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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
Program Contact Email
Phone 803-641-3381
Website Program website
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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: January 30, 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
This program will BEGIN serving students in: 2023-2024
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: December 1
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • OHI, VI, HI
Program length: 2 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $471.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $907.00
Room and board: $4591.00
Program fees: $24000.00
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Scholarships available:

Internal scholarships will be available soon.

Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for credit
  • Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students will complete LIFE coursework about independent and daily living skills.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Promoting Academic, Community, & Employment Readiness (PACER) Credential
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
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)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 100%
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