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Fall Refunds are Here for College Students

 It’s my favorite time of the semester…REFUNDS! A few weeks after the semester begins all of your financial aid pays out and if there’s any left over you get a refund! You will know that your receiving a refund if there’s a negative balance on your account. It’s the one time in history where you actually want to see a negative balance!  Figure 1: This is a thumbnail of my latest YouTube video where I am in my office with a surprised look on my face.  This semester I paid $241 in fees and I received a $500 grant for individuals who work at community colleges. Oh yeah  did I mention I work at a community college too part time as a tutor? Anyhoo, since I had already paid off my student account I received the $500 as a refund. If you’ve been watching my YouTube videos or reading my blogs then you already know this money is going to debt.  Figure 2: This is a photo of three $100 bills and three $50 bills. With refunds posting to accounts daily you want to make sure that you are constantly c

I Think I Have a Disability! What Should I Do?


(This a photo of me holding my hand to my chin while looking inquisitive used as a thumbnail for my YouTube video on I Think I Have A Disability What Should I Do?)


 Around the end of the semester I notice a lot of students being referred to Disability Services for academic support. Many times as the semester is ending the realization that a student may fail a course becomes more apparent. While this may be linked to several issues like not being familiar with the subject, sometimes there is a deeper concern at hand.  If you find yourself wondering do I have a disability ? Should I be registered with Disability Services? There are a few things to consider first.

The first being have you considered other options? Have you fully participated in tutoring or worked with your classmates? Many times the issues you may be having can be fixed after fully improving your study habits and talking with others. Remember two heads work better than one! I also recommend students speak with their professors first. Be sure to let them know about your specific struggles and ask for any tips or strategies to help you pass the course. This also helps your professor to know that you take your learning serious and want to succeed ! 

Another thing to consider is if you received Special Education services in K-12 through an IEP or 504. If so, you may want to register with Disability Services to continue these services. This will not happen automatically !  Which brings me to my next point of documentation. Documentation or a record of your diagnosis is needed to apply for services. In some cases temporary accommodations can be provided without it. 

However, if you don’t have any don’t worry ! Disability services will be able to connect you with the right place to complete this step ! Now you may be wondering what happens when I’m registered ? You will meet with a staff member who will discuss which accommodations will best fit your needs , how these accommodations work, and how you can ensure that they are in place each semester. It’s really an easy process ! For more information check out the video below ! 

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