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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
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 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.

Program information submitted: March 16, 2021

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: 10
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 date.
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-26
  • Academic Requirement: 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: $7500.00
Additional costs:
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
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
Scholarships available: Ready For Life has a tuition assistance fund available for students to apply to once they have been accepted.
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 tracks of study to determine the college courses they will participate in.
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? No
Information on special classes: Students take four core classes each year in the areas of: personal finance, relationships, employment and independent living skills.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Enhancement certificate or a Foundational Certificate of completion.
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: 0%
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 volunteer job placement each semester for 2-5 hours each week in their area of study.
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:
  • Specialized 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 welcome to join social activities and clubs on campus.