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Pacer LIFE

Pacer LIFE
University of South Carolina Aiken
Pacer LIFE
471 University Parkway
Business & Education 204A
Aiken, SC 29801
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Program Contact Melissa Martin
Phone 803-641-3381
Website Program website
Facebook link to program Facebook page

Pacer LIFE is a two-year postsecondary program that will (1) serve students with intellectual disabilities; (2) provide individual supports and services; (3) focus on academic and social inclusion; (4) provide access and skills for gainful employment; (5) integrate person-centered planning; and (6) offer a meaningful credential. Students will live on campus in apartment-style dorms with the support of a resident assistant and participate in all aspects of college life.

Program information submitted: July 28, 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: 0
This program will be serving students in: 2023-2024
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: December 1
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length 2 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $24943.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $25814.00
Room and board: $9182.00
Additional costs: $0.00
Students will need a bank account with some funds (about $3,000 per year) to purchase needed items (e.g., groceries).
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Pending (we have applied to become a CTP but have not yet been approved)
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available: We are working with our Advancement office on campus to develop scholarships for students (in anticipation of the 2023 start of the program).
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: We are not starting until 2023, but all Pacer LIFE students will enroll in at least one inclusive college course each semester.
Did ALL students in your program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course either for credit or audit? Yes
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students enroll in Pacer LIFE coursework each semester. These courses are related to functional academics, daily living skills, and employment.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) 50-74%
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
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: The PACER Credential (Promoting Academic, Community, & Employment Readiness)
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Do students earn STEM-related certificates? No
Students participate in these campus-wide events
  • IHE Student orientation
  • IHE Family orientation
  • IHE Graduation
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Additional information about career development and work experience Students will enroll in Pacer LIFE coursework related to job training and receive 1:1 job coaching. Employment may be on campus or in the community and will be a combination of unpaid and paid work.
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:
  • Specialized on campus
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Student government
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Study abroad
  • Fraternities/sororities