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Ready for Life

Ready for Life
Hope College
Ready for Life
3250 28th street SE
Suite 102
Kentwood, MI 49512
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Program Contact Emily Perton
Phone 616.248.3775

To educate and empower adults with developmental disabilities by providing a supportive and structured college experience in order to help each individual achieve their greatest level of independence and promote inclusion. Through the generosity of Hope and Calvin College, Ready for Life is able to provide post-secondary educational experiences for college aged individuals experiencing cognitive, learning, or social disabilities on their campus in Holland, MI and Grand Rapids, MI.

Public or private: Private
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: 24
Deadline to apply to this program: April 15
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • 18-26
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: 73%
Retention rate: 88%
Tuition amount: $18,250.00
Room and board: $950.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $300.00

Lunch plan on campus for eating lunch with peers.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? No
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District funds
Scholarships available:

<p>Ready For Life has a tuition assistance fund that students can apply for once they are admitted to the program.</p>

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students take classes in the following core areas:

Personal Finance



Independent Living

Lifetime Management

Belonging in Community

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: 23%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 50%
We offer the following specialized credentials:


Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Less than 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

Sororities and fraternities: unofficial siblings

Sports teams: managers

Radio station: co-host

Student Activities Committee: Volunteers

Theater Department: Crew

Bible Study: Members

Intramural Sports: Members


Last updated: Tuesday, October 20, 2020 - 16:35