Remember to File FAFSA Each Year
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is available to apply for financial aid for the 2015‑16 academic year.
Students and their families must file a FAFSA each year they are enrolled in order to be considered for financial aid; this includes grants, loans, and Work‑Study funds.
After the first FAFSA is submitted, a student’s family can submit the renewal FAFSA each subsequent year, which is available at www.FAFSA.ed.gov.
To complete the form, you will need:
Your student’s Federal PIN to log into the FAFSA If you forgot your or your student’s PIN, you can request a duplicate PIN from www.pin.ed.gov.
Your completed 2014 IRS tax forms
You must complete and submit the FAFSA by May 1, 2015.
Your Student’s Course Registration
In the next month, students can register for next semester's classes (summer or fall), unless they have a financial hold on their account. They can check their account status in CabriniOne before registration.
Registration is scheduled by class level, based on credits earned:
Students should schedule an appointment with their academic advisor in advance of registration to review course selections and fill out a "Registration Roster."
After their courses are approved, they may register online through CabriniOne at http://one.cabrini.edu—during the assigned registration period only—or in person at the Registrar’s Office any time prior to the start of classes.
Students may also mail in registration.
All undergraduate students must have their advisor’s signature to register. An email from the advisor’s Cabrini email account will be accepted in lieu of the signature.
For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar (610-902-8545, email@example.com).
Did You Know?
This summer, students can take classes at a discounted tuition rate of $250 per credit.* Depending on space, parents and other non-matriculated students may enroll in discounted summer courses, too!
More information will be available at www.cabrini.edu/Summer.
*Students can only take a limited number of classes at this rate.
Cabrini Freezes Tuition, Goes SAT Optional
Cabrini announced that it would freeze undergraduate tuition and adopt a test-optional admissions policy for the 2015-16 academic year.
Tuition for full-time undergraduate students will remain at the current level of $28,932 through May 2016.
The freeze extends a pledge that the College made three years ago to keep tuition and fees under $30,000 (the original pledge was planned through May 2015). Fees and room and board also will not increase next year.
In an interview with The Loquitur, President Donald Taylor, Ph.D., acknowledged that any increase in tuition is a struggle for students and their families.
“We’re going to fix the costs, really watch our expenses and expand revenue in other ways, all to allow us to keep the undergraduate experience as affordable as we can,” he said.
The College’s test-optional policy furthers a holistic approach to the application process and helps to ensure a Cabrini education is accessible to motivated students.
Students and families also may estimate the cost to attend the College, using the Cabrini College net-price calculator at www.cabrini.edu/cost.
On-Campus Housing: What You Need to Know
At Cabrini College, current residential students can opt to live on campus for the 2015-16 academic year by participating in the housing selection process.
Space is limited, and housing is not guaranteed.
As a parent, there are a few things that you may want to know about Cabrini’s housing process:
1) Current residential students may apply for housing for the 2015-16 academic year now.
Students can complete the housing application by logging into their CabriniOne account (http://one.cabrini.edu) to access their “MyHousing” portal.
2) Only current residential students may participate in the online housing-selection process.
Students who currently do not live on campus can still complete the housing application and be placed on a waiting list.
Current residential students who complete the housing application by 11:59 p.m. on March 9, 2015, will receive a computer-generated lottery number.
Lottery numbers, which determine the date and time that your student can select where he or she wants to live, will be emailed to students’ Cabrini emails on March 10.
Lottery numbers will also be available on the “MyHousing” portal.
3) There are different housing options depending on your student’s class.
4) To select a room, students need to participate in housing selection which will be online and accessible through students’ “MyHousing” portal on CabriniOne.
5) Students must pay a $200 housing deposit in order to secure their housing assignment by March 30, 2015.
The housing deposit can be paid using a credit card or students may bring a check or money order made payable to Cabrini College to the Residence Life office.
The check or money order should include the student’s Cabrini ID number. To pay with a credit card, students will need to log into their CabriniOne account, go to the “MyHousing” portal, and select “housing deposit” under the application tab.
If your student decides not to live on campus next year, then the housing deposit is fully refundable until June 1, 2015, provided that the student notifies Residence Life via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
6) Students who are not registered for fall classes by May 29, 2015, risk forfeiting their housing assignments to students who are on the waitlist.
