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August 31


Be prepared for Fall Semester 2015 with WOW

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The Week of Welcome (WOW), August 31 - September 3, is an informative series of events to help you begin your semester. WOW includes seminars, socials, previews and other programmed activities to expose students to all of the opportunities that exist outside of the classroom to enhance the college experience. The events are free and sponsored by various campus departments and clubs.  See the week’s schedule here.


Do you plan to enroll Summer Semester 2016? Action is required!

Summer semester financial aid options consist of Federal Pell Grant and Federal Direct Loans, however, if you exhaust your Pell Grant or Direct Loan eligibility during the 2015-16 academic year at Columbus State or another institution, you will not receive funds from either program for summer semester. 

If you want to “reserve” some of your eligibility for Summer Semester 2016 you must complete an Award Revision Form. If you are not sure, a Financial Aid representative can assist you.

If you see that you have summer semester financial aid on your Financial Aid Award Letter, no further action is needed.


Using your financial aid allowance in the Columbus State Bookstore

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August 25 was the first day to purchase at the Columbus State Bookstore in-store and online, using financial aid funds. The semester begins Monday, August 31.

The following textbook/course material items may be purchased using your financial aid account: academically required apparel, backpacks/totes, COTA bus passes, reference books, school supplies, technology products, and textbooks.

These items do not qualify for purchase with financial aid accounts: apparel, food or drinks, general books, gift cards, gifts, newspapers, and stamps.

Monday, September 14 is the last day to return purchases with a receipt. Purchases made after this date may be returned following the Columbus State Bookstore’s return policy.

Friday, September 25 is the last day to purchase in-store and online using financial aid and vouchers.

On Wednesday, October 7, the financial aid credit balances will be released to students by Columbus State through direct deposit or check.

Friday, October 9 is the last day to pick up fall semester online orders made with financial aid funds or vouchers.


Get your fall semester validation sticker the easy way

Don’t stand in line at the Police Department this semester if you just need an Autumn Semester 2015 validation sticker for the back of your Cougar ID card!

Stop in to the first-floor lobby of the Center for Technology and Learning (TL), Monday through Thursday, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or Friday, Sept. 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to get your sticker for your current ID card. 

If you are a new student and don’t yet have your ID card, you will still need to go to the Police Department, lower level of Delaware Hall, to get your card made. SMILE!


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Success Workshop booklet published for fall

At Columbus State, we provide a number of learning opportunities beyond the classroom.

From developing your skill set, to getting involved on campus, our Student Success Series booklet makes it easy for you to find valuable resources—all in one spot. The booklet brings together resources and workshops to help you make the most of your Columbus State experience. Workshops begin next week so check it out!


The Student Conduct Office has moved

The Office of Student Conduct has relocated from Eibling Hall to The Center for Workforce Development, Room 1099. Please feel free to visit, especially if you need assistance dealing with a campus conduct concern, or to follow up on a communication from the office. The Office of Student Conduct can still be reached by phone at (614) 287-2104.


Learning Communities help you with academic and peer support

If you placed into DEV 0114, Pre-Algebra, and DEV 0155, Basic Composition, consider taking those courses with the Developmental Education Block Program. The Block Program is a learning community designed to assist first-semester students in forming strong peer and academic support networks within a team setting. There is also a greater emphasis on advising and cross-disciplinary activities, including a film project. Students in the block program are enrolled together in the same sections of DEV 0114, DEV 0155, and COLS 1101.

If you placed in DEV 0145, Advanced Reading, and plan on taking PSY 1100 the same semester, consider enrolling in the Paired Program. Students in the Paired Program are enrolled together in the same sections of DEV 0145 and PSY 1100. Students learn cross-disciplinary reading strategies that can be applied immediately to their work in PSY 1100.  Besides highlighting the connections between the two courses with combined assignments and coordinating assignment schedules, the Paired Program also assists students in forming strong peer and academic support networks. 

For more information on either the Block Program or Paired Program, contact Nicole Clark, Advisor, Aquinas 240, at (614) 287-5360.  Additional information about both learning communities is also available online here.


Don't miss important activities- Check the calendar!

Lots more activities and events can be found on the Columbus State Activities Calendar:


Summer Semester 2015 Issues:

August 5

July 29

July 22

July 15

July 8

July 1

June 24

June 17

June 10

June 3

May 27


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