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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
Program Contact Email
Phone 843-349-2665
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

The Coastal Carolina LIFE Program is a four-year, tuition-based, inclusive postsecondary education and transition program for young adults who have a mild to moderate intellectual and/or developmental disability (full-scale IQ of 70 or below). The program emphasizes student independence and personal development. LIFE students learn choice-making along with academic, communication, self-advocacy, and financial literacy skills. The Coastal Carolina LIFE Program addresses five key areas: Academic Instruction Career Education and Training Independent Living Social and Community Engagement Personal development.

Program information submitted: March 29, 2022

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: 32
School district or agency partner: none
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: Rolling Admissions - closed when all spaces are filled
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: 47.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 80.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $16180.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $16180.00
Room and board: $9200.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $300.00

Lab fees associated with academic courses

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
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

LIFE Extreme Need Scholarship - based on unmet financial need

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:

Students enroll in at least four inclusive university courses for audit

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

Career Readiness, Independent Living, Self-advocacy, Disability Rights

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
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career 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: 42%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

on campus job shadowing and job try outs, volunteer positions, full-time internships paid/unpaid

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 may choose to live off-campus in an apartment of their choosing as seniors

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