March 2013 Parent Guide

March 2013 Parent Guide

In the financial aid world, spring means . . . FAFSA filing time.  FAFSA completion is easy at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  And be sure to check out these short tutorials for extra assistance:

Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool is the easiest way to transfer your tax and income information into your student’s FAFSA, and the fastest way to complete the verification process if your student’s application is selected.

PLUS Loans for Parents

Did you borrow a federal PLUS loan for the 2012-2013 academic year?  Just like the FAFSA, you must re-apply each year for a PLUS loan.  The “window” to apply for the 2013-2014 school year opens on May 1, 2013.  If you plan to borrow a PLUS loan again (or apply for the first time), be sure to select the 2013-2014 award year when you apply at www.studentloans.gov.

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Second Half of the Semester: Advising, Registration, Midterm Grades and More

We hope our students have returned from spring break refreshed and ready to go because the second half of the semester will certainly keep them busy!  Some of the important events coming up include:

  • Advising and registration – Before students can register for the fall 2013 semester on My.NDC.edu, they must meet with their faculty advisor to discuss the courses offerings.  Priority registration dates are:

    • Friday, March 22 – Seniors, Juniors, Academic Support Center, Honors Program

    • Monday, March 25 – Sophomores

    • Tuesday, March 26 – Freshmen


  • To be eligible for priority registration students must meet these three conditions:

    • Your balance must be paid in full or you must be up to date on NDC’s payment plan

    • You must be granted registration clearance from your faculty advisor to register on My.NDC.edu

    • Your official high school or college transcripts must be on file in the Registrar’s Office


  • Midterm grades for the spring 2013 semester will be available for students to view on My.NDC.edu on Thursday, March 14.
  • Residence Life will hold Room Draw March 20-22.  If students have questions about their housing plans for next year or if they are considering moving off campus, they should contact the Residence Life office.

For details regarding these events, students should continue to check their NDC email account, My.NDC.edu and our website. Feel free to contact studentsuccess@ndc.edu with any questions or concerns about the upcoming events.

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Family Plan Scholarship: A Message from the Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Hello again! Did you know we offer a Family Plan Scholarship?Beth Ford

High school graduation is upon us, and I understand you may have other children exploring their college options.  I would like to remind you that one of those options should be Notre Dame College.  Our Family Plan Scholarship is offered to full-students who have a sibling attending Notre Dame College.  Students seeking this financial aid opportunity can be awarded up to 50 percent off his or her tuition

If you are interested in hearing more about this scholarship, please call us at 216.373.5355.

I would love to help keep your family together and continue to grow the Notre Dame College community. 

Good luck the rest of this semester and let me know how I can help build your family legacy at Notre Dame College!

Beth A. Ford, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

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Room Selection: Don’t Miss Out for the 2013-2014 Academic Year!

During the week of March 11, all current resident students will be required to declare their housing intentions for the Midtermsupcoming school year─on campus, off campus or graduating/transferring. Please be sure to read the notes below regarding your options. All paperwork will be available outside the Residence Life Office on the 1st floor of Harks Hall on Monday, March 11, and is due by noon on Friday, March 15.

This year we will be conducting a lottery for students that wish to live on campus. Please contact us with any questions at 216-373-5181 or housing@ndc.edu.

General Notes

  • The NDC Residency Policy states that all students under 21 years of age or under 60 credits are required to live on campus.

  • Housing agreements are binding and are for the entire 2013-2014 academic year.

  • If a student chooses NOT to go through the housing lottery process and ends up needing housing, they will be placed on the wait list and given housing if space permits.

  • Any student that withdraws from the 2013-2014 housing agreement after May 1, 2013, will be charged room and board for the duration of the housing contract.

  • As stated in your award letter, NDC reserves the right to review, revise or cancel a financial aid award at anytime due to changes in financial, residential or academic status. 

  • All paperwork will be available starting Monday, March 11, at 10 a.m. and must be returned by Friday, Mach 15, at noon.

  • Any student who is not registered for classes by Monday, April 15, will be removed from housing and placed on the wait list.

Students wishing to live on campus must do the following:

  • Students must apply for on-campus housing in a group of two or four.

