Kellar Institute for Human DisAbilities (KIHd) - College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University


Due to COVID, we are extending our admission deadline to February 1st. All packets must be postmarked by this deadline to be eligible for review.

Timeline for acceptance to the Mason LIFE Program

  • Application (MSWord or PDF) must be completed and sent (post-marked by) with all required documentation by February 1, 2021, to be considered for Fall 2021 admission. Packets MUST include a check or money order in the amount of $100.00 made out to GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY. Please note that checks or money orders that are not made out properly may delay the application process.
  • Incomplete packets, packets containing reports outside of the 3-year window (2017), packets post-marked after the February 1st deadline, or those missing the application fee will not be reviewed.
  • Virtual interviews will be held in February/March 2021.
  • Admission offers will be extended by the end of March. If accepted for Fall 2021 admission, you must confirm your spot in the program by emailing a message of commitment and non-refundable enrollment fee of $250.00 to the Office Manager within 2 weeks of acceptance notification. Failure to follow this procedure will result in forfeiture of your spot in the Mason LIFE program for Fall 2021. The Mason LIFE Program follows the tuition payment and deposit policies identified by the Student Accounts office.
  • The Mason LIFE Program has about a 25% acceptance rate.
  • A mandatory new student and family orientation will take place on Friday, June 18th, 2021.

The following documentation MUST be included along with the completed application as required by the checklist on page 2 of the application:

  • Psychological Evaluation*
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment**
  • Most recent Educational Evaluation***
  • Related Services Assessments if applicable (Speech, PT, OT, Assistive Technology, etc.)
  • Most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP)—please include all pages
  • Two letters of recommendation (form is included in application) from a non-relative (these need to be either sent separately or in sealed envelopes with other documentation)

*These are some examples: Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale – 4th Edition (WAIS-IV)
**These are some examples: Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales – 3rd Edition; Behavior Assessment System for Children – 3rd Edition (BASC-3); The Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS)
***These are some examples: Wide Range Achievement Test – 5th Edition (WRAT-5); Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement – 3rd Edition (KTEA-3)

Once completed applications have been reviewed, qualified students will be contacted to set up a virtual interview. .

Admission decisions regarding the 2021-2022 academic year will be made by the end of March.

    Decisions are based on:
  • Applicant's learning needs and desire to attend a postsecondary program
  • Ability of program to meet applicant's needs and goals
  • Ability of the applicant to exhibit appropriate behavior and independently negotiate transitions between classes and buildings, lunch and non-academic activities
  • Potential of applicant to successfully achieve his/her goals within the context of the program content and setting
  • Commitment from the applicant's family/caregivers to support the goals of the program