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ClemsonLIFE Costs

ClemsonLIFE is dedicated to providing a structured, high-quality, well-supervised program focused on vocational and independent living for young adults with disabilities. The cost per-semester is listed below for the 2016/2017 school year.

ClemsonLIFE Fees (Basic Program)

The below fees are invoiced directly from the ClemsonLIFE program:

Program Fees
Covers costs associated with the ClemsonLIFE program (i.e. Operation Costs and Staff/Instructor Salaries) - $12,000

Student Budget Fees
Covers apartment groceries, laundry, attendance at sporting or theater events, field trips, etc. - $1,550

ClemsonLIFE Fees (Advanced Program)

The below fees are invoiced directly from the ClemsonLIFE program:

Program Fees
Covers costs associated with the ClemsonLIFE program (i.e. Operation Costs and Staff/Instructor Salaries) - $7,500

Student Budget Fees
Covers apartment groceries, laundry, attendance at sporting or theater events, field trips, etc. - Not applicable
*Students work in the Clemson Community and with ClemsonLIFE staff to define a budget that reflects the student's monthly income.


University Fees

The below fees are paid directly to Clemson University and are included on the University bill:

Housing (Basic Program)
Covers rent, utilities, cable and Internet. All students currently live in Lightsey Bridge II apartments on campus. - $3,350

Academic Fee (All Students)
Covers tuition fees. All students are required to enroll in a one credit hour Clemson University leisure skills class.

  • $621/credit hour for SC Residents
  • $1,485/credit hour for Non-Residents

Meal Plan (Required for Basic Program - Optional for Advanced Program)
Students may select one meal plan of their choice. (The program typically recommends the Commuter 75)
*Only one option will apply.

  • $1,010 Block 75
  • $1,610 Block 175
  • $1,840 Unlimited 100
  • $1,940 Unlimited 200
  • $2,030 Unlimited 300

Miscellaneous (All Students)

Covers additional fees including a required gym membership and other University fees such as the activity fee, matriculation fee, and technology fee. - $70

*All fees reflect the cost for Fall 2016 and are subject to change.


Financial Aid

Limited financial aid resources are available for postsecondary programs for students with intellectual disabilities. The following are resources to explore:

Federal Student Aid: Students may be eligible for Federal Pell Grants receiving up to $5,550 per year.

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department: Students may be eligible for sponsorships.

Some independent organizations and groups have offered scholarship money to select students.

Ruby's Rainbow: Our goal at Ruby's Rainbow is to grant scholarships to adults with Down Syndrome seeking postsecondary education, enrichment or vocational classes who feel that higher education is the right choice for them.

O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund: The mission of the O’Neill Tabani Enrichment Fund is to offer financial assistance to young adults with Down Syndrome – 18 and older – who are continuing to enrich their lives by taking classes or enrolling in postsecondary educational programs.

CSS Profile: The CSS form is not mandatory, but if you would like to be considered by the ClemsonLIFE Board for a scholarship you will have to fill out the form. Clemson University’s School Code is 5111. Cost for the CSS Profile is $25 for the initial application and one college or program report. Each additional college report is $16. More information can be found at: https://profileonline.collegeboard.org/prf/VignetteServlet/VignetteServlet.srv?relativePath=/profile/pdfs/1617_profile_instructions_drupal.pdf.