November 2020
Student Support
Academic Skills
The Academic Skills Office is dedicated to enhancing student success and the educational process at the University of Southern Indiana. They provide academic support services through classes and other learning assistance programs. This fall Academic Skills and The Writers' Room is offering a variety of in-person and virtual learning assistance options. Face coverings are required and physical distancing protocols will be followed with in-person learning assistance
Academic Skills
Education Center, Rm. 1111
The Writers' Room
Education Center, Rm. 1102
Student Mental Health and Well-Being
Mental Health Check-In
As students approach finals, there can be mental health challenges. Here are some signs to watch out for: 
  • Disengagement (from friends, academics, family, hobbies, activities, etc.)
  • Changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Difficulty concentrating and/or paying attention
If you notice you are experiencing these or other concerns, please connect with the Counseling Center for resources:
Dining Hours (November 24-End of Semester)
On-campus dining hours and options will remain the same through Monday, November 23. Starting Tuesday, November 24, there will be updated hours for the remainder of the semester.
Student & Campus Information
Take Summer Classes
Summer Financial Aid
Summer is a great time to catch up or get ahead with your courses. Whether you attend another university and want to take classes while at home for summer, or you're a new student and want to get a head start before the Fall Semester, the instructions below will help you through the process. Search classes and check for availability!
If financial aid is needed to help with summer costs, it is recommended that students meet with a financial aid counselor prior to enrolling in Summer coursework to determine eligibility for financial assistance.

USI Foundation Scholarship Applications Available Through AwardSpring
The application process to receive a USI Foundation scholarship in the 2021-22 academic year is open. Applications must be submitted no later than January 15, 2021.

By submitting an application, current, incoming and transfer students become eligible to receive a scholarship from the USI Foundation; submitting an application does not guarantee students will receive a scholarship. A new scholarship application must be submitted each academic year. Students selected to receive a scholarship will be notified between March 15 and March 31, 2021. 

 AwardSpring application accessible through myUSI.
Spring Bill and Payment Schedule
Spring Semester billing notices will be generated during the first week of December and payment is due by January 22, 2021.

Monthly student billing statements are sent by email to the student's USI email and their authorized users when there is a balance due to the student's account. Any balance not covered by a payment plan after the established due date will be considered past due, which will result in a hold on the student's account. The hold will prevent the student from registering for future classes or accessing their official transcript. More information about payment options can be found on the Student Financial Services website.
Filing the FAFSA Form
The 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now available! Students should be completing their FAFSA for the current year and upcoming 2021-22 academic year. Students seeking Indiana state aid for Fall 2021 should file their 2021-22 FAFSA by April 15, 2021, the Indiana state deadline, to be considered for state aid. 

If you have questions, you can email the Financial Aid Office at or call 812-464-1767. 
On-Campus Housing Application and Contract for 2021-2022 Available Tuesday, December 1
Step 1: Apply   
Please log in to myUSI and click on the Housing icon to start your housing application. There is a $50 application fee. This fee must be paid online.

Step 2: Contract 
There is a $200 prepayment due at the time the contract is electronically signed. The prepayment must be paid online.

Step 3: Room Selection 
Room assignments will be available on myUSI on July 15 to students who participated room selection.  How to read your room assignment.
Living On-Campus over Winter Break
The last day of the fall semester is Friday, December 18 and residents must leave by noon that day. Students wishing to stay any day(s) during the winter break period must pay a $150 fee (applied to student account), sign up between November 30 - December 11 on myUS and provide a compelling reason for needing to remain in housing during the break period.

Please be very specific with your reason for needing to stay during winter break. Approvals have included requests such as involvement in University sponsored events, international residency, etc. Note that this is merely a request and is subject to approval. You will be notified via email of your request status by HRL staff.

View more on the Winter Break 2020 and Spring 2021 Housing FAQs websites.
Safe Return to Campus for Spring 2021
When we return to classes on January 19 as previously communicated, we will temporarily do so in an online only capacity with a few exceptions for labs, practicums, clinicals and other areas that require in-person attendance. Classes will return to their previously scheduled modalities on February 8. You will be notified prior to Thanksgiving break if you are registered for a class that requires you to be back for in-person instructional activities on January 19.

You will find a list of important dates related to the end of Fall Semester and the start of Spring Semester. These dates are available on the Academic Calendar website. I encourage you to review this carefully for additional information that may be important to you as we finish out the year and begin the Spring Semester. As always, these plans are subject to change as we continue to monitor this pandemic and the guidance of health and government officials.
Tips & Reminders