June Registrar’s Office Spotlight

Summer has arrived!  Check out our summer website for all the courses and campus services available this summer.

Here are the upcoming dates to remember:

  • May 27-June 19: Incoming Freshman Registration (by phone appt.)
  • June 9: Summer session B begins
  • June 30: Summer session C & CD begin
  • July 4: Independence Day (closed)
  • July 21: Summer session D begins
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Financial Aid and Student Accounting Services Highlights – Summer 2014

Although much of the university is on summer break, the financial aid office is busy making returning student financial aid awards. Please make sure your students check their Whitworth email often as we will be sending financial aid award notices to that address, along with important communication to students regarding missing documents required to finalize their financial aid awards.

So that your student’s award is as accurate as possible, please remind them to report their expected outside scholarships to our office either by reporting them through this link or by notating them on the confirmation billing which will be also be emailed to returning students from the student accounting services office via their Whitworth email during the first part of July. This email will have detailed instructions including important deadlines and will include your student’s billable charges along with their expected financial aid. If your student is an incoming freshman, this important email will be sent at the end of this month. The due date to return confirmation billing, Perkins Loan paperwork (mailed out to students at the end of June, if applicable) and payment for fall semester is August 1st.

Our offices are available during summer hours Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM.  

Have a wonderful summer!

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May Registrar’s Office Spotlight

The semester is winding down and we are excited to see our seniors cross the stage!  As we transition to summer, we want to remind everyone we have summer courses that students can take to get ahead.  Summer course information is available on Whitnet.

  • May 13-16: Final exams (pdf here)
  • May 17: Graduate commencement – 10 a.m.
  • May 17: Residence halls close for students not graduating
  • May 18: Baccalaureate ceremony – 10 a.m.
  • May 18: Undergraduate commencement – 3 p.m.
  • May 19: Residence halls close for graduating students
  • May 20: Summer session 1 begins
  • May 21: Final grades due by noon
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May’s adjustments for first year students

It’s almost the end of the school year!  Some students may experience the following:

  • Final exam anxiety
  • Stress over moving when semester ends
  • Ambivalence about returning home for summer
  • Sadness over leaving new friendships and/or new romantic relationships at school
  • Beginning to realize how college will influence future life decisions

Tip: ask your student what they hope for the summer.  How can you challenge and support them in these hopes?

Adapted from Helping your First-Year College Student Succeed, Richard Mullendore and Cathie Hatch, National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. 

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Financial Aid Office Highlights – April 2014

The Financial Aid Office is busy finishing up new freshman awards and has begun the process of awarding continuing students their financial aid awards for 2014-15.  The majority of these returning student awards will be processed during the month on May.  Don’t forget, the priority deadline to complete the FAFSA for these students is May 1st!

The Federal Department of Education has made available the online Federal Parent Loan Request Process for 2014-15*.   A Federal Parent Loan is a federally insured loan that parents can apply for to help pay for costs related to higher education.  In order to qualify for a Federal Parent Loan, a parent must be:

  • the student’s biological or adoptive parent or the student’s step-parent, if the biological or adoptive parent has remarried at the time of application.
  • borrowing for a student who is enrolled at least half time.
  • credit worthy.  Approval for this loan requires that the parent have a good payment history.  Debt to income is not a factor.

Parents can borrow up to the student’s cost of attendance minus all financial aid.  Parents might find our online Cost Estimator www.whitworth.edu/costest helpful when trying to determine how much they might want to borrow.

The amount the parent borrows is divided equally between fall and spring terms (minus applicable fees which are typically less than 5%), unless the parent requests something different.  Interest charges begin at the time of disbursement. The parent can choose to pay the interest or defer it as long as the student remains in school at least half time. Repayment begins within 60 days from when the student is no longer enrolled at least half-time.

If you are interested in the Federal Parent Loan Program, please visit www.studentlloans.gov to complete an online request form. The parent must log in using his/her federal pin number to begin the request process.  *Please note, if you borrowed a Parent PLUS Loan in 2013-14, this loan does not automatically renew for the next academic year, so you will need to reapply if you need a Parent Plus Loan foe 2014-15.

Please feel free to call the financial aid office at 509.777.3215 with questions related to Financial Aid including the Federal Parent Loan Program.  We are open throughout the summer and are happy to help!

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