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Ready for Life (Hope)

Ready for Life (Hope)
Hope College
Ready for Life (Hope)
100 East 8th street
Holland, MI 49423
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Program Contact Emily Perton
Program Contact Email
Phone (616)248-3775
Website Program website

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 College, Ready for Life is able to provide post-secondary educational experiences for college aged individuals experiencing intellectual disabilities on their campus in Holland, MI.

Program information submitted: March 30, 2022

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: 11
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
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: 75.00%
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
Room and board: $6750.00
Additional costs: $300.00
Eating on campus is an additional cost for families, it is not included in the room cost above.
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 can 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 audit
More about course access: Student audit 100 or 200 level classes that have open seats following degree seeking students registration.
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Students take 4 credits each semester that are in one or more of the following areas: relationships, independent living, employment or financial literacy.
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 25-49%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 30%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 25%
Additional information about career development and work experience: All students spend a minimum of six hours a week in job internships either paid or unpaid.
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:
  • Specialized off campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 50-74%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events: College/University's Graduation