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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April’s adjustments for first year students

Many first-year students experience the following during the month of April:

  • Concern over declaring a major
  • Feeling “burned out”
  • Spring fever
  • Concern about finding summer employment

Tip: find time to Facetime or Skype with your student, just to say hi.

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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April Registrar’s Office Spotlight

As the semester continues and final exams approach, here are the upcoming dates to remember…

  • April 4: Second-half semester courses last day to add/drop without receiving a “W,” to add a second-half semester course, or to register for an audit
  • April 7-17: Pre-registration for Summer and Fall Term 2014
  • April 18: Good Friday (no classes)
  • April 21: Second-half semester courses last day to request P/NC
  • April 22 : Graduate Fair 11 a.m.-6 p.m. – HUB
  • April 25: Second-half semester courses last day drop without receiving a “WF”
  • May 13-16: Final Exams – click here for a link to the schedule
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Commencement information for parents of the class of ’14

by Mark Baker, Associate Registrar

Graduation is just around the corner!  Below are some helpful links that will answer some questions you might have and give you a bit of information about Commencement Weekend.

Commencement Quick Facts
Communion and Commissioning Service Invite
Arena Seating Map
Photo Order Form

Additionally, there is a lot of other helpful information on the Commencement webpage (weekend activities, graduation announcements, list of graduating seniors’ names, etc.).

Commencement

Please feel free to ask if you have any other questions.  We are looking forward to celebrating this exciting event with you and your Whitworth student.

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Campus housing lottery is just around the corner

Duvall Hall WhitworthEach returning student wishing to live on campus the following year must participate in the Whitworth Housing Lottery, which takes place each April. This process is designed to give priority to students who have a higher class standing and therefore graduating sooner. To ensure a more diverse community, some spaces in every building are reserved for incoming students—both transfers and new freshmen.

Current students will come to the housing lottery with housing points (one point is awarded for each class level achieved) and a random lottery number. The more points a student has, the sooner he or she gets to pick a room.  The random lottery number is used in case there’s a tie between individuals’ or groups’ housing points.  Roommate pairs combine their housing points for their group and use the group’s lowest lottery number in case of a tie.

If you have further questions please visit  http://www.whitworth.edu/housinglottery or contact the Whitworth University Housing office housing@whitworth.edu.

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