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The Mason LIFE Program

The Mason LIFE Program
George Mason University
The Mason LIFE Program
4400 University Drive
MS 1F2
Fairfax, VA 22030
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Program Contact Stephanie Atkins, Office Manager
Phone 703.993.3905

The Mason LIFE Program is an innovative post-secondary program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who desire a university experience in a supportive academic environment. The mission of the Mason LIFE Program is a dual purpose: the first is to provide a supportive academic environment for our students with intellectual and developmental disabilities; the second is to supply an apprenticeship for George Mason University students.

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: 53
Deadline to apply to this program: January 13, 2017
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-23
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Developmental disabilities
Program length: 4 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 43%
Retention rate: 86%
Tuition amount: $20,500.00
Room and board: $10,350.00
Program specific fees: $11,750.00
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
  • Grant Funding
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities):
  • Typical college courses for audit
  • Typical Continuing Education courses
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Students take literature, writing, reading, and math classes that are specific for Mason LIFE students.  They also take classes in banking, mindfulness, and human sexuality and relationships. 

Time spent only with other students in this program: Between half the time and 75% of the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 75%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 75%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

The certificate of completion includes an area of work specialty

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Specialized on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

There are daily after program activities as well as weekend activities available for our students. Our students also participate in Best Buddies, Special Olympics, Greek Life, and Student Senate.

Last updated: Friday, March 6, 2020 - 09:00