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Financial Aid Applications

This month as both students and families prepare to file income tax returns, you also will likely be working on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the document that helps us ensure that your student receives all possible financial aid. The FAFSA form can be completed at and does NOT require your 2013 taxes to be filed in order to submit the form.  You can use last year's tax info or estimate 2013.    If you filed your FAFSA in 2013-2014 you can import last year's information, rather than starting a new application.  We recommend you have the following information available:

  • 2013 Federal taxes (2012 if 2013 has not been filed)
  • 2013 W2s
  • Checking/Savings, asset information
  • Parent & Student PIN #

Alvernia encourages students and families to file as early as possible.  If you are a PA resident your FAFSA must be filed no later than May 1, 2014 to be considered for the PHEAA State Grant Program.  A link to this application will be available on the confirmation page once your FAFSA is submitted.  Additional instructions and helpful hints are located on your student portal under the Finance Tab and Financial Planning.  Additionally, the Office of Student Financial Planning is here to help; stop in, call 610-796-8356, or email

Registration for Fall (and other) Classes

Registration for classes at Alvernia in Summer and Fall 2014 is fast approaching.  It begins on Monday, March 24 with our current seniors.  Juniors may begin registering on March 25, Sophomores on March 26 and Freshmen on March 27.
Prior to registering, students must meet with their academic advisors.  They will discuss grades, classes, majors, plans, transfer credits, study abroad, internships, employment, future schedules:  anything that is relevant to the student’s academic progress.  In some cases, adding courses in Summer or in the evening format (a new “Mod” begins March 10, for example) is a good idea in order to maintain satisfactory progress or to improve grades.  A student will not be able to register until the advisor has authorized it and until all holds  on the student’s account (signified by “stop signs” in a student’s record in our Self-Service system) are removed.   As well, a student who does not have a grade point average at the level required for satisfactory progress in the major or overall will be notified by a letter sent to the home address.  This letter will come from the Provost, the Educational Planning Center, or the Chair of the major department.
Help is available for all students, year-round, in many places:  Office of Residence Life, Student Financial Planning, Student Billing, Registrar, Public Safety, Athletics, Educational Planning Center, and from many individual staff and faculty members who are ready and even eager to assist every student to succeed.   Please encourage your student to take advantage of all the opportunities at Alvernia.  Below you will find some of the web links for more information:

Housing Applications & Selection

Our students also are preparing to make their housing applications and selections for next year, a process closely associated with registration (Registration is required in order to finalize the housing application). Living on our campus is an integral part of your student’s college education. In fact, results from research conducted on our campus shows just how important living in on-campus housing can be to a student’s success. Students who live in University housing at Alvernia:

  • earn higher grades
  • are happier with their college experience
  • have more positive contacts with faculty and staff
  • use academic support resources more frequently
  • feel a greater sense of membership in the University community
  • report greater improvement in multiple areas of academic and personal growth
  • feel less overwhelmed and more able to manage their time

As residents, students also have more opportunities to get involved with the social, cultural, and extracurricular activities on the University campus. And the more connected students are to the University’s community, the more relationships they develop. As a result, the more satisfied they tend to be with their total college experience.

As the deadlines for applying for on-campus housing come closer there are a few details you should be aware of. In order to be eligible for campus housing students must complete the following steps:  1) complete our online housing application 2) pay the housing deposit 3) register for 12 or more credits for the fall 2014 semester.

The deadline for all three steps is March 31st.

In addition to our traditional housing options students can become even more involved by participating in a number of co-curricular
and interest based communities (CHOICE Housing). For returning students, those communities include Sophomore Serve, Academic Village, and Affinity Housing.

  • Sophomore Serve is a community which will work with the Holleran Center for Community Engagement to engage in service opportunities in the local community
  • Academic Village is a community which centers on dedication to academic rigor through extended quiet hours and extra learning support.
  • Affinity Housing is designed for a group of students who want to live together under a certain theme (Cancer Awareness, Men's Baseball, Berks Animal Rescue League, etc.) and complete one service and community project each semester. Students interested in this housing option will need to pick up an application starting February 5 and complete the application by the affinity housing deadline of March 3rd.

If students are interested in CHOICE housing, they must complete additional paperwork, due March 3rd.

If you have any questions about the housing process, housing options, or the advantages of living on campus, please do not hesitate to contact the Office of Residence Life at 610.796.8320.


Spring Semester

March 3 - CHOICE (Affinity, Academic Village and Sophomore Serve) housing applications due
March 10 - MOD 4 Begins
March 10 – 14 - SPRING BREAK – no day classes (MOD 4 and Saturday are in session)
March 17 - Spring Fling Concert Tickets (Rodney Atkins) - On Sale
March 17 - 21 - Students meet with Advisors during Advising Week
March 24 – 28 - Pre-Registration for fall semester
March 27 - Alvernia Career & Internship Fair 12:30 – 3:00 p.m. (PEC)
March 31 - On-campus housing application deadline
April 13 - Honors Convocation
April 17 – 21 - Easter Holiday
April 22 - Day Classes Resume
April 22 – 25 - Tuberculosis Screening Clinic (freshmen Nursing/AT majors and students entering internships in healthcare fields)
April 24 – 27 - Spring Fling -
April 28 – 30 - Tuberculosis Screening Clinic (upperclassmen Nursing/AT majors and students entering internships in healthcare fields)
More dates to come in next edition...

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