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HIGHLANDER HIGHLIGHTS

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

Issue 23, December 2020

Sent on behalf of the Academic Success Center

IN THIS ISSUE:
  • APPLY TODAY! Scholarship Opportunities
  • Center for Career & Talent Development: Spring Career Week
  • Financial Aid: Navigating the FAFSA
  • Bursar Business: 1098-T Information
  • Housing & Residential Life: Spring 2021 Housing Application Information
  • Student Perspective: Chase's Story

 

Important Dates

 
Dec. 15: Wintermester classes begin 
Dec. 28: Application for spring semester book vouchers opens
Dec. 31: Last day to enroll in the 4 month payment plan 
Jan. 13 - 17: Residence halls open 
Jan. 15: FAFSA priority filing date 
Jan. 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (classes not in session)
Jan. 19: Spring semester classes begin 
Jan. 25: Last day for students to add or drop classes 
Feb. 5: Foundation scholarship application closes 

   Returning to the Residence Halls 

We’ll use a sign up process (similar to fall move-in) for residence hall return in January. Appointments will begin on January 13. More information on how to sign up for a move-in appointment will be sent to residential students’ university email addresses soon.

Also, we will begin the process of recruiting RAs soon to join our team for Fall 2021! Encourage your student to talk with their RA for more information and keep an eye on the Housing & Residential Life webpage for more information.

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            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


    Spring 2021 Testing Information

All students will be asked to complete a travel declaration form. This is so students who have been traveling to and returning from hot spots can be tested. Required testing will be scheduled and completed in order for test results to come back before the first day of classes. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to begin completing the daily symptom tracker two weeks prior to returning to campus. Check out the full Spring 2021 Semester Operational Plan Executive Summary here

APPLY TODAY! Scholarship Opportunities

Foundation Scholarships are scholarships that Radford University's generous donors have created. There are approximately $2 million to award to students for the 2021-2022 academic year, which translates to over 700 individual scholarships. Students are selected by various scholarship committees throughout the university. The application is open now and will close on Feb. 5. 

In order to apply, students should visit the website and use their Radford credentials to log-in. There is a short, general application students will need to submit; most students usually complete it within 15 minutes.

The system will then automatically match students’ applications to the scholarships they are qualified for. However, the only scholarships that will be visible to applicants as matches will be those that require an extra step, such as providing a reference, writing an essay or answering some questions.

If you or your student have any questions regarding the Foundation Scholarships, feel free to reach out to Cherie Durbin, our Foundation Scholarship Coordinator. She can be reached via email or by phone at (540) 831-7171.

Center for Career & Talent Development: Spring Career Week

Hands-on work experience is quickly becoming a requirement to break into many fields. To help students meet this challenge head on, the Center for Career and Talent Development is hosting its Spring 2021 Career Week from February 22 - 26. These five days will offer your student unique opportunities to practice their skills with Radford alumni, learn from industry experts, and connect with employers. Each Career Day will occur between 11 am - 3 pm, virtually, via Zoom. 

Dates to Share with Your Student:

Monday, February 22          Business & Technology Career Day
Tuesday, February 23         Government Career Day
Wednesday, February 24    Diversity Career Day
Thursday, February 25        Healthcare and Human Services Career Day
Friday, February 26             Education Career Day

Registration Required:

Student registration for Career Week opens January 25 on Radford University’s jobs and events platform, Handshake.  Please mark your calendar to remind your student of the most significant career opportunity of the spring semester.

Financial Aid: Navigating the FAFSA

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. 

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 is now open. To apply, students should go to this website, click the Housing tile, select "Housing Applications," and 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. Under limited circumstances, first-time freshman may be granted exemption from this 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. 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 for 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 during the spring 2021 semester. These exemption requests are granted on a per semester basis only.

Student Perspective: Chase's Story 

Chase Arrington, a senior, reflects on the opportunities he's had during his time at Radford University. 

I chose Radford University because it has one of the best business schools in the state, and I knew I wanted to major in business management and marketing. I was really nervous about coming to college because I had never been away from home. But, everything turned out just fine! I have come so far since stepping foot on campus back in August 2017 – I am no longer the shy person I was back then! I have been in the Student Government Association since my freshman year, which I believe has helped me the most. I am also a member of the Student Managed Investment Portfolio Organization (SMIPO), which is a student-run club that manages a million-dollar stock portfolio. I am so thankful that I have been able to attend a school that has granted me so many opportunities to grow as both a person and a leader. 

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. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Academic Success Center should you need anything! We can be reached by phone (540-831-2139) or by email
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