DSP&S Student Steps to Success

Enrollment Guide

Complete the FCC admission application online.

  1. You will first create an OpenCCC account to begin an application.
  2. While logged into your OpenCCC account, click Start A New Application to apply to Fresno City College.
    1. If you have any issues completing/submitting the application, you can contact our helpdesk at 1.844.887.2223.

Within 24-48 hours after you have applied online, you should receive an Admission Acknowledgement email from SCCCD Admissions & Records with your Student ID#. If you have not received an email after 48 hours, check your spam/junk folder. If it is not in the spam/junk folder, call the Fresno City College Admissions & Records Office at 559.443.8604 for assistance.

Visit www.fresnocitycollege.edu and click on “My Portal”. Once you log in to your student portal you can access your student email, Canvas, WebAdvisor, and other useful tools. Check your email daily as email is the primary way the college will communicate with you.

Your username and password information was included in your “Admissions Acknowledgement” email. Visit the Technology Help webpage for additional information.

Important: A pop up will appear the first time you log in to your portal to ask you to confirm/update your Communication Preferences. Students must update their Communication Preferences to enroll in emergency notifications and the password reset system (in case you are unable to login to your portal). This pop up will appear each time you log in to your portal until you update your preferences, so it is recommended you complete this step the first time you log in. For instructions on how change your preferences, visit Communication Preferences Instructions or watch this Communication Preferences Video Tutorial

This My Portal Video Tutorial will give you step-by-step instructions on how to access My Portal.

Complete the Fresno City College online orientation at www.scccd.edu/orientation. The orientation can also be accessed in My Portal in the “Resource Links” section.

You will need to know your SCCCD login information to enroll in the course and complete this orientation. It may take 1 to 2 business days to clear your orientation hold. If you do not know your login information, visit the Technology Help webpage for assistance.

Academic accommodations are not automatic in college; students must self-identify to the DSP&S program as a student with a verified disability and complete the required DSP&S New Student Intake process.

To begin the DSP&S New Student Intake process, complete the on-line application via the Accessible Information Management (AIM) app located in your student portal.AIM Logo

For step-by-step instructions on completing the application, visit the How to Apply for the DSPS Program webpage.

Apply Here to DSPS  AIM Logo

You will be prompted to upload a copy of your disability verification in AIM, so be sure to have a copy ready when you start the DSP&S application process. Your disability verification may include the most recent high school IEP/Psych report, 504 plan, LD verification, and/or any mental health or medical verification that is related to your disability.

If you have any questions or need assistance completing the DSP&S application process, please contact the DSP&S Office at 559.442.8237.

STEP 1: Complete the FAFSA or DREAM ACT Application

If you need assistance, contact the Financial Aid Office by phone at 559.442.8245 or email at financialaidoffice@fresnocitycollege.edu.

FAFSA Application

  1. Visit fsaid.ed.gov and create your FSA ID. An FSA ID is the username and password you'll use to complete and sign your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  2. Your parent should create their own FSA ID. This will let them electronically sign your FAFSA. (Undocumented parents can't create an FSA ID - they'll sign your FAFSA on a paper form.)
  3. Visit fafsa.gov and complete your FAFSA, as early as October 1 for the following school year. Be sure to add FCC (school code: 001307) to your FAFSA so we get your information!
    1. NOTE: Didn't answer “yes” to Federal Work Study on your FAFSA? Email the Financial Aid Office to be placed on the waitlist.

CA DREAM ACT Application (CADAA For Undocumented Students)

  1. Visit dream.csac.ca.gov and create your account. Create a username and password.
  2. A Personal Identification Number (PIN) will be created for your parent at the end of your Dream Act Application. This will allow your parent to electronically sign your Dream Act Application.
  3. Visit dream.csac.ca.gov and complete your Dream Act Application, as early as October 1 for the following school year. Be sure to add FCC (school code: 00130700) to your Dream Act application so we get your information!
    1. NOTE: Current high school students must submit an AB540 Affidavit to the Fresno City College Admissions and Records Office after graduation.

STEP 2: Complete Your File

  1. Check your FCC student email regularly. The FCC Financial Aid Office will notify you if you need to correct your FAFSA or Dream Act application or submit documentation to our office, or when your Financial Aid Award Letter is ready to view.
  2. Check WebAdvisor. On WebAdvisor, you can view your award letter, see if anything is missing under "My Documents" and sign up for direct deposit.
  3. Submit any requested documents to the Financial Aid Office. Documents may be submitted by mail, email or fax.

