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Academic Tidbits - February 2011

Volume 3, Issue 7
by UNI Academic Advising on 3 May 2011

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What are Your Academic Goals? What are some short term goals to make this goal a reality? Financial Aid 411 From the FAFSA, scholarships, grants and student employment questions, there are students and staff available to help you out. Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid in 105 Gilchrist Hall or call 319-273-2700. Office of Academic Advising
www.uni.edu/advising
319-273-3604 Why did you come to college? What motivated this step in your education? It may not be completely clear at this time, but you may be starting to formulate one of many various goals for your future and/or your career. Don’t be overwhelmed, nobody expects you have it all figured out right now. However, setting some long and short term goals may help you focus your academic plans so that you can get the MOST out of your college experience. For example, one of your many goals in college could be achieving a career of interest for you. This does not just happen by declaring a major. It takes time and energy to make that personal goal a reality. Maybe this is your goal: I want to apply for graduate school in my area of interest. Start by setting a long term goal. Long term goals are things you want to accomplish in one or two years. A long term goal, for example, might be: I would like to obtain a 3.0 GPA when I graduate college, in order to enter graduate school. Short term goals are the things we do now to make our long term goals obtainable. In this scenario, our short term goals need to focus on working towards or maintaining a 3.0 GPA. I will meet with my advisor to determine the types of grades I would need to achieve to earn a 3.0 GPA.
I will sign up for a 4-week study strategy workshop with the Academic Learning Center to improve my study skills.
I will study at least 2 hours for every hour I am in class and mark that time in my weekly schedule.
In order to get a 3.0 GPA, I will review my notes nightly and visit a tutor once a week.
In order to get a 3.0 GPA, I will finish my papers 3 days ahead of time and visit the Writing Center before turning in any work.
I will follow up with my professors within one week after exams/quizzes/papers to review the material in order to improve my scores for next time. Verbalizing or writing goals down won’t make them happen. It is your responsibility to hold yourself accountable for your goals. Make sure your goals are measurable and achievable. It is hard to see the end of the road at the beginning of the journey. Thinking about what you need at the end of the journey will make achieving your career outcome more of a reality. What is your long term goal? Do I Need to Fill Out a FAFSA Every Year? Yes, you need to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) every year if you plan on applying for financial aid. Typically you need your personal financial information as well as your parents/guardians financial information to complete this form. Use the UNI School Code (001890) when completing the form so that your FAFSA information is sent to UNI. This application is available January 1 each year and can be found at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ How Do I Apply For scholarships at UNI? As a current student, completion of the UNIversity Scholarship Application is required for MOST scholarships at UNI. Scholarship deadlines vary between October and April for 2011-2012. The deadline for a majority of the scholarships is February 15, 2011. When you apply for scholarship, please read the information carefully as some scholarships require additional information such as interviews, letters of recommendation, essays, auditions, etc. You can find out more information about scholarships at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/scholarship.shtml Where Do I Find Information About On and Off Campus Jobs at UNI? Some financial aid comes in the form of work study. Work study is awarded to students based on financial need (as determined by FAFSA). Students awarded work study may search the Online Job Board for work study positions.

Not all students qualify for work study, however the Online Job Board is a great place to search for non-work study jobs and some off campus positions as well. Visit the board or get more information on jobs at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/studentemployment.shtml What Other Information Can the Office of Student Financial Aid Offer Me? Financial Aid has great resources on managing your money, understanding credit cards, preventing fraud and much more! Use these FREE and informational resources at http://www.uni.edu/finaid/manage.shtml Who Do I Talk to About Questions Related to Financial Aid?
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