1 to be considered for the following academic year. Please note that UI REACH requires an earlier deadline than FAFSA. Please refer to the  UI REACH Specific FAFSA Instructions when completing the FAFSA. The FAFSA is available beginning on October 1st each year.

Completing the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov is easy, secure, and fast. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 319-384-2127or the Federal Student Aid Information Center at 1-800-4-FED-AID FREE.

Scholarship award decisions are made in late spring by the Scholarship Committee. Families will receive a decision letter by mail. This scholarship award is contingent on the student's successful completion of each semester. In the event that a UI REACH scholarship recipient is unable to complete a semester, he or she will need to repay the scholarship amount.

Financial Statement

As part of the enrollment process, applicants for UI REACH must submit evidence of adequate support to cover the costs of one full year of participation in UI REACH. Once the student is offered a place in the Program, the student’s admission cannot be finalized without proper certification of financial ability to provide support. This information is requested annually for continuation in the UI REACH Program.

Billing Information

At the beginning of each semester (in August and January), the student will receive an email notice that their electronic University Bill (U-Bill)  is ready to be viewed.  The U-Bill will reflect the total contracted charges, which include UI REACH Program fees, University fees, and room and board for the semester.

Payments should be sent directly to the University Billing Office. The first bill is available to view on the student's U-Bill account on August 1st with payment due on August 22nd. An updated U-Bill statement is available each month through the student's U-Bill account.

U-Bills can be accessed by parents via the MyUI system once a guest account is set-up. The UBill and MyUI Guest Account information is introduced during summer orientation.