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Coastal Carolina LIFE

Coastal Carolina LIFE
Coastal Carolina University
Coastal Carolina LIFE
P.O. Box 261954
Prince Building, Room 123
Conway, SC 29528
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Program Contact Cheryl Morgan
Phone 843.349.4046
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This cohort-structured program currently has 31 students enrolled and accepts 10 to 12 students each year during Fall semester. LIFE facilitates and supports each student's full inclusion within the campus community, both academically and socially, by utilizing natural campus supports, tutors, mentors, residential coaches. First year LIFE students may choose to live on-campus in traditional freshman housing with live-in supports , and move to apartment style campus housing in sophomore year with live-in supports. In Junior year, students are living in apartment style campus housing with drop-in supports. Students in their senior year may choose to live on or off campus without residential support. Seniors also have the opportunity to participate in full-time internships embedded in an inclusive employment setting, through Project SEARCH, an award winning transition-to-work program.  Students who choose not to participate in Project SEARCH have opportunities to participate in paid or unpaid internships that align with their career goals. Successful completion of the program provides students with the skills to pursue and obtain meaningful employment at prevailing wage, and to  live independently.

Program information submitted: March 15, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 29
School district or agency partner: none
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: Rolling Admissions
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
  • The student is not under guardianship
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 91.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: Students who have discipline reports from high school, who do not have intellectual/developmental disabilities, or who have Full Scale IQ score above 69 are not considered for admissions. Three students chose not to return for fall 2020 due to concerns regarding Covid-19. Typically, students who do not finish the program are leaving for financial, health, or behavior reasons.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $16315.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $0.00
Room and board: $9502.00
Additional costs: $300.00
books, lab fees
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: LIFE Program Extreme Financial Need Scholarship Students with Down Syndrome –; Students with Autism – https:
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students choose two academic courses of their choice from the undergraduate course catalog
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? No
Information on special classes: Independent Living Career Development Self-advocacy, Self-determination, Disability Rights, Disclosure
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Coastal Carolina LIFE Certificate
Is the credential IHE-approved? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? Yes
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%