Purdue University Calumet Parent/Supporter End of the Semester Tasks
The end of the semester is here! With your student finishing up with their classes, they may be ready to take a break and enjoy the holidays with family and friends. Here at The Center for Learning and Academic Support (CLAS), we encourage students to take this time to recover from the semester, but there are still a few tasks for them to work on to stay on track for GRADUATION. YOU can help them with a few of these tasks. To break the ice, have an OPEN DISCUSSION about your student’s GRADES. Then, file YOUR TAXES to help your student complete the FASFA. Lastly, discuss and help your student CHOOSE or CHANGE THEIR MAJOR.
Let’s Talk About Grades: How to Have THIS Conversation with Your Student
Discussing your student’s grades may be a natural process or it can be awkward, but talking to your student about their grades is important. Remember, in college, parents/supporters do not receive the grades of their students. Your student has ultimate responsibility for their grades, so it is up to you to ask your student about their grades. Discussing grades is helpful for your student because it allows for them to brag about their success and to collaborate with you on what they can learn from their grades and experiences that semester.
Here are a few suggestions to help you SET THE TONE to discuss your student’s grades:
- Set aside time and have a REAL DISCUSSION. Go out to lunch. Do not simply ask how their grades are in passing. This will result in a passing answer such as, “they are fine.”
- If your student’s grades were awesome this semester (A’s and B’s), then CELEBRATE this victory with them!
- If your student’s grades were not as good as expected, talk with your student what they can do during the next semester to IMPROVE their grades.
- Ask your student what they did that was HELPFUL and NOT HELPFUL this semester.
- Ask your student what campus RESOURCES they have used to help them. Did they meet with the instructor during their office hours? Did they use the academic resources provided by the campus, such as supplemental instruction, tutoring, or the Writing Center?
- Remember to be an ACTIVE TEAM MEMBER with your student throughout their college experience.
By having an open and collaborative conversation with your student about their grades, you can create a safe space for your student to explore the many options and resources that college offers. For more resources, check out the Student Academic Support section of the Center for Learning and Academic Success website.
File Your Taxes: Help Your Student Pay for College
With a new year comes the season of filing taxes. While taxes do not legally need to be filed until April 2015, it may be in the best interest of your student for you to file your taxes as soon as you can. This is because of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is a federal document to be completed by your student each year BEFORE MARCH 10TH. The purpose of this document is to gain access to government provided student scholarships, grants, and loans. Even if your student has their tuition paid for, it is always a good idea to apply to FAFSA. The student does not have to accept all or any of the loan money that is offered, if they choose. All students who attend college and are U.S. citizens may apply, and the student will need to file their taxes from the previous year in order to do so. For example, the student will use their 2014 filed taxes for the upcoming FASFA application. What is your role as a parent? If your student is still considered your dependent for tax reasons, your student will also need to provide your tax information.
- Filing your taxes, as soon as possible, allows for your student to COMPLETE FASFA before the priority deadline of March 10th.
- The FAFSA is a government application that can provide your student with GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, and LOANS that will help them pay for college.
- Even if your student does not need help with paying for college, it is always nice to have a SAFETY NET for unexpected life changes throughout the semester (loss of employment, health issues, etc.).
- For more information, check out the Purdue University Calumet FINANCIAL AID website and the FAFSA website.
- When completing the online FAFSA, the SCHOOL CODE for Purdue University Calumet is 001827 (some parents/supporters miss this code)
- Purdue University Calumet will hold a FASFA COMPLETION EVENT in February. Check with Financial Aid in January for the exact date and time.
How to Help Your Student Chose or Change Their Major.
Your student may currently be enrolled at Purdue University Calumet as an undeclared major, may be working toward becoming accepted into their chosen major, (such as nursing), and/or be in the process of changing their major. Students need to make this decision before the end of their first academic year to remain eligible for financial aid. To start this process, your student will need to contact their advisor and start the CHANGE OF DEGREE OBJECTIVE (CODO) process. The staff at CLAS or any campus Advisor can help your student work toward this next step in their education.
- The CODO process is a process performed by your student in order for them to change their major from their previous major or from being undeclared.
- We suggest that your student start this process throughout WINTER BREAK during their FIRST YEAR as the changes will be made official the following semester.
- Your student will not know their full COURSE REQUIREMENTS to GRADUATE until they have successfully completed the CODO process.
- Your student will need to show that they are working toward a degree in order to continue to receive FINANCIAL AID.
Check out the Academic Catalog and Degree Maps with your student for an overview of all the majors that Purdue University Calumet offers. The catalog also breaks down the requirements for each major and the classes provided by the major. Remember, the Center for Learning and Academic Success office is here to help your student. They can always contact us at 219/989-3227.