In collaboration with Ferris State University, Ready For Life Academy (RFLA) provides
postsecondary educational experiences at Ferris' Big Rapids, Michigan campus for college-aged
individuals diagnosed with intellectual disabilities.
RFLA provides support systems to ensure each student is provided the resources they
need to succeed in the University environment. The RFLA instructor supports each student
in daily personal planning and partners with Ferris State University professors to
adapt the academic materials from the college courses each student is taking. College
students also volunteer as academic and social mentors to RFLA students.
CONTACT TONI FALK AT [email protected] TO LEARN MORE
Financial Aid/Ferris Scholarship Eligibility
The Ready For Life program is not eligible for any federal financial aid, federal
financial aid loans or private education loan options.
To receive institutional scholarships or federal student aid, students must have a
high school diploma or equivalent and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a
regular student in an eligible degree or certificate program.
Program Features and Goals
- To prepare students for paid employment and independent living
- Interaction and involvement on a college campus with same age peers
- Lifelong learning model based on students’ individual goals
- Instruction in the core areas of transition by a certified special educator
- Participation in college classes based on professor approval
- Participation in campus activities
- Volunteer job placements on campus and in the community
- Community living support services for after school support (add on service)
- Two academic years, including summers
Each student begins the program by building a student-centered learning plan to develop
realistic learning objectives and identify areas of natural talent to be further developed.
Based on the student’s interests and abilities the program offers opportunities for
the student to audit or earn college credit. The courses are intentionally selected
for the RFLA students to attend. The curriculum used at RFLA focuses on transition
skills to help students gain independence and job skills.
Ready for Life Class Descriptions
This program is not eligible for any federal financial aid, federal financial aid
loans or private education loan options.
Ready for Life Academy is looking for mentors who build reciprocal relationships with
the RFLA students each semester. We need you to assist us in our classroom, in our
college classes, in our residence halls, in the cafeteria, in clubs and organizations
and in the community. This mentorship can fulfill volunteer hours, service learning
hours and potential internships. It’s also a fantastic resume building opportunity.
To learn more, contact Toni Falk at [email protected].