WSU Summer Session

Featured imageExperience a different WSU and explore the benefits of Summer Session in Pullman! Whether your student is looking to complete a minor, focus on a few difficult classes, graduate early, retake a class, save some money, or just looking for a good reason to stay in Pullman over the summer, Summer Session can help!

Summer Session provides smaller class sizes, fewer full classes and wait-lists, more one-on-one attention, a more relaxed atmosphere, shorter term options, and all students pay in-state tuition. Take advantage of all your opportunities and stay in Pullman this summer.

In the summer, we also offer a bridge program for incoming first-year students called Summer Advantage. This is the perfect time to gradually adjust to the new academic demands of college life as well as get acclimated to the Pullman campus. For more information, please visit summeradvantage.wsu.edu.

Summer Session is also offering a new program for new transfer students that want to get a head start on their career at WSU this summer. This program is designed to help with the transition to your new campus while building a community that connects your student directly with other transfer students. For more information, please visit transfer.summer.wsu.edu.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Summer.wsu.edu

summer@wsu.edu

509-335-2238

We are excited to see your student this summer!

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Student Financial Services

May 15th is Right Around the Corner!

You may have been hearing a lot about all of the deadlines in Student Financial Services and we have one more to tell you about. Get your pens and pencils out or start a new outlook calendar appointment, either way be sure to mark your calendars, it is our May 15th deadline.

May 15th is an important deadline for those who filed their FAFSA by February 15th. These dates are considered priority deadlines and go hand in hand when awarding students financial aid. After a student submits their FAFSA the U.S. Department of Education requires every institution to review certain criteria to determine financial aid edibility.

This process is called verification, or file review. Verification is not optional for students/families that are involved; all forms & documents need to be submitted before a student’s financial aid can be figured out. Students will not be awarded state, federal, or institutional financial aid until all documents are received and reviewed.

Once Verification kicks off in late March, SFS contacts the students that are selected for file review through their WSU email (for more information how to set up a WSU email account click here) and by updating the 2015-16 Financial Aid Checklist (To Do List) in the zzusis student center. Not every student will be asked to verify their information and verification documents should not be submitted unless they have been requested by SFS. If a student does submit their documents without being asked we will then verify the students account and may in turn ask for additional documentation. Thus, only provide documents when asked.

If a student is selected for file review and did not meet the February 15th priority FAFSA deadline, they will still need to turn in the requested documentation in order to receive financial aid for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year. However, they do not need to turn them in by May 15th. Do keep in the mind the faster the documents are submitted to SFS, the quicker that the student can be offered an actual award for the 2015-16 academic year. The preferred method for submitting documents to SFS is by scanning and uploading them online at SubmitSFSDocs.wsu.edu. Documents aren’t always requested sometimes SFS will simply need a form completed which can be filled out by going to SubmitSFSDocs.wsu.edu.

The requested documents can range from W2s, verification of family size, citizenship status, to tax transcripts and a few other items in between. One way to avoid being asked to verify tax information with W2’s and tax transcripts is by using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This is a fantastic tool on the FAFSA and by using this tool an individual can pull information directly from the IRS into their FAFSA. Students and parents can go back to their FAFSA and use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool in as little as two weeks once their taxes have been filed with the IRS. Watch this great video from University of California Santa Barbara to learn more about this tool and how it can benefit you.

The Student Financial Services office is excited to help customers through this process. If you have a question or a concern, feel free to contact SFS Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 509-335-9711 or emailing finaid@wsu.edu. If students or parents are visiting campus during the upcoming destination events, they can also schedule an appointment to meet with a Financial Aid advisor Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by visiting finaid.wsu.edu. Remember to follow us on follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest financial aid information and quick tips. Ultimately we are here to help and look forward to serving you as a customer.

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International Women’s Day

Featured imageHere is a great global awareness event your student can attend tomorrow evening. The International Women’s Day Committee at WSU is proud to invite the community to this year’s International Women’s Day keynote address featuring activist and speaker Mpule Kwelagobe. The presentation will take place on Wednesday, March 4 at 4:00 PM in the Compton Union Building Senior Ballroom on the WSU Pullman campus. Kwelagobe will focus on gender issues and social activism in Africa, which has been her passion for the past 15 years. The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here.

