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UMParent E-news: January 2014 Edition

Getting Started Again...

We are excited to have your students back on campus soon! Many students think of January as a new beginning, a time to improve upon the previous semester. Your student's new freedom will also require new responsibilities, especially when it comes to managing finances. 

Talk with your student about these responsibilities often. Having a checking account or credit card may be a completely new experience for your student. You may want to have a conversation about budgeting expenses, spending habits and paying for their education.

What Parents Can Do...

  • Make sure your student knows what books he or she will need for classes this semester. Click here to visit the bookstore website to look them up. 
  • Talk with your student about his or her financial needs for the spring semester.
  • Review the events of the past semester with your student.
  • Evaluate the need and/or benefits of a part-time job.

As always feel free to contact via email at parents@memphis.edu or via phone at 901.678.2115.


Calendar & Dates

Below are a few of the important upcoming dates and deadlines. To stay up to date on all dates, deadlines, and University events, please check out our UMparents Calendar.

January 14-15: Spring Semester Residence Hall Check-In

January 15: Last Day of Regular Registration

January 15: Fee Payment Deadline, 5:30 pm (All registered courses will be DELETED if not paid In full or signed up/paid on the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) by the Fee Payment Deadline)

January 16: First Day of Classes, Spring 2014

January 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (University Closed)

January 22: Last Day to Add or Change Sections

January 29: Study Abroad Fair, 10 am-2 pm, UC Ballroom

January 30: Drops on or after this Date Receive "W" Grades

January 31: Black History Month Opening Ceremony, 7:00 pm, Rose Theatre

February 19: Career & Internship Fair, 10 am-3 pm, UC Ballroom

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General News

Parent Calendars. We have some of our 2013-2014 Parent & Family Calendars left. If you would like one, please email us at parents@memphis.edu with your name and mailing address and we will mail you one.

Study Abroad Fair. The Study Abroad Fair will be Wednesday, January 29th from 10am to 2pm in the University Center Ballroom. Students will hear from past program participants, can ask faculty questions about particular destinations, learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, and win one of three $1,000 scholarships toward a U of M study abroad trip! Additionally, those interested in other scholarships should click here for more information and upcoming workshops.

Parent Survey. In June 2013 we completed our annual Parent and Family Survey. We were very excited to hear from all of you about our programs and services and how we might be able to improve. We have put together a brief summary. Please click here to view the summary.

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Financial Aid

Now is the time to RENEW your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on-line at http://www.fafsa.gov for the 2014-2015 Aid Year. The application is for the Fall 2014, Spring 2015, and Summer 2015 semesters. The University of Memphis' federal school code is 003509.

Complete the FAFSA early. Our PRIORITY DEADLINE is March 1. Don't lose out on limited federal campus-based dollars and state aid, including the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) Award.

Be aware that completion of the FAFSA is required for students receiving the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship. HOPE recipients are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by March 1, but no later than September 1 to meet lottery requirements for HOPE Scholarship recipients.

While the application will require income tax information for the 2013 tax year, you can estimate your income to meet the priority deadline. Once you electronically file your income tax return, you can go back to your FAFSA and utilize the Data Retrieval Tool that will directly transfer your income information from the IRS database on to your FAFSA.

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Bursar's Office

The Spring 2014 Fee Payment Deadline for classes is January 15, 2014 at 5:30 pm. Registration of classes will be deleted if students have not satisfied fee payment requirements. The Late Registration Fee Payment Deadline for Spring 2014 classes is January 23, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. Registration of classes will be deleted if students have not satisfied fee payment requirements including late fees by this deadline.

Students remain responsible for payment of fees by the fee payment deadline, even if they did not receive or open their eBill. They also remain responsible for payment of fees if their financial aid, scholarship, and/or sponsorship are not in place by the fee payment deadline. Please note that unless financial aid, scholarship, and/or sponsorship covers 100% of enrollment fees, students MUST pay in full or sign up for the Installment Payment Plan (IPP) on TigerXpress.

Excess financial aid/scholarships will be disbursed as follows:

  • eRefunds (direct deposit) beginning: January 15, 2014
  • Checks mailed beginning: January 24, 2014

For additional information on financial aid/scholarship disbursements please click here. For more infroamtion about the Bursar's Office, please click here.

