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MSU LIFE Scholars

MSU LIFE Scholars
Montana State University
MSU LIFE Scholars
Montana State University, 311 Reid Hall
Po Box 173370
Bozeman, MT 59717
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Program Contact Christy Sofianek
Phone 406-994-3114

The three-year MSU LIFE Scholars program provides students with intellectual and developmental disabilities a fully inclusive college experience. A non-degree, LIFE Scholars Certificate will be awarded to students upon successful completion of requirements in academics, campus engagement, career development, independence and self-determination.

Program information submitted a year or more ago

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: 8
Deadline to apply to this program: rolling admissions
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: Varies from student to student
Additional costs: $918.99

Student Access Fee (418.99) and Program Fee of $500 per semester.

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

Students can choose to take classes from either Montana State University or Gallatin College

Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion (details pending)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
We offer the following specialized credentials:

Students identify a career pathway during the first year of the program and audit classes and participate in internships to gain knowledge and experience in their chosen career. The MSU LS Certificate will be awarded to students upon successful completion of the requirements in academics, campus engagement and career development, as well as self-determination and independent living.

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: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: None of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Joining a writing club, working out at the fitness center, eating in the dining halls, attending movies and campus events, attending sporting events