Fresno City College 
Attn: Financial Aid Office  
1101 E University Ave
Fresno, CA 93741

Email: financialaidoffice@fresnocitycollege.edu

Fax: 559.499.6024

Important Financial Aid Reminders

  • Renew your FAFSA or DREAM ACT every year, starting October 1 for the following school year.
  • To maintain your financial aid eligibility, you must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (minimum 2.0 GPA, credit for at least 67% of the total units attempted, and have attempted less than 150% of the maximum cumulative units for your program).

Complete the FCC Scholarship Application (Optional, October 1 – March 2 every year)

Fresno City College offers over 200 scholarships every year with awards ranging from $100-$1500 per year. To apply for scholarships, view important deadlines, and find more information go to www.fresnocitycollege.edu/scholarships.

Once you have completed the AIM application, call 559.442.8237 to schedule an intake appointment with a DSP&S counselor to complete the additional paperwork needed to complete the process. You will discuss any disability related accommodations that may be needed to support your academic performance.

Meet with a DSP&S counselor to complete a Student Education Plan (SEP), which will map all the necessary courses needed to reach your academic and career goals. Contact the DSP&S Office at 559.442.8237 to schedule an appointment.

Providing any of the following documents will assist the counselor in creating your SEP:

  • High School Transcripts (if you will be graduating this year or graduated high school within the last ten years)
  • College Transcripts (if you completed any college course)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores

For students whose first language is not English, students can take the English for Multi-Lingual Students (EMLS) placement test to determine which course is most appropriate for their skill level. Visit the Assessment Center website at www.fresnocitycollege.edu/assessmentcenter for more details.

Check your student email for your assigned registration date. You can register in the following ways:

  1. Register online using the WebAdvisor app in your student portal. For full details and instructions on how to register online, visit the Registration Resources webpage.
  2. Contact DSP&S staff at 559.442.8237 for assistance.

The Faculty Notification Letter (FNL) is an online confidential document that students request via their AIM account. The FNL outlines a student’s accommodations or adjustments that have been approved to support the student in a course.  Visit the Accessible Information Management (AIM) webpage and view the “How to Request your Faculty Notification Letter (FNL) in AIM” for step-by-step instructions on how to request your FNL.

Important Application and Registration Dates 2020-2021

DSPS students who complete the above steps will be eligible to register during the Tier 1 registration period. The dates listed below list the Tier 1 registration dates.

To be eligible for priority registration, you must complete Enrollment Guide Steps above by September 24, 2020. If you have not completed all of the steps by your registration date, please contact your DSP&S counselor for assistance.

Check for registration date notifications via your student email September 30, 2020

Priority registration: October 13 & 14, 2020

Open registration: November 6, 2020 – January 8, 2021

To be eligible for priority registration, you must complete Enrollment Guide Steps above by March 5, 2020. If you have not completed all of the steps by your registration date, please contact your DSP&S counselor for assistance.

Check for registration date notifications via your student email March 11, 2021

Priority registration: March 24 & 25, 2021

Open registration: April 30, 2021

To be eligible for priority registration, you must complete Enrollment Guide Steps above by March 5, 2020. If you have not completed all of the steps by your registration date, please contact your DSP&S counselor for assistance.

Check for registration date notifications via your student email March 11, 2021

Priority registration: March 24 & 25, 2021

Open registration: May 11, 2021

Before the Semester Starts, Do the Following:

Pay Your Student Fees

Visit www.fresnocitycollege.edu/fees or the WebAdvisor app in your student portal to pay your fees by the deadline. Your financial aid may cover enrollment fees, but student fees may still apply.

Check the Status of Your Waitlisted Courses

If you are waitlisted for any courses, visit the How to Manage Your Waitlisted Courses webpage for important information.

Get Your Textbooks

Preview what textbooks are required and purchase or rent from the FCC Bookstore online at www.fresnocitycollege.edu/bookstore.

Textbook information can also be located in WebAdvisor by clicking on the “My Bookstore” link in each courses section information or in Canvas by clicking on the “My Bookstore” icon located on the side bar along the left hand side of the page.

Get Your FCC Photo ID

Student IDs are not currently being issued, check back for updates.

Once the Semester Starts, Do the Following:

Attend Your Class/Access Canvas

Attend your classes on the first day of school. If you are taking an online class, be sure to access your courses in Canvas through My Portal the first day of the semester. You may be dropped from a class if you fail to attend the first class meeting or do not access your online courses in Canvas.

Waitlisted Courses

If you are waitlisted for a class when the semester starts, you still need to attend the first day. The instructor will give you an “Authorization Code” to enroll in the class if there is room available. If you are waitlisted for an online course, you will need to email the instructor to see if there is room for you to enroll in the class. If there is, the instructor will email you an “Authorization Code” to enroll in the class. 

Meet with a Counselor

Follow up with a DSPS counselor to update your Student Education Plan (SEP) before you register for the next semester. You can contact the DSPS Office at 559.442.8237 to meet with a counselor.