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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 James Collins
Phone (262) 472-1905
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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.

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: 9
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: January 1st
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: 18-25
Accepts out-of-state students?: Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $24000.00
Room and board: $8000.00
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
  • Federal Financial Aid
Students take these types of "typical" courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for credit
More about course access: Students take at least one typical college course per semester.
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: Daily living skills, employment skills, and communication/social skills.
Percentage of academic time spent only with other students in this program: About half the time
Other career development activities are:
  • Volunteer work
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: 50%
Students have participated in these social/extracurricular activities and organizations: Students can join any of the student organizations that are offered on campus.