News: Parents newsletter, summer 2009

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Welcome new UA parents and family members!

The Association is here to help

We would like to welcome our new students and their families to The University of Akron. Fall semester is just around the corner and our students and families are working hard to prepare for the start of their next educational experience at The University of Akron. The UA Parents & Family Association is dedicated to understanding and addressing the needs and interests of our UA families. Through collaboration with our families, the Association strives to enhance the success of our students.

Graduates with ZippyThe Association, guided and directed by its members, supplies UA families with targeted and timely information, opportunities for campus involvement, and additional support for our families as they help their students take full advantage of the "Excellence, Opportunity, and Energy" found here.

The Association wants to help. We hope newsletters like this one will keep you informed of dates, deadlines, opportunities, and resources.


Fall Semester is just around the corner

Whether your student is packing to move into the UA residence halls or preparing to commute to campus, here are some ideas as you compile your "to-do" list.

Advice for residence hall students

If your student has received a space in the UA residence halls, you will be getting a packet of information soon sharing lots of information including room assignment, roommate contact information, move-in dates and instructions, and lots more. The packet contains a "what to bring (and what not to bring)" suggestion. That same list is here. Residence Life and Housing recommends that you pack light. "'Less is more' until you are able to determine what you truly need in your new home." More information is available from The Office of Residence Life and Housing housing at 330-972-7800 or reslife@uakron.edu or www.uakron.edu/reslife.

Advice for commuter students

If your student is commuting to campus, a great way to begin the year would be to drop by the Commuter Drive-In on Friday, August 21, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., in the Commuter Lounge, on the ground level of the Student Union. It's a great opportunity to meet other students, get information on Commuter Central services, meet the Commuter Central mentors, get involved in a really fun campus scavenger hunt, and lots more!

And...students should bring their class schedules. Commuter Central mentors will give you a tour of your classroom locations!

For more information contact Denise Montanari, Assistant Director of Student Life, at dmontanari@uakron.edu or 330-972-2374.


Week of Welcome events

Week of WelcomeWeek of Welcome, August 21-28, provides a variety of activities and programs that make for a great start to the fall semester! Among them are a few major events, some old-standing traditions, and some exciting new opportunities that you will not want to miss!

Included in that first week are New Student Convocation, the Welcome Picnic, men's and women's soccer games, Rock the Lock concerts, comedians, magicians, Zumba classes, the Greek Life Ice Cream Social, Gospel Fest, Roo Fest and a lot more!

For the entire schedule, go to the Week of Welcome web site.


New federal policy could lower
student loan payments

A host of new federal student aid policies went into effect July 1. Of particular interest is a loan program that caps borrowers' monthly payments based on their income and family size. The plan is available to undergraduate and graduate student borrowers, and includes almost all federal loans, whether through a private company or directly through the federal government. Essentially, the program is designed so that a borrower won't be asked to pay more than 15% of their disposable income. This option is open to anyone who has taken out federal loans, even if it was years ago, and meets eligibility requirements. The point of the program is to encourage college-bound students and graduates to keep all their college and career options open, rather than worry about how they'll pay off debt. The Project on Student Debt says it "could significantly lower student loan payments for hundreds of thousands of people."

Additional financial aid information:

Grant assistance will increase for our neediest students. The federal stimulus bill that President Obama signed Feb. 17 includes an increase in the maximum Pell Grant for undergraduates with the greatest need, taking the maximum Pell Grant from $4,731 in 2008-09 to $5,350 in 2009-10 and $5,550 in 2010-11 for those with the highest need. The Pell award amount is on a sliding scale down to a minimum of about $900 for those with lesser need.

Students will be able to obtain loans. Federally guaranteed student-loan programs remain intact and as plentiful as in the past. If the federal guaranteed loans do not fully meet the need, students and families can turn to Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) or private alternative loans offered by banks and other lending institutions. While the number of private lenders has declined in the recent months, students still have a number of options to consider. Students and families can go to www.uakron.edu/finaid and click on FastChoice on the left side of the page for a listing of some of the private lenders in the market today. This site provides an easy way for students to comparison shop for the best terms and rates of all types of student loans. Most times, a credit-worthy co-signer is required for private student loans.

Students can receive aid without attending full time. Students can receive state and federal grants even if they take as little as one-quarter of a full-time load. For loans, funding is available for students enrolled at least one-half time, i.e. six hours a semester for undergraduates and 5 hours for graduate and law students. In either scenario, the award will be pro-rated based on the number of hours enrolled.

The Office of Student Financial Aid Web site contains a wealth of information for undergraduates and graduate students. And, of course, students and families are encouraged to stop by the Student Services Center in Simmons Hall any time they have a question.


Family Weekend is Nov. 6-8

Family Weekend iconMark your calendars now to join in the fun at UA Family Weekend, Nov. 6-8.

Free movies, bowling, billiards, games and performances by coffee house performer, Sean Benjamin, and magician, Jay Mattioli. And don't miss the opportunity to cheer on the Zips football team in our new on-campus stadium as they battle our rivals from Kent State. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7, our nationally ranked men's soccer team plays the Hawks of Hartwick College.

Also on Saturday evening, you will not want to miss the "Docs Who Rock" concert sponsored by United Way at UA's E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall.

More information will be available online at www.uakron.edu/familyweekend after Aug. 24.

SUMMER 2009 ISSUE | IN THIS ISSUE:


PFA CONTACT INFORMATION


USEFUL LINKS


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Aug. 24 - Fall semester classes begin
  • Aug. 30 - Last day to add classes without signature
  • Sept. 12 - First game in new InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field
  • Sept. 15 - Spring graduation applications due
  • Oct. 9-10 - UA Homecoming
  • Nov.  6-8 - UA Family Weekend

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