DATES TO REMEMBER
A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at www.ucmo.edu/calendar/.
Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.
HELP YOUR STUDENT TO BE INFORMED!
Do you have trouble remembering all of those campus dates and deadlines? Add "UCM MoInfo" to the Facebook pages that you "like" and you will receive updates from the Office of the Registrar. These announcements will include information regarding course enrollment, graduation, refund dates and other important deadlines. The Registrar's Office also tweets. Check out their Twitter account at "UCMRegistrar".
You can keep track of news and events at UCM at: www.ucmo.edu/news/.
IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR 2015-2016
The 2015/2016 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be available for completion online January 1, 2015. It must be filed each year at www.fafsa.gov for your student to be able to receive federal financial aid. Do not use any other sites (such as fafsa.com) as they may charge you to use their service to complete this otherwise free application.
Our priority date for filing the FAFSA is April 1st, 2015 to be considered for the full range of financial aid, including limited federal, state, and institutional funds. However…you may choose to submit the FAFSA as early as January using estimated tax information.
If you or your student have questions or need additional clarification about any aspect of applying for financial aid, you're welcome to contact the University of Central Missouri Office of Student Financial Services in-person or by mail (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), by telephone (660-543-8266) or on-line (go to www.ucmo.edu/contactsfs).
In addition, an abundance of valuable information about the financial aid programs, policies and procedures at UCM may reviewed by clicking on the many links located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs.
IRS regulations require universities to report qualified tuition and related expenses and provide information to each student on a 1098-T form. Universities have the option of reporting qualified tuition and related expenses either as they are billed, or as they are paid. The University of Central Missouri has chosen to report these expenses as they are billed. These expenses appear on the 1098-T form.
In order to comply with IRS regulations, the University of Central Missouri is required to obtain the social security number of each enrolled student. Earlier this term letters were mailed to students who did not have their social security number on file with UCM. An IRS Form W-9S was included with instructions to complete the form and return it to the UCM Student Financial Services, Ward Edwards Bldg. Room 1100, Warrensburg, MO 64093. If your student received the letter and form, and it has not been returned, please plan to have the completed W-9S mailed by January 5, 2015.
The 1098-T form for 2014 will be mailed to the home address on file no later than January 31, 2015. Students can also obtain an electronic copy of the document at the following website: www.1098t.com. Multiple years of data are stored at this site.
For additional information regarding federal education credits, please refer to www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch03.html.
PAYING SPRING BILL
‘Paper’ statements are mailed prior to the beginning of the 2015 spring semester. This is the only mailed statement that your student will receive. However, monthly statements can be accessed using the online Bill and Payment System by clicking the ‘Student Services’ tab and navigating to the ‘View and Pay My Bill’ link.
If full payment for the 2015 spring semester has not been satisfied in full by January 20, 2015, a student will automatically be set up on a payment plan. The balance due will be divided into equal installments, due on the 15th of each month through May. A 1.5% fee will be added to the student’s unpaid balance each month.
- A mailed payment should be sent early enough to reach the University by the due date each month. The mailing address is:
Student Financial Services, 1100 Ward Edwards Bldg., University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg MO 64093
- Payments are accepted online using checking/savings account information or a debit card. Please be advised, however, that not all card-issuing banks participate in ‘pinless debit’. If a debit transaction is not approved, be sure to try the ‘web check’ option to pay directly from a checking account. No additional fees are assessed to pay by debit card or web check.
- Want to pay by credit card? MasterCard, Discover and American Express payments are accepted online only. However, a fee of 2.75% will be assessed by UCM’s third party processor if you elect to use this payment method.
- Interested in a payment plan? A student can pay his/her UCM charges using the monthly installment option. The account balance will be divided into equal installments over the 2015 spring semester. A 1.5% fee will be added to the student’s unpaid balance each month. Details about the monthly installment plan are located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/pay.
The Spring Involvement Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 14 from 3-5 pm in the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. Many of the student organizations will be present for students to gather information to learn where they want to be involved. There will be academic, community service, religious, greek and special interest groups all present.
STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNIVERSITY HOUSING STUDENTS
The Office of University Housing has the following student job opportunities for students who live in University Housing. Applications and hiring processes will be available during the Spring semester. Please watch for publicity in the Housing facilities and the Mules4Hire site of the University.
- Community Advisor: Lives on the students’ floor and is there to assist them with anything from a broken light bulb, finding academic assistance, to getting involved on campus! The CA position is a great leadership position. In addition, free room, meals and a stipend will be provided. Prerequisites include being in good standing with the University (no academic or discipline probation), a GPA of at least 2.5 and at least two semesters of group living experience. If your son/daughter is interested, please have them pick up an application at any residence hall front desk. Applications are due January 30, 2015.
