The CarolinaLIFE™ Program welcomes you to the University of South Carolina! This is an innovative, two-to-four year, postsecondary program for students with intellectual or cognitive disabilities. We offer students the opportunity to experience college life through inclusive participation in academic, social, employment, and independent living activities. Our program is based on the needs, interests, and preferences of our students.



The mission of the CarolinaLIFE™ Program is to facilitate high achievement of diverse learners in the areas of personal independence, self-sufficiency, and empowerment through inclusive teaching, research, creative activity, and services.


Financial Aid

CarolinaLIFE™ at the University of South Carolina is one of the nation’s first Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Programs. Our students are NOW ELIGIBLE to participate in the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Work-Study (FWS), and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) programs.


Applying to CarolinaLIFE™

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2015 admission. For more information about the application process and printable forms,  please access the Admission page. The deadline for application to CarolinaLIFE™ is March 1, 2015.


Support CarolinaLIFE™ Program

The CarolinaLIFE™ program is supported entirely through our students’ tuition. We have a strong commitment to making this program accessible to all students. Please access the Frank and Frankie McGuire Fund page for more information on how to help support this program.


Order a T-shirt

Support our program by purchasing a T-shirt designed by Emily Calvert, a senior in CarolinaLIFE™. For more information about purchasing T-shirts, contact Tony Plotner at (803) 777-7664.