Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Parents! FERPA Information

College is an exciting time for students and parents alike. With the shifting seasons, and for many, the first time away from home, keeping in contact can be a tough endeavor, even for the more seasoned Seniors. However, whether you are a new or returning parent, there is one piece of business to keep in mind to help manage the business side of being a student. The Family Education and Privacy Act (FERPA) allows us as counselors to speak with certain student approved people to discuss student account inquiries.
            The FERPA authorization, which can be found on the student’s OneStop page in Cor, item number 7a on the OneStop Student Services Checklist, is a key component to keeping vital communication with the college. If students wants to have a loved one to have access to talking about their student account, whether that is financial aid awards and disbursement, student account charges and payments, SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress), academic information including grades, or discipline/behavior/residential life concerns, the FERPA needs to be filled out. Students will determine which person or persons will have access.  They will create a six digit authorization code that should be shared with the person they authorize us to speak with about their account. OneStop counselors (and any College personnel) will ask for this 6 digit code when an authorized person inquiries about a student’s account.   The code serves as an additional level of security to support our compliance with the FERPA regulations. After it is submitted, the loved ones will have to get and remember that code so when they do want to talk about the account, they will have to verbally say the code to the counselor as to show they have permission to speak on behalf of the student. We suggest writing it down in a safe, secure place as to not forget.
            This code is crucial as it is a safe-hold from unauthorized people discussing your student’s account. Please, remind and inform your student to go to their OneStop page and fill out the FERPA today. As always, if there are any questions or concerns, the OneStop office is open and happy to help either by walk-in, email, or phone calls (onestop@css.edu, 218-723-6570). Although it may be summer, and the lake breeze giving Duluth a nice reprieve, we here at St. Scholastica just want to make sure your student is taken care of for the beginning of the year. Enjoy the sunshine and remember to encourage your student to fill out the FERPA.

Posted by Thomas Gallegos
OneStop Student Services Counselor

The College of St. Scholastica


Monday, May 23, 2016

Connections and info for New CSS Parents!

Hi Wonderful Parents!
I am a mom, too!  Although mine is a
bit younger! A future Saint in training!

My name is Marisa Sanderson.  I am the coordinator of Student Activities on campus! I am hard at work getting ready for Welcome Weekend 2016 and all the wonderful events and activities planned for the fall!

I will also be a primary contact for new parents.  Most of you will want to use these emails and phone numbers to answer your questions, but if you don’t know who to contact, feel free to contact me at msanderson@css.edu  or 218-723-6147 with any questions or concerns and I will do my best to answer your questions or find the right person who will.

OneStop for Financial Aid, Bills, and Registration Status
218-723-6570   or   1-877-287-8716 (toll free)

Residential Life and Housing (including what to bring and dorm room dimensions)

Food concerns/Dietary questions

Computer Purchasing and Tech Questions

Welcome Weekend Schedule

August Adventures

Health Insurance and Vaccination
Click on the links on the right to get insurance info.

I understand this can be an exciting and also stressful time of year. I am here to help calm your nerves and make the transition of your student to their new home go as smoothly as possible.  They have selected a wonderful school and we are all very excited to welcome your students into our CSS Community. Enjoy your summer and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns!

Take care,
Marisa Sanderson

Friday, May 13, 2016

Community  +   Hospitality  +   Respect  +   Stewardship  +   Love of Learning

Thank you for supporting your daughters and sons!

We are so grateful that your sons and daughters joined us in the CSS Community.  We hope that their education has been transformative, as we give thanks for the gifts that each one of them brought to this community through the years.  We are proud of the Saints that they have become-- and look forward to their work and life that will impact the world for good!

If you have questions about Commencement (Graduation), please click here

If you have questions about billing, registration, or transcripts, please go to OneStop by clicking here

If you have questions about Residential Life and Housing, please click here

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Brand New!

