Helpful Resources

Check out resources available at Rock Valley College and throughout the community to support you.

Student Success Starts Here

We're invested in student success – and that involves helping removing barriers. Did you know? Rock Valley College offers a variety of support resources, including:


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Support Programs

Resources by Population

The populations include students with disabilities, students who are economically disadvantaged, students preparing for nontraditional careers, students who are single parents, students who are out-of-workforce, students who are experiencing homelessness, students who are English learners, students who are military-connected, and students who have aged out of foster care.

Students with Disabilities

Disability Support Services (DSS) envisions a college community that is universally accessible to all members of the campus community; provides an equal opportunity to students with disabilities; and recognizes all individuals for their talents, abilities, and contributions. If you are a student with a disability who may require free assistance in accessing any of the college's programs or services, please contact our office to discuss potential barriers and practical solutions. 

Following the Accommodations Process for Students, students may access a variety of classroom accommodations, including alternative exam formats, scribe for exams, extended time for exams, reduced-distraction environment for testing, preferential seating in classroom, classroom relocation, textbooks in electronic format, peer note taker, etc. Students may also request sign language interpreting or real-time captioning. 

For more information, please contact RVC Disability Support Services.

The Raising Aspirations through an Inclusive Student Experience (RAISE) program is an inclusive and supportive post-secondary program for young adults who have intellectual disabilities and who desire to participate in a comprehensive college experience. RAISE is an approved Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary (CTP) program, which means enrolled students are eligible to apply for Federal Financial Aid. Learn more about RAISE.

Additional resources are available outside of Rock Valley College. For more information, go to the Community Resources at the bottom of this page.


Your instructors want you to succeed in your classes! Communicate with your instructors during the first week of class about any accommodation needs. Reach out to them in-person during office hours or contact them to clarify policies, due dates, assignments, or concepts taught in class. If you know you are going to have to miss class or there is a conflict with a due date, reach out to your instructor ahead of time to let them know and see if something may be worked out. If you must turn in an assignment late, contact them as soon as possible and let them know when you plan to submit the assignment.

Additional Resources

For Emergencies

For life-threatening or severe emergencies, call 911, or go to the nearest emergency department.


You Matter

Contact 988 to access the National Suicide & Mental Health Crisis Lifeline. Available 24/7, call, text, or chat.

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Our RVC Student Navigator Generalist can help you get connected to resources at the college and in the community.

Community Resources

RVC and the communities we serve offer a variety of resources to students and their families throughout special circumstances. Review the community resources available outside of Rock Valley College.

Community Resources (PDF)