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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

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, academic tutors and social mentors. 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.

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: 31
School district or agency partner: none
Deadline to apply to this program: Priority Deadline: December 1st, Application Deadline: February 1st
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-24
  • Student must be their own legal guardian
  • Ability to read at a functional level (at least third-grade) Basic math skills and ability to use a calculator Ability to function independently for a sustainable period of time (at least three hours) Neither has nor exhibits a history of difficult, challenging behavior Maintains adult rights Independently exhibits desire and motivation to participate in and complete a post-secondary program Desire to become an independent adult Potential and desire to be successfully employed Must participate in work experiences and internships Emotional stability and independent desire to participate in all aspects of Coastal Carolina LIFE program and adhere to program and University policies regarding attendance and participation in the program Agree to actively participate in assessments and interviews for the purpose of personal goal setting and program improvement

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
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 40%
Retention rate: 57%
Tuition amount: $16,000.00
Room and board: $9,790.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $300.00

Books and lab/course fees - varies by course Some PALS Courses have lab fees that can be as much as $200

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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

<p>Coastal Carolina LIFE Scholarship for students with extreme financial need</p>

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access:

<p>Typical college courses for audit 2 academic courses per semester (years 1-3) 2 physical activity courses per semester (years 1-3)</p>

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

<p>Students receive individualized instruction for Reading and Mathematics, based on student need. Freshman students have cohort based courses for Orientation, Self-Determination, Citizenship, Independent Living and Career Exploration. 2nd - 3rd year students have cohort or small group based courses for Independent Living, Career Development, Social Skills, Citizen Rights &amp; Responsibilities, and Disability rights in American Government 4th year students are fully immersed in inclusive employment Cohort based courses decrease throughout the program. Small group classes are based on individual student need and students' four-year plan.</p>

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
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: 85%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

<p>Students participating in Project SEARCH will receive an employment credential, references, and a resume of their experiences in their 900 hour internship experience.</p>

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

<p>Coastal Activities Board, Student CEC, YoungLife, Hammock Club, Shark Club, Deep Sea Fishing Club, Fresh Water Fishing Club, Turtle Club, Sustainability, Green Team, Inclusive Theatre, Photography Club, Club Lacrosse, Men's Basketball Equipment Manager, Women's Basketball Equipment Manager, All campus sporting events, Housing programming and events, Multi-cultural student events, homecoming court, Conference Presentations, Buddy Walk, Special Olympics, conference attendance, bake sales, farmer's market, scorekeeping for tennis team, fund raising events, and campus tailgates,</p>

Last updated: Monday, December 7, 2020 - 14:01