Financial Aid Office Spotlight

Greetings from the Office of Financial Aid!

FAFSA Renewal: Now is the time to file the FAFSA for your students who are returning to Whitworth after this academic year.  The priority deadline for these students is May 1st which should give you enough time to complete your taxes first. We highly recommend using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to load your tax information directly into the FAFSA form.  Please keep in mind this option is available approximately 2 weeks after you filed electronically, or up to 12 weeks if you filed by paper. Speaking of taxes…

Tax Benefits of Higher Education: Luckily, there are many tax benefits for higher education.  For information regarding how tax credits, deductions and savings plans can help with the expenses for higher education, please visit the IRS website. We have also provided this link along with other helpful information on Whitworth’s Financial Aid webpage.

Returning Student Financial Aid Awards: Our office is currently working on sending out new freshman financial aid awards and will begin sending out the returning student awards during the end of April/beginning of May.  Please remind your students to check their Whitworth email for our notification that their award is ready to be viewed on their WhitNet account.  They should also be checking Pirate Port frequently for important announcements from our office as well as from other departments.

Thank you for supporting your student – we know they appreciate YOU!

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March’s adjustments for first year students

Spring is just around the corner, but it also still feels far off for many students in chilly Spokane!  Students may experience some of the following during the month of March.

  • Anxiety about Midterm exams
  • Anxiety about finding a roommate for next year
  • Concern about student leadership position applications and interviews
  • Concern over winter weight gain
  • Excitement and/or disappointment regarding Spring Break plans (note: campus is closed)

Tip: encourage your student to  find an adventure for Spring Break, whether at home or with friends.

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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Update us and enter to win

Parents: update your contact information and enter to win!

George updateWe always want to know how to best reach you and to hear of important changes in your life.

Updates received during the month of March will be entered to win Whitworth gear or a gift card from Barnes and Noble, which can be used at the campus book store.

Please click here to update your information. It’s quick and painless.

Thank you!

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Registrar’s Office Spotlight

As Spring Term has begun and plans for Spring Vacation begin to form, here are a few dates to remember…

  • Feb. 10th – Last day to add/drop a course without signatures
  • Feb. 28th – Faculty Development Day (no classes)
  • Mar. 3rd – Last day to request a Pass/NC
  • Mar. 22nd – Residence halls close for Spring Vacation
  • Mar 24th-28th  – Spring Vacation
  • Apr. 14th – Last day to drop a class without receiving a “WF”
  • Apr. 22nd  - Sr. Graduation Fair 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the HUB
  • Apr. 7th – 17th – Pre-registration for Summer and Fall 2014

For more information about the registrar’s office, visit http://www.whitworth.edu/registrar.

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February’s adjustments for first year students

In the darker month of February in the Inland Northwest, students can experience many of the following:

  • “Fresh start” mentality sets in with new semester
  • Wanderlust after Jan Term trips
  • Challenges with romantic relationship back home may begin to develop
  • Loneliness for relationships back home
  • Feelings of cabin fever and depression with winter
  • Potential increase in alcohol or other substance abuse
  • Valentine’s Day may increase feelings of loneliness and isolation

Tip: ask your student about their experience of the darker winter at Whitworth and what they’re doing for self-care.

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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