Getting Started at IVCC and The Office of Disability Services:

Welcome to Illinois Valley Community College. If you are new or transitioning from another school and have a disability you will want to make the Disability Services Office one of your first stops. If you have an accommodation of a test reader or use of a calculator for math tests, please check in with the Disability Services Office (DSO) before you take your placement test so that you can receive the needed accommodations.

The DSO has two Coordinators to assist you through the process. Tina Hardy is in the office on Mondays, Tuesdays (Ottawa Center), Wednesdays, and Fridays, 815-224-0284, tina_hardy@ivcc.edu  Judy Mika is in the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 815-224-0350, judy_mika@ivcc.edu Evening appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Judy but must be made in advance. To schedule an appointment with either Tina or Judy you can call 815-224-0634.


Step One:

Apply to IVCC - Submit an on-line application or complete a paper application. Return the application to the Main Campus Admissions & Records Office or IVCC Ottawa Center.

Step Two:

Apply for Financial Aid  –  Submit an on-line application at www.fafsa.ed.gov You will need our FAFSA code 001705. If you have questions or need help please contact the financial aid office at IVCC 815-224-0428

2013-2014 Guide to Financial Aid explains all the important basics of how Financial Aid works - 

Step Three:

Take Placement Tests– These are tests in reading, English, math, and basic computer skills so you are placed in classes of the appropriate level (Assessment Center – 224-0542)

Call Disability Services (815-224-0634) if you are eligible for a test reader, calculator use, or extended time or spell/grammar check on the essay BEFORE calling the Assessment Center. You will know you are eligable if these accommodations are written in your current IEP or 504 plan. 

Practice –  There is an Accuplacer app for $2.99, Web Based Practice Test for $2.99 and Sample Questions for students.

Step Four:

Register for Classes - For your first semester you have the choice to either meet with a counselor or a Disability Services Coordinator to schedule classes. You can make an appointment with a counselor by calling 815-224-0360 or set up an appointment with a Disability Services coordinator by calling 815-224-0634.

Step Five:

– Get the academic supports you need to succeed through Disability Services. Make an appointment 815-224-0634. Meet with Tina Hardy (815-224 -0284 tina_hardy@ivcc.edu) or Judy Mika (815-224-0350 –judy_mika@ivcc.edu).
Bring your 11th and 12th grade IEPs and/or any documentation that may prove that you are a student with a disability and your class schedule.
Be ready to discuss your disability and the supports that helped you in high school.