Volume 3, Issue 11
June 1 Campus Protocols
Mitigation restrictions, including but not limited to social distancing requirements, dining restrictions, occupancy limits, public reporting of cases and mass screening, have been lifted. Masks are no longer required for any individual on KU's campus. Individuals should follow CDC guidance for when to wear a mask, which can be read here.
Fall 2021 Website
The university has launched a new website to promote its current COVID-related protocols and plans for the 2021 fall semester. Stay up-to-date at https://www.kutztown.edu/fall2021 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Tutoring Services will provide online peer tutors for select summer courses. Tutor requests can be made online in the student's MyKU account under "academic services." A complete list of supported courses is available on our website. If your student has questions, contact us at email@example.com.
Fall 2021 Recruitment
Tutoring Services is recruiting peer tutors for Fall 2021. If your student is interested in this employment opportunity, please have them complete the Tutoring Services Employment Application. If your student has questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Success Center
Student Success is open throughout the summer. Students can book appointments online or contact us at email@example.com to discuss strategies and success tips for summer or fall courses. For more information and resources, visit www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess. If your student has questions, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KU's Success Academy is designed to show new students how to achieve their educational goals during their freshman year. The Success Academy is free and will take place Aug. 25-27 (a few days before the start of the fall semester). Students can register at www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess. If you have any questions, contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention and Student Success, at email@example.com.
KU Succeed is an academic recovery program designed to help students return to good academic standing by providing a framework for academic success. This framework includes skill-building seminars, mentoring and educational and personal advising. If your student would like to participate, they can register at www.kutztown.edu/studentsuccess. If you have any questions, contact R. Chad Brown, assistant director for Retention & Student Success, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CandidCareer (Career Development Center)
Encourage your student to use the summer wisely. Students can use this time to explore career options by using CandidCareer. CandidCareer features informational interviews to help students discover and explore many career options. Your student can search by industry, career title, college major, or keywords and gain honest and valuable insight from the men and women working in a particular field. www.kutztown.edu/candidcareer.
Big Interview is our newest platform for students to practice interviews online. Any time, day or night, your student can record a mock interview and then send it off to our staff for review. www.kutztown.edu/biginterview.
Administration and Finance
Spring 2021 Balances
Some students still owe money from the spring semester, either from ID replacement fees, forgotten parking fines, residence hall damages or others. While small, these balances may still be assessed a late fee and result in a hold on the account based on the age of the debt. Please check MyKU to ensure all spring (and summer) charges are paid. Fall aid cannot pay spring or summer charges. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard
Fall 2021 Tuition, Fees, Housing and Meals Billing
Tuition rates are set for next academic year and will be updated on the website by Tuesday, June 8. Tuition and the tuition technology fee will remain the same as last year; however, some other required fees, housing and meal plans may have increased. The bill will not be exactly the same.
Billing will occur mid-July with a due date of Friday, Aug. 6. Online bills will include tuition, required fees, on-campus housing and meals based on the student's enrollment/selection as of that day (changes can affect charges and aid). Remember, only pending aid will reduce the amount due on the bill. Aid that is not in pending status (i.e., awarded aid or loans not yet certified) may require action and will not be considered as a valid payment type reducing charges due. Undergraduate students having 12-18 credits of enrollment will see the same tuition line item, although required fees may change based on course selections and the method of instruction. After Monday, July 12, please don’t forget the Intent to Attend tile in MyKU (the double sized tile). Billing help is found here.
Locating the Bills Online
MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Your Bills right hand side – if the bills are not viewed within seven days of the notice, a second reminder email is sent. Any payment plans that you may have set up will be on Page 2 or 3. You can easily compare the amount due on the bill to the amount left on the plan to see if the plan is still sufficient. You may need to increase or decrease the plan. For those changes that occur to aid or charges after the billing, you can get an updated statement in the Your Account box before the next month's bill, most recent activity link. Payment Plan How-Tos are found here.
Additional Funding Options
Many students will need additional funding after their awarded aid package from the FAFSA completion. Some will pay the difference, some will use a payment plan (see below) and some will use additional loans. Additional loans should be applied for now so that Financial Aid Services will have time to certify the loan and allow it to show on the fall bills, thereby reducing the charges due. Don’t wait to apply on the due date, as it can take up to two weeks for a loan to be certified.
- Alternative Loans are loans in a student's name with a credit-worthy co-signer (some even have a parent option). These can take up to two weeks to show as pending aid in MyKU.
- Parent PLUS loans are loans in a parent's name they take to help a student. Approvals and denials (parent denials may offer students some additional Stafford Loans) can take up to two weeks to show as pending on the account.
