How to Read your Financial Aid Packet from Philadelphia University

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When comparing financial aid packages from different schools, you need to make sure you understand just what it is you are looking at. Not all packages are the same and it can be difficult to compare “apples to apples” without some knowledge of Financial Aid. We recently hosted a webinar offering helpful tips about how to read your financial aid packet.  If you were unable to watch, you can still watch a recording of the webinar here (https://philau NULL.adobeconnect NULL.com/_a825389009/p7acr5il6nw/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal).

Would you like some one-on-one time to review your financial aid package with a counselor?  Feel free to give us a call at 800-951-7287 and ask to speak with your Admissions Counselor. The more you know, the better you can understand financial aid.

 

Are you coming to the April 16th Open House?

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Join us on campus, Saturday, April 16th for PhilaU’s Spring Open House.WhiteCornersSpring16Small

Juniors – this is a great time to get a head-start look at what the college has to offer.

Seniors – come see us to make your final decision. You can even pay your deposit that day.

Talk with faculty, current students, coaches, and staff. Tour campus and get a taste of PhilaU food.

Register Now for Open House (http://bit NULL.ly/OHSP16)

Are you accepted to PhilaU?

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If you have been accepted to PhilaU, let me first of all say, “Congratulations! That’s awesome!”  Your hard work has paid off and you should take time to recognize and celebrate that accomplishment. Like I said, that is awesome.

So, now what?  Now, the fun begins…well, maybe not all fun, but definitely there is some fun to be had from now until move-in day. We have created a private, social network for just accepted students. If you haven’t joined already, I recommend you do that today. You can start to meet future classmates, join online groups with other people in your major or who share your similar interests…and you get to start the groups.  You can keep up-to-date with deadlines, happenings on campus, and upcoming chats/events. You can also meet possible roommates and find answers to questions you have about being a student at PhilaU. Sounds pretty fun, right?

Are you accepted to PhilaU? If so, you should have received an email invite to join the network, so go check that out and register today. If not, send an email to Kathy at Admiss@PhilaU.edu (kissanek null@null PhilaU NULL.edu) and request your invitation.

Accepted Students: Shadow a current student!

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Congratulations to all of our accepted students!

Whether you’ve already decided that PhilaU is the place for you or you’re still making your decision, we have a great opportunity to get a closer look at what it’s like to be a student here! Each February-April, we offer accepted students the chance to shadow a current student in your chosen major. Your student host will take you to class, lunch, and maybe even some student activities that may be going on during the day!

You can choose the day and we will match you up with one of our host students. You can come for a full day or half, whatever works best for your schedule. Many of our student hosts went through this shadowing program as prospective students as well. They found that shadowing really helped them make their college decision and would like to help future students get a better feel for the university. Choosing a college is an important (and sometimes scary) decision to make. We want to make that decision a lot less scary and make sure you have the best visit possible!

If you are interested in signing up for the shadowing program, you can click here (http://bit NULL.ly/13eZfVu) to submit your request.

If you are interested in other types of visits (including our Open House on April 16, 2016), click here (http://bit NULL.ly/UniJ4Y)!

You can now file your FAFSA

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Attention prospective students:  Have you filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) yet? If not, get started now!

Philadelphia University is offering an early FAFSA filer incentive.  If you file your FAFSA by March 1, 2016 and list Philadelphia University’s school code (003354), you will receive an extra $1000 grant from the university! This award is renewable every year.

Here are a few quick reminders:

The FAFSA has the word “free” in it, so make sure you visit www.fafsa.ed.gov (http://www NULL.fafsa NULL.ed NULL.gov/) to complete your FAFSA.  Do not use a .com site.  If the site wants to charge you to file, leave fast.

Over 80% of the FAFSA answers can be found on the 1040 form.  So, you should file or estimate your taxes before starting the FAFSA.

Don’t think you will qualify?—file anyway!  PhilaU uses FAFSA information to consider you for need based and non-need based aid.  Even if you only receive Federal Student Loans, these loans often carry lower interest rates than private loans.

Don’t forget to add PhilaU as a FAFSA recipient.  Philadelphia University’s school code is 003354.

Still want more help?  FAFSA provides excellent advice on Twitter (https://twitter NULL.com/FAFSA) and Facebook (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/FederalStudentAid). If you have any questions about filing the FAFSA, please email FinancialAid@philau.edu (financialaid null@null philau NULL.edu).

Make the most of your winter break!

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That long awaited winter break is approaching and with a little planning, you can be going back to school in January more relaxed and feeling productive.  With college students home for their breaks too, visiting colleges won’t give you the best glimpse of the school, but there are some things you can do.

1) Finish your paperwork. Whether that be completing applications, getting all your supporting materials together or making your deposit.

