“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin. With spring semester around the corner it’s time to buckle down so you can roll into 2018 with ease. Here are four tips to help you get ready for this upcoming spring semester.
1. Book an Appointment with Your Academic Advisor
Meeting with your academic advisor can help you stay on course for graduation. Academic advisors can help you decide what classes to register for, provide overrides for classes you might need pre-approval to register for, and offer advice as to what schedule might work best for you. It is important to schedule this appointment as soon as possible, as academic advisor’s schedules tighten the closer it gets to a new semester.
If you are unable to meet with an advisor, you can reference your schools online course catalogue to see the time, dates, location, and prerequisites for major—we recommend using this option as a last resort.
2. Set a Reminder to Register for Classes
Don’t forget to set a reminder to register for classes. Registration will typically first open to upperclassmen then underclassmen starting at midnight. It’s important when registering to have an idea of what classes you need, as well as backup classes in case the course you planned on taking is no longer available or there is a waitlist.
If you are having a hard time with your schedule, consider doing a mixture of both on campus and distance education courses. Distance education courses offer more flexibility in your schedule allowing you to take an online, night, or weekend course instead of a weekday course.
3. Devise a Plan to Pay for Spring Semester
Always have a game plan in mind for how you intend to finance your education. Not having a game plan can result in your classes being dropped, as well as possibly having to wait a semester to go back to school.
All students are encouraged to fill out the FAFSA. The FAFSA will give you an estimate of what federal financial aid (grants, work-study, and loans) that you may be eligible for. Upon completing the FAFSA, you will receive a financial aid award letter outlining any financial aid you are eligible for. One misconception about the FAFSA, is that you have to accept all the financial aid you qualify for—this is not the case.
Don’t miss your tuition deadline! You can view a list of all Utah school tuition deadlines here.
4. Book a Financial Consultation with Us
Still need help finding a way to financing your upcoming semester? We’d be happy to talk with you! We can answer questions about federal financial aid options and Complete Student Loans. We’re also here to help you create a plan to cover your undergraduate or graduate expenses.
We offer consultations in person or through phone calls, texts, or email. You can schedule a free consultation here.
Preparing for the upcoming spring semester is an exciting time and one step closer to graduation! Keep pushing forward to completing your education and enjoy it every step of the way.