How to Read your Financial Aid Packet from Philadelphia University

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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.adobeconnect.com/_a825389009/thxcvas.umqu4r/ (https://philau NULL.adobeconnect NULL.com/_a825389009/thxcvas NULL.umqu4r/)

Would you like some one-on-one time to review your financial aid package with a counselor?  You can sign up for an individual phone meeting by click here: http://bit.ly/FA2014 (http://bit NULL.ly/FA2014)

Feel free to give us a call at 800-951-7287.  We hope you find the webinar helpful. Enjoy your day.

Greg W. Potts
Director of Admissions

Global Opportunities Abound at PhilaU

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Today we have a guest blog from senior Textile Design student Rachel Robinson about her internship and study abroad experiences.  Not only did she have the opportunity to work for Abercrombie & Fitch’s home office, but she also got to take her talents to Scotland for four months!  Check out Rachel’s blog…

This past summer I had the opportunity to work at Abercrombie & Fitch’s home office in New Albany, Ohio as a CAD design intern. The company provided housing for all the interns on Columbus College of Art and Design’s (CCAD) campus located right by downtown Columbus. Columbus is a lovely city filled with amazing restaurants and cute boutiques. In the city there are numerous venues—Bruno Mars was on tour while I was there!  I enjoyed going to a wonderful market called The North Market for fresh produce as well as local goods.  Columbus is also the home of White Castle Cheeseburgers and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream!  Yum!  Here are two pictures from my apartment in Columbus and Jeni’s Ice Cream!

               

During the first week I went through training and was assigned to a team in their Abercrombie women’s division. While working there I met with head designers, vendors, and even the CEO of the company on numerous occasions. I primarily used Kaledo for creating new print ideas for the upcoming Spring/Summer seasons. In addition, I assisted head designers with CAD work, color, and overall patterns that we felt would sell well in this department. Towards the end of my internship, they flew us to Manhattan to shop the market for new trends and products that would fit our customer and benefit our brand. This research was compiled into a packet that we presented to the company displaying our research and aided our final designs.

After interning at Abercrombie over the summer, I left for a semester abroad in Galashiels, Scotland for four months. I had never been abroad prior to this experience, so it was quite exciting! I lived on Heriot-Watt University’s Scottish Borders campus in the residence halls with four other students including another PhilaU Textile Design student. The location was perfect for getting to classes and running into the nearby town. It offered an amazing view of the hills! My classes included two weave courses, one knit course, and one print course. The facilities were amazing! All of the yarns were made on the University’s campus, and every student had the capability to create their own desired hues for yarns. They had numerous looms available with helpful technicians to guide you along the way. I learned so much while in Scotland!

    

The photos above were from Donegal, Ireland and a view from the hilltop in Galashiels, Scotland. Below, I want to share photos from my housing on the Heriot-Watt campus, the beach in Donegal, Ireland, and a Christmas fair in Edinburgh, Scotland. I miss it so much!

Although it took a little while to get adjusted and to adapt to their design process, it was absolutely worth it. I traveled all across Scotland, went to its two major cities, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and had the opportunity to spend some time in Ireland and England. I am definitely planning on returning as soon as possible! It was absolutely beautiful and an amazing place to go abroad and study textiles! I hope you have the opportunity to study abroad while at Philadelphia University!

Rachel Robinson
Textile Design ‘14

Earn $1000 from PhilaU in just 23 Minutes!

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Hey, you, prospective PhilaU student! Have you filed the FAFSA yet?  If you file the FAFSA and list Philadelphia University’s school code (003354) by March 1st, you will automatically receive an extra $1000 grant in your financial aid package.  This is just for new, incoming students.  What an easy way to earn some extra money for college?!  There isn’t a trick!  We just want to get a head start on your financial aid package, so you get the bonus just for being an early FAFSA filer.

The average time to complete a FAFSA is just 23 minutes, so what are you waiting for?  Click here to get started: https://fafsa.ed.gov/ (https://fafsa NULL.ed NULL.gov/)

Don’t have your tax information from 2013 yet?  That’s okay!  You can file the FAFSA using 2012 numbers, and then you’ll just go back into FAFSA later to update your numbers.

Questions?  FAFSA provides excellent advice on Twitter (https://twitter NULL.com/FAFSA) and Facebook (https://www NULL.facebook NULL.com/FederalStudentAid).  We also found this great article on Buzzfeed: Five Reasons to Fill Out the FAFSA (http://www NULL.buzzfeed NULL.com/arneduncan/five-reasons-to-fill-out-the-fafsa-ecm4).

If you have any questions about filing the FAFSA with PhilaU or this bonus grant, please email FinancialAid@philau.edu (FinancialAid null@null philau NULL.edu).

Accepted Students: Shadow a current student this spring!

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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 spring 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 12, 2014), click here (http://bit NULL.ly/UniJ4Y)!

2014: Show Me the Money!

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

Philadelphia University is offering an early FAFSA filer incentive.  If you file your FAFSA by March 1, 2014 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).  We also found this great article on Buzzfeed: Five Reasons to Fill Out the FAFSA (http://www NULL.buzzfeed NULL.com/arneduncan/five-reasons-to-fill-out-the-fafsa-ecm4). If you have any questions about filing the FAFSA, please email FinancialAid@philau.edu (financialaid null@null philau NULL.edu).

