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Coastal Carolina LIFE

Coastal Carolina LIFE
Coastal Carolina University
Coastal Carolina LIFE
100 Tom Trout Drive
Prince Building, Room 123
Conway, SC 29528
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Program Contact Cheryl L Morgan
Program Contact Email
Phone 843.349.4046
Website Program website
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Coastal Carolina LIFE is an individualized, residential, non-degree program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program provides supports in the following areas:

Academic Instruction

Career Education and Training

Independent Living

Social and Community Engagement

The program’s philosophy is founded on inclusion, integration, and individualization based on each student’s interests and support needs. Coastal Carolina LIFE students have access to opportunities offered to other CCU students such as participation in CCU courses, on-campus housing, student organizations, sporting events, work study, and commencement.

Program information submitted: January 12, 2023

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: 35
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: February 1
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • Age range: 18-24
  • 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: 65.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 77.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $16690.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $16690.00
Room and board: $11455.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs:
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
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Freshman through Junior students are required to take two college courses of their own choosing each semester. The courses chosen align with a career path or area of interest. Students are also required to participate in two Physical Activity courses each semester.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: LIFE Students participate in a progression of Independent Living courses and skills labs, along with career readiness courses.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? Servsafe, Home Maintenance, CPR. Coastal Carolina LIFE Students can also enroll in certificate programs with our local Technical College.
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 100%
Additional information about career development and work experience: Students participate in a series of courses to prepare them for employment. In addition, students volunteer and work on campus in paid and unpaid experiences. Students in their senior year at CCU LIFE participate in full-time internships in integrated work settings, gaining 900 hours of work experience in at least three different settings within the host businesses.
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
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation