January 2014 - Parent eNewsletter
Hi PLNU Parents,
Welcome to the January Parent eNewsletter!
In this month's eNewsletter you can find information about:
• Important Dates
• Campus Information
• Happenings in OSV
• Student Financial Services Information
• How to Send Sweet Treats
Happy New Year! We are excited to have the students back on campus for classes! We hope that your students have had a great time with family over the semester break.
Parent Connection Team
Jan 12 | Residence Halls Open (Noon)
Jan 13 | New Student Orientation
Jan 14 | Classes Begin & Quad I Classes Begin
Jan 20 | Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No Classes)
Feb 3-7 | Spiritual Renewal Week
Mar 4 | Quad I Classes End
Mar 5 | Quad II Classes Begin
Mar 8 | Residence Halls Close (Noon) for Spring Break
Mar 10-14 | Spring Break (No Classes)
Mar 16 | Residence Halls Open (Noon)
Mar 18-19 | Mid-Semester Grades Distributed
Mar18 | Last Day to Add Quad II Classes
Mar 28 | Last Day to Drop 15-Week Classes
April 4 | Last Day to Drop Quad II Classes
April 7-18 | Priority Online Registration for Summer and Fall Sessions
April 17-21 | Easter Recess (No Classes)
May 2 | Classes End
May 5-9 | Final Examinations
May 10 | Undergraduate and Graduate Convocation
May 11 | Residence Halls Close (noon)
Full PLNU event calendar.
Full PLNU academic calendar.
Be in the Know
*Below are campus offerings for your student*
Senior Women’s Retreat. January 17-19 at Camp Stevens in Julian. Cost is $90 and includes transportation, local/organic meals, lodging, and all supplies. Outside of the main sessions, attendees will be able to take advantage of a yoga class, hike, camp tour, or catch up on homework or sleep. Registration details.
Senior Men’s Retreat. January 31-February 2 at Camp Stevens in Julian. Cost is $50. The weekend’s themes have been drawn from input given by senior male students as well as staff and faculty, including “Why Jesus?”, Family and friend relationships, single and married sexuality, vocation and calling, and adjusting to life after graduation. Registration details.
Network 9 Music, Art, and Design. January 30th at 5:00pm. Students can interact with nine or more professionals from their field of interest. They will have the opportunity to learn more about what they do, where they work, and how they got started. To register, please visit http://www.pointloma.edu/event/network-9-music-art-and-design-0.
PLNU Blog. Did you know that PLNU has a blog? To read, please visit plnuspirit.pointloma.edu.
Chapel. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:45am. Listen online.
Week in Pictures. What to SEE what is going on around campus? Check out the Week in Pictures online, here.
- Friday, January 10:
- Men’s and Women’s Basketball at BYU-Hawaii
- Wednesday, January 15:
- Women’s Basketball vs Cal State San Marcos (Exhibition) at PLNU
- Friday, January 17:
- Women’s and Men’s Basketball vs Azusa Pacific at PLNU
- Monday, January 20:
- Men’s and Women’s Basketball at California Baptist
See the schedule, here.
The Tutorial Center. Located in Bond Academic Center, next to the Study Abroad Office. Stop by, and make your free tutoring appointment today! Or, you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or Extension 2593, for more information. The Tutorial Center is open Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and 6 to 9 p.m., as well as 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday.
Happenings in Offices of Strengths and Vocation
Space Pilots and Tour Guides
What should I be when I grow up? Chances are your favorite PLNU student has been wondering this, for some time now. It is a great question to be asking as a college student. There are so many great careers that are out there, ripe for the picking for the ambitious soon-to-be college graduate. One exciting, and possibly scary factor at play however, is that many of the great jobs that will be on the market when they graduate do not even exist yet! There is evidence that this has been occurring already. Ten years ago there were no Social Media Managers, but today this position is one of the hottest careers on the market. Here is an article that talks about careers that don’t exist yet. http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/futuristic-jobs-barely-exist/
So, how does a student prepare for a career that does not even exist yet? Unfortunately, the answer is; they don’t. They can however prepare themselves to diversify their skillset, adapt to ever evolving technology, and develop interpersonal and presentation skills. All of these are needed everywhere you look. A good programmer doesn’t just memorize and master a certain software program. They teach themselves how to learn all different kinds of software and fast. This makes them a great candidate for the constantly changing technological world we are in.
In the same vein, The Offices of Strengths and Vocation strives to teach students the skills they need in order to be a constant networker, and to identify and communicate transferable skills when asked why they believe they would be a good fit for a job they have no specific experience for. Learning these skills now, equips them for lifelong career development and success. To be curious, to take an entry level class in coding, to learn a new language, to put yourself out of your comfort zone and be able to talk about it in an interview process… these are the qualities employers are seeking because the product, service or technology can be taught with a nimble mind and spirit.
Student Financial Services Information
Don’t forget these important dates!
January 6 Spring 2014 Payment Due
January 24 Deadline to make changes to on-campus meal plan
Through the student portal, students can change their meal plan during the first two weeks of school. Keep in mind that this might affect the balance owing, and that after January 24th, no changes can be made until the following semester.
January 27 Financial Aid posted to Student Accounts
Financial Aid will post to student accounts the week of January 27th. If there is pending aid remaining on your student’s account after that date, there is likely some further action required by your student.
