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Student Success Fair

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Campus Life September 2018

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WELCOME WEEK:

  • Get the Scoop: Attend an ice cream social where each Student Engagement area will be available to inform you about their department and events sponsored by their area for the next six weeks and beyond. DATE: Wednesday, September 12
    ROOM: E-Building, Poolside Cafe
    TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Bag It Bingo: Bring your own lunch and join us in a game of lunch time bingo! Participating students will have a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card along with other prizes.
    DATE: Thursday, September 13
    ROOM: M-Building, Room MB-10
    TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm.

  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Come watch this 2017 comedy about four high school students who get transported into a video game and must use the skills of the avatars they chose in order to survive the game and get back home.
    DATE: Friday, September 14
    ROOM: E-Building, Room E-242
    TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 pm.

  • Gameathon: Spend some time bonding with your fellow LaGuardians and test your strategic skills by challenging your peers in a variety of board and video games.
    DATE: Friday, September 14
    ROOM: E-Building, Room E-242
    TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

  • LatinXMonth Art Experience: In celebration of LatinX Heritage Month, students will have an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the culture’s influence through artistic expression. Students will create their own art piece.
    DATE: Monday, September 17
    ROOM: E-Building, Room E-111
    TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

  • Value Our Trivia Expertise (V.O.T.E.): In honor of Constitution Day, students will be able to test their knowledge on wacky trivia about U.S. history. There will also be an opportunity for students to register to vote. The first 50 people who complete a voter registration form will be given a complimentary pocket U.S. Constitution.
    DATE: Monday, September 17
    ROOM: C-Building, Cafeteria
    TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • The Women’s Center and LGBTQIA Safe Zone Hub Open House: The Women’s Center and The LGBTQIA Safe Zone Hub will sponsor an open house where they will provide resources and discuss their programs for the fall. Refreshments will be served.
    DATE: Thursday, September 20
    ROOM: M-Building, Room MB-10
    TIME: 2:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Button Making with Busy Bis Celebrate Bi Visibility Day by making buttons and sharing resources.
DATE: Monday, September 24
ROOM: M-Building, Room MB-10
TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    SGA Study Hall Open House
    The Student Government Association Study Hall staff invites all students to see their new home! Students will be able to receive information on the tutoring availability, subjects and courses they specialize in and their scheduling processes. Refreshments will be served.
    DATE: Monday, September 24
    ROOM: M-Building, Room M-165
    TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


    Yoga
    Sponsored by The Women’s Center, we encourage you to join Master Yoga Instructor Jamie Lyn in a gentle yoga class open to all levels. Mats and blocks provided. Wear loose comfortable clothing.
    DATE: Wednesday, September 26
    ROOM: M-Building, Room MB-10
    TIME: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.


    Fall Fest
    Become a part of our dynamic campus community! Join a student club, organization or program. Joining an organization on campus will provide you with the opportunity to make new friends, develop leadership skills and add something cool and interesting to your resume. Attend to also learn about co-curricular activities and resources available to help you throughout your college journey.
    DATE: Wednesday, September 26
    ROOM: E-Building: Atrium, Poolside Café, Cobblestone Courtyard
    TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


    G.R.A.C.E.Program Information Session
    Sponsored by The Women’s Center, we encourage students to attend this information session about the G.R.A.C.E. (Greatness Results After Choosing Excellence) leadership program designed to address challenges primarily experienced by women on their path to professional development.
    DATE: Friday, September 28
    ROOM: M-Building, Room MB-10
    TIME: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

    Financial Aid News - September 2018

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    You are strongly encouraged to submit all requested documentation by the financial aid deadline in order to receive a timely award with all possible funding. After the deadline, processing and awarding cannot be guaranteed.

    Failure to submit all requested documentation within the deadline will result in the forfeiture of your financial aid eligibility for the 2018-2019 aid year. If you are relying on financial aid to pay your tuition and fees, you must complete the verification process prior to any break in enrollment.

    Student Financial Services requires that verification be completed before disbursing aid for the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans.

    We will continue to process verification documentation in the order it is received. However, the verification review process can take up to 2 weeks to complete. If your financial aid is not processed, your scheduled classes may be in jeopardy of cancellation and you may need to make payment arrangements until your financial aid is processed.

    How to Avoid Verification Processing Delays

    1. 1. You can check your CUNYfirst Student Center “To-Do-List” to see what steps or documents you need to submit to Student Financial Services.
    2. 2. ALL documents must be submitted all at one time. Again, the verification process can take up two weeks to complete.
    3. 3. Be sure all documents are filled out completely.
    4. 4. Remember to make photocopies for your records.

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    The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY college tuition‐free.

