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Important Dates
Academic Year

Finals Week
December 16-19

Winter Commencement
December 20

Spring Classes Begin
January 13

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
No Classes/Offices Closed
January 20

Tuition & Fees Due
February 13

FAFSA Fridays
How to Fill Out the FAFSA
How to Fill Out the FAFSA
FAFSA Fridays are Continuing at UNK
Free, one-on-one FAFSA help for your student

Mimi Brandt
Office of Financial Aid

Is your student fretting about filing the FAFSA? Never fear - UNK Financial Aid has fantastic news! We are offering "FAFSA Fridays" to help students with submitting their FAFSA.  On FAFSA Fridays, students can head on over to the designated location on the schedule below, bring the items listed below, and we'll provide free, one-on-one help to get the FAFSA filed. 
December 2013 

Dear Parents & Families,


Welcome to the new look of our newsletter - now an eNewsletter! 


I'm sure many of you, like us, are surprised that December and the end of the Fall 2013 semester is upon us! As your student prepares for the end of the semester with final projects and exams, we also wanted to provide you with some beneficial reading material.  We hope you will find the articles in this eNewsletter beneficial.  

Examining Your Wellness

Kiphany Hof, PLMHP, Counselor

UNK Counseling Care


The winter months are a time of transition for many of our students. The time between mid-term and final exams seems both never-ending and arrives too quickly. The journey to the semester's end is filled with much to do as students focus on wrapping up their classwork. The basic principles of balance and overall wellness are often lost on students as they tread the various responsibilities placed upon them. As the semester comes to a close, it is an appropriate time for students and their families to review their own wellness wheel.

Understanding Satisfactory Academic Progress

Mimi Brandt

Office of Financial Aid


At the end of each semester, we review all students' academic progress to be sure they have met UNK's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for financial aid. During this review, we look at two different criteria - qualitative and quantitative. The qualitative part of the policy is the cumulative GPA. As undergraduates, students' minimum cumulative GPA requirements will range from a 1.8 to a 2.0 depending on grade level.

As with our previous editions, we understand and appreciate that as the parent or family of a UNK student you may have many questions concerning the experience he or she is having here at UNK. We recognize the important role that parents and families play in supporting students in these critical transitional years. In addition to being personally accessible, all of us here at UNK want to provide parents and families with ready access to information that will be informative and helpful.


In addition, please bookmark the Loper Parent & Family Association web-page as it provide links to numerous offices and resources: .


On behalf of the Division of Student Affairs, we wish you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to your student's return in 2014.






Joseph A. Oravecz, Ph.D.,


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Additional Readings
Five Jobs Every College Parent Needs to Consider


Being a college parent is hard work.  Sometimes it is hard work because of the things that you need to do, but sometimes, being a college parent is hard work because of what you need
not to do.
How Parents Can Help College Students Value Their Mistakes

No one likes to make mistakes. We know we may not be perfect, but we try not to make too many mistakes - especially what we might consider "stupid mistakes".  College students don't like to make mistakes either, but they will probably make some - perhaps many - mistakes throughout their college career.  It is difficult, as a parent, to watch your college student make what you might consider avoidable mistakes.


Embracing Your Role As a College Parent

You may be ready to embrace your role as a coach to your college student.  Good for you.  But you may wonder just how you will do that.  How do you coach from afar?  What do you need to do to coach him on to success?


We'd like to offer five coaching suggestions for parents of college students.


UNK Update

The UNK News & Communications office has launched a new campus e-newsletter called "UNK Update." This is a "must read" for everyone who cares about what's happening at UNK.


We think you will be entertained, informed, enlightened and encouraged by what you read in "UNK Update."


We know everyone here at UNK has a story to tell: about research, teaching, discovery, passion, adventure, giving, serving. We see our role as gathering those stories, telling them, and sharing them. And we hope the stories motivate you to share UNK's story.


"Sharing our story" is part of our renewed theme here in the News, Communications and Marketing offices. More news, more feature stories, more videos and photos - all shared on multiple channels and media.


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