Frequently Asked Questions
How different is College from High School?
There are many differences between High School and College for all students. There are also huge differences for students with disabilities. The law that protects a child in the K-12 system varies greatly than the laws that protect students in higher education. In College, you are responsible for making your disability known and submitting documentation to support your requests for accommodations. There is no Special Education in College. The College is not required to alter their standards for any course or program but is required to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure that a student with a disability can access all programs, facilities and services.
What is the difference between Disability Services and Project Connections?
Disability Services coordinates accommodations for ALL students with disabilities. On the other hand, Project Connections is a selective, comprehensive academic and counseling support service for students with specific learning disabilities who are enrolled in mainstream programs at Middlesex County College. Project Connections provides service beyond what is required by law. Admissions to Project Connections is competitive and selective and based on a number of criteria including a personal interview. A supplemental application is required and documentation must be current (within 3 years).
What do I do if my professor refuses to provide my accommodations?
First, you need to have presented a formal Classroom Accommodation Form to the professor. Sometimes, particularly if the instructor is an Adjunct Faculty member, they may just be unfamiliar with how the process works and need some education. If the professor, however, remains uncooperative, make an appointment with one of the Disability Services Counselors immediately to discuss your concerns. At times, the staff needs to intervene. Thankfully, most faculty at MCC are very cooperative and anxious to see you be successful.
What if I feel that my rights as a person with a disability have been violated?
Middlesex County College has a non-discrimination policy and has over the years striven to create a welcoming campus environment for all students, including students with disabilities. If you feel that you have faced discrimination, we strongly encourage you to contact Disability Services immediately to discuss your concerns. There is also a formal Grievance Procedure in place where you can file a formal complaint, if necessary.
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How do I find financial aid resources?
All college financial aid is administered through the regular financial aid process. You must complete the FAFSA form and follow the steps outlined by the Financial Aid Office. You might also qualify for support from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, which is part of the New Jersey Department of Labor. The Middlesex County Office is located at 506 Jersey Ave, New Brunswick and you may reach them at 732.906.2546.
There are also some other places to look for scholarship money:
www.heath.org is a national higher education and disability resource and keeps a scholarship list.
www.disaboon.com/scholarships/ A site that has financial aid resources.
Where can I get tested for a learning disability or attention deficit disorder?
You might approach the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for information regarding testing. The Disability Services Office and the Project Connections Office also keeps listing of professionals in private practice that do diagnostic testing. Testing is at times covered under some insurance policies but not always.