Monday, March 4, 2013

Housing Deposits

Each spring students must make a housing deposit to help insure their space in the residence hall for the next academic year.  The time has come.  If your resident student plans to live on campus during the 2013 - 2014 academic year their $150 housing deposit must be received in Student Accounts prior to 4pm on March 15, 2013.

Payment can be made at the Student Service Center (McCarthy Center 5th floor) by cash, check or credit card.  All check payments should be made payable to Framingham State University and should include the student's ID# and Housing Deposit.

Another method of payment is online through myFramingham:

1. Once logged in to myFramingham, click Accounts
2. Select make an Online Payment/Deposit
3. Click on Deposits at top
4. Pull down Fall 2013, then click Select
5. Pull down Residence Hall Deposit, then click Select
6. Make Deposit payment, prior to 4pm on March 15th.

Paying your deposit does NOT guarantee your student's room.  Your student must also participate in the Room Selection process. They will receive information about the process through their student email account in the coming weeks. Students should seek out their Residence Director with any questions.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Financial Aid/Scholarship Information

Let me start by saying Happy Valentine's Day!  As some of you set out to spend an exorbatent amount of money on gifts for your significant others I want to remind you of pressing deadline for your student. It is time to apply for financial aid for the 2013 - 2014 academic year.  If a returning student wishes to receive financial aid for the next academic year, it is time to complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA), it must be done every year. The priority filing deadline is March 1, 2013. 

A listing of scholarships and how to apply can be found on the Financial Aid website.  Your student can also stop by the Financial Aid office in McCarthy Center 515.

Monday, February 4, 2013


The first full week of class is over.  Your student is either excited about their classes or dreading them.  It is the beginning of the semester whey your student should start good study habits o they become a routine.  This will help them progress through their classes with some measure of success.  Students falter when they try to ease into studying, because before they know it midterms have arrived and all sorts of cramming for exams ensues.  Cramming can be avoided with a study routine.

There continue to be numerous places to study outside of their residence hall room or car.  Good places for studying include the library (of course), study lounges in the McCarthy Center, and the Center for Academic Support and Advising (CASA).  These are wonderful quiet places to study and get work done.

If your student is in need of a tutor, CASA can help them find one.  There are always math and writing tutors, but subject tutors are available upon request.

Friday, January 25, 2013

It Begins Again

You can give a sign of relief.  The first day of class has passed. By now each student should have been to each of their classes at least once.  Your student is busy going to class and stressing about the amount of course work they have.  Some of your students may try to adjust their schedules based on their previous semester grades, or they may have attended a class that just doesn't interest them.  To adjust their schedules they must go online to myFramingham and adjust their schedule.  Hopefully they still have their PIN number.  Please remind them to add a class prior to dropping one.  The last day to Add/Drop is January 29, 2013.  Make sure they pay attention to the date.

As always I am here to answer your queries and and provide relevant information.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tour of Duty

I am sure that the last month has been an exciting time for you; the holidays and having your student home for an extended length of time.  At this point I am sure that the honeymoon is over and you are anxious for your student to begin classes again.  I am here to tell you that the time has come.  Tuesday, January 22, 2013, is the first day of class at Framingham State University.  All resident students are allowed to move back to campus on Monday, January 21st, starting at 8:00 a.m.

This is the time for a fresh start for your student.  If they did not have a stellar first semester, they have a new slate of classes to excel at.  If your student had a good semester academically, they can keep up the good work.  It is a new semester and your work is not done either.  Please continue to encourage your student to take charge of their lives and education, get involved on campus, meet new folks,and seek out the resources that are here for them.

You and I are going to have a rockin' good time this Spring.  I can't wait!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Take the Money and Run

This is the time of semester when first year students start to feel a financial strain.  The monies from their summer jobs and the funds you started them off with are starting to dwindle.  Here are a few pointers to help you deal with the student that continually asks for money:

  1. Please do not let your student make you feel guilty for not providing them with money at every turn.  Guilt is the oldest trick in the book.  I am sure you have used it a few times yourself.
  2. If they do not have a job, they should try to get one.  About 10 hours a week should be plenty for them to have some spending money.  This will also help with their time management and balancing the different aspects of their lives.
  3. Budget their money they have and are receiving.  Students should look at their expenses (cell phone, car, gas, etc.) and come to the realization that what is left over is their spending money or allowance.
  4. Teach your student proper credit card use.  Speaking from personal experience, I got a credit card as a first year student, and I paid it off about 12 years later.  As a side note, it was the best Christmas for my family and friends.
  5. Most your students have a meal plan.  They should use it.  The occasional late night pizza is great, but they should not substitute fast food or waste money when their meal plan takes care of all that.
The habits your students forms now about financial management will stay with them well into the future.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Home Is Where the Fun Starts

Thanksgiving will be here in a couple of days.  For the parents of resident students it may be the first time since move0in that your student has spent any length of time at home.  It is important that you think about how you plan to handle their first extended trip home.  They have been accustomed to coming and going as they please at anytime, sleeping until all hours, enjoying all-you-can-eat buffets (courtesy of Sodexo), and quiet hours that start at 11pm. 

You will need to make your expectations about the above its clear up front.  Please make your student part of the process and be willing to compromise.  The process will be less painful this way.  Think of if from the student's perspective.  It is very difficult to go from having a great amount of freedom for months where they create their structure, back to the structure of the household you created.

Reminder:  All residence halls close Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at 6:00 p.m. All students must vacate their rooms by this time.  They will only need to pack what they need for the weekend.  Access will not be granted to the residence hall after this time, so all medication, homework, and travel documents should leave with them.  The residence hall re-open at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2012.

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