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Happy new year, Hawkeye parents!

We hope you and your student have had a good winter break. Before long, festivities to honor Martin Luther King Jr. will kick off the spring semester. Read on for important deadline reminders, upcoming campus events, and other UI news.


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) and submit all required documents as soon as possible after Jan. 1 for the upcoming academic year. Awards are made on a first-come, first-served basis, with the first awards finalized in mid-March to students with complete files. Although students can apply for financial aid throughout the year, funding for some financial aid programs may be depleted prior to May 1. Learn more about the filing process at

Help your student remember to reapply for campus housing

This month, students who live in the residence halls will receive an email about reapplying for housing for the 2014–15 year. The deadline to reapply is 5 p.m., Feb. 28. For more information about campus housing, visit

University to honor legacy of MLK

The university will celebrate the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. this month with a number of free events, including a spoken word workshop and a unity march. Additionally, students are invited to donate items to benefit the Shelter House and the Crisis Center of Johnson County Food Bank for the MLK Day of Service. For more details, see

Students can earn academic credit 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 17. 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.

Hawkeye lineman shines on and off the field

A loss in the Outback Bowl on Jan. 1 wasn’t how the Hawkeyes hoped to cap their season, but UI senior Brett Van Sloten is a testament to the Iowa football program’s emphasis on academics. The Decorah, Iowa, native is a three-time Academic All-America selection, and though he likely will play in the NFL, he says he is proud to be earning a business degree from Iowa. Read more in this Iowa Now article.

UI unveils new home page, interactive maps site

The University of Iowa has introduced a more flexible and functional home page, one of the biggest evolutions since the university opened its first online front door nearly 20 years ago. Check it out at Also, be sure to check out a new map site that promises to make finding your way around campus a lot easier.

2013 in photos

Some moments you can't miss, but others might slip by unnoticed. University of Iowa photographers caught thousands of moments, big and small, during 2013. Check out this Iowa Now photo feature.

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