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1 NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS)

2 What do I need to know? How many classes should I take?
Putting a class schedule together: What do I need to know? How many classes should I take? When can I take classes? How long will it take me to finish college? You will need  Class schedule & placement test scores 2

3 How many classes should I take?
It depends on: Your academic goal (i.e. certificate, AA, transferring) Recommendations made by DSPS faculty How your disability impacts your academic success Commitment, time, and ability to access resources If you work… Consider enrolling in… 30 hrs. a week 3-6 unit(typically 1-2 classes) 20 hrs. a week 6-9 units (typically 2-3 classes) 15-20 hrs. a week 9-12 units (typically 3-4 classes) 3

4 When can I take classes? Mornings, afternoon or evening Weekends
On-line Some meet only once – beginning of semester - Some meet once a month TV Most classes are: Mon./Wed., Tues./Thurs., Fri/Sat. or meet once a week 4

5 HOW LONG will it take to finish college?
 It depends on: Your goal or degree objective Are attending full-time or part-time How much you work In general, if you wish to complete two years of college (60 units) in:        2 years - take an average of 15 units each semester        3 years - take an average of 10 units each semester 5

6 How much should I study?

7 Weekly Study Requirement...
Part-time students 7 Units = 7 hrs. of class Studying = 14 hrs. Working = 40 hours (full-time) Total = 61 hours Full-time students 12 Units = 12 hrs. of class Studying = hrs. Working = 20 hrs. (part-time) Total = 56 – 60 hours This is the general recommendation made by counselors at the college. If you are a student with a disability you may need to study three times more… 7

8 My Educational Options at SAC

9 What are my educational options?
Vocational Certificate Major courses only (i.e. Art, Human Development, Welding, Business Application, etc…..) Associate Degree General education courses + major courses + electives= minimum of 60 units Transfer to University Discuss with DSPS faculty and set up appt. with Academic Counselor.

10 How does college work? 10

11 How does college work? We will cover: (Very Important!)
Academic calendar & first day/week Adding & dropping classes Financial aid & books Tuition & payment Registering for classes next semester Review academic year 16- week semester with a finals week Highlight START and END dates of semester 11

12 Academic Calendar 2012-2013 Fall 2012 Aug. 27, 2012 Instruction Begins
Sept. 7, Last date to add a class with instructor’s add code Sept. 9, Last day to drop full-term classes without “W” grade and with enrollment fee refund Sept. 11, Last date to file pass/no pass for full semester Nov. 18, Last Day to Drop with “W” Dec 10-16, 2012 Final Exams Week Review academic year 16- week semester with a finals week Highlight START and END dates of semester

13 If you have priority registration you can add classes on that day
Adding a class If you have priority registration you can add classes on that day and any day there after. If a class is full you can: Add your self to the wait list on web advisor. Attend the first day of class, bring an add slip and hope the instructor can add you.

14 “F” Grade Dropping a class
It’s your RESPONSIBILITY to make sure you drop the class! Ways to drop a class: In person at admission On-line Last day to drop with a “W” November 18th, 2012 Note: You do not need instructor’s signature to drop a course “F” Grade


16 Wait list You can only add your name to the wait list through Web advisor Make sure you check your regularly. An will be sent to you if you have been added to the class.

17 How can you contact your instructor?
Before the first day of class, you can call the department (i.e. Math and Science, English). Once you attend class, instructors will have their contact information in their syllabus.

18 How do I read the class schedule?


20 Math & Science Textbooks
What is the cost of books? $ X 4 CLASSES = $240.00 $ X 4 CLASSES = $320.00 Math & Science Textbooks $100 to $175 each

21 Where can I get my books? Books are usually available 2 weeks prior to the beginning of the semester Don Bookstore: Johnson Center (U-126) (714) You can go to and follow the steps to check what books you need: Click on “bookstore” Then “buy” “Agree” and browse for your books Online:, etc.

22 Important things to consider…
Plan ahead! Search and buy books early Request accommodations early (i.e. Interpreter, Braille, Kurzweil, RFBD, etc.)

23 What is the cost of coming to college?

24 College Tuition and Fees
Regular Students (Per Semester) Enrollment $46 per unit Health Fees $18 per semester Student Services Fees $7.50 (optional) Parking Fees $30 per semester $20 if you are qualified for fee waiver. Part-time student (6 units) $276 Full-time student (12-15 units) $552 - $690 Note: All fees and tuition are subject to changes based on State Legislator or Community College Governing Board.

25 There is no plan for partial payment and no exceptions to this policy.
Fees/Payment Policy (Payment & ID cards: Cashiers Office, Admissions Building) Fees must be paid within 72 hours of registering for courses or you will be dropped for non-payment. There is no plan for partial payment and no exceptions to this policy. 

26 Who can apply for Financial Aid?
Students must be legal U.S. residents to apply for Financial Aid Undocumented students or students on foreign visas are not eligible for federal or state Financial Aid programs. For state aid (BOG), there may be some exceptions. See a DSPS staff member after the orientation for additional information 26

27 Financial Aid FEDERAL Fafsa ( Grants Loans Work Study
STATE BOG fee waiver PRIVATE Scholarships (packets are usually available sometime late January in the scholarship office S-201) Grants – Money you typically do NOT have to pay back. But if you drop below a “C” average OR withdraw from more than 50% of your classes, you may be required to pay back some of your grant money. Scholarships – SAC and outside scholarships (Tuan will cover scholarships in more depth) Loans – have to pay it back

28 Other Sources of Assistance to Pay for College
EOPS Book Voucher Buy a Book Society -$100 scholarship for FEP and honors students Teacher Ed. and MESA Textbook Loan Programs ASG “Work for Your Book” Program Rolling Scholarships – Esp. AB540 Students

29 Disabled Student Programs & Services
DSP&S Disabled Student Programs & Services How we support you in your success…………………

30 DSPS Accommodations and Services
Note taking Extended time on exams Alternate media (JAWS, Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speak, etc.) Interpreters/real time captioning Priority registration Braille/enlargement Etc……

31 Remember………. Request your accommodation letter(s) early.
Meet with your DSPS specialist at least twice per semester to discuss your academic progress and update your Student Educational Contract (SEC)

32 SEC

33 What resources and programs are available for me at SAC?
Handouts Activity: “A Map to Success”

34 Department of Rehabilitation
What you should know…………..

35 Educational Plan Make sure you meet with an academic counselor (Administration Building – S) to develop an educational plan for DOR. Only take classes listed in Ed Plan. DOR will not pay for anything else Keep in touch with DOR on a regular basis regarding your progress – they are there for your success!!!

36 Books & Supplies Before you request any books or supplies you must provide a copy of your grades to DOR counselor. Do no spend money and then ask DOR to reimburse you, they will not. You must have your counselor’s approval before you buy! Keep your receipt! Provide DOR with an ISBN number for the books you need.

37 What other services does your IPE include?
Maintenance and Transportation? Traveling to/from school: your car, bus? One round trip each day you go to class. Or a monthly bus pass (disabled discount). Counseling and Guidance? Your counselor is there to assist you in choices you make about your future career. Use them to assist you!

38 How do you qualify for discounted bus pass?
If you have a red, white, and blue Medicaid card. OR A Braille Institute ID card. OR A reduced fair bus pass (this can be obtained by having a face-to-face meeting with OCTA)

39 Where can I purchase my bus pass?
Cashiers Office S


41 Using Web Advisor






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