Interest does not start until the funds are disbursed (i.e., September and February). Apply for the full school year, loan period August 2021 to May 2022, Financial Aid will split the loan in half. You can easily reduce the loans later by completing a loan change form once the actual charges are on the account and you see all of the figures in one place.
More information can be found on additional funding options. You can also get more information by calling Financial Aid Services at 610-683-4077.
Pending and Awarded Aid – The Difference
Once the FAFSA is completed, an aid package is prepared for a student by Financial Aid Services. This is awarded aid. This aid will not reduce charges on a bill at this point. To move from awarded aid to pending aid, students must complete all requirements, such as verification if selected, Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling (if not already completed at KU), submitted their final High School transcript, be enrolled in courses and lastly, the student must be eligible for aid (financial aid progress). Only aid that is shown as pending, or anticipated, will be considered as payment toward the charges due. Check to see if the student owes any items to financial aid or other areas regularly. MyKU > KU Tasks tile – click on the blue line To Do’s for more details on what’s needed and who to contact for help.
Fall 2021 Payment Plans
Payment plans remain open for fall semester charges. The five-payment plan ends Sunday, June 6, when the plan will become a four-payment plan for a month and then it will be a three-payment plan. Take advantage now if you can. A student can sign up for a plan now and adjust the plan later once the actual bills are prepared. There is no fee to increase or decrease the plans as need should a surprise scholarship show up or the bill increase due to a housing change, for example. MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Installment Payments Box.
Parent PINS – Third Party Dashboard Access
Students can sign their parents up (or other third party) to get their own access to the Payment Dashboard, including getting the billing emails and even billing texts as to not solely rely on the students to share their notice. Students go to MyKU > KU Financial Account tile > Payment Dashboard > Parent PIN box lower left. The PIN is a username, not necessarily just digits.
The Office of Student Accounts knows the last year has not been easy. Please know that as we resume on campus operations, we still encourage emails as our best and quickest way to lend assistance. If you prefer a phone call, call 610-683-4133. We wish you and your family good health and a wonderful summer.
Guide for First Time Students
We have a webpage dedicated to new students covering finances, bills, aid and more. There is a video that details orientation like items including a lesson on how aid works. Anyone can benefit from this 15-minute video. Take a few minutes and check it out.
Enrollment Management and Student Affairs
Be BearAware! BearAware is a brief online, interactive program geared toward incoming students (and parents) to learn about behavioral expectations and standards for students. The revised program adds learning checks throughout the module as well as content on KU's Sexual Misconduct Policy. Incoming students are encouraged to review this resource as part of their orientation to the university. BearAware can be found on the Student Conduct website at https://www.kutztown.edu/studentconduct or directly at https://www3.kutztown.edu/bearaware. Student participants can enter for a chance to win one of four $50 KU Bookstore gift cards for completing the program (winners will be announced in the fall).
KU Wellness Days
Last month brought another amazing Wellness Day and we are excited and humbled by the campus-wide participation. You can see highlights of our days on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Wellness Days have been a wonderful outlet for our students, faculty and staff as we continue to look at our need for self-care and work/school balance. Stay tuned for 2021-2022 wellness events!
Mark Your Calendar for Family Day 2021
Parents and families of KU students should mark their calendars for Family Day, Saturday, Sept. 18. Students and families have the opportunity to join in on a fun day of activities all built around our home football game for the day. To learn more about Family Day and to stay up-to-date, please visit www.kutztown.edu/events/family-day.html
Vote Everywhere Ambassadors
Is your student passionate about protecting the right to vote for all citizens? Is there a social justice issue you care about? Want to learn more about civic engagement? The Andrew Goodman Foundation is seeking two Vote Everywhere Ambassadors for Fall 2021 to represent KU. The Vote Everywhere Ambassadors are on-campus representatives, advocates and champions for civic engagement. By inspiring and organizing peers, ambassadors help students contribute their voice and build a healthier democracy. Vote Everywhere Ambassadors develop the leadership skills, confidence and strategic problem solving necessary to affect change on campus and beyond. Interested in the Vote Everywhere program? Student should apply now at https://engage.kutztown.edu/submitter/form/start/463337.
Substance-Free Living Community; Open for Fall 2021
Freedom Place is open to any student who commits to living a substance-free lifestyle. While Kutztown University is a dry campus and substances such as drugs and alcohol are prohibited in all of our residence halls, Freedom Place is a community of students interested in living and learning with other students who share similar substance-free lifestyle values. Our supportive environment will allow students to explore ways to cope with stress, unwind and have fun with like-minded students. Students make personal commitments for multiple reasons. A lifestyle free of substance is a shared interest for students who choose to live together and connect at Freedom Place.
