DePaul offers COLLEGE for chronically ill students

Discussion in 'Lyme Disease Archives' started by victoria, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    I don't know how many are aware of this, but DePaul U., based in Chicago, offers classes (you can go totally online, or locally, or combined online/attending actual classes) designed specifically to enable those with chronic illness (CF/FM and lyme included) get a college degree. There are also links to grants/scholarships based on needs due to illnesses --

    The Chronic Illness Initiative (CII) provides access to higher education for students who have chronic illness. Students who struggle with illnesses that unpredictably increase and decrease in severity such as asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis, or illnesses with frequent hospitalizations such as cancer or heart disease, may have found it difficult, if not impossible, to meet the requirements of a conventional college program.

    At the School for New Learning (SNL), staff and faculty work every day with students who have complex lives. They are compassionate and committed to helping CII students achieve their educational goals.

    The CII offers services to students with chronic illness so they may complete SNL requirements and earn a DePaul University degree. A chronic illness is one that typically involves waxing and waning symptoms that interfere with the student’s ability to physically engage successfully in a college program.

    Students with illnesses that can better be served by the PLuS program (for students with learning disabilities), or the Office of Students with Disabilities will be referred to those programs. Whether or not a student is appropriate for the CII program is based on a determination by CII program officials that the individual facts and circumstances fit the supports offered by the program. Contact Us

    - Buddy Program: New students are connected with a current SNL student who can answer questions, serve as a mentor and provide support.

    - CII Student Handbook: This handbook describes the CII program in more detail and outlines program policies. (Microsoft Word required).

    Other Program Features

    - No Minimum Requirements: Students may take as many or as few courses as they can handle. There is no limit on the length of time to complete a degree. A student may also be inactive for a quarter or more if necessary. Note: Financial aid does have course load and time length requirements.

    - Informed Faculty and Staff: Faculty and staff receive regular information about the CII and its policies.

    - Access to all University services, including Financial Aid, Career Counseling and the Office of Students with Disabilities.

    - Distance Education: CII students have the option to earn an undergraduate degree without ever visiting campus.

    - Symposium: An annual Symposium on Chronic Illness and Postsecondary Education. Download Information (Word required)

    - Inside Track: This program is designed for students with chronic illness, ages 18-23, who are interested in earning a degree or who would like to explore the college experience within the supportive environment of the Chronic Illness Initiative. It allows students to participate fully in all aspects of the DePaul experience and share access to the same services. In addition, these students receive assistance to help their transition into a college environment, develop self-determination and self-advocacy skills, and acquire the abilities necessary to complete the degree program.

    Inside Track includes Learning Assessment Seminar, LL 150 Academic Writing for Adults, LL 155 Critical Thinking, FA 363 Advocacy and Self Determination, and LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning. All these courses apply to the degree.

    To apply for the SNL program, please download and complete (an) application

    To join the CII, you must first be an SNL student or currently applying to SNL. There are three steps to sign up:

    1. Send an email to with the following information:
    - Your name
    - Preferred Email
    - Address(es)
    - Phone number(s)
    - Student ID number
    - Source via which you heard about the CII
    - Nature of your illness(es)
    - Any particular accommodations you believe you will need.
    - A statement to the effect that you have read the term interruption policies of the CII in the CII Handbook and understand them.

    2. Request that your medical professional send a letter to the CII confirming your illness and describing the symptoms for which you may need accommodations. The letter should be mailed to The Chronic Illness Initiative, School for New Learning, DePaul University, Suite 200, 25 E. Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60604.

    3. Complete and sign the HIPAA release form, and fax or email it to the CII advisor.

    Please email with any questions or comments you may have.

    Apply for the Chronic Illness Scholarship (one-time award of $500 - $1,500 for tuition-only assistance):
    If you have a disabling chronic illness,
    If you are enrolled (or are in the process of enrolling) in the School for New Learning
    If you have a sincere desire to continue your education
    If you have the capacity to do well in college
    If you demonstrate courage and character in your response to the challenge of ongoing disability.
    If you demonstrate financial need.

    If granted an award, you must:
    Successfully complete Learning Assessment Seminar
    Be admitted to baccalaureate degree-seeking status.

    See also other Chronic Illness Scholarships


    Hope this offers help and hope to the many who have had their lives interrupted...

    all the best,

    [This Message was Edited on 01/01/2008]
  2. mollystwin

    mollystwin New Member

    It's nice to know that this is available.

    Thanks Victoria!
  3. redsox10

    redsox10 New Member

    Thanks Victoria.. I am going to check it out.