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February 2014 Parent Guide

| Fall 2014 Priority Registration | Financial Aid |
| Student Success and Career Services | Residence Life |
| Commencement 2014 | Life After College |

Fall 2014 Priority Registration

Students Sign Up for Classes Beginning March 24

Priority registration for Fall 2014 will begin on Monday, March 24. Students must log into my.NDC.edu (My NDC) to see their registration start time. Registration will remain open to students through Thursday, May 9, which is the last day of the final exam period.

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  • Monday, March 24 - Seniors, Honors, Academic Support Center              
  • Tuesday, March 25 - Juniors
  • Wednesday, March 26  -  Sophomores
  • Thursday, March 27 - Freshmen

All students must schedule an appointment with their academic advisor and receive clearance to register. Students can find their academic advisor assignments on My NDC. No student will be granted a waiver of degree requirement or an exception to a policy by pleading lack of information or misinformation by an advisor or other college authority. It is the student’s responsibility to verify that all requirements are met.

Students are encouraged to check the accuracy of their major and personal information as listed on My NDC. If a student wishes to change his/her major at any time, he/she must visit Student Services and complete a new major declaration form.

Please keep in mind that eligibility for priority registration is limited to students having an account in good standing. Outstanding financial aid matters and an open account balance could interfere with priority registration. If you have any concerns regarding your student’s account, please contact Mark Chamberlin in Student Accounts (216) 373-5213, or log on to My NDC with your student’s unique login and password information to check in on his/her status.

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Financial Aid

It’s Time to File Your FAFSA . . . Again!

The window is now open to file your student’s 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 FAFSA. (The 2013-2014 application will still be available online until June 30, 2014.)
  • 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.govto 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.

What is Verification?

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

The federal verification process underwent major changes during the 2012-2013 award year, and even more changes are coming for 2014-2015, 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 Notre Dame 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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Student Success and Career Services

Special Event to Help Students Find their Majors

From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 26, the Student Academic Success Center and Career Services Center will be hosting an event called “Find your Major” targeting all freshmen and undeclared sophomores.  Students can speak with professors about Notre Dame’s academic programs and the types of career opportunities that stem from our majors. 

Notre Dame juniors and seniors also will be available to discuss their internship experiences. 

This open house format is one of many opportunities the College offers to assist students with major and career exploration.  Our hope is this event will allow students to connect with faculty members and find a program that best fits their strengths and interests.

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Residence Life

Room Selection for 2014-2015 is March 11, Paperwork is due February 28

Room SelectionStudents have a lot to take into consideration when making decisions about their housing intentions for the next academic year: Who will I live with? Should I live on campus or move into a house or an apartment off campus? What happens if I choose to move off campus? 

  Information regarding housing options for the upcoming year are available via PDF. Here you will find:

Residence Life
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All housing paperwork is available in the Residence Life Office and is due by 5 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014. Incomplete or late paperwork will result in you choosing a room after everyone else.

Students or parents with questions can contact Tera Johnson, director of residence life, at housing@ndc.edu or call 216.373.5181.

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Commencement 2014

Attention Parents of Graduating Seniors: Commencement is May 11

GraduationThe 90th graduating class of Notre Dame College will have their commencement ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 11, in the Regina Auditorium.  A calendar of events and other important information has been sent to all graduating seniors’ homes. 

All the details also are available online. For more information on the undergraduate commencement ceremony, please visit the following link:

http://www.notredamecollege.edu/academics/graduation/undergraduate

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Life After College

Senior Salute to Offer Financial Aid Education for After Graduation

Graduation is around the corner and that means it is time for  Senior Salute, and the Office of Financial Aid is gearing up to get students ready for life after college (financially that is.) This year the Financial Aid Office will offer several educational opportunities in conjunction with Senior Salute on Friday, March 28.

We will have a representative from the Financial Aid Office available for one-on-one NSLDS financial reviews; a staff member also will be on hand to answer questions about exit counseling and graduate loans; and we will have a guest speaker from Sallie Mae, Jeff Johnston, discussing repayment options.

This is Jeff’s third year presenting to graduating seniors, and he is always the highlight of the event.  Jeff has a wealth of knowledge and is a great resource for both students and parents who have questions about repayment.  He will be presenting at noon and again at 6 p.m. in the Great Room of the Administration Building.

“This is my eleventh year with Sallie Mae.  Previously I was an investment advisor for a financial planning firm in Cleveland,” Johnston said. “I have presented to thousands of students and families all over Ohio on managing their student loan debt. I am looking forward to sharing some strategies to manage, reduce and ultimately retire your student loan debt.”

Please RSVP by March 25 with the session time you will attend and the number in your party by contacting Kristen Blazek at kblazek@ndc.edu.