    The Excelsior Scholarship application for the 2018-19 academic year is now closed

    ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

    An applicant must:

    • Be a resident of NYS and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the term;
    • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non‐citizen;
    • Have either graduated from high school in the United States, earned a high school equivalency diploma, or passed a federally approved “Ability to Benefit” test, as defined by the Commissioner of the State Education Department;
    • Have a combined federal adjusted gross income of $110,000 or less;
    • Be pursuing an undergraduate degree at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University;
    • Be enrolled in at least 12 credits per term and complete at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program;
    • If attended college prior to the 2018‐19 academic year, have earned at least 30 credits each year (successively), applicable toward his or her degree program prior to applying for an Excelsior Scholarship;
    • Be in a non‐default status on a student loan made under any NYS or federal education loan program or on the repayment of any NYS award;
    • Be in compliance with the terms of the service condition(s) imposed by a NYS award that you have previously received; and execute a Contract agreeing to reside in NYS for the length of time the award was received, and, if employed during such time, be employed in NYS.

    CATCHING UP ON CREDITS


    A student who is not on track to complete an Associate’s degree in two consecutive years or Bachelor’s degree in four consecutive years (which requires completion of the equivalent of 30 credits each academic year) can catch up on missing credits to become eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship. If you successfully earn additional credits during a term or academic year and get back on track to completing your degree on time, you will be eligible to receive an Excelsior Scholarship for the remainder of your undergraduate degree program.


    OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAMS

    If you are in an opportunity program, the program allows five years (which requires completion of the equivalent of 24 credits each academic year) to complete your degree on time.


    FIVE-YEAR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

    If you are in an undergraduate program of study normally requiring five-years, the Excelsior Scholarship program allows five years to complete your degree on time (which requires completion of the equivalent of 30 credits each academic year).


    STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES UNDER THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT OF 1990

    To be eligible for an Excelsior Scholarship, students with qualified disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act who attend less than full time must register with their college office for students with disabilities.


    If you are a student with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the program requires that you complete the credits attempted each semester to fulfill the requirement for on-time degree completion. If you have not earned credits for all courses attempted, you can catch up on missing credits if you successfully earn additional credits during a summer or winter session(s) and get back on track for credits that were not previously completed.


    Students with disabilities determined to be ineligible who can demonstrate good cause for completing fewer credits than attempted and/or a break in attendance may appeal the decision by completing and submitting the Excelsior Scholarship Program form Appeal to Excelsior.Appeals@hesc.ny.gov


    APPEALS

    Students whose current adjusted gross income is $110,000 or below due to the disability, divorce or separation of a parent, spouse or the student or the death of a parent or spouse may appeal their disqualification by completing the income appeal form and submitting it to Income.Appeals@hesc.ny.gov


    Students who are determined to be ineligible for failure to meet the annual credit or continuous enrollment requirements and who can demonstrate good cause may appeal the decision by completing and submitting the Excelsior Scholarship Program Appeal Form to Excelsior.Appeals@hesc.ny.gov


    AWARD AMOUNTS*

    A recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship may receive up to $5,500.


    To determine the award amount, the resident tuition rate charged by SUNY (currently $6,470) or CUNY (currently $6,330) will be reduced by the amount of certain other student financial aid awards which an applicant has or will receive for the academic year, including a NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award and/or federal Pell grant. The Excelsior Scholarship will cover any remaining tuition liability up to $5,500; and a tuition credit will cover any remaining tuition expenses not covered by the Excelsior Scholarship.


    *Note: Any award payment received may have tax implications. Any questions regarding this should be directed to a tax professional, the Internal Revenue Service, or the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance


    DURATION


    A recipient of an Excelsior Scholarship is eligible to receive award payments for not more than two years of full-time undergraduate study in a program leading to an associate's degree or four years of full-time undergraduate study, or five years if the program of study normally requires five years, in a program leading to a bachelor's degree.


    PAYMENT

    To receive payments each subsequent year (after the initial application year), Excelsior Scholarship recipient must annually complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the TAP-on-The-Web Application each year.


    HOW TO APPLY

    The deadline for the Excelsior Scholarship application for the 2018-2019 academic year has passed. Please check the HESC website at www.hesc.ny.gov for updates of when the application becomes available.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Please contact the Scholarship Unit at scholarships@hesc.ny.gov or 888‐697‐4372.

    Check Your Financial Aid Status on CUNYfirst

    1. Login to your CUNYfirst account here

    2. Click to expand the Self Service options and select Student Center.

    3. Under the Finances section, click Account Inquiry.

    4. On the Account Inquiry screen, look for your Pending Financial Aid. Here you can view your

    account activity, current balance after Financial Aid, a detailed list of charges, payments and

    refund amount.

    NYS TAP Eligibility

    *Attention all students with Foreign High School credentials*

    You must complete the Ability to Benefit Test for NYS aid eligibility. Visit the Testing Office in the C-Building, Room C-460 for the ATB test availability dates

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    All Pell eligible students who submitted their financial aid documentation by August 1, 2018 may be eligible for a Book Advance check if there is a balance on record after the deduction of tuition and fees. This will allow you to purchase books at any bookstore you choose.

    A check will be generated and mailed to you or directly deposited into your account. The disbursement schedule is as follows:

    September 7, 2018 for eligible students with records processed by August 1, 2018

    September 14, 2018 for eligible students with records processed by August 15, 2018

    September 21, 2018 for eligible students with records processed by August 30, 2018

    NOTE
    Book Advance check is an advance against your processed Pell award. A deduction will be made against your Fall 2018 Pell check.

