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Ready For Life at Ferris State University (RFLA@FSU)

Ready For Life at Ferris State University (RFLA@FSU)
Ferris State University
Ready For Life at Ferris State University (RFLA@FSU)
1201 S. State Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
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Program Contact Emily Perton
Program Contact Email
Phone (616)248-3775
Website Program website

Through a partnership with Ferris State University, Ready For Life Academy(RFLA) has a local presence on their campus in Big Rapids, Michigan. This provides post-secondary educational experiences for college-aged individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.
Each student begins the program by building a student-centered learning plan to develop realistic learning objectives, and identify areas of natural talent to be further developed. Based on the student’s interests and abilities the College or University offers non-credit earning classes which are intentionally selected for the RFLA students to attend. The curriculum used at RFLA focuses on transition skills to help students gain independence and job skills.
RFLA provides support systems to ensure each student is provided the resources they need to succeed in a college environment. Each of our instructors at RFLA is engaged to assist each student in daily personal planning, and partners with Ferris State University professors to adapt the academic materials from the college courses each student is taking. College students also volunteer as academic and social mentors to RFLA students as an additional support.
RFLA students are also supported to attend engage in campus life through access to all campus activities and clubs.

Program information submitted: March 30, 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
  • Are still enrolled in high school
Number of students: 6
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 15
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
  • Minimum 3rd grade reading level, Minimum 2nd grade math computation skills, Computer skills, and ability to write or dictate a 5 sentence paragraph.
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 3 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 100.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance: first year of the program, no retention data at this time.
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $17000.00
Room and board: $10000.00
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
Scholarships available: Ready For Life has a tuition assistance fund that all admitted students are able to apply for.
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
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
More about course access: Students are able to enroll in classes for audit or credit depending on their registration status. They choose from 100 and 200 level courses and take a minimum of 6 credits/semester.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Each semester students take 4 credits of Ready For Life specific course work in the areas of independent living, employment, personal finance or relationships.
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
Other than the credential listed above, can students earn any other credentials that are available to all students? students can earn certificates from various Ferris State University Certificate programs:
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)
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 100%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Additional information about career development and work experience: All students are employed in student jobs on campus
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
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
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Graduation