January 31 1098-T tax forms will be available through student portal
February 7 Deadline to waive health insurance
Every PLNU undergraduate student is automatically covered by PLNU’s health insurance. If your student is covered by another plan, please have him/her waive PLNU’s health insurance via the student portal. This will remove the $676.50 charge from your student’s account. If the health insurance plan is not waived prior to February 7th, it cannot be waived until the following semester, even if the student has other coverage. If health insurance was waived in the fall, the waiver will carry-over into spring and no action is necessary.
February 10 5% Late Fee Applied to all unpaid balances
If there is still a balance owing on February 10th, a 5% late fee will be applied to your student’s account. Any pending financial aid that has been awarded will not be subject to the late fee. Please be sure to take care of any balance prior to this date.
Spring 2014 Statement of Account
If your student is registered for the spring semester, s/he should already have received a statement of account in the mail. If you have not seen the spring statement, please contact your student or visit the parent portal to view the statement. All future bills for the spring semester will be made available on the student and parent portals. Payment for Spring 2014 was due January 6, 2014. Amounts showing as "Pending aid" are considered payment, even if they haven’t yet posted.
Have you set up your parent portal?
First, your student must give you permission to have access to his/her statement of account. (This is due to federal law (FERPA) which states that college students are responsible for their own records and forbids educational institutions from divulging information without the student’s permission.)
Your student can grant you permission through the Profile Update>Update Information Releases section of his/her student portal, and will need to make note of your parent ID number.
Once your student has granted you information releases, you can set up a parent portal. Simply go to my.pointloma.edu and click on “Create Account” on the left-hand side of the page. Enter your parent ID number and your zip code and follow the directions to set up a portal.
You can access your student’s statement of account online
Once your portal is set up (about 15 minutes after creating the account), you can log in to your portal and choose Financial Services and then Statement of Account. To see the most recent statement generated by our office, click on View Bills and then click the bill link with the most current date. Bills are generated around the 15th of each month, if there is a balance owing. If your student has granted you financial information releases, you can elect to receive an email when bills are generated. To sign up, click Change my bill notification preferences at the top of the Statement of Account page. Please be sure that you have provided us with your email address.
NOTE: You will need a PDF viewer to view the statement. You likely already have this on your computer, but you will be able to install a free Adobe Reader from our website if necessary. If you have any difficulties in viewing the statement, please contact our support staff at (619)849-2222 or email@example.com.
If financial aid creates an overage (credit) on the account, your student can contact SFS for a credit refund after aid posts the week of January 27th. If an advance is needed, we can authorize up to $600 to be used towards books or other educational expenses during the first two weeks of school (as long as the financial aid covers this amount).
Potential Changes to Accounts
Be sure to keep an eye on your student’s account, because the balance on the account may fluctuate throughout the course of each semester. For example:
• Registration Changes
o Some classes have associated fees. If your student adds a music or science class, there may be additional course or lab fees.
o If your student adds courses beyond block tuition (12-17 units), additional courses will be charged at $995/unit.
o If your student drops courses that brings him/her below block tuition (12-17 units) there will likely be a refund of tuition costs, but this may jeopardize the student’s financial aid eligibility.
o Part-time registration: Students registered for less than 12 units are not eligible for some forms of financial aid, including all institutional aid and Nazarene district grants. In order to allow for changes in registration, financial aid will not be adjusted until after the first two weeks of school.
• Manual Adjustments
o Audit courses are charged at 50% the regular unit cost if the student is taking more than 17 or less than 12 units, but are not charged until after the first two weeks of classes.
o Fines and fees are placed on student accounts when SFS is notified by the Library, Residential Life, Chapel Attendance, Public Safety/Parking, or the Wellness Center. These fines might occur at any time during the semester, and many of them will post after the end of a semester (such as chapel and dorm fines). NOTE: Fall 2013 chapel and dorm fines were recently placed on students accounts.
• Housing and Meal Plans
o Your student has the option to change his/her meal plan during the first two weeks of school. This may have an effect on the balance owing on the account, so generate a new statement once the change is made to see if the change creates an owing balance. No changes can be made after January 24th.
1098-T Tax Forms
We will be reporting to the IRS the amount of tuition and mandatory fees that PLNU charged your student in 2013. This information will be included on a 1098-T tax form which will be available through the student portal by January 31st. Please have your student print this form and provide it to your tax preparer.
Tuition Installment Plan
If you are paying your student account through PLNU’s Tuition Installment Plan (TIP), you will receive an email 3 days before your payment due date, letting you know that your next installment is due. However, please be sure to keep an eye on your PLNU statement of account as well, to make sure that your TIP contract covers your school bill. Your TIP contract will not automatically adjust to match the balance owing on your student account.
If you have any questions regarding your student’s statement of account, please feel free to contact the Student Financial Services Office at (619)849-2538 Monday through Thursday, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM and 8:30- 4:30 on Friday or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are here to serve you!
HAVE A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR!!
Send a Celebration Treat to your Student!
Point Loma Nazarene University Women’s Auxiliary
Would you like to send your student some homemade desserts? For a $25 minimum donation, PLNU Women’s Auxiliary will lovingly bake homemade cakes, cookies, brownies or Rice Krispies treats, and will deliver them right to your student’s residence hall! Gluten free Rice Krispies treats are available as well.
For more information, click here to view the brochure. You can order and pay online at www.pointloma.edu/cake.
Proceeds from this fundraiser are going toward Women’s Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts on campus. Past examples of projects include the creation of the Sunset Deck, new library chairs, bike racks and fire pits close to the dorms, kitchen upgrades, and so much more. Just think of your order as a double benefit for your student!
Please note: Two weeks advance notice is appreciated.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elizabeth Bergherm at (619) 390-8046 or email@example.com.