The University of Akron

Hello parents and UA family!

We are just past the midpoint of the semester, and advisors are now contacting students to discuss summer and fall classes. Our advisors will encourage students to take 30 to 32 credits per year (15/16 per semester) to help reduce distractions, improve grade point averages, and save money by graduating on time. Students who finish in time save money by reducing college costs and by earning salaries in their chosen fields sooner.

At UA, we want our students to succeed and achieve! Talk to your student about finishing in time and encourage him or her to talk with his or her academic advisor about planning ahead.

Advisors are encouraging students to research majors and careers so that the time in college and expenses are reduced. It is normal for students to change majors and we have resources available to help students find the right major. Advisors can show students how to explore majors and the careers to which they lead. We have software that helps students identify strengths and interests, and then it recommends careers to examine. We may recommend that students interview professionals and conduct job shadowing in fields that interest them.

While your student is home over break, ask him or her questions about choices for major and career. Why did he or she select the chosen major? Has research been conducted to verify that choice? Encourage your student to follow his or her passion and to learn more about the jobs in the fields of interest. Being able to see and understand the career options open to them after graduation helps students work harder. When students know that they are pursuing the right path, it can be very exciting!

Of course, spring break is coming and the students are looking forward to some time off. Students may have projects or tests that are due when they return to campus, so do not be surprised if your student is devoting time to schoolwork, even over break.

In this month’s edition we have information about:
  • Summer billing information from Student Accounts
  • Housing options on or off campus
  • Becoming a member of The University of Akron Roo Crew

Best wishes,
Nancy Roadruck
Assistant Vice President for Student Success
pfa@uakron.edu
uakron.edu/pfa
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You can still complete the FAFSA

If you have already filed 2013 federal taxes, or your student has filed, you may qualify to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which pulls information from your electronically filed IRS tax return into the FAFSA. Learn more about this tool and to see if you qualify.



Enter our Facebook cover photo contest

We’re looking for photos of Zip families that have UA spirit. Take a photo while your student returns over spring break, or submit one from earlier in the school year. Post your photos to our Facebook wall and you may end up as our newest cover photo models!



To live on or off campus…that IS the question!

Has your student decided where it is they are living for the upcoming academic year? Will they live in an on-campus residence hall, commute from home, or find an off-campus housing option? Here are points for you to consider when talking with your student about where to live next year:
  • Academic Success: Students living in an on-campus residence hall have higher GPAs, are more likely to continue with their education and are more likely to graduate college than their off-campus/commuting counterparts.
  • Support: For students living on-campus we offer highly trained staff, many of whom have master’s degrees or are in the process of earning a master’s. They are here to support your student’s academic and personal success.
  • Safety: On-campus residence halls have 24-hour required card access and community assistants monitoring main entrances and signing in guests. Did we mention that on-campus housing provides 24/7 emergency response staff who work closely with our University Police Department?
  • Location: Students living on-campus simply can’t get any closer to their classes! No parking space hunt required!
  • Cost comparison: On-campus housing takes the guesswork out of your budget. All utilities, cable, Internet service, and laundry are included in the room cost, and the cost is billed directly to a student's University account. Direct billing allows for any pending financial aid to be applied directly to these expenses.

For more information about UA’s on-campus residence halls, please visit Residence Life and Housing.



Summer and fall tuition due dates

Summer is a great time to keep on track or get ahead with classes in order to graduate on time. With that in mind, keep track of summer and fall 2014 billing and due dates. See the calendar here, or learn more about ways to pay for college.



Become a part of the UA Roo Crew

As the parent of a current UA student, you have the opportunity to join the Roo Crew! The Roo Crew is a team of UA supporters - alumni, parents, friends and employees - who help out at UA as they are able. Whether it is mentoring, speaking to a student organization, visiting a class, reviewing a resume, or helping with large campus events and programs, everyone has something to offer and the Roo Crew gives you the opportunity to do just that.

Join nearly 800 others in the Roo Crew and complete the short interest form. For questions or additional information, please contact Cassie Verardi at cjv8@uakron.edu or 330-972-8488.



Save the Date

SpringFest is UA’s end-of-the-year celebration held the Friday before finals week. Be sure to mark this tradition on your calendar - Friday, May 2. This FREE family event is held on campus and will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude with a fireworks display at approximately 9:20 p.m. More information will be available in the April newsletter.