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HIGHLANDER HIGHLIGHTS

An e-newsletter for the parents and families of Radford University students

Issue 22, November 2020

Sent on behalf of the Academic Success Center

photos taken prior to COVID-19 
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Barnes & Noble Bookstore: Returning Rental Textbooks
  • Financial Aid: Navigating the FAFSA
  • Office of the Bursar: Spring Tuition Payment Plans 
  • Bursar Business: 1098-T Information
  • Housing & Residential Life: Spring 2021 Housing Application Information
  • Student Perspective: Emmy's Story

 

Important Dates

 
Nov. 16: Last day to withdraw from the University (all classes) with a grade of "W"
Nov. 16: Last day of fall semester classes
Nov. 17 - 20: Fall final exams 
Nov. 20: Deadline to return rental textbooks to the Barnes & Noble campus bookstore
Nov. 24: Final grades due 
Dec. 28: Application for spring semester book vouchers opens
Jan. 19: Spring semester classes begin 

           Winter Commencement 

Graduation is truly one of the most special times of year for our campus and our community. However, due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic, as well as gathering limitations mandated by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the University has announced Commencement changes and future plans to celebrate the Class of 2020, including spring, summer, and fall graduates.

All undergraduate and graduate ceremonies for the Class of 2020 will be held from Thursday, April 29, 2021 through Sunday, May 2, 2021. Commencement details, including a schedule of events with ceremony dates, times, and locations, will be posted on the University’s website by March 1, 2021.


             COVID-19 Dashboard

The latest update to the COVID-19 University Dashboard is now available. The University has, once again, successfully slowed the spread of COVID-19 with three consecutive weeks of declining cases! During the week of final exams, we will also provide exit testing for students. 

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            Winter Break Housing

Students who reside in break housing buildings (Madison Hall, Jefferson Hall, & University Operated Apartments) who wish to stay in their room during winter break must register by completing the Break Stay Application. Once on the website, students will select the Housing tile, click on the “Break Stay Application” link, and complete the form. If you have questions, contact Housing and Residential Life at (540) 831-5375. 

 

                Meal Plan Funds

As we enter the final week of the semester, it is important for students to keep an eye on the amount of money in their Flex account. If you need to add more money, you can do so here. Any unused meal plan funds will not roll over into the new semester. If your student has additional money to spend, it's time to stock up for next semester! They can check out the snack options at Fairfax Street Snacks, buy bulk coffee at Starbucks as holiday gifts, or purchase cases of Coca-Cola products.

Registration for spring semester classes is now open for all students! Encourage your student to sign up for classes before the semester ends and to contact their academic advisor with any questions. 

Barnes & Noble Bookstore: Returning Rental Textbooks

Rental textbooks are due on or before November 20. Books can be returned to the store during our normal operating hours, or they can be shipped using the instructions below:

  • Click here to create a return shipping label. The label will cost $5. You will need your student's order ID and the email used to set up the rental account. Your student's order ID can be found in their order confirmation email. If your student needs assistance in locating the order ID, they can send us an email.  In the email, please provide the phone number associated with the rental account. 
  • Place all rental textbooks in one box. If you have multiple orders, please include all order ID’s in the box along with your name and phone number. 

There is a 10 day grace period for textbook rental returns. As long as the textbooks are received by December 1, students should not incur any charges. All books not returned by December 1 will be charged to the credit card on file and late fees will be assessed. 

Financial Aid: Navigating the FAFSA

Now is the time to file your student's FAFSA for the next academic year! The FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year is now available, and our priority filing date is January 15. In order to meet the requirements of the January 15 priority filing date, the Financial Aid Office must have your student's FAFSA on file, as well as any other requested documentation. When you are completing the FAFSA, make sure to have your 2019 tax information available, as this is the tax year information to use for the 2021-2022 FAFSA.

If you have questions about anything regarding the FAFSA filing process, the Financial Aid Office is happy to assist. They can be reached at (540) 831-5408. Additionally, you can follow their Facebook page. The page offers important information and reminders on a weekly basis to help keep you up to date on financial matters.

Office of the Bursar: Spring Tuition Payment Plans 

Are you looking for payment options to support paying your student's bill? Radford University offers a variety of payment plans! Automatic payment plan enrollment for the Spring 2021 semester is now available. More information regarding deadlines and how to enroll in a payment plan can be found on our website

Last Day to Enroll Online:       Number of Payments Remaining:         Months of Payments

Dec. 3, 2020                                              5                                    December - April 

Dec. 31, 2020                                            4                                    January - April 

Bursar Business: 1098-T Information

1098-Ts will be available by January 31, 2021. These forms are mailed to the student's permanent address if they do not elect to receive their 1098-T electronically. 

The 1098-T form is a starting point for students to determine their eligibility for educational tax credits. Students are encouraged to use this form, any supporting documentation or receipts, and the IRS Form 8863 to determine eligibility and the amount that can be claimed.
 
The benefits of consenting to receive the 1098-T online include:

  • Early access
  • Eliminates the chance of lost or misplaced forms, as well as mail delays
  • E-Consent is fast and secure
  • It can be accessed at any location

To enroll, the student must submit their e-consent form by January 1, 2021. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact us at (540) 831-5417 or by email.

Housing & Residential Life: Spring 2021 Housing Application Information
  • The Housing Application for Spring 2021 opened on Nov. 1. To apply, students should go to this website, click the Housing tile, select "Housing Applications," and then select Spring 2021 as the term. 
  • All first-time freshmen under the age of 21 are required to live on campus for four consecutive semesters (fall and spring). Under limited circumstances, first-time freshman may be granted exemption from the Residential Boarding Policy. The Housing Application allows students to either apply for university housing or request to be exempt from housing requirements. The deadline for students to request exemption from housing requirements is February 2, 2021 – all supporting documentation must be submitted by the deadline for the request to be considered complete. 
  • Students who were approved to live at home while taking online classes during the Fall 2020 semester must either:
    • apply to return to campus housing by submitting an application for spring 2021 if they will be taking in-person classes, or
    • request exemption if they will be taking all online classes while living at home with a parent/legal guardian during the spring 2021 semester. These exempion requests are granted on a per semester basis only.

Student Perspective: Emmy's Story 

Emmy Demmin, a senior, shares what helped her make Radford University her home. 

When I first came to Radford University, I was nervous about making new friends and living so far away from my family. However, thanks to my classes, especially University 100, and the Honors College, I was able to create my own little family of friends. My college journey has had a few bumps in the road, but I am so glad I pushed through the hard times. Now, I am an Advanced Professional Chemistry major and will soon graduate with honors!

Cammie's Corner

From the time you and your student commit to Radford University until graduation day, we are here to support you! One of our main goals of this e-newsletter is to help you feel more connected to our campus community by providing you with information and insight on our campus resources, events, and much more. While the semester may be at an end, please don't hesitate to reach out should you need anything! 

Please know that the Academic Success Center is always a phone call (540-831-2139) or an email away should you ever need anything. 
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