7) If a student does not submit a housing application by the deadline then he/she may be added to the housing waitlist.
Residence Life will work to fill spaces on the housing waitlist as they become available throughout the summer and will make offers of housing assignments to students who remain in good academic and financial standing with the College.
If your students have any questions about housing, please ask them to talk to their RA, attend informational sessions, or contact the Office of Residence Life (610-902-8410, email@example.com).
For more information, visit www.cabrini.edu/ResidenceLife.
Helping Your Student Find Summer Employment
Summer employment boosts your student’s productivity during his or her time off. Even more importantly, it offers your student opportunities to gain valuable, hands-on work experience that will enhance his or her future career.
Whether or not your student has selected a major, summer jobs or internships can help your student identify interest areas through hands-on work.
It’s important to get a head start on researching career paths, building a professional network and gaining professional experiences through a summer job.
The Center for Career and Professional Development shares these tips for encouraging students to find summer employment:
Share your own personal and professional networks.
Connect your student with friends, family, and colleagues who might be willing to discuss their professional experiences.
You could be the best ally to your student’s professional network.
You never know which of your colleagues, friends and family members may be looking for part- or full-time assistance during the summer months. Get the word out that your student is looking for a summer position.
Consider your professional network: friends, family, your previous employers, your previous professors, college alumni, professional contacts, civic, community, and religious organizations, etc.
Promote campus resources, including the Center for Career and Professional Development.
The Center for Career and Professional Development offers students resources for researching and securing part-time, full-time, and internship opportunities.
A strong résumé/cover letter and exceptional interviewing skills are essential to your student’s job placement; the Career Center provides assistance in all of these areas.
Additionally, students are encouraged to register and use JobSource and CareerShift, where many positions are posted.
Encourage your student to make an appointment with the Career Center at 610-902-8306 or by visiting www.cabrini.edu/career.
Encourage your student to set up informational interviews.
An informational interview is not an interview for a position. The purpose of an informational interview is to help your student explore and define career options.
These sessions are useful in researching companies where your student may want to work. Meetings often last 15 to 30 minutes and are conducted with a person who has hands-on experience in a field in which your student is interested.
However, if your student makes a connection with an employer, this one-time informational interview could potentially evolve into a future summer job.
The Center for Career and Professional Development also has resources for students who are searching for a major or career that fits them, including Focus2 (a self-assessment tool) and a “What Can I Do with This Major?” worksheet.
Meet the General Manager for Dining Services
This year, Tracy Eells joined the Cabrini community as the general manager for Dining Services (Sodexo). Previously, she worked for dining services at GlaxoSmithKline Upper Providence and at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, Pa.
One of the initiatives that Eells has been involved in at Cabrini is a new partnership for the Food Recovery Challenge.
In this program, students and other volunteers will pick up leftover food to take it to local shelters.
“This is a win for both the economically challenged and the environment since the leftover food will not be sent to a landfill,” Eells says.
Loquitur Profile: Tracy Eels
If you have questions for Eells about your student’s dining options, contact her at 610-902-8152 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Love of Hockey: Rolling Cavaliers
Putting the biscuit in the basket. That’s roller hockey lingo for scoring a goal.
And since 2002, The Cabrini College Roller Hockey Team has been putting biscuits in baskets, clashing sticks with seven local universities as members of the Philadelphia College Roller Hockey League (PCRHL).
“Although it sounds corny, the team truly is like a band of brothers,” said Roller Hockey student-coach Dan Luner ’16.
Profile & Student Video: For Love of Hockey
FOR PARENTS OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
March Workshop Moved to Newsletter Format
Cabrini offers parents of first-year students workshops to help navigate their student’s first year at the College. The last workshop of the year was scheduled for March 20. Instead of an in-person workshop, parents of first-year students will be emailed a newsletter on “Moving Up, Moving Out, and Moving Home.”
Topics in the e‑newsletter will include preparing for Move-Out Day and supporting your student’s independence, self‑sufficiency and academic progress.
If you have questions, contact Carmel-Jo Madonna (610-902-8416, email@example.com).
FOR PARENTS OF SENIORS
Cabrini Hosts Senior Week for Graduating Students
As seniors approach graduation, they have a full week of fun to conclude their undergraduate student experience.