1098T Tuition Statement Tax Form Information

The University of Memphis, in conjunction with ECSI, is scheduled to send 1098T tax forms by the end of January 2014 for use in filing 2013 taxes. In order to expedite the process and get the information to the students as quickly as possible, we are asking for their consent to receive notification of the 1098T tax form electronically. Please encourage your student to give their consent to receive notification electronically by following the instructions in the link below by January 9, 2014. If they would like to receive a paper copy of their 1098T form, they do not need to do anything.

The benefits of receiving electronic notification are:

  • Online delivery provides access to the form 1098T earlier than the traditional mailing process. Your student may be able to file their tax return earlier!
  • Online delivery eliminates the chance that the 1098T will get lost, misdirected or delayed during delivery, or misplaced once the student receives it.
  • Signing up for online delivery is easy and secure.
  • Students can receive their 1098T form even while traveling or on assignment away from their home address.

To give consent to receive notification electronically, CLICK HERE. Students should sign up using the SECURE website giving us Name, Student ID and email address (Parents' email may also be included in the alternate email space.) by January 9, 2014.

If you have any questions, please click here for information regarding the tax documents and to obtain contact information for ECSI.

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Registrar's Office

Spring 2014 Registration

Spring registration has been open for all degree-seeking students since November 18. Please refer to the Spring Dates and Deadlines calendar for important information.

The last day of regular registration is January 15. Students who register after this date will be subject to late registration and late payment fees.

Please remind your students that they must be advised before they can register; the registration system will not allow a degree-seeking student to register if he or she has not been cleared by an advisor.

Encourage your students to print and review their class schedules before their first day of classes. Building and room assignments are sometimes changed at the last minute. Also, some students mistakenly sign up for course sections not realizing that they are being offered at remote locations (Millington, Collierville, Lambuth, etc.) rather than the main campus. Let's make sure that everyone is where he or she is supposed to be.

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Residence Life

Spring 2014 Check-In Dates: Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15, 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm

All assigned rooms must be claimed by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Residents failing to properly check into their rooms by the above stated deadline will forfeit their room assignment and their $200 rent prepayment. In order to prevent the room and rent prepayment from being forfeited, the student must contact the Residence Life and Dining Services Office, 011 Richardson Towers, 901-678-2295 and request to be placed on the Late Arrival's List if the student will be late checking into the room.

Spring 2014 Room Change: Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24

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Dining Services

Now is the BEST Time to Sign Up for a Meal Plan!
Residents who sign up or upgrade to an All-Access plan will receive 15 FREE retail meals to use at any Tiger Dining location! That's a $105 value FREE! Plus, the All-Access plan gives students unlimited meals at the Tiger Den, averaging to only $3.57 per meal.

Commuters who Sign up for a 50 Block get your tax back in FlexBucks! That's an extra $82 to spend at any Tiger Dining location. 50 meals = about 3 meals per week, which is perfect for busy commuters who eat on campus every now and then.

Don't miss out...these offers good for a limited time only! Click here to sign up online.

Meal Plan Information

Meal plan cancellations for the spring semester must be made by January 14, 2014 and any changes to the meal plans must be made by January 24, 2014.

Residents who have a meal plan and would like their $300 Dining Dollars applied to the cost of their meal plans, may request this by going to the Campus Card Website.

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Tutoring @ ESP

Tutoring@ESP sends a Thank You to all parents, friends, and family members of returning and new University of Memphis students in 2014!

Spring semester is the perfect time for each of us to reflect on what went well during last semester and look forward to becoming better at what we do this semester. An attitude of "This semester, I will..." gives students direction with newly discovered purposes for what they accomplish both in-class and out-of-class. Tutoring@ESP wants to be included in the 'small changes' students incorporate into their routines. ESP Tutors have taken the courses at the university and are available to assist students from the beginning of the semester--starting January 22.

Students can determine early in the course what is required of them to be successful.
With the assistance of an ESP tutor who has already experienced the ups and downs of courses, students can be encouraged to learn to enjoy the academic successes of the college experience. ESP weekly seminars cover topics that are time-sensitive, including reading strategies, note taking techniques, writing papers the professor will want to read, as well as predicting how they will be tested in each course.

Tutoring@ESP has ten learning center locations (including evening hours at residence halls) where students can study, work with tutors, and meet other students who share their goal of greater academic achievements! For information on tutoring and seminars, click here. Encourage your students to start (before the end of January) in 207 Mitchell Hall. 

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Involvement Opportunities

January RSO Fair, Wednesday, January 22, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Rose Theatre Lobby

Do you have a student who still doesn't feel connected to the University? A student who has not yet gotten involved? It's not too late! On Wednesday, January 22, over 50 student organizations will be at the Join in January RSO Fair to help get students connected to their organizations.

