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Tips for Transition to College - Disability Services - Know the Steps

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.   

Step 1:

   Apply  to IVCC 

Step 2: 

Financial Aid -  Grants and loans that help you pay for college.

  • Get your financial aid questions answered here:  https://www.ivcc.edu/financialaid.aspz?id=4852
  • www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Generally available by October 1st of each year.
  • Get help from the IVCC counselors by calling: 815-224-0438 or you can visit their page by clicking here.
  • The Financial Aid Guide can help you with many common questions.
  • What is the Financial Aid Guide?  Click here for the guide.

Step 3:

Placement Testing

You may be required to do placement testing in English, Math and/or Reading so that you are placed in classes of the appropriate level
  • Online appointment scheduling for the Assessment Center is now available.  Schedule My Appointment
  • If you need to contact the Assessment Center this is their number:  815-224-0542
  • This site gives you feedback on your answers and allows you to take full practice test.  https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login    
  • Have it done by April 1 for fall and summer admission, and October 1 for spring admission
  • Send your IEP or other documentation to Disability Services prior to planning a test date so we can assure you have the accommodations you're eligible for.  Possible accommodations could include, but are not limited to:  calculator use, test reader, extended time on essay writing, and use of spell/grammar check on the essay.  

Step 4: 

Counseling - Meet with a counselor to schedule your classes or make an academic plan (815-224-0360)

  • Freshmen counseling and registration for the fall semester generally begins in mid-late April.
  • Call Counseling Services at (815) 224-0360 to check on available dates for you to meet with a counselor.
  • The dates relevant to freshmen enrollment are posted on the IVCC homepage in April of each year.
  • New freshmen with disabilities may be able to have wrap around transition services between counseling and Disability Services upon request.  Talk to Tina Hardy, (815)214-0284 or tina_hardy@ivcc.edu
  • Decide whether to disclose your disability or not if you meet with other counselors
  • Don't overwhelm yourself for the first semester - 12 credits (about 4 classes) is a full time load
  •  Link to the freshman counseling and registration to set your initial appointment.here

Step 5:

 Make An Appointment with the Disabilities Services Office

  • Schedule an in-take appointment with the Disabilities Services Coordinator by calling (815) 224-0634.
  • Once your appointment is scheduled, you will be required to bring with you documentation of your disability.  There is a specific form that will need to be completed prior to your appointment.  This form can be picked up in the office or one can be mailed to you upon request.
  • Be ready to discuss your disability and the supports that helped you in high school  

Contact Information

Tina Hardy - 815-224-0284 or tina_hardy@ivcc.edu,
  • FAX - 815-224-0295
  • Address - 815 N. Orlando Smith Road, Oglesby, IL 61348
  • Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and in the Ottawa office on Tuesdays