Q1. Where can I get financial aid assistance?
Students who are clients of the Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) should check with this agency for possible services. If they are legally blind or deaf, they may be entitled to a state authorized exemption from tuition. Whether or not they are clients of a rehabilitation agency, those students may qualify for the Pell Grant or the Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG). For more information regarding these two grants, contact the Student Financial Office (http://www.epcc.edu/FinancialAid) at (915) 831-2561.
Q2. What kinds of EPCC programs are available to students with disabilities?
EPCC offers one year and two-year vocational and academic programs, as well as continuing education courses. Most courses of study can be made accessible to students with disabilities. Counselors for the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) are always happy to help students in career choices that will make the best use of their abilities. Before coming to see a CSD counselor, students are encouraged to browse through the available course offering in the online El Paso Community College Catalog.
Q3. How soon should a prospective student start making arrangements to enter El Paso Community College?
If prospective students plan to apply for financial aid, they should do so at least three months prior to the date they plan to enroll. Also, if they are rehabilitation clients, they need to discuss their plans with their agency counselors well in advance to allow for any agency paperwork which must be submitted. The CSD Office would like to meet with them at least a month before they enter school in order to have ample time to arrange any support services needed. Prospective students are required to complete the El Paso Community College admissions form at https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX prior to enrollment. For specific registration dates, contact the Admissions Office (915) 831-2150 or the CSD office (915) 831-2426.
Q4. How do students register for classes?
Registration is done on-line and begins about four months before the beginning of each semester. Counselors recommend early pre-advising. This gives students ample opportunity to discuss service needs, to get the classes they want, and to receive any assistance needed in registering. CSD counselors will help students with online registration.
Q5. How can students who don't have transportation get to and from campus?
Students who are blind or have severe mobility impairment may be eligible to ride the LIFT, which is a specially adapted transportation service for the disabled. For more information about LIFT, call Sun City Area Transit at 541-4606. Arrangements to use the LIFT should also be made well in advance of the first day of class. Students who have their own car may request a handicapped parking sticker from the Department of Public Safety at the Valle Verde Campus, Room C-101, 831-2200. The Department of Public Safety requires documentation of disability to obtain the parking sticker. There is a parking fee for Valle Verde parking.
Q6. When should students request support services?
Since there is usually a tremendous demand for support services, students should request services as early as possible. There is no cost to the disabled student for this help. Information about students' disabilities is not collected in the admissions process, so it is their responsibility to identify them self to the CSD Office if they need any kind of support service. The information given is kept confidential.
Q7. Do I need a parking decal if I have a disability placard or plate?
All students, faculty and staff that will drive and park a vehicle on college owned facilities must register their vehicle with the EPCC Police Department Traffic and receive a parking decal. Even if they have a disability placard or plate. Students with a disability placard or plate can get a free parking decal at the Campus Traffic Window. For more information visit EPCC Police Department website at http://www.epcc.edu/Police/Pages/default.aspx