Students who are involved in at least one thing outside the classroom are more likely to have better grades and more likely to graduate than those who are not involved. Involvement also allows students to develop skills and apply their classroom learning to real-life situations, which can help them be more marketable in the job-world after graduation. Please pass along this information and encourage your student(s) to get involved!

Alternative Spring Break Applications

The University of Memphis Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program seeks to provide students with an opportunity to grow personally through education, direct service and new experiences in order to facilitate change in our personal perspectives, relationships, and environments; and to create life-long links between students and service.

This year, there will be two ASB opportunities:

ASB Destination: Tour de Service--Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, March 9-15
ASB Destination will take participants on a "tour of service" through three states to serve the communities of Greenville, MS; Shreveport, LA; and Little Rock, AR. Students learn about other areas of the country while serving others. Program Fee: $75 (helps to cover transportation, lodging, meals, supplies, etc.)

ASB Staycation: Memphis, TN, March 10-14
ASB Staycation is an experience in serving your own community, while experiencing some of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Mid-South you may never have experienced before (even if you're from here!) Staycation is great for those who cannot leave Memphis during spring break or those who want to experience our community in a way they never have. Staycation is free to participants.

The University of Memphis Alternative Spring Break is a drug- and alcohol-free program.

Applications will be available January 16 at www.memphis.edu/service/asb or in the Student Leadership & Involvement Office (UC 211). Applications are due Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by 4:30 pm in UC 211.

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Leadership Development Opportunities

Do you want your student to get involved on campus but don't know where to tell him or her to start? Would you like your student to develop skills outside of the classroom that will be beneficial for years to come? The Student Leadership and Involvement Office has two upcoming programs that will provide your student with these opportunities: Tiger Leadership Institute and Professional Connections

Tiger Leadership Institute is an 8-week training program for future leaders on campus. TLI covers a broad spectrum of topics that prepares students for future experiences both on and off campus. There are three levels within the Tiger Leadership Institute that engage students at different points in their college experience. We are looking for interested students to join Tiger Leadership Institute this semester so please encourage your student to apply! The application deadline is Friday, February 14th. For more information and an application, click here.

The Professional Connections Program joins a select group of highly motivated students with community leaders, who serve to provide advice for personal, professional, and leadership development. The program meets three times within the spring semester which is perfect for any student, especially those who are already balancing many obligations. Professional Connections is an excellent way to help your student learn how to engage with Memphis professionals and build their personal brand. The application deadline is Wednesday, February 19th. For more information and an application, click here.

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Information Technology

TigerXpress – Adding an Authorized User

TigerXpress accounts, which allow students to pay and view eBills, are a common topic at the umTech Helpdesk at this time of year. Students can sign up to give others the ability to access their account information in the TigerXpress system. 

FERPA does not allow students' records to be shared with a third party, without their written consent. Adding an authorized user to a TigerXpress account is their written consent that an individual may view their account information and make payments on their behalf.

Click here for additional information and steps for a student to add an authorized user.

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Athletics 

For athletic schedules, click here.

To purchase tickets to UofM sporting events, click here.

Memphis Baseball Continues Success in Classroom. For a ninth-straight semester, the University of Memphis baseball team has posted a composite grade-point average above 3.0, head coach Daron Schoenrock said Friday. Read more...

Four Former Memphis Athletes to be Inducted Into M Club Hall of Fame in January. The University of Memphis athletic department will induct four former student-athletes into the M Club Hall of Fame on Saturday evening, January 25, in ceremonies to be held at the Holiday Inn-University of Memphis. In addition, six individuals will be honored for their contributions to Tigers athletics.

The 2014 Hall of Fame class includes former Tiger and NFL football star Ken Irvin, Tigers women's basketball All-American and WNBA great Tamika Whitmore, tennis standout and current Memphis women's tennis head coach Lee Taylor Walker and Tigers softball record-holder Jenna Kubesch-Raizes. Read more...

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Fun Fact and Quote

Fun Fact: Washington Monthly magazine ranked the University of Memphis 37th among 284 national colleges based on social mobility, research and service. The U of M is ranked sixth in the area of service staff, courses and financial aid support.

Quote: Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try. (Gail Devers)

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January 2014

New Beginnings....

Calendar and Dates

General News

Financial Aid

Bursar's Office

Registrar's Office

Residence Life

Dining Services

Tutoring at ESP

Involvement Opportunities

Leadership Development Opportunities

Information Technology

Athletics

Fun Fact and Quote

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