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University of South Carolina Parent E-news: July 2017
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Summer is in full swing and the temperature is rising! Even though it might seem as though the heat will last forever, fall is quickly approaching. But let's enjoy the here and now. The Office of Parents Programs wishes you a safe and happy Independence Day!

July is a great month to discuss the upcoming semester with your student. Will they need to make any financial changes this year? Is their course schedule set? What challenges do they anticipate with new living arrangements? How often will you plan to communicate with each other? These are all great questions to ask -- and if you start now, you'll have time to space out these important conversations. 

Stay connected with the Office of Parents Programs; make sure to like us on Facebook , follow us on Instagram  and visit the Parents Programs website  for timely posts and monthly tips to supplement this newsletter. 

Pictured above: The Star-Spangled Banner flies in front of the President's House on the Historic Horseshoe.
Parents Weekend 2017
Mark your calendar for Parents Weekend 2017 , to be held Oct. 6-8! Registration is required and space is limited.

Registration is now OPEN! Please visit the Office of Parents Programs website to register, learn more about the schedule, and prepare for an unforgettable Gamecock weekend!
University Housing news
Fall 2017 Move-In
University Housing is pleased to welcome parents and students home this fall on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Discover more about Move-In 2017 by clicking here.

Questions? Visit the University Housing website or call 803-777-4283.
From the Bursar's Office
Payment deadline for fall 2017
Update: Tuition and fees for fall 2017 are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 16. Bills will be available for view on Self Service Carolina in mid-July. Students can estimate their fall bill by reviewing the  2017-2018 tuition and fee schedule, which is now posted

College savings plans
Students who will use 529 education savings and trust funds should send a copy of their tuition statement to their plan administrator as soon as possible to ensure funds are disbursed and arrive before the deadline. Payment plan options are available if needed and can be processed via SSC. Please note that payment is due immediately for students who register after the payment deadline.

For more information from the Office of the Bursar, click here
FAQs from the USC Postal Service
Who gets a mailbox assignment and box combination?
Any student assigned to an on-campus residence hall through University Housing (excluding those assigned to Aspyre, Park Place or 650 Lincoln) and students residing in Greek Village are automatically assigned a mailbox.

How can my student view their mailbox assignment and box combination?
  2. Scroll down to the "Personal" section. Do not log in to Self Service Carolina.
3. Click "View mailbox assignment and box combination."
4. Log in using your network username or VIPID.

When can my student see their mailbox assignment and box combination?
Students who have already received their housing assignment for fall 2017 can now see their mailbox assignment. Students who have NOT received their housing assignment for fall 2017 will receive their mailbox assignment as soon as they receive their housing assignment. Box combinations will be available on Aug. 22.

When can I start sending packages to my student's mailbox?
Aug. 7 is the first day the Student Mail Center will be receiving packages for students enrolled for fall 2017.

How do I address my packages to my student's mailbox?
All mail and parcels must have the student's first name, middle initial, last name and box number. The middle initial helps in the event another student has the same first and last name. This is the proper format for addressing student packages:

Student Name (including middle initial; NO nicknames)
USC Student Box _____ (5-digit box number)
1400 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29225

**Please keep in mind that student mailboxes are campus mailboxes and not US Postal Service PO boxes!

What cannot be received at the Student Mail Center?
Follow the link below to see what shipments/deliveries will not be accepted at the Student Mail Center:

When is the first day my student can pick up packages?
Students can begin to pick up their packages on their designated move-in day.

How will my student know if they have a package or piece of mail?
For any accountable mail and packages that will not fit in the student's mailbox, the student will receive an email when the package has arrived at the Student Mail Center and is ready to be picked up. Letters and untracked packages small enough to fit in the student's mailbox will be placed in the mailbox. Students are encouraged to check mailboxes weekly for non-accountable letter mail. 
Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Mark your calendar for Aug. 18-21, as Columbia, SC will be the total solar eclipse capital of the east coast! Columbia, SC and its surrounding region are positioned in the best location to witness a spectacle that has not been seen in the continental United States since 1979. Throughout the long weekend, attractions, cultural institutions, hospitality and retail businesses in Columbia, will host special eclipse-related events leading up to nature's grandest spectacle. For more information about the total solar eclipse, please visit:  
Opportunities to share with your student
Multifactor Authentication
All students need to register for Multifactor Authentication (MFA). MFA is sometimes referred to as two-step or two-factor authentication, and is an overly technical-sounding term for a very simple solution. Think of it as "password plus." It is an easy way to make sure that the only one using your credentials is you. Learn more about and register for Multifactor Authentication by visiting this link

Sorority recruitment
Registration for Panhellenic recruitment has opened online and will remain open until Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. (EST). Sorority recruitment will be held Thursday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 27. In order to guarantee access to assigned on-campus housing prior to the university move-in date of Aug. 22, students should plan to register by Aug 1. 

Registration dates and fees are as follows:
Early Bird Registration: May 1-31 at 4 p.m. (EST) $150
Regular Registration: June 1-31 at 4 p.m. (EST) $175
Late Registration: July 1-Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. (EST) $200
University news updates
Congaree River lights to shine during upcoming eclipse
The Congaree River is slated for an upgrade soon. University of South Carolina professor Chris Robinson plans to create a light-beaming art project between the Gervais Street and Blossom Street bridges. 

UofSC makes Top 100 Worldwide University patent list
The University of South Carolina made the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association's Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents list.  Read more>>>

State, UofSC leaders tout new $628 million tech partnership as game-changer
The University of South Carolina continues to build its technology muscle with a new multimillion-dollar partnership at its aerospace center meant to train students better and change the state's workforce.  Read more>>>

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Important upcoming dates
July 4: Independence Day (no classes)
July 15: Last day to apply for August graduation (note that there is no summer commencement)
Aug. 16: Payment deadline for fall 2017
Aug. 22: Move-In
Aug. 23: New Student Convocation
Aug. 24: First day of classes
Please continue to visit our website for information and resources at . As always, we are only a phone call or email away, and we encourage your feedback!

Office of Parents Programs
University of South Carolina
Parents Assistance Line: 1-800-868-6752
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