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UW-Whitewater LIFE Program

UW-Whitewater LIFE Program
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
UW-Whitewater LIFE Program
800 W Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
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Program Contact Ashlea Roselle
Phone 262-472-1905

The UW-Whitewater LIFE (Learning is for Everyone) program provides a complete college experience for young adults between the ages of 18-25 who have an intellectual disability. With ample supports, specialized instruction, residential living, and community integration, the program will serve a critical need in our region and community. The program has two components, which includes a Basic Program (2 years) and an Advanced Program (2 years) that are designed to facilitate independent living and employment success for persons with significant cognitive limitations.

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
This program will be serving students in: 2019-2020
Deadline to apply to this program: April 1, 2019 for Fall admission
Requirements for admission to this program:
  • Other diploma (e.g., IEP diploma, certificate of attendance)
  • 18-25
  • Ability to function independently for a couple of hours or more Can perform basic hygiene routine independently or with minimum supports Motivation to obtain a job and to work hard to keep it Ability to adapt to change Interested in being around other people and forming friendships and professional relationships Motivation to live independently Some employment/volunteer experience
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • The primary disability should be Intellectual, however, students with additional disabilities such as Autism are welcome to apply.
Program length: 2 years
Tuition amount: $24,000.00
Room and board: $6,672.00
Program specific fees: $838.00
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)
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access:

UW-Whitewater LIFE students take one credit of college leisure skills per semester allowing them access to all UW-Whitewater student benefits. The remainder of their courses are program specific, separate classes.

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

LIFE students will also take program specific classes in Functional Academics, Employment Skills, Independent Living Skills, Safety, Self-Advocacy, Disability Awareness, among others.

Time spent only with other students in this program: About 75% of the time
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: Certificate of Completion
The credential(s) is/are:
  • Awarded by program, not officially recognized by Institute of Higher Education
  • Just for students in this program
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
  • Housing arrangement will be in inclusive on-campus in dorms with Resident Assistants who are dedicated to the LIFE program will assist supporting students during non-instructional time.
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes
Last updated: Friday, November 8, 2019 - 09:01