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January 2017

      DATES TO REMEMBER
 

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    A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at www.ucmo.edu/calendar/.  A few of the many important dates for the spring semester include the following:
     
 


 
January 5 Textbook distribution begins for Spring 2017 semester
January 8
Residence halls open, noon
January 9 Spring semester classes begin
January 9-13 University Bookstore open for Spring 2017 textbooks, 7:30 am to 7:00 pm, Elliott Student Union
January 12 Last day for spring semester enrollment and changing classes for full semester courses
January 13 Last day to change meal plan for spring semester
January 16 Classes dismissed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 20 Payment deadline (see article below)
January 20 Fall 2017 CA applications due (see article below on Student Job Opportunities)
January 27 Last day for textbook refunds
February 1 Priority application deadline for the 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (www.fafsa.gov)
March 1 Foundation Scholarship applications are due -- learn more at www.ucmo.edu/mocents
March 20-24 Spring Break
     
    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 "UCM Registrar."

 

 


ENHANCING THE VALUE OF A UCM DEGREE


As the University of Central Missouri enters 2017, we are excited about the possibilities ahead for our students and the progress we continue to make toward increasing the value proposition for a UCM education. As a parent, you can be proud that your student is part of an institution that cares about their success, and has a collective commitment to doing the right things to help them navigate through the educational pipeline.

 

We strive to set a positive example for other colleges and universities across the country while addressing issues that are important to students’ success. Access is one such area as we strive to eliminate the barriers that stand between students and their educational dreams. With 20.2 percent more students enrolled than we had five years ago, we’re making progress, and through initiatives such as our Learning to a Greater Degree Contract for student completion, we will continue to keep more students on track to complete their degrees on time.


An emphasis on success also includes making education affordable. With support from our Board of Governors, UCM has held tuition below the annual rate of inflation for six consecutive years. Our commitment to affordability also means easing the burden of college debt on students and their families. In addressing this issue, we have helped our students eliminate approximately $12.5 million in federal borrowing over the last three years.

Along with quality faculty and staff members who are dedicated to our students’ success, we know a UCM degree is an outstanding value. We look forward to a new semester, and the opportunity to prepare your student for a world in need of college graduates who have purpose and perspective.

Chuck Ambrose, President
University of Central Missouri

 

Dr. Chuck Ambrose

To track the latest news and exciting events at UCM link to www.ucmo.edu/news/.


IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION INFORMATION FOR 2017-2018


The 2017/2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available for completion online. It must be filed each year at www.fafsa.gov for your student to be able to receive federal financial aid.

Our priority date for filing the FAFSA is February 1st, 2017 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 in­person or by mail (1100 Ward Edwards Bldg.), by telephone (660­543­8266) or on­line (go to www.ucmo.edu/webapps/channels/sfs-inquiry-system/). Many questions can be answered by reviewing our website at www.ucmo.edu/sfs.

1098­T REPORTING

IRS regulations require universities to report qualified tuition and related expenses and provide information to each student on a 1098­T 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 1098­T 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 W­9S 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 W­9S mailed by January 8, 2017. The 1098­T form for 2016 will be mailed to the home address on file no later than January 31, 2017. For additional information regarding federal education credits, please refer to www.irs.gov/publications/p970/ch03.html.

The 2016 1098T from will be mailed to the home address no later than the end of January 2017 unless the student has opted to receive it electronically. Electronic copies are available in the UCM Payment Center. Log into “MyCentral”, click on “Student Services”, navigate to “Continue to Payment Center”, and choose the “E-Statement” tab.

Keep in mind that UCM’s 1098-T form reports charges billed during the year and does not report payments received.

PAYING SPRING BILL

‘Paper’ statements are mailed prior to the beginning of the 2017 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 2017 spring semester has not been satisfied in full by January 20, 2017, a student will automatically be set up on a payment plan (see details below).

Payment Methods:


INVOLVEMENT FAIR

The Spring Involvement Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 11 from 3:00-5:00 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 Human Resources job search site at jobs.ucmo.edu.


SPRING CAREER EXPO NEWS:

  All Day Resume Help
The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, February 6th, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. in WDE 1200. This is a great opportunity for students to have their resume reviewed in preparation of the upcoming Spring Career Expo.
  The Fairs App
Encourage your students to download the new Fairs App to see which employers will be attending the BIG Career Expo, Spring 2017 and the BIG Interview Day. Students will also use this app at the BIG Career Expo event to see where employers are located and what majors they are recruiting for.
 

BIG Career Expo, Spring 2017
As a reminder, the Career Services Center will be hosting the Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, February 8th, 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 150 employers are expected at this year’s event. Students should dress professionally and bring multiple copies of their resumes. Students should check their HireRed account or download The Fairs App to see who will be participating in this event. 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 expo setup 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.

  BIG Interview Day
Nearly 40 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, February 9th in the Career Services Center, WDE 1200. Students should check their HireRed account or download The Fairs App to see who will be participating in our BIG Interview Day. Students should visit with these companies at the Career Expo in order to secure an interview slot.
  Questions? Please contact the Career Services Center at 660-543-4985 or by email at careers@ucmo.edu.


CHANGING MAJORS

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:


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 gateway@ucmo.edu. We look forward to helping your student with their decision.

JUMP START THE SEMESTER WITH ACADEMIC SUPPORT IN THE LEARNING COMMONS

UCM's new Learning Commons (formerly the Student Success Center), located on the 3rd floor of the JCK Library, features the academic supports needed to be successful in every class. This collaborative learning environment will offer students a fun place to study, access to tutoring for over 70 classes, a schedule of supplemental instruction sessions, individual writing assistance, and test preparation support.

Students should visit us early and often to ensure they have the resources needed for a successful semester. For more information drop by JCKL 3160 or call us at 660-543-8972.

 

PEER TO PEER ASSISTANCE WITH ACADEMIC RESOURCE COACHES

 

If your student mentions they are wrestling with some aspect of their academics, organization, studying, 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 Resource Coaches (ARCs) in their residence hall, or to one of the Commuter ARCs, who work with students living in campus apartments and off-campus.

Academic Resource Coaches are fellow students who have been trained to provide direct assistance and coaching to students with academic concerns. These 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.

To learn more about Academic Resource Coaches visit www.ucmo.edu/maps/arcs.cfm or call 660-543-4156.


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