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Happy new year, Hawkeye parents!

The start of 2011 is a great time for you and your student to be thinking about the next academic year, too. Read on for important info on financial aid and housing deadlines, resources for money management, spring break learning opportunities, and more.

         
 

A message from the vice president for student services
Tom Rocklin, vice president for student services, describes plans for a revitalized Iowa Memorial Union that’s a hub for student life and leadership development. Read the message.

File the FAFSA for financial aid
The UI Office of Student Financial Aid encourages students to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis to students who have submitted all required documents, with the first awards finalized in mid-March. Students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, but funding for some aid programs may be depleted by May 1. Families can use tax estimates to complete the FAFSA, and must also submit the Iowa Verification Form and copies of federal income tax returns. View the financial aid office’s Step-by-Step Process web page for detailed information.

Financial aid info on Facebook
The Office of Student Financial Aid Facebook page provides an easy way to keep current on financial aid deadlines, learn tips on the financial aid process, get answers to frequently asked questions, and find other valuable information regarding student success at Iowa. (You don’t need a Facebook account to view the page’s content.)

Remind your student to reapply for housing
On Jan. 31, students who live in the residence halls will receive an e-mail message and a flyer about reapplying for housing for the 2011–12 year. The deadline to reapply is 5 p.m., Feb. 10. Get more information on the University Housing web site.

New online money management course
Going to college often means learning to manage money—and understanding that today’s financial decisions affect savings and debt, credit ratings, and future choices. A new online course called Managing Your Money introduces basic financial concepts and practices, plus ways to prevent money problems commonly associated with college life. Encourage your student to consider enrolling in this 1 semester-hour class for spring.
 
Help keeping finances in check
Another campus resource for helping students with financial issues is Student Credit & Money Management Services, a program that teaches students about the wise use of credit and provides direct help with money management issues.

Course credits over spring break
While some students will head south for traditional spring break trips, others will take advantage of for-credit University excursions and on-campus offerings the week of March 14. It’s not too late for your student to enroll in courses on land navigation, sea kayaking, bicycling in the southern United States, salsa dancing, golf, and photography, to name a few topics. To learn more, visit the ISIS courses page and type “spring break” into the keywords area.

Honoring MLK’s legacy
The University will celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. this month with free events—from symposiums, lectures, and musical performances, to a human rights fair, blood drive, and film screening. The UI Community-Based Learning Program also will organize volunteer opportunities for the MLK Day of Service on Jan. 17. Learn more at http://mlk.uiowa.edu.

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