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UL LIFE Program

UL LIFE Program
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
UL LIFE Program
PO Box 43687
Lafayette, LA 70504
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Program Contact Caroline Jurisich
Phone 337-482-9022

UL LIFE, where we believe Learning Is For Everyone!

The UL LIFE Program is a highly personalized program for young adults with intellectual disabilities. By combining academic, social, and career development skills at the college level, young adults with intellectual disabilities can become thriving members of our community. There is both a two and four-year track for students. The UL LIFE Program has three major components: academic growth, career development, and community involvement. 

LIFE students participate in functional academic classes within the LIFE program as well as audit general university courses in their area of interest. The entire program is driven by the importance of meaningful employment for the LIFE students. Their academic courses are chosen and taught to better prepare them as they enter the workforce. Students audit at least one university courses each semester.

All LIFE students receive career instruction throughout their time in the program. Students begin their first semester by taking a career exploration course taught by LIFE staff. All LIFE students, whether in the basic or advanced program, will begin their on-campus internship the fourth semester. Students who qualify for the advanced program continue their internship the remaining two years, developing more skills and gaining more independence in the workplace. Students are accompanied to their internship by a Job Coach. 

Lafayette, Louisiana is a unique community that embraces different cultures. It is important that our students become involved in this diverse community and find their own special way to contribute. We require LIFE students to spend a certain amount of time each month outside of school volunteering, taking classes, or participating in community events. 

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: 16
Deadline to apply to this program: November 1- January 12
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25 at fall start date
  • Students must have completed a high school special education program. Students with traditional high school diplomas are not eligible for UL LIFE.
Accepts out-of-state students: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
  • Other
Program length: Varies from student to student
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Percent of students applying who are admitted: 63%
Retention rate: 100%
Tuition amount: $4,900.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program specific fees: $0.00
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)
  • Tuition Waivers
  • Scholarships
  • Federal Financial Aid
Scholarships available:

Any scholarships the students seek and earn can be applied to the student's tuition balance.

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 and staff choose courses aligned with student interest and goals. LIFE students audit those courses with the assistance of an Academic Mentor. This mentor helps to modify the workload so the LIFE student can participate as fully as possible.

Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes:

Semester 1:
1) LIFE 110. Functional Academic Writing.
2) LIFE 120. Career Readiness.

Semester 2
1) LIFE 101. Personal Finance.
2) LIFE 121. Independent Living.

Semester 3
1) LIFE 210. Reading for a Purpose.
2) LIFE 220. Successful Employment.

Semester 4
1) LIFE 201. Time & Schedule Management.
2) LIFE 221. Communication Skills.
3) LIFE 230. Academic Internship.

Semester 5
1) LIFE 310. Career Writing.
2) LIFE 320. Social Skills Development.
3) LIFE 330. LIFE Career Internship.

Semester 6
1) LIFE 301. Money Management.
2) LIFE 321. Self-Advocacy.
3) LIFE 331. Vocational Internship.

Semester 7
1) LIFE 410. Using Media for a Purpose.
2) LIFE 420. Appropriate Job Etiquette.
3) LIFE 430. Professional Internship Training.

Semester 8
1) LIFE 421. Vocational Readiness.
2) LIFE 431. Professional Internship Practicum.

Classroom/academic time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% of the time and half the time
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 50%
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: 60%
We offer the following specialized credentials:

To date, no students have exited the program. When we have our first class graduation ceremony, we will offer a Certificate of Accomplishment.

Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Proportion of time spent only with other students in this program: Between 25% and half the of the time
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations:

- Sports team managers: football, softball, golf
- Nationally Recognized Sorority, religious organizations, intramural, cheer team member, University student-led mission trips.

Local Down Syndrome Association, UNIFIED Sports, Christian Youth Theatre

Last updated: Friday, February 15, 2019 - 13:10