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Rock Life
Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
Rock Life
Bailey Library
Room 220
Slippery Rock, PA 16057
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Program Contact Zachery Brown
Program Contact Email
Phone 724 738 4877
Website Program website

Rock Life is a Slippery Rock University (SRU) four-year college-based program that provides an inclusive college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities ages 18-26 as defined by the AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). Rock Life focuses on four pillars of success:1) academic enrichment, 2) career exploration, 3) health and wellness, and 4) social engagement. Rock Life is committed to providing a robust college experience that prepares students for employment, living independence, self-advocacy, and a balanced adult life. Rock Life incorporates a combination of person-centered approaches that includes program specific coursework; auditing of selected SRU courses based on student interest; clubs and social organizations; on-campus housing; on-campus vocational opportunities; faculty advising; and peer coach support. Rock Life students who complete the four-year program will receive a certificate of completion issued by SRU. Rock life is committed to supporting the vision of SRU: “Slippery Rock University will excel as a caring community of lifelong learners connecting with the world.”

Program information submitted: January 24, 2023

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
Number of students: 12
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: 1/15/23 for fall of 2023
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
  • 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
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 95.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

We closed admission for one year to rebuild the program; we are open for fall 2023 and have accepted 8 students so far.

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $6000.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year: $8000.00
Room and board: $6500.00
Program fees: $7700.00
Additional costs:

The costs varies based on number of credits, room type, and meal plans. Our current fees are 3850.00 per semester.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
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
  • Local School District funds
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
  • Medicaid Waiver or Day Habilitation funds
Scholarships available:

Federal and Personal Savings that are Typical for our Students: Pell Eligible based on FAFSA (we are a CTE program), 529 college savings

Rock Life Specific/Students with Disabilities: OVR: on average $2,500 per semester per student (could be as high as $5,500) PA Able (many families have savings for their students with disabilities) PA waivers 

Various Scholarships from local agencies: County agencies, Dream is a scholarship that all students in Rock Life can apply for: D.R.E.A.M. Partnership Scholarship Program - D.R.E.A.M. Partnership ( 

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:

All of our courses are inclusive and all students will audit courses at SRU.

Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 100%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of completion for SRU
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
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: 20%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 15%
Additional information about career development and work experience:

Several on-campus work experiences available

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
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
  • Fraternities/sororities
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation