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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.

Program information submitted: February 25, 2021

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: 34
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: 2/1/2021
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-23
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 25.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 88.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $20910.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $28600.00
Room and board: $12490.00
Program fees: $12220.00
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)
  • Adult intellectual/developmental disability state agency funds
  • Local School District 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
More about course access:

Students take university courses on a non-credit basis.

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:

We provide our students courses in Foundational Academics such as math, writing, reading, banking and budgeting, as well as soft skills such as self-regulation, independent living skills, and a course on human sexuality and relationship fundamentals.

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: 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
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 2%
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:
  • Inclusive on 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:

Pep band, Student Council as a non-voting member, other student organizations based on self-interest