Friday, September 13, 2013

Helpful Hints for Freshman Parents

Helpful Hints for Freshman Parents
By the Parents Council

1.      Understand and explore “OneStop Student Services”.

OneStop Student Services delivers a seamless process to all students, allowing them to self-manage the business of being a student.  Students can register for classes, review grades, accept financial aid awards, view and pay bills and much more, all at one convenient location.  The majority of these business transactions can be accomplished electronically at the OneStop page of, the College's portal.  The OneStop page is also the first information resource for students seeking answers to Frequently Asked Questions and general information regarding financial aid, registration and student accounts.

OneStop counselors, cross-trained in financial aid, registrar and student accounts, are available to assist students via e-mail at or phone at 1 (877) 287-8716 or (218) 723-6570 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.  When necessary, OneStop counselors will connect students with the appropriate specialist to handle more complicated issues
Visit the “Financing Your Education” link on OneStop.  Understand the wealth of information located here on tuition, fees, Financial Aid and Financing (Using Cash, Checks, and Monthly installment through Nelnet Business Solutions, Employer Reimbursement Plans, Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veterans’ Benefits). 

2.   Teach your student how to do laundry.

3.   Set a specific time for your student to call home, such as between 6-8 p.m.

4.   Verify that your child knows how to keep up with their budget. (Use of cash cards – Balance.)

5.   Tell your student that it is expected that you talk to a professor or staff person if you have a concern.

6.   Put these phone numbers in their cell phone before they leave.  Phone books are hard to find and not everyone has the internet on their phones: DTA (Duluth Transit Authority) 218-722-7283; Taxi (Yellow Cab) 218-727-1515; Towing Service (Dukes) 218-722-8885 they do jump starts and tire changes; Lock smith (Minnesota Locksmith) 218-348-7448, contact phone numbers and addresses of Health Clinics/Quick Care covered by your insurance, Personal Health Insurance; Personal Car Insurance.

7.   Pre-screen for a mechanic you would want your child to bring their car to if they do have problems. Knowing if they have AAA or other roadside assistance is good, too.  Make sure they know if the oil light comes on it is important not to keep driving the car without checking the dipstick.

8.   Remind your student to ALWAYS back up their computer files. Dropbox, Google Drive, Evernote, and Box are all good choices.

9.   Give them a simple cookbook or teach them to make a favorite food(s).

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