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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION Disabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS). WELCOME TO SANTA ANA COLLEGE. 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?.

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NEW STUDENT ORIENTATIONDisabled Student Programs & Services (DSPS)




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


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

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


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

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 = 24 - 30 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…

what are my educational options
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.

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

Academic Calendar 2012-2013


Aug. 27, 2012 Instruction Begins

Sept. 7, 2012 Last date to add a class with instructor’s add code

Sept. 9, 2012 Last day to drop full-term classes without “W” grade and with enrollment fee refund

Sept. 11, 2012 Last date to file pass/no pass for full semester

Nov. 18, 2012Last Day to Drop with “W”

Dec 10-16, 2012 Final Exams Week

adding a class
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.


Dropping a class

  • It’s your RESPONSIBILITYto 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




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

What is the cost of books?

$60.00 X 4 CLASSES = $240.00

$80.00 X 4 CLASSES = $320.00

Math & Science Textbooks

$100 to $175 each

where can i get my books
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)-564-6434
  • 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.
important things to consider
Important things to consider…
  • Plan ahead!
  • Search and buy books early
  • Request accommodations early (i.e. Interpreter, Braille, Kurzweil, RFBD, etc.)

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.

fees payment policy payment id cards cashiers office admissions building
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.


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

Financial Aid


Fafsa (



Work Study


BOG fee waiver



(packets are usually available sometime late January in the scholarship office S-201)


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


Disabled Student Programs & Services

How we support you in your success…………………

dsps accommodations and services
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……
  • 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)

What resources and programs are available for me at SAC?

  • Handouts
  • Activity: “A Map to Success”
department of rehabilitation
Department of Rehabilitation

What you should know…………..

educational plan
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!!!
books supplies
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.
what other services does your ipe include
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!
how do you qualify for discounted bus pass
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)
where can i purchase my bus pass
Where can I purchase my bus pass?
  • Cashiers Office S-104 714-564-6965