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/.
A UNIVERSITY BREAK IS COMING, WHAT DOES MY STUDENT DO?
Residence halls at UCM will close for the Winter Holidays on Friday, December 12th at 6:00 p.m. They will re-open on Sunday, January 11th at noon.
In preparation for University break here are 10 important things for your student to do:
- Attend all classes until the break begins, don’t cut out early.
- Clean their room and bathroom, always nicer to come back to a clean home.
- Pack what they need and things they are done with. (We’ll come back to this more specifically.)
- Clean the refrigerator and at semester break unplug it and let it dry out.
- Unplug all electrical appliances and computers.
- Turn out the lights.
- Close and lock windows and room door.
- If you don’t have a roommate and are not paying for a single room then make sure your room is prepared for a new student to check in.
- Double check that the door is locked before leaving the hall.
- Drive safely home!
What do they pack and bring home???
They should bring home appropriate clothing for the time and weather. Also remind them they can do laundry at home just like at school so they don’t need the whole closet to come home at break.
It is encouraged at semester break to bring home their computer so they have access at home to all their correspondence. If you have any concerns regarding valuables it would be best that they travel home with your student.
It is wise to have students do some early spring cleaning at semester break. They should bring home clothing or other items that they know they will not need or use for the spring. It makes moving out in May much lighter and easier. Spring Break is an excellent time if they are coming home to bring winter clothes home.
COURSE EVALUATION FORMS
Please encourage your student to complete an online evaluation form for each course in which they are currently enrolled. These evaluations provide helpful information for the improvement of teaching and learning within the course, and could be used for administrative decisions. The instructor will receive results from this evaluation only after final grades have been submitted. Students are encouraged to answer all of the questions, responding thoughtfully and honestly. Course evaluation forms can be accessed and completed online through MyCentral.
Semester grades will be available for students to review on-line beginning December 17, 2014. Students in academic jeopardy (probation/suspension/dismissal) will be notified through MyCentral and their UCMO email account.
UCM'S STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
Many college students work hard but eventually run into one or more courses that give them trouble. It isn’t a matter of ability. It isn’t a matter of preparation. It may be conflicts with other things going on in a student’s life—things like work, family obligations, or simply managing time. It may be that no one ever talked to them about how to study in college.
Should you find that your student didn’t earn the grades that they (or you) were hoping for, keep in mind that there are a variety of academic resources available to assist them during the spring semester.
- The Writing Center, located in Humphreys 116, is available to help any student with any writing assignment for any course.
- Free math tutoring is offered within our Student Success Center, third floor of the Kirkpatrick Library, for any student enrolled in math courses from Algebra through Calculus and Trigonometry.
- The Success Center offers a variety of other types of assistance and tutoring. Besides math, free tutoring is offered in dozens of other classes. A full listing of courses is available at www.ucmo.edu/successcenter/tutoring/courses.cfm.
- In the spring semester, four Supplemental Instruction (SI) classes (1-hour credit structured study sessions) will be offered. SI’s for Anatomy (BIOL 3401), Physiology (BIOL 3402) and Intro to College Writing (AE 1000) can be found under AE 1826.
- In addition, a 2-hour credit course in Learning Strategies (AE 1820) is open to any student wanting to improve his or her study techniques, time-management skills, and test performance.
If your son or daughter has had difficulty with one or more courses or if he or she would like to turn C’s to B’s and B’s to A’s, there is help available. At UCM, your student’s success is our top priority. Contact the Student Success Center at 660-543-8972 or 660-543-8310.
SCHOLARSHIP SEASON IS UPON US
Parents looking for additional scholarships for their students may want to encourage them over the holiday break to use MoCents, an easy, fast and paperless system connecting students to nearly 450 scholarships funded by donor gifts to the UCM Foundation.
After registering their student email at MoCents, students create a general application, which matches them with the scholarships they qualify for based on such criteria as major/minor, grade point average, financial need and student activities. For the best consideration, students are encouraged to complete all fields, especially those related to extracurricular activities. Also, please note that some scholarships may ask additional questions to verify eligibility. Here are step-by-step instructions to share with your student about how they can set up an account.
In 2013, the Foundation awarded more than $1.2 million in direct scholarship support to students. That’s part of the Foundation’s mission as the university’s nonprofit arm. By securing private gifts from alumni and friends, the UCM Foundation makes a UCM degree more accessible, affordable and beneficial for students.