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Supporting your student from a distance

This month the WSU Parent and Family blog will be featuring information on how to support your student from a distance. Your student’s activities and involvement doesn’t stop in high school, many students continue their passions and hobbies throughout college. As a parent it can be challenging to balance the intellectual acceptance of not being able to attend all of their activities, and the emotional difficulty of your absence. Collegeparents.org has a few pointers on how to stay connected and supportive of your student’s achievements from a distance.

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WSU Spring Career Expo

The Spring semester Career Expo is just around the corner. Here are a few great workshops your student should take advantage of before attending the Expo on Tuesday February 3, 2015 from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. in the Beasley Coliseum.

JOBS & CAREER WORKSHOP; WITH THE ACCESS CENTER & ASCC
We will cover career related topics for students with disabilities such as navigating the job market, if and how to disclose disabilities on job applications, how to inform potential employers of disabilities without diminishing opportunities, and more.
• January 28, 2015
• 1 – 3 p.m.
• Washington Building 217

PREPARING FOR THE EXPO
Arrive to the Career Expo ready to network! Learn the basic steps necessary to successfully navigate a career fair such as selecting and researching your employers prior to the expo, mapping the expo, and creating your 30 second introduction. It’s never too early to start your internship or job search.
• January 29, 2015
• 4:10 – 5 p.m.
• CUE 419

INTERNATIONALIZING YOUR RESUME
Have you studied, been an intern, or volunteered abroad? Ensure your
employers understand the value of your international experience through strategic placement and development of transferable skills on your resume. Sponsored by Global Learning and the Academic Success and Career Center.
• January 29, 2015
• 12:10 – 1 p.m.
• Lighty 180

STUDENT VETERANS CAREER RECEPTION
Network with Career Expo Employers from a variety of industries on job and internship opportunities.
• February 2, 2015
• 4 – 5:30 p.m.
• Student Veterans Center, Holland Library 120B

MOCK INTERVIEWS
Practice your interview skills with working professionals from a variety of different industries in a mock interview. You will come dressed up and ready as if you were interviewing for a real job. The professionals conducting the mock interviews will critique your skills to send you off with tips to be a better interviewee. Sign up on www.CougLink.org.
• Monday, February 2, 2015
• Schedule posted on CougLink
• Lighty Student Services 160

EDITING & PUBLISHING WORKSHOP
Professional Editing and Publishing (1-credit hour) with two editors of national magazines and literary journals for students of all majors interested in careers in web and print publishing and in the literary arts (fiction, poetry, nonfiction, editing). The course includes three nights of hands-on workshop/instruction with the editors (Feb. 2-4 from 6:00pm-9:00pm), followed by a professional evening presentation (Feb. 5) and panel discussion of editing, and publishing with people from the industry throughout the region (Feb. 6). To register contact Leisa McCormick (lmccormick@wsu.edu) in the Department of English. For more information, contact professors Debbie Lee (deblee@wsu.edu) or Peter Chilson (pchilson@wsu.edu).
• February 2 – 4, 2015
• 6 – 9 p.m.
• CUE 412 & 407, ENGL 358

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2015 Housing Guide

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Hey Parents! Did your student to pick up a Daily Evergreen newspaper yesterday? If they missed it, that’s ok. Encourage your student to attend the Housing Fair in the CUB Junior Ballroom on Thursday January 29th from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. Students can speak with representatives from on campus housing, off campus apartments and houses, as well as student legal services for lease agreements.

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University Housing

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Is your student looking to move out of the residence halls, but wanting to stay close to campus? Check out our on-campus apartments! Videos and floor plans are available at http://housing.wsu.edu/apartments/. No furniture? No problem! Students can choose whether they’d like a furnished or unfurnished unit. WSU Single Student Apartments applications for the 2015-16 academic year will be available on February 2, 2015. WSU Family and Graduate Apartment applications will open on March 2, 2015. Applications will be available at housing.wsu.edu.

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