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As you may already know, the date to begin to file your 2017-2018 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was October 1, 2016.  Yes, that’s right the 17-18 FAFSA is available to complete and submit. You will be using income information from 2015, allowing you to submit your FAFSA with completed and accurate tax information.  Your student will need to have a FSA ID and password to file the FAFSA.  Both the FSA ID and FAFSA are available at  We encourage you to use the data retrieval process to import your 2015 tax information right into the FAFSA. 


In mid-October, the Educational Planning Center began mailing out Mid-Semester Warning letters to students' home addresses. Alerts are generated when professors express concerns about students' performance in class, or about course performance overall, but do not contain specifics.  Warnings are also shared with students' academic advisors. Students who receive warning letters should be sure to meet with individual professors to discuss ways to bring up their grades and improve performance. Any student who receives alerts in three or more classes will be asked to meet with the Associate Dean of Educational Planning to create a plan with specific steps the student must take to address course performance.

Advising and Registration

Registration for spring semester will begin the last week in October.  Academic advisors will begin meeting students in early October and continue through advising week, which is October 24-28. The advising meeting is essential, as students cannot be "cleared" to register online until they meet face to face with their advisors. For freshmen, this is their First Year Seminar instructor; for upperclassmen, this is the advisor whose name appears at the bottom of their schedule in our Self-Service System. If your student is on a “hold” of some kind for financial or other reasons, please encourage your student to work closely with her/his advisor or the Educational Planning Center (EPC) to learn what needs to be done to remove the hold and then to register.  If your student has questions, he or she should go to the EPC in Bernardine Hall or call 610.796.8266.  EPC staff will either have the answers or will help identify and reach the correct university personnel to assist your student.


A Note from the Office of Student Accounts…

It’s that time already….Spring Registration!  Your student should check his or her account in MyAlvernia to ensure all financial obligations have been met to prevent any delays during registration. 

Questions?  ◦  ◦ 610.796.8319    ◦ Francis Hall 200


 Real World Experience Awards

Over the summer, we invited all Alvernia students to apply for competitive Real World Experience Awards of up to $2,000 to support their participation in experiential learning opportunities in a variety of settings.

We recently informed the university community of the awards that have been made, about which you may learn more here:

 …AND we invite a second round of applications from students who are planning spring or summer experiences.  You and your student may learn more – and access the online application – here:

Veterans Day Observances

November 10 - 6:00 p.m. screening of the movie Railway Man  (about which you may learn more here: and panel discussion with student, alumni, and faculty/staff veterans on post-traumatic stress disorder at Reading Campus.

November 11 – mid-day ceremony on the Quad.

November 15 – 6:00 p.m. – Francis Hall Theatre – Lecture, with emphasis on leadership, by Col. Cole C. Kingseed, author of Beyond Band of Brothers  and Conversations with Major Dick Winters, simulcast to the Philadelphia and Schuykill Centers.



Alvernia Theater

The Thugs

A dark comedy by Adam Bock
November 3 -5, 10-13
Francis Hall Theater
Alvernia Student Art Show
November 14 – December 2, 2016
Miller Gallery (Francis Hall)
Christmas Concert
December 3, 2016
3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Francis Hall Theater
FREE Admission
Concert includes Alvernia Chorus, Band and piano and digital pipe organ accompaniment.

For a complete listing of shows please vist the webpage

Preparing for the Work Force

October 20 – Health Care Networking and Career Fair, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Student Center Private Dining Room
Opportunity for students interested in jobs or internships in the health care field to connect with employers.

November 15 – Careers in Marketing, 4:30 p.m. Student Center Private Dining Room
Roundtable discussion at which employers and alumni will share information with current students about their companies/industries and discuss how students can prepare for the workplace.

November 16 – Career Development Speaker Series, Francis Hall Theater, 6:30 p.m.
Pursuing Your Passion and Taking Risks
After 3 ½ years working at a mortgage investment company, Trevor DeHaas ’12 traded in his cubicle for a camera.  In February 2016 he packed his car and left home with his loyal companion, Kahlua, a 2 1/2 year old Catahoula Leopard Dog and together they have been living life on the open road.  Trevor has documented their journey on Instagram and Kahlua has become a social media darling.

Author to Address Freshmen - All are Welcome

The author of The First Year Seminar common reading, Nicholas Kristof, will be coming to Alvernia’s Reading campus on Thursday, October 27th to speak on his book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. Mr. Kristof will speak in the Physical Education Center starting at 5:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public – we’d love for you to join us. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Holleran Center for Community Engagement and Berks Women in Crisis in honor of BWIC 40th Anniversary, and will be simulcast to the Philadelphia and Schuykill Centers.


Flu vaccine is now available.  Please encourage your student to get this important vaccine.  It is required for many majors and prevents illness as well as missed class days.  The cost is $20 and is billed to your student's account.  Students should call 610.568.1467 or stop by the Health and Wellness Center at Veronica Hall to schedule an appointment.  

If your student received a letter from the Health and Wellness Center regarding the need to complete health requirements and did not complete those requirements by September 30th, a hold has been placed on the student’s account, preventing him or her from registering for spring classes.  Students should contact Health and Wellness in person as soon as possible to complete the requirements.

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