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Postsecondary Autism Support Services (PASS) Program



*** Launching Fall 2018 ***


**** Priority Applications Due: March 31st, 2018 ****

2018-2019 Application (please click)



The PASS program is a comprehensive program developed to support the needs of University of Tennessee students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (including Asperger’s). The PASS program was piloted over a year ago through the KLASS Center and is now gearing up to accept students. Applicants to the program must be enrolled or accepted as degree-seeking students at the University of Tennessee.

Program Components / Services

The PASS program is comprised of four components: (1) A two-hour weekly credit bearing course that incorporates a structured curriculum for students to develop and practice necessary academic and life skills; (2) one-hour weekly of individualized, hands-on support; (3) peer mentoring, and (4) collaboration with faculty/staff/parents (with appropriate releases). All services will be provided by advanced doctoral students and/or interns in School Psychology under close supervision by the KLASS Center’s licensed psychologists. Students enrolled in the program may continue (with satisfactory progress) in subsequent years without re-applying.

Program Fees*

*Note: Program fees have not been officially set. Final program fees are to be determined and approved by the University by the end of the fiscal year. Please contact us at for more information.

Application Process

To be considered for fall enrollment, the student and family are highly encouraged to submit all application materials by the application deadline. Potential students are encouraged to begin the admission process as early as possible (applications available November 1st).

When all application materials for a student are received, a student’s application packet will be reviewed by the PASS program staff. If the student is a possible candidate, the family will be invited to campus for a visit. This visit allows both parties to evaluate the fit of the student and the program. During this visit, potential students will be informed about college expectations, the support provided by the PASS program, and the commitment expected by student and family members.

Students may be admitted into the PASS program on an ongoing basis, but space is limited. An evaluation of an individual’s overall abilities and interests determines if there is a good match between student and program. 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. It is anticipated that only five to six students will be accepted for the upcoming year.

An application to the PASS program is considered “complete” and will be accepted only if it includes:

  • A current (within the last 3 years) psychological/psychoeducational evaluation showing an autism spectrum diagnosis;
  • High school transcripts
  • For students who have previous college experience: an unofficial transcript from that institution, or other documents that detail classes taken and grades earned.
  • The completed application
  • The completed personal essay

Admission to the PASS program does not guarantee admission to the University of Tennessee. Applications to the University and to the PASS program are separate processes.


APPLICATION (Available November 1st)




If you have questions, please email or call 865-974-6177.

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