By Darren Krolikowski
Hello Raiders! This month, in honor of Earth Day, the Green Raiders are promoting and hosting some events that you all should know about:
- April 17 – Stark Parks is hosting a clean-up on the Mahoning Valley
Major: Religious Studies and Music
A liberal arts education is preparing me to be well rounded, and I believe that will be a great attribute when looking for a job.
How do I receive credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams or post-secondary classes?
We cannot take this information from your high school transcript. We must receive an official AP score report from College Board, the company that administers AP exams. The scores are available online at www.collegeboard.org starting in July.
How do I register for classes?
For your initial registration, you will provide academic information at the time you register online for Preview, and, based on what you tell us, the Office of the Registrar will prepare a schedule for you.
When you come to a summer Preview session, you will have the opportunity to review and make changes to that schedule with an academic advisor.
For the next semester, you will register online after meeting with your academic advisor, who will be the instructor from your First Year Seminar (FYS) course, for guidance. The registration system is known as Self-Service, and you are able to register and make changes during certain registration periods. Your advisor has to authorize you for online access.
It is important to remember that you can only make changes to this schedule through the end of the first week of classes. After that point, you cannot add classes to your schedule at all, and any classes you drop after that point will be noted on your official transcript.
Who is my advisor?
Your First Year Seminar professor will serve as your advisor for the entire first semester. When you are ready to declare a major, you can do so online, and you will then be assigned a new advisor from that academic department.
How do I declare a major?
To declare a major and a minor, you must complete the online forms. Students are required to have a minor area of study, which is also “declared.” You may have more than one major or minor; however, if you double major, you are not required to have a minor. Freshman declarations are not entered on your record until the end of the first semester. At that time, you will be assigned an advisor in your declared major. Throughout the first semester, your FYS instructor will work with you for advising.
What if I haven’t decided on a major yet?
You don’t have to declare your major immediately; many students take a while to make this decision. Your advisor will be a good resource, and we have an Office of Students in Academic Transition as well. The staff in that office can advise you about the available majors, and students can take various assessments to determine their strengths and personal preferences.
How many classes will I take?
Most classes at Mount Union are worth four credit hours. This allows for more depth in exploration of the class topic with four class contact hours per week.
The average class load for students will include four four-credit-hour courses, or sixteen (16) total credit hours, each semester. By taking at least 16 hours each semester, you will reach the required 128 hours for graduation in four years.
Am I required to attend every class?
The University Catalogue says this: “It is expected that each student will attend and participate during all class and laboratory sessions for which he or she is registered.” If you must be absent from class, for any reason, you should contact your professor about the reason for the absence and the method of making up missed assignments. Many faculty members have attendance policies for individual classes, and they may or may not allow you to make up missed work.
How do I see my grades?
You can view grade report and unofficial transcript in Self-Service, which is where all of your midterm and final grades are entered.
At the mid-point of the semester, a grade will be entered in Self-Service only if your performance in class needs improvement because you have earned a C- or below. If you receive a midterm grade in any class, you should consult with the professor and your advisor. Also, take advantage of the resources available in the Center for Student Success. They offer assistance in study skills, time management and selecting a major, if necessary.
Will my parents see my grades?
Your education record is your own, and we do not share academic information with parents unless you give us permission. Grades are not mailed to your residence. However, you may give your parents shared access to certain functions in your Self-Service account, including to be able to view your grades
What is the Integrative Core?
The Integrative Core at the University of Mount Union is a collection of foundational courses that ensure a well-rounded educational experience. Extending throughout all four years of your college career, this unique curriculum, which includes eight classes, will allow you to explore a variety of topics and ideas through four levels that build on skills learned previously. The Integrative Core enhances the learning developed through your major and minor and provides for the development of complex thinking and effective communication skills – all of which you will need to be successful in life after college. You can learn more details about the Integrative Core online.
What majors are offered at Mount Union?
You can view all of our major and minor offerings online.
Do I have to follow the four year plan exactly?
