January 2019 
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Important Dates
2019-20 FAFSA filing opened on Oct. 1

Jan. 16: $100 late add fee begins. Withdrawals recorded as "W" on transcript
 
Jan. 17: Last day to receive 90% refund for complete withdrawal 

Jan. 18: Last day to apply for Spring graduation (deadline extended) 

J an. 21: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day recess. (No classes)
 
Jan. 22: Last day to receive 50% refund for partial withdrawal  
 
Jan. 24: Western Warm-Up

 
Jan. 28: Housing sign-up begins for returning students. Summer 2019 course catalog open for viewing

Jan 30: Housing sign-up begins for new students

Feb. 1: Last day to receive 50% refund for complete withdrawal. Deadline to apply for summer graduation. Orientation registration begins. Legacy scholarship deadline



Feb. 7: Career Fair

Looking Ahead
Feb. 11: Summer 2019 registration begins

Feb. 18: Fall 2019 course catalog open for viewing 
 
March 1: Last day to receive 25% refund for complete withdrawal. Spirit Day (no classes) 
 
Mar. 4-8: Spring Break (residence halls open with reduced services, dining halls closed)

March 18: Last day to withdraw from classes

April 22-25: Final Exams

April 27: Spring Commencement

April 30: Spring semester grades posted late in the day  
 
Complete University calendar of events    
Reminders
Health Insurance 
Many employers switch or update insurance plans as of Jan. 1. Please make sure your student is aware of any changes that might affect their health benefits and provide your student with a new insurance card. If your student needs an  insurance plan , Sindecuse offers helpful information.

Scholarships
Applying for endowed scholarships is easier than ever. The deadline is Feb.15. Information about paying for college is available through Financial Aid.

1098-T Information
Here is information regarding  Form 1098-T  if needed for your taxes.

WMU Email 
Remind your students to check their WMU email account regularly so they don't miss important information, action steps or deadlines. We communicate with students ONLY through a WMU email address. 
New Semester - New Beginning
Maybe your student had a tough fall semester and is
looking forward to a fresh start or maybe your student is looking for added support. Here are some WMU resources to share that may be helpful for a positive and healthy semester.        

The  Bronco Study Zone offers a comfortable learning environment with tutoring and academic support resources.

The  Academic Resource Center offers tutoring, college success seminars, supplemental instruction and overall academic support.

The  Writing Center helps students to become better writers with one-on-one assistance, whatever the writing project.

If your student is having difficulties with an on-campus living situation, the  housing staff is dedicated to helping resolve conflicts. Encourage your student to contact an RA or the residence hall office staff with any concerns.

Sindecuse Health CenterCounseling Services and the Student Affairs  case manager are committed to supporting your student's good health and welfare.

And if you're not sure where to turn or how to advise your student,  Family Engagement is always willing to help and get you connected with the appropriate person, department or resource.
Spring Semester Career Fairs

Housing Sign Up
New and returning students interested in living on campus can sign up for fall 2019  housing later  this month. The advantages to being on campus include convenience, forming social networks, and live-in staff available to help when needed. 

Returning students sign up begins Jan. 28. Returning students (sophomore status or higher) who sign up for a single room and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of spring semester are eligible for a single room at the price of a double room.

First-year and transfer students can sign up starting 10 a.m. EST Jan. 30. The date your student signs up determines their Room Selection Group. On May 10, students will receive an email with the first date they can login to choose their hall, room, and meal plan.

There's no deposit required to sign up for housing. If your student is still deciding schools, they can still sign up for housing early to get a good Room Selection Group number. Students MUST notify Residence Life by June 1 if they are not  coming to WMU to avoid
  cancellation  fees.
To sign up, students log into the Housing Portal or through their GoWMU account with their BroncoNet ID and password. C lick the li nk to open the Housing and Dining Application.

The housing contract is for a full academic year (fall + spring semesters). Please be aware your student is entering into a legally binding contract with the University by e-signing it.
  
If your student is under the age of 18, a co-signature is required. An email will be sent to the parent or guardian address your student provides. That individual will receive an email with a link and code to electronically sign the housing contract.
Congrats to all newly minted WMU alumni!

WMU Family Engagement
Campus Location: 2415 Faunce Student Services
wmu-parents@wmich.edu
(269) 387-4820