Freedom Place is in the annex of University Place. Residents will have a separate entrance, a community kitchen, three community rooms, single air-conditioned rooms at university rates and the convenience of a meal plan.
Freedom Place provides students with a supportive and inclusive environment that encourages them to learn from one another, build positive relationships and develop a strong sense of self and greater belonging to the campus community.
For more information, contact Frances C. Cortez Funk, Director of Health Promotion and Alcohol & Other Drug Services, or call 610-683-4240.
Equity, Compliance and Legal Affairs
Disability Services Office
The Disability Services Office is currently scheduling accommodation meetings for incoming students who are requesting academic and campus accommodations for Fall 2021. If your student needs accommodations at KU, please visit www.kutztown.edu/DSO/accommodations or call 610-683-4107 for more information.
In partnership with West Chester University, the KU Office of Disability Services will be offering a College Autism Readiness Retreat (CARR), which is a three-day, two-night on-campus experience for rising high school juniors and seniors with autism spectrum disorder. For more information please visit http://www.wcupa.edu/viceProvost/dcap/carr.aspx.
Housing and Dining
Student Employment Opportunity for Fall 2021
Is your student interested in making a positive impact on campus? Are they looking for a job? Residence Life is now accepting applications for Community Assistants (CA) for the 2021-2022 academic year. CAs are on the front lines and serve as key components in the creation of a welcoming and inclusive environment within the residence halls. CAs are essential in the community-building process as they help the residents to adjust to their new surroundings, solve problems, develop skills and establish relationships with others living on their wing, their floor, as well as within the hall. Applications and more information about the CA position can be found on the Residence Life webpage. Questions about the position can be sent to email@example.com.
Student Employment Opportunity for Fall 2021
If your student is looking for a job on campus and to get involved, the Office of Housing and Residence Life is now accepting applications for Desk Receptionists (DRs) for the 2021-2022 academic year. DRs serve as the first point of contact for our residents, their families and guests. They are an information resource for the campus and a vital part of the community-building process that takes place in the residence halls. DRs play key roles in making the halls a home away from home for our students. Applications and more information about the DR position can be found on the Residence Life webpage. Questions about the position can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
University Relations and Athletics
Sports Information Office Seeking Student Workers For 2021-22 Academic Year
The Kutztown University Sports Information office is hiring for its 2021-22 student work staff. The Sports Information office handles an array of duties surrounding multimedia, statistics and promotion of Golden Bear varsity and elite club athletics. We're always looking to add dedicated students to our staff and offer positions assisting with event management, broadcasting, graphic design and photography. Current KU students with a Handshake account can find our current openings at the links below. For more information, contact Matt Heffelfinger, sports information director, at email@example.com or 610-683-4182.
Sports Information Student Assistant: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/2900755
Sports Information Broadcast Assistant: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3132575
Sports Information Graphic Design Assistant: https://app.joinhandshake.com/jobs/3131486
Kutztown University Radio
Is your Golden Bear looking for an award-winning, twice-rated student choice club on campus to explore their creativity? They might be interested in 'Kutztown University Radio!' Go to www.kutztown.edu/KUR for details.
Graduate Assistantship Opening: Office of Communications
The Office of Communications Graduate Assistant position is open for the 2021-22 academic year. The editorial graduate assistant is responsible for writing editorial copy for the department. This includes news stories, press releases, profiles and copy for the website, stories and profiles for the State System when required and assistance in editing work written by others. Successful candidate must be accepted in a master's degree program at KU and enrolled in nine or more graduate credits/semester. Experience with a variety of writing and strong communication skills required. Read More and Apply.
KU Campus Store
Join our VIP Program
Become a KU Campus Store “VIP” and receive exclusive promotions, updates on sales and events, as well as special rewards. It's free to join – visit https://kubstore.com/vip.
Inclusive Access – Course Materials
Inclusive Access is a collaboration between your professor, KU Campus Store, the Office of Student Accounts and publishers to provide required course materials at a significantly reduced cost. When a professor makes the decision to participate in this program, all students registered for the class automatically receive access to these materials digitally, on the first day of class. For your convenience, you will be billed for your materials on your MyKU account. For more information, visit https://kubstore.com/inclusive-access.
Honor Your KU Grad's Achievements
Looking for a way to celebrate your Golden Bear? Consider having your graduate's name engraved on a brick in Alumni Plaza. Click here to learn how to purchase a brick in the plaza, one of the most popular spots on campus. Family and friends can also make gifts in honor of their graduate's achievements as part of our annual Class Gift campaign.
