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. You may find it helpful to look through our power point with tips for transitioning students.

Tina Hardy is the disability services coordinator and is in the office on the main campus on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and in the Ottawa office on Tuesdays. Call 815-224-0634 to schedule an appointment or you can e-mail tina_hardy@ivcc.edu .


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

FAFSA Changes for 2017-18On Sept. 14, 2015, President Obama announced significant changes to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) process that will impact millions of students. Starting with the 2017­–18 application cycle

   2016-2017 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)

Online appointment scheduling for the Assessment Center is now available.  Schedule My Appointment

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 eligible if these accommodations are written in your current IEP or 504 plan.

Schedule My Appointment

Practice –  Free Accuplacer Test Prep App 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. 
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.