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Ready for Life (Calvin)

Ready for Life (Calvin)
Calvin University
Ready for Life (Calvin)
3201 Burton SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Program Contact Emily Perton
Phone 616-248-3775

To educate and empower adults with developmental disabilities by providing a supportive and structured college experience to help each individual achieve their greatest level of independence and promote inclusion. In partnership with Calvin University, Ready for Life provides post-secondary educational experiences for college aged individuals experiencing cognitive, learning, or social disabilities on their campus in Grand Rapids, MI.

Program information submitted: February 26, 2021

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 17
Summer program name Summer Living Experience
Description of our summer transition program: To provide individuals with intellectual disabilities supported exposure to living independently in an apartment complex in order to prepare them to attend college or take the next step in their independent living journey. Skills Covered: roommate relationships, cooking, shopping, cleaning, laundry, budgeting, public transportation, uber transportation, college campus awareness, socializing, healthy living, connection to community, etc.
Summer program link: Summer Living Experience
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 15 of the year prior to start year
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
  • Academic Ability: 3rd grade level.
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
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 80.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $18250.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $18250.00
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)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
Scholarships available: Ready For Life has a tuition assistance program.
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
More about course access: Students choose from 6 different concentrations for their college courses.
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 take courses taught by Ready For Life staff in the following four core areas: personal finance, relationships, independent living and employment.
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: Comprehensive Postesecondary Education at Calvin University or Life and Career Studies at Calvin University
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 25%
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: Students have a job internship on or off campus each semester for 2-5 hours a week.
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
  • Inclusive off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of social time spent only with other students in this program: 25%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Students are able to participate in all campus clubs, organization and activities. They are not able to compete in sports.