- Academic Responsibility Coach: Upper-class student who provides academic programs and services to residents, offers individual assistance and support to students, and provides resources to help students with academic success and college transitions. Qualifications include 3.0 UCM cumulative GPA, at least 30 credits hours complete at time of employment, lived on campus at least two semesters at time of employment, and be in good standing with the University. Applications will be available after Spring Break.
- Office Assistant: Students who work at the 24 hour front desk of residence hall, answering the phone, responding to questions, monitoring fire board, provide service to residents of change, refunds, work request etc. Monitor the safety and security of the building. Late night and weekend hours required. Qualifications include 2.0 semester and cumulative GPA, live on campus, and be in good standing with the University. Applications will be available after Spring Break.
SPRING CAREER EXPO
The Career Services Center will be hosting a Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, February 18th, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Building Arena. This is a great time for students to identify opportunities and network with prospective employers who are recruiting for internships and full-time positions in all areas of business, industry, and government. Approximately 140 employers and graduate schools are expected at this year’s event. Students should dress professionally and bring copies of their resumes. While this is a vital event for juniors and seniors, freshman and sophomore students are also encouraged to attend to become more familiar with the career fair set-up and gain exposure to employers recruiting on the UCM campus. For more information regarding this event, please visit our website at www.ucmo.edu/career/students/events/springexpo.cfm.
Many first-year students that entered the university with a chosen major decide that the major selected at entry was not a good fit for them. Other students who entered the university in the Open Option Program continue to search for a major that stirs their interest and challenges their abilities. The Career Counselors in the Gateway Advising and Major Exploration Center provide a number of services to assist students who are considering changing their major or who are having difficulty with their decision. The following options are available to your student to assist them in methodically moving forward in making a sound major decision:
- Enroll in “Exploring Majors and Careers” (AE 1410) for the Spring 2015 Semester. There are still plenty of seats available.
- Schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor in the Gateway Center for individualized assistance.
- Stop by the Gateway Peer Support (WDE1900) Monday-Thursday 1:00-4:00 p.m. to speak with peer mentors about potential options.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment with a career counselor, please give us a call at 660-543-4721, or email us at email@example.com. We look forward to helping your student with their decision.
PEER TO PEER ASSISTANCE WITH ACADEMIC RESPONSIBILITY COACHES
If your student mentions they are struggling with their academics, organization, time management, or are uncertain about how to find campus academic resources, we encourage you to have them reach out to one of the Academic Responsibility Coaches in their living area.
Academic Responsibility Coaches are peer mentors who live in the residence halls and have been trained to provide direct assistance and coaching to students with academic concerns. These upper-class students are dedicated to introducing students to a variety of support strategies and tools to boost their academic success, as well as provide ongoing support to their peers through one-on-one contact, group meetings, and programs related to academic skill building.
ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE AT UCM
|1.||STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER|
|The Student Success Center, located on the 3rd floor of the JCK Library, offers FREE, individualized tutoring to any UCM student. The Success Center offers one-on-one tutoring in 35 to 40 courses every semester.|
The Student Success Center is open from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday.
|2.||THE WRITING CENTER|
|The Writing Center, located in Humphreys 116, provides individual help with any writing assignment, at any stage of the writing process, for any student at UCM. Faculty members and tutors provide professional feedback on a student’s writing without pressure or formal evaluation. The Writing Center is open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday. Assistance is free and no appointment is necessary.|
|3.||LEARNING STRATEGIES, AE 1820|
|Learning Strategies is a 2-credit course that can be a genuine investment in your student’s success. The course provides personalized help with note taking, test preparation, time management and other strategies that are proven to work, that can raise a student’s GPA, and that can help your student get more out of his/her college experience. Your student already studies hard, encourage him or her to learn to study smarter!|
|4.||SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTION (SI) AE 1826|
|What is SI?|
|Supplemental Instruction is a 1-hour credit course offered through the Department of Academic Enrichment. The course is linked with a specific section or sections of a General Education course and provides specific strategies, review, and support for the class. SI allows students to study together in a relaxed yet structured environment.|
|How does SI work?|
|First, a course is identified as one that students find challenging. Next, a student who has successfully completed the course is hired and trained as an SI leader. The SI leader attends the class and then plans and leads the study activities for the SI sessions.|
|Why should students enroll in SI?|
|For additional information about how the Student Success Center, Learning Strategies, or Supplemental Instruction (SI) can help your student succeed or to enroll in Learning Strategies or SI, contact:|
|Davie Davis||Chair of Academic Enrichmentfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Patrick Streck||Coordinator of the Student Success Centeremail@example.com|
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