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January 2018


Previous Editions
  A great place to keep track of what is going on at UCM is through our university calendar found at  A few of the many important dates for the spring semester include the following:
January 4 Textbook distribution begins for Spring 2018 semester
January 7 Residence halls open, noon
January 8 Spring semester classes begin
January 8-12 University Bookstore open for Spring 2018 textbooks, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Elliott Student Union
January 10 Involvement Fair 3-5 p.m., Student Rec Center (see article below)
January 11 Last day for spring semester enrollment and changing classes for full semester courses
January 12 Last day to change meal plan for spring semester
January 15 Classes dismissed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
January 19 Fall 2018 CA applications due (see article below on Student Job Opportunities)
January 20 Payment deadline (see article below)
January 26 Last day for textbook refunds
February 1 Priority application deadline for the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid ( to be considered for Missouri state aid
March 1 Foundation Scholarship applications are due -- learn more at
March 19-23 Spring Break
    Additional information regarding payment and registration dates can be found on MyCentral.


Mental Fitness Workshops for Students
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". If your student receives campus announcements via text, encourage them to join the 'UCM Registrar' message group.     January 16 Skills for Responding in Risky Situations: The Green Dot Way  
    January 22 & 23 Relaxation Strategies  
    January 29 & 30 Managing Anxiety  
Mondays and Tuesdays (same content both days)
3:30-4:45 p.m. - Rec Center Classroom


A University Committed to Student Success

As we look forward to a new semester at the University of Central Missouri, we want to thank you as a UCM parent for supporting your student's choice for a higher education.  Through your encouragement and involvement, you are part of a large team of individuals who have a role in helping your son or daughter across the degree finish line.


From the Board of Governors to all the faculty and staff, UCM has a campus-wide commitment to your student’s success. This includes making education accessible and affordable and providing a wealth of opportunities through our Learning to a Greater Degree contract for student completion that will keep your son or daughter on track toward their timely completion of a college degree. While doing so, we also will transform your student, making them better prepared for work and for life.

As part of the UCM family, you can be proud to be associated with a university that stands out among its higher education competitors in a number of important areas characteristic of a quality and student-focused university. Among them, UCM continues to implement initiatives aimed at reducing student debt load, and is the only institution in Missouri that pays students to graduate in four years, thanks to a monetary incentive provided through the 15-to-Finish Scholarship initiative. Among its moderately selective competitor institutions, the university also has the highest graduation rate, the most faculty members with doctoral or terminal degrees, most accreditations, and the lowest transfer out rate. What’s more, UCM has a strong reputation for helping first generation and underrepresented students to obtain the support they need to achieve their education dreams.


UCM President Charles Ambrose

In today’s society, a college education matters, and many people across the UCM campus are committed to making the university an outstanding value for students to gain knowledge and perspective that will benefit them throughout their lifetime. Thanks again for supporting your son or daughter in their decision to “Choose Red” and all the opportunities a UCM education provides.

Joining you in service,


Chuck Ambrose, President
University of Central Missouri

To track the latest news and exciting events at UCM link to



What’s happening with students:

  • Students return to campus after the winter break. Many will feel homesick as they return to campus; others will feel relieved to be back to their independent lifestyle.
  • Students will be able to access their grades through MyCentral and either feel disappointed or delighted. Parental reactions to the grades weigh heavily on their minds and influence their stress level as they anticipate a new term. Whether the grades were good or bad, they will have a better understanding of what college requires.
  • Uncertainties will arise in the new semester as students begin new classes and meet new professors.

What parents can do:

  • Be supportive of your student regardless of the fall term grades. If grades were poor, refer your student to college resources for help in future academic struggles. Remind her of your academic and class attendance expectations, but also keep those expectations realistic given the level of academic difficulty at UCM.
  • Remind him to keep up with the coursework. Many students find that falling behind early in the term is a major cause of stress and failures later on in the term. Help with time management tips so that academics and social activities are balanced.




The 2018/2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available for completion online. It must be filed each year at for your student to be able to receive federal financial aid.

Our priority date for filing the FAFSA is February 1st, 2018 to be considered for state aid while the priority date to be eligible for the full range of financial aid, including limited federal aid is April 1.

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 online (go to Many questions can be answered by reviewing our website at


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, 2018. The 1098T form for 2017 will be mailed to the home address on file no later than January 31, 2018. For additional information regarding federal education credits, please refer to

The 2017 1098T from will be mailed to the home address no later than the end of January 2018 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.


A paper statement is mailed mid-December for the 2018 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 UCM Payment Center and selecting “continue to my account details”.

If full payment for the 2018 spring semester has not been satisfied in full by January 20, 2018, a student will automatically be set up on a payment plan (see details below).

Payment Methods:



Week of Welcome is January 8-12. There are lots of activities planned to welcome new and returning students back to campus.

To learn more about these events, check out Spotlight on Facebook at UCMSPOTLIGHT.

Events include:

Monday, Jan. 8 Recreation Leisure:  Bongo Ball Mania SRWC Lower Courts 12:00-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 9 Let's Talk: Community Issues Union Atrium 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 9 Ideas & Issues: Shack City SRWC Quad 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 10 Involvement Fair SRWC Lower Courts 3:00-5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 10 Comedy: Mission Improbable Hendricks Hall 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 11 UCM Bingo Union Ballrooms 8:00 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 12 Wear Red! Be Proud! & Leave Your Mark Union 219 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.


The Spring Involvement Fair will be held on Wednesday, January 10 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.


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


All Day Resume Help
The Career Services Center will be hosting All Day Resume Help on Monday, February 12th, 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 2018 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 2018
The Career Services Center will be hosting the Spring Career Expo on Wednesday, February 14th, 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
BIG Interview Day
Nearly 40 employers will conduct interviews on Thursday, February 15th 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


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 We look forward to helping your student with their decision.


UCM's new Learning Commons, 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.


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 or call 660-543-4156.


The Office of Mentoring, Advocacy and Peer Support (MAPS) offers your student a supportive, inclusive, and student-centered approach. We provide individualized advocacy, academic resources, and social support to boost their success.

Common reasons your student might use MAPS services:

How we help
With academic support and adjusting to college:

With creating a welcoming and inclusive campus:

With victim advocacy and support resources:

With community connections:

For more information about the MAPS office call 660-543-4156 or email

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