Encourage your student to attend these student events, including a Senior Picnic on Tuesday, May 12, and a Phillies Game on Friday, May 15.
More events are being planned through the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL).
Cabrini to Recognize Who’s Who Students
Cabrini seniors who were selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges will be recognized at a luncheon on May 16, prior to the Commencement Mass.
At the luncheon, Associate Professor of Psychology Melissa (Missy) Terlecki, Ph.D., will address the honorees, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, and those who nominated the Who’s Who students.
The following students will receive recognition:
For more information, contact Lorraine Verde (610-902-8410, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Senior Class to Leave Legacy through Emergency Book Fund
This year, Cabrini’s Class of 2015 has decided to leave its legacy by helping future Cabrini students through an Emergency Book Fund.
This fund will allow future students and their families who may be facing financial difficulties to afford their required text books.
Seniors have led a variety of student fundraising activities throughout the year, including writing letters, soliciting in residence halls, and hosting fundraising events.
The Class of 2015 has been challenged by Cabrini’s Board of Trustees to raise $2,015 for the fund and if they can accomplish this, the Board will match it with a gift of $2,015.
Their efforts can be significantly increased with the participation of parents, alumni and friends of the College. Help our students reach their goal by contributing to the Senior Class Gift today!
To make a gift, contact Bill Gusler (610-902-8257, email@example.com) or visit www.cabrini.edu/SeniorGift.
You may also send checks made payable to Cabrini College (with “Senior Class Gift” in the memo field) to the Office of Institutional Advancement, Cabrini College, 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087.
On Saturday, May 16, Commencement Mass will be celebrated at 4:00PM on the Cavalier (Upper) Athletic Field.
On May 17, the undergraduate commencement ceremony is at 10:00AM.
Following the ceremony, graduates, families, and guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments in the Nerney Field House at the Dixon Center.
The graduate commencement ceremony is at 3:00PM.
For more information, contact the Office of Student Life (610-902-8416) or visit www.cabrini.edu/Commencement.
Renowned Immigration Author and Filmmaker to Address Graduates
Catholic priest, scholar, teacher, and award-winning author and film producer, Rev. Daniel G. Groody, C.S.C, Ph.D., will address graduates at both the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 17.
A Congregation of the Holy Cross religious, for 20 years Groody has built and solidified a reputation as a leading advocate for immigrants and migrants.
Currently an associate professor of theology and the director of Immigration Initiatives at the Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Groody draws on his many years of pastoral work and research in Latin America and along the U.S.–Mexico border for his many books and articles that have been translated into five languages.
These include, “Border of Death, Valley of Life: An Immigrant Journey of Heart and Spirit,” and “Globalization, Spirituality, and Justice: Navigating the Path to Peace,” among others.
Groody is executive producer of films and documentaries, including “One Border, One Body: Immigration and the Eucharist” and “Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey,” which have received international acclaim and aired on various television stations including PBS.
He earned a bachelor of arts from the University of Notre Dame in the Great Books Program, a master of divinity and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Jesuit School of Theology, and a doctorate in theology from the Graduate Theological Union.
In 2007-08, he was a visiting research fellow at Oxford University's Oxford Refugee Centre.
This month, graduating seniors should attend Commencement Kick-Off to clear any financial obligations to the College and pick up all graduation materials such as academic attire, parking passes, printed graduation announcements, and tickets to senior week events.
Commencement Kick-Off will take place in Grace Hall on:
Students should bring their student IDs and allow one hour.
Each graduate will receive five professionally printed Commencement announcements at no cost, and they may request additional announcements.
Parking passes will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates will receive a maximum of two parking passes, and handicapped passes may be requested.
Students may purchase diploma frames (available on a first-come, first-served basis).
Graduates will receive a cap and gown, a black cap tassel, and a hood in the appropriate color for their degree.
For more information, visit www.cabrini.edu/Commencement.
On Sunday, May 17, bouquets of roses will be available for purchase for $20 a half dozen (cash only).
All proceeds benefit the Alumni Association’s Scholarship Fund.
The flowers are sold next to the Commencement ceremony space on the Cavalier (Upper) Athletic Field.