Orientation, Transition, and Retention (OTR)
Both Returning Families and New Families!
Spring 2018 Semester has kicked off and it is a new start for all of our Roadrunner families. This is a great time to know what goals your students may have in mind for a new set of classes, involvement around campus, or knowing what their next move will be as they think about their future and careers. “Collegiate Parent” provides a great video about some thoughts that your student may be going through. The article can give more of a breakdown on how you can start the conversation with your students if they are having mixed feelings about returning to school or about being optimistic on a fresh start.
FERPA – What is FERPA?
You may have heard about FERPA once, but we would like to remind all families about the meaning of it when it comes to your student’s education. FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 that sets forth requirements regarding release of and access to student educational records. Educational records are all records that contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by an educational agency or institution, or by a party acting on its behalf.
- FERPA gives students the right to:
- Inspect and review their records.
- Request to amend their records.
- Limit disclosure of public/directory information.
- And also requires students to give their permission to release private information.
The Office of the Registrar, provides more information to students, parents, faculty and staff, regarding FERPA. A frequent question that may be asked can be, “I’m paying for my student’s tuition and fees. Why don’t I have access to his or her records?”. With that being asked, it is important to know that although many MSU Denver parents and support networks try to financially assist their students in some way, all parents must either have written consent from their student, or they must provide their most recent tax form showing they claim their student as a dependent. To learn more information on that, please click here> for information on both options. It is very likely that if your student is unable to directly provide his or her records, he or she must sign a FERPA Release in the Office of the Registrar (Student Success Building, Suite 160) in order to grant you access.
We have provided here the contact information for the Office of the Registrar .
Student Success Building, Counter 3
890 Auraria Parkway, Suite 160
Denver, CO 80204
1098-T Tax Forms
1098-T Tax Forms will be available to students electronically through the Student Hub for download and print from a computer after January 31, 2018. Students can also a paper 1098-T Tax Forms and receive more information by clinking here>.
For more information your student can contact the Office of the Bursar.
The 2018-2019 General Scholarship Application
The 2018-2019 General Scholarship Application is now available!
Financing education can be something that your student may have on their back of their minds to be able to complete their journey.We ask you to encourage your student to apply now and learn more about scholarship opportunities at MSU Denver at http://www.msudenver.edu/financialaid/scholarships/.
The priority deadline for completing the 2018-2019 General Scholarship Application is March 1st.
The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships is also offering scholarship workshops to assist with completing the scholarship application. The drop-in workshops will be held in the Student Success Building computer lab (SSB 236) on the following dates and times:
- January 24th from 11:00 - 1:00
- January 25th from 11:00 - 1:00
- January 30th from 2:00 - 4:00
- February 7th from 9:00 - 11:00
- February 13th from 11:00 - 1:00
- February 22nd from 2:00 - 4:00
- February 28th from 2:00 - 4:00
- March 7th from 11:00 - 1:00
- March 13th from 11:00 - 1:00
MSU Denver Job Fair
MSU Denver Offices will be hosting a MSU Denver Job Fair on Wednesday, January 24th. This will be taking place at the SSB Lobby in the second floor from 11AM-3PM. This is a great opportunity for your students if they are looking for ways to get involved around campus while earning a bit of money and responsibility skills.
To find out more about events going around campus, visit our MSU Denver calendar to see what opportunities your student can engage in. There are also community events where you may be joining in as well.
Family Advice: From families to families- advice, stories, and support on how to help your student during their college experience.
As support, you play a vital role in your student's success at MSU Denver. As you learn how to best support your student, we hope that this website can share information that will help others in the Roadrunner family.
If you would like to share your advice, story, and/or support to other MSU Denver families, please email New Student Orientation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your first name and city. If you wish to remain anonymous please indicate that in your email.
Submissions will be reviewed and posted by New Student Orientation Staff.