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

Issue 17, June 2020

Sent on behalf of the Office of New Student & Family Programs

  • Student Involvement: Summer Opportunities
  • Radford University Bookstore: Returning Rental Textbooks
  • Office of the Bursar: Fall Payment Plans 
  • Financial Aid: 2020 - 2021 Processing
  • Center for Career & Talent Development: Virtual Services
  • Student Perspective: Marah's Story


Important Dates

June 15: Last day to return Spring 2020 rental textbooks
June 18: Summer Session I classes end 
June 19 - 20: Summer Session I final exams
June 29: Summer Session II begins 
June 30: Last day to add/drop Summer Session II classes for undergraduate students 
July 2: Last day to enroll in Fall 2020 Payment Plan to qualify for 5 payments
Aug. 12: Fall semester classes begin

   Fall Course Registration Reminder

Remind your student to register now for fall semester classes! Registration is now open for all students and can be accessed via the Academics tab on their MyRU portal. In order to register for classes, your student will need to contact their academic advisor to discuss Fall 2020 classes and receive a PIN number. 

         Summer Classes Online

Due to the ongoing public health concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Radford University has transitioned all Summer Session course offerings to a fully online delivery. 

Students can rent or purchase e-books through the Bookstore website. If your student would prefer a physical book and one is not listed on the website, please email us

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          Fall 2020 Early Opening

Radford University will reopen on July 27, 2020 with students moving into campus housing, such as residence halls and University-operated apartments, between August 1-11, 2020 with the first day of classes on August 12, 2020. 

This revised schedule as part of early opening will provide an opportunity for Radford University to complete all instruction on November 16, 2020 with final exams from November 17-20, 2020. The alternate approach related to early opening will ensure that students and others do not travel over Thanksgiving Break and then return to campus for final exams followed by Winter Commencement.

Knowing that many individuals are experiencing their own challenges given the pandemic, the Early Opening Plan Executive Summary shares information regarding the ability for students to request arrangements for alternate learning and working environments. The executive summary also shares the requirement for students to maintain physical distancing and wear face coverings while in classrooms, laboratories, common areas, and workspaces. As detailed in the plan, Radford University will engage in broad-based testing and provide a platform for symptom tracking as appropriate and contact tracing if necessary.

Student Involvement: Summer Opportunities

If your student is looking for something to do over the summer, we’ve got opportunities!  Here are some great social media pages to keep an eye on:

Facebook: @radfordstudentlife @RU.CDI @radfordfitwell @RadfordFSL1929

Instagram: @RadfordStudentLife @cidradford @radfordfitwell @RadfordFSL

If your student still can’t find a way to connect, send us an email. We’re happy to help them find a way to get involved!

Radford University Bookstore: Returning Rental Textbooks

If your student is not on campus and has rental textbooks they used for Spring 2020 classes, they can be returned free by shipping back via UPS. Click here to create your pre-paid shipping label.  You will need your student's order number to print the UPS shipping label. This can be found in the confirmation email from the online order. If your student rented textbooks in store, it can be found in any of their rental reminder emails.

In this unprecedented time, we have extended the rental due date to June 15, 2020; no charges will occur until the first week of class for the Fall semester. If you have any questions or concerns, please email the bookstore.

Office of the Bursar: Fall Payment Plans 

July 2nd is the last day to enroll in the Fall 2020 Payment Plan that allows for 5 payments. In order to enroll, please follow these steps: 
  • Have your student log into their MyRU Portal 
  • Click the Finances icon
  • In the Office of the Bursar box, click on set up payment plan
  • You will be directed to QuikPAY where you will click on Payment Plan on the left side of the page and follow the website's instructions
For more information on tuition payment plans, visit the Office of the Bursar's website
Financial Aid: 2020 - 2021 Processing

It is important to make sure your student has filed the FAFSA for 2020-2021 so we can determine their eligibility. For current students, we start the process of awarding Financial Aid for the 2020-2021 school year at the end of Spring semester. If your student has not completed their FAFSA or turned in verification documents, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible. The FAFSA application can be accessed here; you can find more details on how to complete the FAFSA on our website

Center for Career & Talent Development: Virtual Services

To remain accessible, the Center for Career and Talent Development has moved all communications to a virtual format. Please note that your student's respective career coach will be available to engage with them through virtual communications such as Zoom, phone, and email. To learn more, click here

Additionally, all Career Development Workshops, employer events, and appointments will be accessed digitally as well. For more information, please visit our website or follow us by searching @radfordcareer on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

You also have an opportunity to support the Highlander family, especially our new graduates. If you are a part of a company that is hiring right now, please reach out to Ellen Taylor, the Interim Director of the Center for Career and Talent Development. 

Student Perspective: Marah's Story 

Marah Cheek, a senior and legacy student, reflects on how she has made her Radford story her own.

Both of my parents went to Radford, making me a legacy student. Growing up, my parents would bring me to campus for alumni and sporting events. This is when my love for Radford was instilled in me. When the time came to apply for colleges, there was only one place for me!

The task at the beginning of my freshman year was not to see Radford as my parents’ school, but as my own. Getting involved helped me do just that! Working as a Tour Guide, a Peer Instructor, and with the Quest program helped me to share my love of Radford with others and build relationships professionally and socially. I also became President of Psychology Club and secretary of Psi Chi, an honors fraternity in psychology, just like my mom when she was here. These experiences have helped me become closer with professors in my field of study.

Radford has given me opportunities I didn’t know existed for myself. I have grown socially, personally, and professionally, all while my love for Radford has grown exponentially. I can't wait to be back on campus and see what my senior year has in store for me! 

Cammie's Corner

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. Whether your student is currently enrolled in online summer courses or taking a break until the fall, we are here to support you just the same all summer long. We look forward to reconnecting with both you and your student in person very soon! 

Please know that the Office of New Student and Family Programs is always a phone call (540-831-5923) or an email away should you ever need anything. 
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