Students have from December 8, 2014 until March 1, 2015 to apply for the scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year. If they encounter any issues using the new system, they should email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ucmo.edu/mocentsinfo.
IS MY STUDENT TOO LATE TO APPLY FOR FINANCIAL AID?
No, not at all! Federal grant and low-interest loan funding may still be available to help your family with the costs incurred by your student to attend the University of Central Missouri during the upcoming 2015 spring term. If you’ve not yet done so already, you and your student should complete and submit the 2014-15 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at www.fafsa.gov/. There's absolutely no charge to apply and you may find that your student is eligible for some very helpful assistance. For more details about the financial aid application process, please see the information and useful links located at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/explore/funding/undergrad.cfm.
PAYING SPRING SEMESTER BILL
A paper statement is sent at the beginning of each semester. This is the only paper statement that students will receive for the spring semester. Monthly statements are available in the online bill and payment system. Students can access the online bill system by clicking on the "student services" tab and navigating to the "view and pay my bill" link.
If full payment for the Spring 2015 semester is not paid in full by January 20, 2015, the student will automatically be set up on a payment plan. The account balance due will be divided into equal installments due on the 15th of each month through May. There will be a 1.5% fee added to the account each month.
If students are mailing their payment, they should plan to have their payment mailed in time to reach us by the due date. Our mailing address is:
Student Financial Services
Ward Edwards Bldg. Room 1100
University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
We accept payment online using checking/savings account information or debit card. Please keep in mind that not all card issuing banks participate in pin less debit. If a debit transaction is not approved, please try the web check option to pay directly from your checking account. There are no additional fees assessed to use debit or web check payments.
Trying to pay by credit card? We accept Master Card, Discover and American Express payments online only. Please be aware that there is an additional fee of 2.75% assessed by a third party processor if you choose to use this method of payment.
Need a payment plan? Students can pay their account using our monthly installment option. Their account balance can be divided into equal installments over the semester. There will be a 1.5% fee added to the account each month. More information about the monthly installment plan can be found at www.ucmo.edu/sfs/pay.
SPRING ENROLLMENT VALIDATION
WHAT IS ENROLLMENT VALIDATION?
For detailed information go to www.ucmo.edu/registrar/enrollment/enrollmentvalidation.cfm.
The purposes of the enrollment validation policy (EVP) are:
- to validate that students intend to participate in the courses in which they are enrolled
- to promote academic success by establishing a pattern of regular class attendance
- to improve access to courses by making seats available in full classes as students who do not plan to attend withdraw from classes
- to reduce educational costs by facilitating University compliance with federal financial aid regulations.
WHICH OF MY CLASSES ARE AFFECTED?
- The EVP takes place at the beginning of every fall and spring semester. It does not apply to summer semester classes.
- It affects both undergraduate and graduate level students/classes.
- The EVP applies to face-to-face, online, and hybrid full-semester and first half-semester class beginning between January 12th-January 15th, and any second half-semester courses that begin March 5th-10th.
- The EVP applies to online and hybrid classes that begin January 12/13 and March 5/12.
- The EVP does not apply to “off-schedule” classes (classes that begin outside of the dates above).
- Some classes that do not have regular meetings times are exempt from EVP. These may include: internships, theses, special projects, and student teaching.
WHAT DO I, AS A STUDENT, HAVE TO DO TO VALIDATE MY ENROLLMENT?
FOR FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES
Attend each class on the first day the class is scheduled to meet. You can find your course start dates and meeting times in MyCentral. Go to the Student Services tab and click on Student Detail Schedule.
Make sure that the instructor has included you when they take attendance. If you arrive to class late, be sure to check in with the instructor before you leave.
If you are unable to attend on the first day, you must contact each class instructor prior to the first class day to indicate your intention to continue enrollment. Find contact information for instructors at www.ucmo.edu/search/. It is recommended that you both call and e-mail your instructors.
FOR ONLINE AND HYBRID CLASSES
Log into Blackboard between Monday, January 12th and noon on Wednesday, January 14th and go into each online and hybrid class. Follow the instructions at www.ucmo.edu/registrar/enrollment/enrollmentvalidation.cfm.
The majority of thefts on campus can be described as "opportunity thefts". To avoid becoming a victim, do not leave items of value unattended in public areas or in plain view in your vehicle. Always lock the door to your room or apartment and report any suspicious activity or person to police. For further crime prevention information, visit www.ucmo.edu/ps/.
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UCM WISHES YOU A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON!