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February 2013 Parent Guide

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Welcome to Spring 2013

A New Semester for Your Son or Daughter!

CafeWhile it seemed like a short break, we hope you enjoyed the time spent with your child.  And we hope you had the chance to talk to them about their experiences in the fall - especially those in college for the first time. 

With the spring semester come new challenges. If they struggled in the fall academically, they may be frustrated.  If they did well, they may put more pressure on themselves to do even better.  Most likely they are taking higher level courses. 

Notre Dame College has services and activities in place to help students face these new challenges.  We will continue to encourage students to get involved in both the academic and social activities offered on campus, as well as remind them that we are open to new ideas.

Continue to talk to your son or daughter about their college experience both inside and outside the classroom.  As always, remind students that we are here to assist and support them in making the best of the many opportunities we have for them. 

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email:studentsuccess@ndc.edu

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It is Time to File Your FAFSA... Again 

We Have Some Tips to Help You Out!

The window is now open to file your student's 2013-2014 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Here are a few tips to simplify the process for you:

  • Make sure you choose the 2013-2014 FAFSA.  (The 2012-2013 application will still be available online until June 20, 2013.)
  • Sign in with your student's PIN to file a RENEWAL FAFSA.  The student (and some parental) information will already be filled in for you.
  • If you can't remember your student's PIN or your PIN, go to www.pin.ed.gov to request a duplicate PIN.
  • Electronically file your federal tax return(s) as early as possible.  Approximately two weeks later, you can use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT) to transfer your federal tax information directly into your FAFSA.  Using the DRT will greatly reduce the chance of your student's FAFSA being selected for Verification... and it makes filing your FAFSA faster and easier!
  • If your student's FAFSA is selected for Verification, use the DRT to make corrections to the FAFSA.

If you aren't able to file your federal tax return(s) by early-to-mid-March, you have the ability to estimate tax information.  However, if your student's FAFSA is selected for Verification, you won't be able to complete the process until your federal taxes are filed with the IRS.

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What is Verification?

It's a "Double-Check" Process! 

Verification is a "double-check" process conducted by the College to ensure that federal dollars are awarded appropriately.  The federal government selects approximately 33% of all FAFSA applicants for verification. 

The federal verification process underwent major changes during the 2012-2013 year, and even more changes are coming for 2013-2014, as the Department of Education moves towards a more customized selection process.  So, even if you've gone through Verification in previous years, pay close attention to what is requested from you.

If your student's FAFSA is selected, the College Financial Aid Office will send you a customized Verification Worksheet to complete.  If you have any questions, please contact our office at 216.373.5213 or finaid@ndc.edu.

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Housing Plans for Fall 2013

Greetings from Residence Life!

Move InAs we await the warmer weather of spring to come and thaw us out, I want to give you some "spring things" to talk to your child about.  Now is the time to warm them up to the notion that they must make plans for housing next fall.  

Notre Dame College will hold its annual room draw process in late February.  We strive to accommodate all students who want to live on campus with housing, but the reality is that housing on campus is limited.  The room draw process is your student's chance to sign up for available housing.  Students will enter the room draw process in groups of four.  Residence life will issue detailed instructions about this process via the web, email and letters.  Some students will want to live off campus in houses and apartments nearby.  I strongly recommend that students find somewhere that is within walking distance to campus. There are off-campus housing resources listed on the residence life page of the Notre Dame website.  Keep in mind that students with less than 60 credits or who are under 21-years-old must apply for an exception to live off campus.  Since housing stock is limited on campus, we will grant a number of these exceptions throughout the spring term.  What is important right now is that your child starts to make plans: figure out who they want to live with next year, think about where they would like to live, etc.  

If you have any questions about this process which will unfold over the next few weeks, please contact Tera Johnson, interim director of residence life or Brian Emerson, dean of student affairs.

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What Else Do You Want to Read?

We hope this monthly newsletter is keeping you up to date on what's happening at Notre Dame College and informing you about challenges college parents and students face. We want to make sure we aren't missing anything. If you have any suggestions for topics you would like us to address in this newsletter, please e-mail us at studentsuccess@ndc.edu.

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