Maybe You Should Take the SAT or ACT Again in December…

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Worried about your test scores?  Interested in earning more scholarship money?  Higher SAT or ACT scores could help you out!

There is a SAT testing on Saturday, December 7th, and an ACT testing on Saturday, December 14th.  You have TWO days to register!  The late registration deadline for both of these tests is Friday, November 25th.  Chat with your parents or counselor to see if they think you should take the test again before the new year starts.

  • Click here to register for the SAT (http://sat NULL.collegeboard NULL.org/register/sat-us-dates)
  • Click here to register for the ACT (http://www NULL.actstudent NULL.org/regist/dates NULL.html)

We know that there probably isn’t anyone who would admit that they enjoy taking the SAT or ACT, but this could be a relatively easy way for you to earn more scholarship money just by taking a test!  Philadelphia University wishes you all the luck!

Connect with Philadelphia University

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Busy with college applications?  Stop and take a deep breath.  This is the easy part!  The tough part comes when you have to make a decision about which school you are going to attend!  Philadelphia University’s Rambassadors and your Admissions Counselors want to help you along the way.  We can answer even the toughest questions!

Is PhilaU the right school for you?  We hope so!  But you need to visit to be sure.  Over the next few months, here are our upcoming visit opportunities (more will be added soon!)…

  • November 16, 2013 – Fall Open House
  • November 23, 2013 – Saturday Information Session
  • December 7, 2013 - Saturday Information Session
  • April 14, 2014 – Spring Open House

We also offer Daily Visits and Campus Tours Monday through Friday every week.  To schedule your visit, click here (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/PlanYourVisit/index NULL.html) to see all of the options.

Can’t make it to campus?  Connect with Admissions Counselors and current student on a chat! Click here (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/undergrad/Contact/chat NULL.html) to register for one of the following upcoming chats…

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2013 – Accepted Students Chat (7-9 pm)
  • Friday, December 13, 2013 – Parent Lunch Chat (12-1 pm)
  • Thursday, January 23, 2014 – All Students Chat (7-9 pm)
  • Friday, January 24, 2014 – Parent Lunch Chat (12-1 pm)

Still have questions about your application, visit options, academic majors, what the food is like? Give us a call or send us an email!  Please email Admissions@PhilaU.edu (Admissions null@null PhilaU NULL.edu?subject=Online%20Chat), or you can call 215-951-2800.

Carson Kressley Hosts Discover Fashion Event at Philadelphia University on November 7th, 2013

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Philadelphia University invites all prospective students to join us on Thursday, November 7th for the Discover Fashion Day with fashion industry star and honorary alumnus, Carson Kressley!  Please RSVP to save your spot by visiting our website: www.philau.edu/DiscoverFashionDay (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/DiscoverFashionDay)

If you have any questions about the event, please email or call Admissions at 215-951-2700 or Admissions@philau.edu.  We hope to see you on November 7th!

Study Abroad: Dan Goes to Denmark!

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Today we have a guest blog from Dan Dicinno about his study abroad experience.  Check out what Dan has to say about his time in Copenhagen, Denmark…

When I came to PhilaU as a freshman, I never thought I would study abroad.  My Rambassador had mentioned it on tour, but I didn’t seriously consider it, not at first. But then, around my sophomore year I noticed several of my friends taking advantage of this opportunity and returning with all kinds of stories. As it turns out, it was hard to avoid these stories as many PhilaU students decide to study abroad.

 

I had heard enough stories and decided I wanted to have a few of my own!  So I walked into the study abroad office out of the blue and talked to someone.  They said with my major, Law and Society, my options were wide open.  I could travel anywhere in the world.

I decided to go with a PhilaU program that focuses on justice and human rights at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark.  In the spring of 2013, I left to study human rights abuse and the laws of war.  My teachers were a couple of Danish military advisors who had served in the Balkan Wars of the 1990s and Iraq and Afghanistan.  As part of our class, we traveled to Bosnia and Herzegovina for a week to study nation-building.  We spoke with politicians, local leaders, survivors from the war, and activists trying to rebuild their community.  Our instructors even had local students for us to hang out with every night and show us around. I made friends all over Europe, and I learned so much more than I would have if I stayed in the U.S.

Although I was abroad for the whole semester, the time flew by, and before I knew it I was back home at PhilaU with plenty of stories of my own.  And although I had no idea at the time, going abroad sparked my interest in the Balkans.  Right now I am applying for scholarships to give me a chance to return to the area and continue to study the rebuilding effort.

Dan Dicinno
Law and Society ‘14

Interior Design Exhibit and Open House at Philadelphia University

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Interested in pursuing a degree in Interior Design?  You are invited to attend the Open House and Reception for the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design Exhibition that will feature PhilaU student work.  For more information about PhilaU’s Interior Design program, please click here (http://www NULL.philau NULL.edu/interiordesign/index NULL.html).

Monday, October 7, 2013
5-7pm in Philadelphia University’s Ravenhill Chapel