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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
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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 provided the opportunity to participate in campus activities and attend sporting events free of charge, with a level of support system.

Program information submitted: March 16, 2021

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: 0
This program will be serving students in: 2021-2022
Program serves students who have left high school? Some of our students have left high school
Deadline to apply to this program: May 1, 2021
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
  • Academic level: 3rd grade
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 $14000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $14000.00
Room and board: $10800.00
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
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available: Ready For Life has a tuition assistance fund that accepted students can apply for.
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 from an interdisciplinary track of study or hospitality management track of study
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Information on special classes: Students will take core Ready For Life Academy classes in the area of: Employment, Relationships, Personal Finance, and Independent Living.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of completion from FSU in interdisciplinary studies or a certificate in hotel management
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
We offer the following specialized credentials: volunteer job internships 2-5 hours/week and paid on campus job in the summer
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
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: Students can participate in all campus activities, clubs and organizations.