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Tigers Learning Independence Fostering Employment and Education
The University of Memphis
Tigers Learning Independence Fostering Employment and Education
100 Ball Hall
Memphis, TN 38152
Program Contact Maurice Williams
Phone 901-678-4303

The University of Memphis TigerLIFE Postsecondary Education Program is a 60 hour program culminating in a Certificate in Career and Community Studies. Participation in the Tiger LIFE program provides students with an option for continuing their education beyond high school to increase employment opportunities. The program provides an individualized program of study in the areas of academic, social, vocational and independent living skills for students ages 18-29 with intellectual disabilities. The TigerLIFE program offers its program on a semesterly rotation, allowing students to start the program in the fall, spring or summer of any academic year.

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? Yes
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 80
Description of our summer transition program:
Deadline to apply to this program: Listed at program website
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-29
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 65%
Retention rate: 90%
Additional costs: $600.00

Costs associated with meals, student activities and transportation to school and other campus events.

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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Funds
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

The state of TN offers all high school graduates that are admitted to TN IPSE programs a $1,750.00 scholarship for up to fours depending on eligibility.

Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

TigerLIFE students attend a rotation of work-based training classes that they attend with their university student mentors, university student job coaches and university behavior specialists who assist in the development of the skills needed to become independent and employment ready.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate in Career and Community Services
The credential(s) is/are: Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 5%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Percent of students in this program that had paid work after exiting the program: 65%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

The TigerLIFE program assists students in gaining certification in several employment sectors; personal care assistants, logistical warehouse safety and certifications in forklift driver, food handlers certification and environmental and industrial custodial services.

Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Last updated: Monday, October 8, 2018 - 10:39