Become a Stroke Center student

Getting Started

Students and Caregivers

Adults learning to live with functional losses after a stroke or other physical/neurological challenges are invited to enroll as students in the Cabrillo College Stroke and Disability Learning Center. Small-group CORE classes facilitated by licensed professional instructors and their assistants address the educational needs of the whole person. Additional HEART activities encourage creativity, social engagement and further practice of skills.

Here at the SDLC, we know that caregivers are partners in helping our students to be successful. Under the guidance of our expert faculty, the students, their families and caregivers learn about community resources, practice new skills and gain confidence to solve problems effectively. Family, friends and caregivers are invited to observe and learn. Students requiring personal assistance may be asked to bring a care attendant.

Can I enroll?
Student eligibility

You can enroll in the Stroke and Disability Learning Center program if you have recently completed medical rehabilitation and/or if you have enduring physical challenges. You must be at least 18 years old. If you are not a California resident, you will pay out-of-state registration fees. Your doctor, counselor, social worker or physical therapist may refer you, or you may self-refer. A medical release is required. This is an educational program and it will not affect your insurance status.

In order to benefit from the program, students must be able to work in a group setting and follow directions. Students requiring individual supervision for physical care needs may be asked to bring a personal caregiver.

The Center is not a respite center or drop-in center, nor does it replace individual therapy.

How do I enroll?
Enrollment Process

Step 1: Call the SDLC (831) 477-3300

A counselor or representative of the program will answer your questions and together with you, determine whether this educational program is right for you. You do not need a doctor's order to become a student but you will be asked to sign a medical release.

Step 2: Phone consultation with a counselor

You will speak with a counselor to learn more about the program and determine your educational interests and goals. An application packet will then be mailed to you.

Step 3: Orientation

The counselor will schedule an Orientation class for you to learn about the SDLC and determine what activities will best meet your learning goals. You will meet the faculty and staff and in consultation with the faculty select a class or classes that interest you and fit your schedule.


Your initial enrollment is $73.25

In subsequent semesters, fees = Cabrillo administrative fees + unit fees.

Unit fees for California residents are $46 per unit per semester.

Each SDLC CORE class is a 0.75 units. The typical range for SDLC students is $70.25 - $150 per semester depending on the number of classes selected.

Low-income students are eligible for the Promise Grant. Promise Grant recipients pay their administrative costs but no unit fees. The counselor or program coordinator can assist you with the application for the Promise Grant.

The HEART classes require a separate fee to the Cabrillo Extension. Currently HEART classes are $120 per semester. Recipients of the Promise Grant qualify for a reduced fee for HEART classes. HEART classes are open to students concurrently enrolled in Core classes. Registration takes place at the SDLC.

We make every effort to assure that cost is not a barrier to enrollment. Please do not let finances stop you from speaking with us about enrolling as a student at the SDLC

You are going to college, not a medical center, so your charge for services will be college fees, not medical fees. MediCARE and insurance restrictions do not apply, nor will your coverage or premiums be impacted.