Apply for The KU Legacy Scholarship
The KU Legacy Scholarship is accepting applications through Nov. 15. This scholarship is open to any child or sibling of a KU graduate starting their sophomore, junior or senior year at Kutztown University. For details about scholarship eligibility or to apply, click here.
Bears Band Together
Last spring, members of the Kutztown University community created the Bears Band Together Fund, which supports students who consider KU a second home and provides immediate support to students facing financial crises. Will you consider a gift to ensure that no student is turned away when they most need assistance? Bears Band Together is available to all students and can support emergency medical/mental health services, computers or course materials, moving and transportation expenses, relief from financial concerns from lost wages.
Free Alumni Courses Announced
Kutztown University has announced this fall's free alumni courses. Courses offered are Art and Science, Top Ten Secrets to Great Project Management and The Visual Journal. These classes are 100% online and will appear on your transcript; however, they may not be used toward a degree program at Kutztown University. Courses are graded on a pass/not pass basis. These classes do not count toward any Act 48 credits. Learn more.
KUF: Providing Scholarships and Enhancing Student Experiences
New and returning parents of KU students: do you want to learn about the Kutztown University Foundation's impact on student scholarships, athletics and experiences? Complete this form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive communications that show the impact of philanthropy and how you can get involved to help today's students. Check out our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.
Students – and their Parents/Guardians – can Score a $100 Bonus with PSECU
Summer is a great time for your student to open a checking and savings account with PSECU. Now through Aug. 31, PSECU is offering students (and their parents/guardians) an opportunity to score $100* for joining and meeting promo requirements. Parents and guardians are eligible for PSECU membership once their student becomes a member.
PSECU's mobile app and easy-to-use digital services make it possible to bank anywhere. PSECU checking and savings accounts are free and there is no minimum deposit required for students and their parents/guardians who join through this promotion. Please email KU's PSECU manager, Kelly Ann Ryan, at email@example.com with questions.
*Accepting either offer isn't contingent on both the student and the parent/guardian becoming members. For complete rules and to join, visit psecu.com/students. Use promo code: SCORE100.
Dates to Know
KU Central Calendar
A full listing of upcoming events and academic deadlines can be found on KU's central calendar.
First day Financial Aid can disburse for Summer Session I (subject to change).
Friday, June 4
Make-up classes will be held for Summer Session 1.
Friday, June 4
Last day for undergraduate and graduate students to apply for Summer Session I, 2021 graduation.
Friday, June 4
First day no reduction in charges or refund for University withdrawals (Summer Session I Only).
Friday, June 4
Last day to set up a five-payment plan for Fall 2021 semester in MyKU > Payment Dashboard.
Sunday, June 6
Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 60% reduction in charges or refund. (Summer 10 Week only)
Monday, June 7
Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 50% reduction in charges or refund. (Summer 10 Week only)
Thursday, June 10
Deadline to withdrawal from a Summer Session I, 2021 course and receive a grade of “W”. There is no withdrawal from individual courses after this date.
Friday, June 11
On or about this date, hometown listings of undergraduate and graduate students completing Spring 2021 graduation requirements sent to University Relations Office for distribution.
Friday, June 11
Last day for students withdrawing from the University to receive 40% reduction in charges or refund. (Summer 10 Week only)
Wednesday, June 16
First day no reduction in charges or refund for University withdrawals. (Summer 10 Week only)
Thursday, June 17
Registrar to create grade rosters for Summer Session I.
Monday, June 21
Residence halls close at 6 p.m. at the end of the Summer Session 1.
Friday, June 25
Summer Session I rental books due to KU Campus Store.
Friday, June 25
Summer Session I ends.
Friday, June 25
Final decisions for cancellation of classes for the Summer Session II.
Friday, June 25
All Summer Session I grades must be electronically submitted by 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 30
Summer Session I grades available through MyKU at 8 p.m., unless notified.
Wednesday, June 30
Persons with a disability, and who require accommodation, should notify the Disability Services Office two weeks prior to the event at 610-683-4108 or email DSO@kutztown.edu, TDD number: 610-683-4499, in order to discuss accommodations. Every effort will be made to provide reasonable accommodations. Please note: Kutztown University does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices.
Kutztown University does not discriminate in employment or educational opportunities on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status. To discuss a complaint of discrimination, please contact the University’s Title IX Coordinator located in the Office of Social Equity, Old Main A-Wing, Room 02, by phone at 610-683-4700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Office for Civil Rights located in the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg., 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, by phone at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), by fax at 202-453-6012, or by email at OCR@ed.gov.