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, 2015 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 will be hosting a FAFSA completion day on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 1:30 to 3:30 in Bernardine Hall and all are welcome to attend. We are here to help so stop in, call 610-796-8356, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our students also are preparing to make their housing applications and selections for next year, a process closely associated with registration for fall semester classes. (Registration for fall semester classes 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 2015 semester.
The deadline for all three steps is April 1st.
In addition to our traditional housing options students can become even more involved in their housing by participating in a number of co-curricular and interest based communities (CHOICE Housing). For returning students, those communities include Sophomore Serve, Interfaith, Academic Village, and Affinity Housing.
• Sophomore Serve is a community that will work with the Holleran Center for Community Engagement to continue engaging in service opportunities in the local community.
• Academic Village is a community that centers on dedication to academic rigor through extended quiet hours and extra learning support.
• Interfaith is a community that will work with Campus Ministry to challenge student to explore their own spirituality and to gain a more diverse understanding of faith.
• Affinity Housing is designed for a group of students who want to live together under a theme of their choice (Cancer Awareness, Men's Baseball, Berks Animal Rescue League, etc.) and complete at least one service and community project each semester. Students interested in this housing option will need to pick up an application starting February 2nd and complete the application by the affinity housing deadline of February 27th.
If students are interested in CHOICE housing, they must complete additional paperwork, due February 27th.
If you have any questions about our housing selection 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.
Nearly 100 students participate in an alternative break trip each year to learn about and, more importantly, meet those who are disenfranchised by society. Students participate in hands-on service opportunities for a week and reflect upon their experiences so as to better understand the causes and effects of poverty. Trips are planned over spring break to Reading and West Virginia, where students will be able to examine the cycles of urban and rural poverty. Student fee* to attend Reading trip is $100 and $150 for West Virginia. A trip to Tennessee is planned for May 10-16, 2015, where students will care for the environment and learn about the struggles of the Cherokee nation; student fee* to attend is $250.
*Students will work together on fundraising efforts to lower the fees, as well!
Applications are being accepted now and more information is available in the Campus Ministry office or by emailing email@example.com
Our annual Career and Internship Fair will be held on March 18th this year and you might be wondering how you can help your student prepare for this great opportunity. With Spring Break right around the corner (March 2-6), there are a few ways you can help out before your son or daughter heads back to campus!
Thank you for taking an active part in your student’s success! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Career Development at 610.796.8225! Stay tuned! In the next issue, we plan to prepare you for your student’s transition back into your empty nest for the summer!
More dates to come in next edition...
Registration for classes at Alvernia in Summer and Fall 2015 is fast approaching. It begins on Monday, March 23 with our current seniors. Juniors may begin registering on March 24, Sophomores on March 25 and Freshmen on March 26.
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 16, 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 have been notified by a letter sent to the home address. This letter will have 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:
• Student Billing: http://www.alvernia.edu/parents/student-billing/index.html
If your student receives a letter from the Health and Wellness Center regarding completion of health requirements and does not complete those requirements by March 1st, a hold will be placed on the student’s account, preventing him or her from registering for fall classes. Students should be advised to contact Health and Wellness as soon as possible to complete the requirements
Parents and families who are interested in attending one of our most popular spring events may come and take part in what is guaranteed to be an exciting night, filled with tons of young talent. Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 19th at 8pm in the Francis Hall Theater!