2022/2023 Application Deadline: March 1, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

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Students must:

  • be at least 18 years of age.

  • have completed all of their high school requirements.

  • identify as an individual with an intellectual /developmental disability.**

  • be able to follow the MSU Student Code of Conduct.
  • have basic independence skills.**
  • be able to independently care for their personal hygiene.
  • have a strong desire to attend college!


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On-campus housing is available on a limited basis for individuals with strong independent living skills.  Interested students may inquire about current availability by contacting the program director.  


The cost to attend the MSU LIFE Scholars Program includes MSU tuition and fees and a $500/semeseter program fee. Students are also required to pay the ASMSU and athletic fees ($206) so they have full student access.  The number of classes a student chooses to enroll in will determine the overall cost.  Many students also elect to purchase a meal plan.  The MSU housing costs will apply to any LIFE Scholar who lives in the dorms.

Student payment options may include private pay, scholarships, grants, vocational rehabilitation benefits and social security work incentives. Students may apply for Federal financial aid, namely Pell grants, through the FAFSA process.