Financial Aid Office and Student Accounting Services Highlights – September 2014

whitworth fallWe hope you enjoying the fall season and the new beginnings it brings.  We have been blessed with beautiful weather so far here on campus! A couple of reminders for you to keep in mind and possibly help your student out with this time of year:

  • By the end of September, most expected outside scholarships to be paid toward fall semester have been received and applied to student accounts.  If you notice when you receive your account statement that an outside scholarship has not been applied toward fall charges, it would be a good idea to have your student follow-up with the scholarship donor.  The donor may require proof of enrollment before they will send the scholarship to Whitworth.  If proof of enrollment is required, your student can log on to Pirate Port, click on the WhitNet icon, and under Academic Profile, click the Enrollment Verification link.
  • The Student Accounting Services office will be sending out account statements at the end of this month via email.  If you notice that a financial aid resource is not being applied toward the charges, then something is wrong and your student could be missing important documents or processes that need to be completed for that aid to transmit.  Please have your student contact the Financial Aid Office if he or she needs assistance in understanding what is missing.  It is important to address this, as late charges will be applied to accounts for outstanding charges not covered by anticipated financial aid.  These service charges will occur on the 20th of the month beginning in October.  If you have a payment plan in place to cover the balance through fall term, late charges will not be assessed.

Thank you for allowing us to serve your students!

Financial Aid Office  and Student Account Services

(Click on either link to get dept. contact information.)


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How many different words are there for teenagers?

by Kathy Watts, Access Services Librarian

Whitworth library stepsMost college students aren’t teenagers anymore, but there are still many words to describe them:

  •  teen(s)
  • teenager(s)
  • adolescent
  • adolescence
  • juvenile

For many students, conducting research will be a necessary part of each semester. When students search for information on a topic, what words they choose to search make a big difference in how successful their search will be. Would they get better results using “teens” or “adolescents”? For students who are new to a discipline, it can be difficult to guess the appropriate “lingo.”

The good news for students is that the library has many resources that can help!

First and foremost, librarians are available to assist with research questions, searching databases, and finding suitable information sources. Students can check the library’s web page to see what hours librarians are available (

Secondly, Whitworth Library has an excellent reference collection of books: dictionaries, encyclopedias, and indices on many subjects. Each one of these books provides introductions to and overviews of a wide range of topics, and will include terminology specific to that topic. Students can use the terminology found in the reference book to guide their research.

Starting research can be intimidating, and maybe overwhelming, for new students. Please encourage your son or daughter to take advantage of the services provided by Whitworth Library!


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September Registrar’s Office Spotlight

Welcome to campus! The Registrar’s Office is back to its normal hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Here are the upcoming dates and deadlines to remember:

Sept. 2: Advising and Registration Day

Sept. 3: Day and evening classes begin

Sept. 9: Last day to drop or add without professor & advisor signature

Sept. 16: Last day to add a semester course, drop without a “W” grade. or register for an audit

Sept. 16: Community Building Day (no classes until 12:50 p.m.)

Sept. 26: Last day to request Pass/No Credit for first-half semester classes

Sept. 30: Last day to drop first-half semester class without “WF” grade, or to request Pass/No Credit for semester courses

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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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