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Tools and Resources

Quick Guides

College can be complicated. Higher education jargon and terminology is intimidating. But knowledge is power, and we’re here to help. Here are some tools and guides that may be helpful for you as you start to navigate your college experience and want to plan ahead.

Meeting With Professors

Getting to know your professors is so helpful for your success as a student. But absolutely, it can be intimidating to introduce yourself. Here are some tools to help you get started.

Self Advocacy Advice

Tips on advocating for what you need to succeed in class

Office Visit Checklist

A tool to help you plan an office visit with your professor

TRIO Academic Coaching and Educational Support

TRIO Academic Coaching and Educational Support (ACES) is a federally funded TRIO grant program. TRIO ACES offers individualized academic coaching and advising, free one-on-one tutoring for freshman and sophomore level courses, education to improve financial literacy, advocacy support, career guidance, scholarships, as well as social and cultural opportunities for students enrolled in the program. The program is only able to accept 100 students, all of the students enrolled in the program must have a verified disability, and some may need to meet the federal low-income levels.

Learn more about TRIO ACES

Frequently Asked Questions

I think I have a learning disability, but have never been tested. How do I get tested?

  • The EAC maintains a list of qualified professionals who can work with you to determine if you have a learning disability. Stop by the EAC or email us for a copy of the list.

Who pays for the testing?

  • You are responsible for any costs incurred in documenting a disability.

My documentation states that I should get a specific accommodation, but the EAC says it is not an appropriate accommodation–Why?

  • Boise State must provide reasonable accommodation to students with documented disabilities. We use your documentation as a guideline for determining appropriate accommodations. In addition to ensuring access for students, the EAC also ensures accommodations don’t interfere with the integrity of classes or academic standards of the university. So while doctors may suggest accommodations, we aren’t required to follow the doctor’s recommendations.

When do accommodations begin?

  • Accommodations take effect when your instructor is notified of the approved accommodation.
  • We strongly recommend that you make an appointment or visit during an office hour with each professor to discuss your accommodations. This ensures that everyone is clear on how the accommodations will be implemented in each particular class.
  • If you or your professor has concerns regarding any of the accommodations, contact the EAC immediately.
  • Accommodations approved by the EAC are not retroactive.

Do I need to meet with the EAC each semester to receive accommodations?

  • No, but you do need to submit a request for accommodations in each class every semester. ¬†Accommodation letters are specific to each class, so anytime you have a schedule change (add or drop classes, changes sections of the same class) you will need to submit request or cancel your accommodations through the Access Portal. If you need to make any changes to your accommodations then you will schedule an appointment with the EAC to discuss your concerns.

I need a private tutor in a class. Will the EAC arrange that for me?

  • Tutoring is not an accommodation so is not arranged through the EAC. We can connect you to campus tutoring resources. Some free tutoring is available to all Boise State students¬†but any private tutoring costs are your responsibility.