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Complete Your Financial Aid Steps
Are you waiting for your financial aid award? This is the time to log in to your Riverhawk Web account regularly to check your status. It could be that you still have steps to complete in order to keep your financial aid process moving.
Here are the steps in the financial aid process:
Fill Out the FAFSA
Go online to fafsa.gov. UCC’s school code is 003222.
Check Your Student Email
When your FAFSA is ready for UCC to review, UCC will send confirmation to your student email account. The email will include your next steps. Be sure to read it carefully.
Login to Riverhawk Web
Visit your Self-Service Banner Account online to view a list of additional documents that are needed to process your financial aid application. Computers are available for use in the library and Educational Skills Building, Room 15.
Turn in Your Docs
Submit all required documents to the Financial Aid office as soon as possible. It can take up to 16 weeks to review your application. Payment is due if your required documents are not turned in before the payment deadline.
Stay Connected to Email
Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed by UCC. Sometimes, follow-up information is needed. If that happens, a financial aid specialist will send a notice to your student email account.
Check For Your Award
If you’re eligible for aid, you’ll be sent an Award Notification Letter to your student email address. Read the letter carefully and follow all instructions. If you have questions, visit the Financial Aid office.
New Observatory Gets a Boost
Just above Umpqua Community College’s campus, near the track, plans are being made for a new remote observatory, one that will be accessible online to homes and classrooms all over Douglas County.
So far, more than $56,000 has been raised for the observatory, including a $20,000 grant from the Associated Students of Umpqua Community College and other financial support from the Umpqua Astronomers, a local astronomy club, Wolf Creek Job Corps, and a generous anonymous donor.
When completed, the observatory will be equipped with powerful telescopes and planetary imaging cameras, which will allow lab experiences to be live-streamed to UCC students, as well as to K-12 students and private citizens all over Douglas County, opening up new opportunities for learning and understanding of complex scientific concepts.
“Students throughout Douglas County will be able to progress through unique astronomy learning modules designed both for our observatory and for Oregon’s earth and space science curriculum,” explained UCC astronomy professor Dr. Paul Morgan, who is spearheading the observatory project. “Synchronous virtual classroom experiences will engage and inspire students and private citizens to learn more about the universe we inhabit, establishing UCC as a leader in astronomy outreach.”
The total cost of the observatory is expected to be about $127,000. Morgan is currently seeking grants and private donations to fund completion of the observatory, which is scheduled for spring 2014, depending on fundraising. To donate to the observatory, call the UCC Foundation at 541-440-7678 or visit the Foundation website.
Commencement Honors Graduates
On June 14, Umpqua Community College hosted its 49th annual commencement ceremony, honoring the efforts of 493 students to earn a total of 549 degrees and certificates. Of those, 275 graduates walked in the evening ceremony, which was held in UCC’s outdoor Swanson Amphitheatre.
The youngest graduate was 18. The oldest was 69. Sixty-three percent were women. Forty-six percent earned a transfer degree, while 54 percent earned a career/technical degree or certificate. Among the graduates, there was at least one married couple and one uncle and niece.
Commencement speaker was Melissa Osborne, a 2010 UCC graduate, who went on to Reed College, where she recently finished her bachelor’s degree in sociology. Osborne is going to the University of Chicago this fall to earn her doctorate. Like many UCC students, Osborne’s journey was full of challenges. She dropped out of high school at age 15. She didn’t enroll in UCC until she was 28.
“I knew I needed something more in my life and that was an education,” she told the graduates. “It paid off more than I would have imagined…I took a chance my future might be brighter, and so did all of you, and that’s what I consider success.”
During the ceremony, the Outstanding Faculty Awards were given to business instructor Bill Armstrong (full-time) and criminal justice instructor Steve Cable (part-time). Richard Wright was named winner of the Harry Jacoby Award, which is UCC’s annual student of the year award. Wright, who made an emotional speech, received $1,000 from the UCC Foundation and will have his name engraved on a plaque on display at UCC.
The 2013-14 academic year at UCC kicks off June 24 with the start of summer term classes. Registration for both summer and fall classes is now open.
UCC tuition update
To offset anticipated gaps in state funding for the new academic year, Umpqua Community College has increased student tuition $10 per credit effective summer term.
The increase brings the total cost per credit at UCC to $85, which is one of the lowest tuition rates in the state.
The tuition increase was approved May 8 by the UCC board of trustees.
Free help for the COMPASS test
The Success Center in ESB 15 is now offering Core Skills Mastery (CSM), a proven system of computer-based skill-building designed to help students move into college-level classes. The help is free, open to everyone, and simple to use.
• Get an immediate boost in math and reading.
• Learn advanced problem-solving and thinking skills.
• Gain learning independence.
• Build confidence and learn how to succeed.
CSM courses are self-paced, meaning each student determine when they're ready to move on. There’s no set schedule. Classes can be completed at home, at the Success Center, or anywhere with an internet connection. And, the CSM online program is coordinated with center services, including tutoring, so progress is seamless.
Students can visit the Success Center anytime to get signed up for CSM. Staff will set up a login and provide help with using the system.
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