The four year plans designed for each major are meant to be a guide as students plan out their time here at Mount Union, but they are not an exact prescription. While some majors require more strict adherence than others, there are always factors that might require students to take classes outside of the semester outlined on the four year plan. The most important factor is to look at the four year plan as a whole, adjust the plan as needed for your particular situation, and keep an eye to ensuring that you meet all the requirements at some point during your four years here. If there are question about the four year plan, students are encouraged to talk to their advisor or the Registrar.
The Office of Business Affairs works with students and families on the actual payment of Mount Union tuition and room and board bills. This office will send out information regarding billing throughout the summer and can help with issues surrounding the bills themselves, not any scholarship, grants, or other financial aid a student may receive. If you have questions about your bill, please contact this office at 1-800-992-6682 extension 4137 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the total cost to attend for the 2015-2016 Academic Year?
The cost for tuition, fees, room and board for the 2015-2016 academic year are listed below
Tuition and fees $28,550
Room and board (standard) $9,540
If not residing on campus, the cost is $28,550. More detailed information is available online.
Are books and supplies included in the direct cost?
No, your direct cost includes tuition, fees, room and board (if living on campus). We estimate students spend about $1,100 on books per year.
What payment plans are available if I cannot pay the entire amount at one time?
There are several payment plans that you can read about on the payment plans page.
Do you accept credit cards for payment?
We do allow credit card payments. The University accepts Visa, MasterCard and Discover for payments made at the cashier’s window as well as payments made via the student portal or the public portal. If you participate in the monthly plan, that payment provider accepts those cards as well as American Express. For security purposes, payments are not accepted over the phone.
What happens if I am unable to pay my bill for any reason?
If you have not signed up for the monthly payment plan and do not pay your bill on time, a 1% late fee will be assessed to the account monthly after school begins. Also, the student account will be placed on hold. This will prohibit the student from viewing his or her grades as well as registering for classes for the next semester. While the student account is on financial hold, no transcripts will be released until the balance on the account is paid in full.
What is the Tuition Payment Agreement and why do we have to return it?
The Tuition Payment Agreement is the financial agreement and legal obligation between the student and the University. It is very important that we receive this form. The agreement needs to be signed by the student and returned to the Office of Business Affairs by July 31, 2015. Failure to return the signed agreement will prohibit registration.
Why is the balance on my first statement so different from the balance we figured on the Payment Options Brochure?
The first statement that you receive during the first week of July will show the actual charges that have been assessed to your student account as well as any aid that is expected. Some aid cannot be credited to the student account until the week before school begins. Most of this aid should show as anticipated aid on the billing statement. However, some aid, such as outside scholarships or aid still in process waiting on forms or approvals, may not show on the billing statement. This aid should appear on the August statement. If there is still anticipated aid on the September statement, you should contact the Financial Services Office to confirm there are no missing forms that would prohibit the aid from disbursing to the student account.
When will I receive my first bill?
The Office of Business Affairs will send students a billing statement the beginning of July for the fall semester. Payment is due by July 31.
What other important forms need to be turned it before the start of school?
The student needs to complete the Business Office FERPA form, which allows us to talk to any authorized party listed on the form about the tuition account and payment arrangements. The student also needs to sign the Federal Title IV Authorization form. This form allows us to use federal aid monies to pay for miscellaneous fees other than tuition and board, and also allows us to hold any refunds on the student account if that is what is desired.
Can my parents/guardians check my balance?
You can give your parents/guardians access to your account via the self-service portal. Under self-service, the student will click on My Profile, and Shared Access. There, they will invite the user. There are a number of options available to share, including but not limited to: tuition balance, financial aid and grade reports. We also currently send out monthly statements to the student’s home address. We ask that you review these statements to verify that all the charges and aid are correct.
What if the student account is overpaid after all the aid has been received?
If the student account indicates a credit balance, a refund will be issued once the student requests it. A form is available on the self-service portal to request the refund. Refunds will be issued weekly and are submitted to ECSI for processing. Refunds are disbursed by Direct Deposit of Paper Check. Every student will need to enroll in one of these options before making a refund request. If the enrollment information is not received, refunds will be sent in the form of a paper check and mailed to the home address on file.
How can I access cash on campus?
