Student Resources

Getting Started

Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the program, you must have a disability verified by a physician, psychologist or other appropriate professional (Title 5, section 56006).

If you have a learning disability, you should bring copies of your test results. Moreover, if you believe you have a learning disability, but have not been tested, we administer the test at our facilities for community college eligibility purposes only (subject to availability). 

Students who may qualify for services include, but are not limited to, the following disabilities:

Physical Disability
Communication Disability
Learning Disability
Acquired Brain Injury
Developmentally Delayed Learner
Psychological Disability
Other Disabilities

How to apply to the program:

  1. Submit an online application for admissions to Chaffey College.
  2. If you have a physical, psychological or communicative disability, you must bring in medical verification of your disability from a physician, psychologist or other appropriate profession prior to the appointment.
  3. If you have a learning disability, you will need to bring in your psychological evaluation report with testing scores or a score report from a certified LD specialist.
  4. Allow up to two weeks for processing of the documents submitted, once reviewed you will be contacted with status. (Depending to the volume of application being submitted at a given time during the year, processing could take more than two weeks)
  5. Contact the DPS department to schedule and complete your placement using the colleges placement self-report tool
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  7. Fill out and submit at the time of your DPS intake appointment the following forms: Contact for application  
  8. Meet with one of our DPS Counselors for coordination of services and/or equipment, and academic planning.

For students

Differences in legal rules

High School
High Schools are governed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Parents are notified and required by law to give permission for any decisions regarding their son or daughter.

Colleges are governed by the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act but not governed by IDEA. The Family Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) mandates that the college cannot release any information concerning an adult over the age of 18 unless the student has given explicit written permission. 

Differences in responsibility

High schools are required to:

  • Educate all children
  • Provide a free disability evaluation and documentation
  • Provide an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) that determines placement and appropriate support services
  • Implement the IEP, making services available and including them in the schedule
  • Offer fundamental curriculum alterations to allow individualized goals and objectives
  • Provide personal services such as transportation, mobility between classes or content tutoring beyond that offered by the regular classes
  • Serve as advocates for students


College students are:

  • Responsible to choose whether or not to attend college, demonstrate qualifications for college attendance and compete with other adults for classroom seats
  • Responsible for planning their own education, identifying resources and requesting reasonable accommodations
  • Responsible for meeting the unaltered fundamental college academic standards, standard course objectives, code of conduct and program requirements
  • Responsible for providing their own personal services to assure their own independence and safety
  • Responsible to advocate for themselves


Academic differences

High schools:

  • Establish a class schedule that fills most of the time during the school day
  • Have teachers that provide assistance with reading and studying and provide regular homework
  • Expect students to spend 2-3 hours per day on homework
  • Give students tests on a regular basis


College students are:

  • Responsible for reading textbooks, memorizing information, applying concepts, studying, thinking critically and writing on their own.
  • Responsible for planning how to use free time between college classes.
  • Responsible for independent learning such as reviewing notes, or studying outside sources in the library or online. College professors may require only one or two out-of-class assignment per semester.
  • Responsible for studying an additional two hours for every hour in a college class. This may mean six or more hours of studying per day.
  • Responsible to prepare for fewer opportunities to pass tests. College professors may only give a mid-term and a final test.


How should I prepare for college?

  1. Use the support of high school counselors and psychologists to identify your strengths and interests. Establish realistic academic and career goals before you develop a high school transition plan.
  2. Update your disability documentation. Be sure you have a verification of disability by a licensed professional such as a medical doctor, neurologist, psychiatrist, psychologist, audiologist or ophthalmologist. Be sure the documentation verifies not only the disability but also current educational limitations. Be sure the documentation directly related to the accommodations you will be requesting in college. Give a copy of your documentation to the Disability Programs and Services (DPS) office before entering college.
  3. Understand and be able to articulate what your disability is, how it affects you, and why you need the accommodations you are requesting.
  4. Meet with a DPS counselor at the college well before your first semester to discuss your goals, review your disability documentation and make your request for accommodations.
  5. Use the support of DPS during the college enrollment process. Learn how to use the accommodations similar to those available in college.
  6. Practice good study strategies such as text-book reading, note taking, essay development and reviewing course materials regularly.
  7. Learn how to handle freedom of time, making good choices that enhance opportunities for success. Learn how to balance time with study, work and relaxation.
  8. Organize your daily schedule, living space and study materials by using files, notebooks and a good calendar.
  9. Identify role models who have successfully followed the path you are choosing. Identify the skills and strategies they used. Learn from mentors.
  10. Get to know who the service providers are. Know where your resources are in the community and online. Use these services and resources on a regular basis.

Resources and Links

Students with disabilities preparing for post-secondary education should know their rights and responsibilities. U.S. Department of Education