2) Think FAFSA. The earlier you file, the better. Start getting all your information together now to make it a smooth process. (You can begin your FAFSA starting January 1, 2016)

3) Do more research on the schools you are considering. Check out their school social media, both official and unofficial and see how the students are living.

4) If you are a junior, register for the spring SATs, register for a spring visit and keep your grades up.

5) Most importantly, take some time to relax and enjoy your winter break!

All of us at Philadelphia University wish you much peace and happiness during the holiday season and in the new year!

Schedule your visit to Philadelphia University today!

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Sometimes when you are just looking at colleges through printed books or websites, it’s hard to tell one from the other. To really see what a school is like and if you feel comfortable there, it’s best to visit.

Visiting can help you to get a real sense of the campus and its community.

We offer a number of different ways to explore the PhilaU campus…

Campus Tour & Meeting with an Admissions Counselor (Monday – Friday) (http://bit NULL.ly/1xTpMWg)

White Corners is home to the Office of Admissions.

Join a small group of other visiting families and take a two-part tour of campus with one of our student Rambassadors. You will tour one half of campus for 45 minutes, meet with an admissions counselor for about 20 minutes, and then tour the second half of campus for approximately 45 minutes. You may also be able to schedule a meeting with a faculty member or athletic coach.

Saturday Information Session (http://bit NULL.ly/ZEwBPR)

At the Saturday Information Session, Admissions Counselors and current students will provide you with an overview of the admissions and financial aid processes, academic programs, student life, as well as internship and study abroad opportunities. You’ll also take a tour with one of our student Rambassadors which will last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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Shadow a current student
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Our shadowing program provides students who have been accepted to the University with an opportunity to participate in the PhilaU student experience—attend classes, meet professors, eat meals in the dining hall, and spend time with current students. Shadowing appointments run February through April.

 

Ready to schedule your visit?  You can schedule online by clicking here. (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/PlanYourVisit/index NULL.html)  If you need additional information, please contact our Visit Coordinator, Patricia Coleman, at 215.951.2921 or 1.800.951.7287.

Top 10 reasons to attend our November Open House

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You’re invited! Join us on November 21, 2015 for Philadelphia University’s Open House!
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Our Open House gives you the opportunity to experience PhilaU first-hand! Students and families will meet with various academic departments, chat with professors and department chairs, and speak with current students about their PhilaU experience! This is an excellent time to learn more about your academic major of interest and the value of a Philadelphia University education. You will also tour campus with our student Rambassadors, have lunch in our dining hall, and visit residence hall rooms.

Here are the Top 10 reasons to visit PhilaU during our Open House…

Get your picture taken at the        University Fair!

10. Your application fee will be waived!

9. Get your photo taken at the University Fair and see it posted on PhilaUAdmiss Twitter and Instagram
accounts.

8. Beautiful campus. The fall season at PhilaU means beautiful colored trees and scenery that can’t be beat.

7. Take a selfie with the ram statue.

6. Sample the food in our dining hall (hello food options!!)

5. Tweet your photos of your visit with #VisitPhilaU and you could win PhilaU prizes!

4. See how many people can fit in a residence hall room.

3. Ride a trolley around campus.

2. Hug a Ram(bassador)…one of our tour guides!

1. Attend our University Fair! Want to know about study abroad, internships, financial aid and clubs to get involved with? This is your one-stop shop for information!!

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Discover Fashion Day at PhilaU, October 27

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Calling at students interested Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Management and Textile Design!

Click the below image and register for this very special event.


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You’re invited to
Discover Fashion Day
with Kelly Cutrone, Fashion Publicist and TV Personality

Tuesday, October 27 
 1 - 4 p.m.  •  Check–in opens at 12:30 p.m.
 
This exciting day features a conversation with renowned fashion publicist and TV personality, Kelly Cutrone, hosted by Carson Kressley H‘13.

In addition to the main event, you’ll get to hear about the PhilaU fashion and textile programs
and the “fiber to fashion” curriculum that defines the PhilaU experience. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Want to add a campus tour?
If you’re interested, we’d love to start your day with a tour at 11 a.m. and we’ll pick up the tab for lunch on campus. Just make sure to select that option when you register.

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Visit PhilaU and you could win one of our student Target designs!

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        It’s back-to-school time and that means students are settling into their new homes. To help make that move a little more efficient and cool, PhilaU students worked with hip houseware manufacturer Umbra, to create products that work well with residence hall living. Four PhilaU student projects were selected for production and are now on sale as part of Target’s back-to-school line!
        
        WIN ONE!
Plan your visit to campus and check out these products displayed in the Office of Admissions. While you’re here, snap a picture with your favorite product and post it to our Facebook or Twitter (#VisitPhilaU) and tell us why you love it. On October 30, we will select 4 participants to receive one of the products!

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