A Huntington Bank ATM is located in the Hoover Price Campus Center.
Mount Union’s cashier’s office is also open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the second floor of Beeghly Hall. Personal checks may be cashed up to a limit of $50. If you have a personal check in excess of this amount, the cashier can make arrangements to cash your check with a local bank. Student paychecks will fall under this limit also. Cash will be given up to $50 while the remainder can be applied to the student's outstanding account. Local banks include Huntington Bank, Charter One, Key Bank and Chase Bank.
What other services are available at the cashier’s window of the Office of Business Affairs?
Any student account questions can be answered by the staff in the Office of Business Affairs. Any billing that needs to be sent to receive outside scholarships are handled by the cashier.
Where is the Office of Business Affairs/Cashier’s Window?
Second floor of Beeghly Hall. It is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
What is the Purple Plu$ card?
The Purple Plu$ card is a student’s Mount Union ID. It is not only used as an ID, but can be used to check out books in the library, for students to gain access to their residence hall buildings, and for students to swipe to gain access to the dining hall or pay for items in the B&B or KHIC Cafes. The Purple Plu$ card can also be used at several off-campus locations. For more information on the Purple Plu$ card, where it can be used, and how Purple Plu$ dollars can be added, please visit the website.
The Office of Student Financial Services puts together the financial aid packages students will receive from Mount Union. These packages are comprehensive to include all scholarships, grants, and loans a student is eligible for at the federal, state, and institutional level (assuming a FAFSA has been completed). Please contact this office at 330-823-2674 for questions about financial assistance. We are located in the lower level of the Gartner Welcome Center. More information can be found at www.mountunion.edu/financial-aid.
When do I apply for financial aid?
Seniors in high school can file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as January 1. Students must apply annually. We recommend filing no later than March 1st to ensure receiving a financial aid package in a timely manner.
When will I receive my financial aid award package?
The financial aid awarding process starts in the middle of March and continues throughout the academic year. Mount Union will send a comprehensive financial aid award package to students in the mail after being accepted for admission to the University and after Mount Union has received the results of the FAFSA.
Can I view my financial aid award online?
Yes. First-time users must set up an account on NetPartner, which can be done online at http://www.mountunion.edu/financial-aid-award. Students can also view missing documents that still need to be completed and submitted to Mount Union's Office of Student Financial Services.
Does Mount Union have a work study program?
Yes, we have on campus and community service jobs available. Interested students should stop by Mount Union's Office of Student Financial Services (located in the lower level of the Gartner Welcome Center) to see if they are eligible for federal work study or campus employment. Jobs are posted on the portal the third week of August.
In order to work on campus, either under federal work study or campus employment, eligible students will need to first complete employment withholding forms with Human Resources. Students will need to provide two forms of identification. Identification can include a driver’s license or state-issued ID, a birth certificate, a passport, and/or a social security card. Next, students will need to complete a work authorization form with the Office of Student Financial Services.
What if I receive an outside scholarship?
Students are required to inform the Office of Student Financial Services when an outside scholarship is received. A copy of the scholarship award letter, certificate, or check can serve as notification of this award. If any adjustment to the financial aid award must be made, loans and campus employment will be reduced before any need-based awards. The amount of the non-Mount Union scholarship will always show as estimated on the financial aid award, but once the payment has been received, it will show as a credit to the student's account.
What if I decide to commute instead of living on campus (or vice versa)?
If a student’s housing status changes, it is likely that the financial aid package will change. Students considering a housing status that is different from what was originally indicated on the FAFSA should contact the Office of Student Financial Services at 330-823-2674. It is important to discuss the effects that a housing change could have on a financial aid package so that appropriate financial planning can take place.
How does the meal plan work?
All student living on campus are required to have a meal plan. First year Mount Union students will get to choose between two meal plans, the unlimited meal plan and the 16 meals per week plan.
Students who are returning for their second year or more have their choice of the meal plans listed below, but are not eligible for block meal plans. Apartment residents, off-campus students and commuters can select from any of the meal plans or block meal plans listed below.
Block Meal Plans
Note: Unused meals do not carry over between semesters
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