You’ve saved for tuition, your student has studied for exams and SATs, the acceptance letter from UB has arrived and you’re all excited! We’re excited as well to have you join the UB family!
Here are some suggestions as you prepare for life as the parent of a UB Purple Knight:
- Apply for financial assistance
The University of Bridgeport’s Office of Student Financial Services helps students and their families navigate and understand the financial aid process and identify financial tools to help make a college education affordable.
Paying for college is a partnership between your family, the government and the University of Bridgeport. Approximately 97% of our first time, full-time undergraduate receive financial aid. We participate in a variety of federal, state, and private programs that offer loans, grants, scholarships, and other awards to students who demonstrate financial need, superior academic achievement, or other circumstances that may impact their ability to seek an education at University of Bridgeport.
- Fully complete paperwork
It is very important that all paperwork required by the University of Bridgeport is completed accurately and completely. Help your student fill out applications and financial aid forms but don’t do it for him/her! Also, make sure that you are aware of and adhere to all deadlines.
- Attend a STAR (Summer Transition, Advisement and Registration) program
STAR is a 1/2 day opportunity for you and your student to come to campus and get a head start on the fall semester. At STAR, your student will meet with his/her academic advisor, register for classes early and have the opportunity to meet with financial aid counselors to finalize aid packages.
STAR sessions for 2013 will be announced in March 2013.
- Enjoy your time together this summer!
New student orientation and the start of the school year will be here before you know it! So make sure to spend quality time together over the summer. Remain supportive and excited about your student’s preparations for college. Remember, whether you take a family vacation or just hang out at home, the most important thing you can spend on your children is time; use it wisely and you will both have memories for a lifetime!