    All eligible students must have:

    • Completed their 2018-2019 Financial Aid application
    • Submitted their financial aid documentation by Thursday, August 30, 2018
    • Must be registered for Fall 2018
    • A Pell balance on record
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    Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements for Financial Aid

    Students must be meeting satisfactory academic progress towards completing an associate degree in order to remain eligible for federal financial aid (PELL, FSEOG, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Direct Loan). Students must meet all the following satisfactory academic progress requirements:

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    Pace of Progress

    A student must successfully earn a minimum number of credits based upon the number of attempted credits.

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    Maximum Time Frame

    A student may attempt no more than 150% of the credits for completion of a degree. Students are required to earn a minimum of 60 credits to receive a degree at LAGCC.

    Example:150% of 60 credits is 90. A student may attempt no more than 90 credits to earn 60. If a student has attempted 91 credits and only have earned 50 credits they are no longer eligible for federal aid.


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    Tips to have a successful semester at LaGuardia:

    • Use resources available to you! If you aren't sure about your classes, talk to an Academic Advisor.
    • Plan each term, and plan each week. (See the Academic Calendar).
    • Are you on track academically? Talk to an Academic Advisor in the B-Building, Room B-102.
    • Talk to your professors—get to know them EARLY, and seek them out OFTEN!
    • Get enough sleep. The more refreshed your body is, the more likely you are to pay attention and take effective notes in class. If you are experiencing any issues or want to speak with someone, we encourage you to visit the Wellness Center the C-Building, Room C-249.

    Keep in mind, you are NOT on your own! We're all here to cheer you on!

    Enhance Your Financial Literacy

    Are you graduating in the Fall 2018 semester with student loan debt?
    You are required to complete exit counseling for your student loans.
    Visit studentloans.gov to complete student loan exit counseling electronically.
    For more information contact aolivero@lagcc.cuny.edu

    Student Financial Services will host Smart Money workshops on the following dates at 3:30pm in the C-Building, Room C-103.
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    helpWanted Federal Work Study

    Are you interested in becoming a Federal Work Study student?
    For more information on the Federal Work-Study Program visit the C-Building, Room C-113 or visit our webpage at www.laguardia.edu/Financial-Aid/Federal-Work-Study

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    Resourceful Web Pages:

    • To Apply for Financial Aid

    www.fafsa.ed.gov

    • Federal Grants

    studentaid.ed.gov/sa

    • To Check your Satisfactory Academic Progress

    www.laguardia.edu/financial-aid/financial-aid-policies/

    • LaGuardia Academic Calendar

    www.laguardia.edu/Academics/Academic-Calendar

    • Academic Advising

    www.laguardia.edu/advising/

    • The Wellness Center/Counseling

    www.laguardia.edu/WellnessCenter/


    Get $$$ to Pay for College

    Complete your 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

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    www.fafsa.ed.gov


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    Job & Internship Fair

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    Career & Transfer

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    Library Updates

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    As a new CUNY student, you are eligible for free digital subscriptions to The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Click on the hyperlinks to activate your subscription with your LaGuardia email. Come by the Library in the E-Building, Room E-101 if you need help or have questions.


    Based on student feedback, the LaGuardia Media Resources Center will implement three zones beginning this fall semester to ensure Library spaces are meeting student needs. Now when you enter the Library in the E-Building, Room  E-101, you can choose to sit in one of the following areas:


    • Silent Zone
      • Best for people wishing to study quietly alone
      • No headphones, cell phone ringers off, minimal and quiet keyboarding
      • Location: Courtyard Reading Room

    • Quiet Zone
      • Best for people wishing to study quietly alone or alongside others
      • No loud noises, music, or socializing
      • Locations: Thomson Reading Room, Media Lab, Mezzanine

    • Group Zone
      • Best for people wishing to work in small groups or who like background noise
      • No loud noises, music, or distracting socializing
      • Locations: First Floor, Mezzanine

    Student Profile - Rosa Guevara

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    Rosa Guevara

    Rosa is a stunning reminder of the remarkable will and perseverance that President Gail Mellow alluded to in her op-ed for the New York Times titled, The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students. Soft spoken but heavily motivated, the first thing that you need to know about Rosa is that although she’s a LaGuardia student, she reps the Bronx hard.


    It’s comes as no surprise that her love for journalism stems from a shooting that occurred in the Bronx one morning as Rosa was walking to the train. Safe but shocked, that same afternoon brought a wave of reporters to her building looking for answers, looking for a good story. According to Rosa, the principals and determination witnessed that afternoon are especially crucial in our current political climate and the catastrophes occurring around the world.


    We discussed everything from Trump, to the NYCHA scandal, and the Pennsylvania priests’ but what stood out is Rosa’s strength to talk about her battle with an eating disorder and anxieties. Rosa’s ability to work on herself coupled with her determination to study and serve the community is an inspiring example of how LaGuardia students Dare To Do More.


    “LaGuardia has been so helpful” and with two semesters left, Rosa looks to pursue her dreams of becoming an investigative journalist or hopefully coming back to teach at LaGuardia. We look forward to watching Rosa develop her skills. Be sure to catch her latest work by visiting LaGuardia’s official student newspaper, The Bridge.


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