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Welcome to Access Plus, NSU's Supported College Program for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

This program provides services to academically capable students to support academic achievement, independent living skills, and campus life engagement opportunities. Students in this program must meet the NSU's admission requirements as determined by the program of application.

Access Plus Services

  • A 2-hour, daily study hall, staffed by peer mentors under the supervision of the program administrator that meets Monday through Friday
  • Assistance in supporting and maintaining appropriate structure to the student's day and the supervision of assignments through completion
  • Residential supports through the training of Residential Advisors assigned to the on campus living spaces of Access Plus students
  • Support to participate in and enjoy extracurricular activities thereby being involved in the overall college experience including campus clubs, organizations and social events.
  • Assistance in planning weekend activities on campus and in the community to ensure that these students have as typical a college experience as possible.
  • Weekly psycho-educational groups will be offered to students to focus on information exchange, skill building, and reflection and discussion regarding individual progress.
The fee for Access Plus is $9,644 per semester. This is in addition to Nova Southeastern University’s tuition schedule for undergraduate programs.

Criteria for Acceptance to Access Plus

Applicants must meet NSU’s admission requirements as determined by the program of application.

An admissions team for the Access Plus program will review each student application to make decisions about which students will have a high likelihood of being successful at NSU through the Access Plus program.

How to Apply

  1. Fill out the Access Plus Application Packet.
  2. Submit the following with your application:
    • Current (within the past 12 months) evaluations in the areas of cognition including intelligence (ex.Wechsler Scales of Intelligence (WISC or WAIS), Stanford Binet etc.);
    • Evidence of academic achievement in the form of grades and standardized achievement tests; (ex. Woodcock-Johnson Achievement);
    • Adaptive behavior measures completed by school personnel and family members (ex. Adaptive Behavior Assessment System, Vineland etc.);
    • Phone interviews with high school or college personnel; and
    • School behavior intervention plans letters of support from current teachers
    • Letters of support from current teachers
  3. Complete an in-person, on-campus interview. To schedule an interview, please contact Maribel Del Rio-Roberts at (954) 262-8529.


Maribel Del Río-Roberts, Psy.D.

Associate Professor

Department of Human Services

(954) 262-8529


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