New and exciting news from the OneStop office! While we are opening our shades to let in more sunlight, we are also getting ready to send out award letters for all our students. Incoming freshman and new transfer students will still be getting mailed award letters, however, there will be a shift for continuing students.
BRAND NEW!  OneStop will be sending Fall Financial Aid Award letters via CSS email. Please watch your CSS email throughout the summer. Parents, please inform your continuing student to keep looking in their CSS email for the award letters and updates. Even though classes are out and many are enjoying the summer sun, it is important to keep school in mind.
While we here at the office are preparing for summer, we will continue working hard for all our students. As always, if there are any questions, comments, concerns, or happy news please either call (218-723-6570), email (onestop@css.edu), or stop in to our illustrious Tower Hall room 1130. Keep checking those emails and have a wonderful start to May!

Posted by Thomas Gallegos
OneStop Student Services Counselor

The College of St. Scholastica

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hello Parents!

Once again the Duluth weather has forgotten it is spring and brought a blanketing of snow. Even now the campus is being covered in sparkling flakes of snowy memories. However, even though Duluth has decided to revert back to winter, St. Scholastica is moving forward with its school year. The past few weeks have been filled with advising in preparation for next week’s registration. Even though it’s only April, students are preparing for a beautiful fall semester after a relaxing summer.
Keep in mind, students can register for their classes if they do not have any holds on their accounts. We at OneStop are dedicated to helping students figure out how to alleviate any issues on their accounts. Whether they need to meet with us, or have a simple question, we are available to schedule a meeting or answer any inquiry. Also, if your student’s balance is over $500 and they are not on any payment plan, there will be a registration hold. Always feel welcome to call or email to ask advice or options.
            Our campus might be glistening with freshly fallen powder, but we at OneStop have spring in our hearts and are busy working for the Scholastica community. With registration starting Monday, we are prepared to help anyone who needs assistance. From our April snow showers, to graduation in May, St. Scholastica thanks you again for being a part of our welcoming community. Hopefully the sudden snow will bring gorgeous flowers soon!

OneStop Student Services

Posted by Thomas Gallegos
OneStop Student Services Counselor

The College of St. Scholastica

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hello Parents!

St. Scholastica is making it easier than ever for students achieve their academic goals, offering up to 60% off summer course credits. Students can explore new subjects, play a little “catch up” or get on the fast track to early graduation.

Encourage your student to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, which includes:

  • Reduced per-credit rate — up to 60% savings
  • Discounted on-campus housing
  • Convenient online or extended campus classes, as well

Learn more at our web site, or contact Academic Advisement at (218) 723-6179.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hey Parents!

It’s almost the end of February and this semester is pumping on all cylinders. From the busyness of the course load, to the various campaigns we at OneStop are currently tackling, exhaustion isn’t even a thought in many of our minds. However, we haven’t stopped smiling and are ready for the rest of the year. With the changing of the seasons and March marching its way to our campus, there are just a few business matters to keep in mind.

As a reminder, one of the most important forms to fill out is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-17 year. Remember, the FAFSA will determine your student aid eligibility. Additionally, the sooner you fill out the FAFSA, the sooner the school will be able to send out your award letter. Important dates to remember regarding this form; File FAFSA after January 1st, priority filing date is March 1st, and our financial aid department will be writing award letters starting mid-April. Please go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ for the proper forms. Our school code for St. Scholastica is 002343.

For some students, please be aware that on March 1, 2016 registration holds will be placed on accounts with a balance greater than $499.99. If your balance falls into this category, your student will be unable to register for fall 2016 semester until their balance is below $500, or they’ve established a payment plan for the current balance. Also, if they are graduating in May we won’t be able to issue their diploma or an official transcript until their balance is below $25.00.

Last, we are working very hard to make sure each student is helped in every way possible. From our mounds of candy, to our one-on-one counseling sessions available by appointment, we are your ally in managing the business side of being a student. So as the weather goes from snow to rain to sunshine, don’t be a stranger to OneStop and as always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact OneStop at 218-723-6570 or onestop@css.edu.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” - Chinese Philosopher Laozi

Posted by Thomas Gallegos
OneStop Student Services Counselor

The College of St. Scholastica