Parent Newsletter January 2011

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Scholarship Deadline Approaches
February 15 is the most common application deadline date for current-student scholarships. Visit the Parents page on the Office of Student Financial Aid’s website to learn about scholarships, grants, loans and work-study. You can also search for scholarships. Here are just a couple that have a February 15 deadline:

UNI Alumni Association Scholarship
Three scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1,000. One awarded to an undergraduate student with a GPA of 2.75 or higher who is the child of an alumnus; one awarded to an undergraduate minority student with a GPA of 2.75 or higher; one awarded to a graduate student who received their B.A. from UNI, is in good academic standing with their graduate program or has at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Apply using the Common Online Scholarship application.

$3,500 Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership
Open to full-time undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher who have completed at least 30 credit hours at UNI. Applicants must be returning for both the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters. This one-year, $3,500 award is applied directly to a student’s university bill, half each semester. Apply using the Common Online Scholarship application.

U-Bill Date Changes Coming Fall 2011
Beginning in August, electronic tuition bills will be created the first of every month and will be due the 20th. Students will continue to receive an e-mail notification when their bill is available. Students can continue to grant parent and third-party access to their u-bill by creating a Third Party Account.

Other u-bill changes include: 

  • More frequent application of financial aid to the u-bill
  • The increased frequency of refunds
  • The assessment of late fees
  • The implementation of UNI’s general collections policy, beginning with the August bill

Complete details of these changes and other student account policies will be posted at by June 1. Questions? Contact the Office of Business Operations at 319-273-2164 or

Want to Make Tuition Payments Online?
Families who want to take advantage of a tuition payment plan must complete an online payment plan agreement, available July 1 on MyUNIverse via the Student Center tab. UNI will no longer automatically enroll students in a payment plan. UNI will provide a three- or five-month plan; an extended plan will be offered through an outside vendor.

Graduation and Dean's Lists
The list of fall 2010 graduates and Dean’s list members will be released Friday, Jan. 21. Shortly thereafter, University Relations will send a notice to area newspapers with a link to a website where they can find the names of students from their coverage area. If students have restricted their directory information, the university cannot make this information public.

Residence Hall News
During October 2010, more than 500 volunteer student leaders in 10 residence halls developed teamwork and leadership skills while working with in-hall professional and paraprofessional staff members. Together, the staff and volunteer leaders engaged more than 2,500 students in 300-plus residence hall and university programs.

Also in October, resident assistants (RAs), the live-in peer leaders who challenge students to learn where they live, worked with Academic Advising’s Peer Academic Advisor in Residence (PAIR) in their hall. Together, they gave 88 academic success bulletin boards and 153 academic programs to more than 1,200 fellow students. Also in October, RAs provided 136 bulletin boards and 207 programs, which were attended by more than 2,360 students. These programs were designed to positively engage students in campus life.

In addition to facilitating the development of solid communities in on-campus “houses,” RAs check in with the 50 or so students in their house each month to see how they’re faring socially and academically. Students sometimes need help beyond what residence hall staff can provide. During October, nearly 400 residents were referred to campus professionals for assistance with various personal and academic concerns.

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Study Abroad
Studying in another country is an excellent way to experience a new culture, gain a global perspective and create memories to last a lifetime. Opportunities exist in more 60 countries, and students can study anywhere from two weeks to one year. Learn more from the Study Abroad Center.

Study Close to Home
The National Student Exchange program allows students to attend one of 179 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada while paying UNI tuition. An information meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in the Presidential Room in Maucker Union. Students must have a 2.5 GPA or higher and have completed at least 30 credit hours at the time of the exchange. Learn more at /continuinged/nse/.


2011 Dates to Remember
View a complete list of UNI events.

Feb. 21: Spring Career Fair

March 12: Spring break begins

March 21: Classes resume

May 2-6: Finals week

May 7: Commencement, UNI-Dome

Aug. 22: Fall semester classes begin

Sept. 16-18: Family Weekend

Oct. 8: Homecoming


There are many campus resources available to support and encourage students to have the best educational experience possible. These resources can be found at

Live Like a Student Course
Students are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship simply by taking a free, noncredit course offered by the Office of Student Financial Aid called Live Like a Student. The class meets six times and is open to all UNI students. Course topics include budgeting, financial aid, credit, credit cards and identity protection. The course starts Monday, Feb. 7, and ends Wednesday, Feb. 23. To register /finaid/, click on the Live Like a Student logo.


Did You Know You’re a Member of UNIPA? 
As a parent or guardian of a UNI student, you’re automatically a member of the UNI Parents Association (UNIPA), a university advocacy group that represents students and their parents. UNIPA also functions in an advisory role to UNI administrators, faculty and staff on matters that relate to the academic and social experiences of UNI students. Learn more by contacting UNIPA liaison Jon Buse at 319-273-2332 or 

UNI Parents Association 
118 Gilchrist
University of Northern Iowa 
Cedar Falls, IA 50614 
(319) 273-2897