  • Each group will be required to complete a housing lottery packet, including a housing agreement for each member of the group and one housing lottery application for the group.

  • Completed packets must be returned to the Residence Life Office by noon on Friday, March 15.

  • All fully completed packets will be numbered in the order received.

  • Numbers will then be selected at random to determine the room selection order.

  • On Wednesday, March 20, the lottery results/room selection order will be posted outside the Residence Life Office as well as emailed to all students. Each group will be assigned a time to select their room.

  • On Monday, March 25, at least one representative from each group will come to the Residence Life Office at their assigned time and select their room for the upcoming year. If a member of the group does not show up during their designated time, a room will be selected for them by a Residence Life staff member.

  • Once North Hall and South Hall are filled, all remaining students will be placed on a wait list.

  • There is no guarantee that housing will be available for students placed on the wait list. However, NDC will attempt to accommodate all requests for on campus housing.

Students wishing to live off campus must do the following:

  • Submit a residency exception form and apply to live off campus by Friday, March 15.

  • Students who will be 21 years of age or have 60 or more completed credits as of August 26, 2013, will automatically be approved.

  • Students who will be under 21 years of age or who have less than 60 completed credits as of August 26, 2013, are allowed to apply to live off campus and will be considered for approval on a case-by-case basis.

  • Approval decisions will be announced by April 2, 2013.

  • Students who apply to live off campus but are not approved will be placed into available bed spaces or on the wait list.


Students who will be graduating or transferring will be required to notify the Residence Life Office by completing the graduation/transfer form by noon on Friday, March 15.

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Summer Classes Coming Up

We know fall registration is this month, but let’s not forget about summer! Taking summer classes is a great option for students who need to catch up, get ahead or want to improve their GPA.

What information do you need to help your student make a decision regarding summer classes?

First, determine if the student can take classes on campus or online at NDC. Some of the advantages to taking summer classes at NDC include:

  • Discounted tuition cost
  • A chance to improve their GPA
  • It’s convenient – no need for transient forms or course evaluations!

If your student cannot commute to NDC or take advantage of our online classes, they could enroll in summer classes at an accredited college or university closer to home. Anna Zaks, director of student advising, is available to assist students in choosing a class, to aid in determining if the course will count toward their degree and to help them complete their transient forms.

Have a conversation with your student about their academic progress during the next few weeks of the current term. More students every year are taking advantage of summer classes to improve their academic standing.

The Notre Dame summer 2013 course offerings can be viewed on My.NDC.edu. Any questions about summer classes can be directed to Anna at azaks@ndc.edu.

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The NDC Annual Fund

Notre Dame College is a special place. In the past year the College has welcomed a record 500 new students from 18 states and 11 countries, continued to expand its nursing program and became a Division II school in the NCAA. These are just a few of the many exciting achievements taking place on campus.

Students are inspired to come to Notre Dame because of its commitment to a high quality, Catholic, liberal arts education.

As a parent, you can be proud of the instruction your student receives in a supportive environment at the College: 30 academic programs, small class sizes and a center for those with learning differences─to name just a few of the classroom distinctions at Notre Dame.

Students also experience success outside of the classroom. Whether it is­ volunteering to do taxes for the community or working for Habitat for Humanity, whether it is participating in sports, student government or other extracurricular activities such as band or theater, Notre Dame helps countless students make record strides as members of the campus community.

Notre Dame also is setting the stage for your student’s success beyond college. Dedicated professors teach critical thinking skills, while the coaching staff instills leadership and mentors help students carefully choose their career paths.

The College Annual Fund plays a critical role in making sure students are able to accomplish so much.  Tuition does not cover the true cost of an education, so supporting the Annual Fund helps bridge that gap. Moreover, 98 percent of Notre Dame students receive some kind of scholarship or financial aid.

To keep Notre Dame affordable for your student and for others, we need Annual Fund support. Giving to the College Annual Fund helps every student, program, professor and department on campus. A gift to the Annual Fund has an immediate impact on current students in every aspect of their experiences at Notre Dame.

Please consider a gift to the NDC Annual Fund. Visit us online at NotreDameCollege.edu/support-ndc to learn how to give.

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