Tag: Financial Aid

Now’s the time to consider nominations for Student Employee of the Year

It’s that time of the year again…the student employment office is seeking nominations for the 2015 Student Employee of the Year competition. In addition to the winning title, awards will be given for outstanding demonstration of a specific evaluation quality at the ceremony on April 13, 2015. These qualities include: reliability, professionalism, quality of work, initiative, and uniqueness of contribution. Learn more about the nomination process. All nominations are due to the Student Employment Office (SS1100) by Feb. 13. Questions? Contact Diana Delbecchi, Student Employment/Scholarship Coordinator at 920-465-2556.

System President Cross to seek significant increase in financial aid

UW System president Ray Cross said this week he’ll ask the state Legislature for the biggest financial aid increase in System history in the next biennial budget. Wisconsin Public Radio on Tuesday (May 20) carried the story, based on Cross’ comments made during a WisPolitics luncheon in Madison. “We will have frozen tuition four years in a row and that’s impressive,” the story quotes Cross as saying. “But we need to accompany that with an increase in financial aid, because we have frozen that for quite awhile — so we have a number of students not gaining access.” Cross also said the System has to actively help struggling families prepare their kids for college, and said officials are considering creating a statewide tutoring program that would target students from minority communities. Building strong relationships with the Legislature will be key in accomplishing those goals, Cross added. Full story.

Steeno talks budgeting in part two of WBAY college costs series

Financial Aid’s Sue Steeno talks budgeting for college in part two of a WBAY, Channel 2 series on paying for school. The segment, which aired Tuesday (April 29), considers ways to keep costs in check. Budgeting is critical, Steeno said. “I think it’s so important for families, before the student makes an investment in college, to sit down and make a budget,” she said. “And that budget may change every year, it may change every semester, but at least they have a means they can stay within.” The series continued at 10 p.m. Wednesday with a segment on the difference it makes to start saving for college early. Watch Tuesday’s segment.

In the news: Financial Aid’s Steeno talks college costs with Channel 2

Assistant Financial Aid Director Sue Steeno was featured Monday (April 28) as part of a WBAY, Channel 2 series looking at the costs of college. Steeno was one of a couple area Financial Aid officials interviewed for Monday’s story, and she spoke about planning ahead for a student’s college education. “I think that discussion has to happen very early, if not even before the student even enters school,” Steeno said. “Because it is a family commitment. It is an investment, that’s not only for one year, but 4 or sometimes 5 years. So everyone needs to go in prepared for what those expenses will be and how to meet those expenses. You can watch Monday’s news story; the college costs series continued Tuesday night.

GBOSS is one-stop shop at ‘GB’

Five years ago, the Enrollment Services Division completely reorganized space, staffing and service delivery consistent with a vision of providing fully integrated services at a “one-stop” service center. The goal was to provide single-point-of-service transactions for the offices of the Registrar, Financial Aid and Admissions, assure accuracy and consistency of information, coordinate incoming and outbound communications from and to students, minimize student run-around, enable student self-service where appropriate, and aspire to excellence in customer service. Mike Stearney, dean of enrollment services, says the move was a success, adding “We have decided that it is now time to make this quiet success story much more public, and give the Student Services Center its own identity and a higher profile…. We would like to introduce you to GBOSS; the Green Bay One Stop Shop.” You will start to see this phrase and an associated logo appearing in taglines, on the front window of the One Stop Shop in the Student Services Building, in communications to students, and in some promotional materials that will be given to new students and parents. It’s the same old “front desk,” just with a new name. Says Stearney, “We welcome your assistance in helping us transition to this new identity and continuing to promote the excellent services students receive at GBOSS.”

Stearney says UW-Green Bay best at attending to ‘business side’
The new acronym is GBOSS and the term “one-stop shop” will be heard more frequently, but Dean of Enrollment Services Mike Stearney explains there’s no need for dramatic changes in what has to this point been called The Student Services Center. Just the opposite, in fact. Four staff members (currently, Bridget Derge, Allen Voelker, Kristina Berg and Mandy Collura) handle in excess of 60,000 inquiries a year (email, telephone, and face-to-face). They communicate regularly and proactively with students via email and social media to apprise them of upcoming deadlines in an effort to help them anticipate matters that demand attention and prevent student problems. They assist students daily with everything from application questions to financial aid application and verification, to registration and enrollment matters. Stearney says the Student Services Center (now GBOSS) is unique in the UW System — “no other UW school has achieved this level of integration and efficiency in helping students attend to the ‘business’ side of life as a university student.”

UW-Green Bay ranks as Wisconsin’s ‘most affordable’

On average, UW-Green Bay students enjoy the lowest net costs of any four-year university, public or private, in Wisconsin.

That’s the official verdict from the 2013 federal College Scorecard issued by the U.S. Department of Education. President Barack Obama announced creation of the ranking system during his State of the Union Address in January, when he promised an independent way to spotlight schools that deliver positive results at an affordable price.

The Scorecard is primarily based on price, student debt and graduation outcomes. It determines net cost by subtracting grant and scholarship awards from total tuition, fees and room and board.

Tuition and fees for a Wisconsin resident attending UW-Green Bay full-time are $7,676 annually, with a tuition freeze this year and next. Because UW-Green Bay enrolls a somewhat higher percentage of first-generation college students and those from low- and moderate-income households, students here are relatively more likely to receive federal aid to offset costs.

Also contributing to UW-Green Bay’s top ranking are a competitive graduation rate, moderate charges for housing and food plans, and a median debt figure of $13,580, well below average and the lowest among UW System institutions. (The scorecard calculates “median borrowing” by tracking federal education loans and assigning them to the schools at which they were incurred.) Only 4.2 percent of UW-Green Bay borrowers defaulted on their student loans within three years of repayment, one-third the national average. You can browse the College Scorecard at www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/college-score-card

Mark your calendars: Phuture Phoenix days fast approaching

It’s almost time for UW-Green Bay’s annual Phuture Phoenix Days, in which the signature college-attainment program welcomes some 1,400 area fifth-graders to campus. This year’s events, slated for Tuesday, Oct. 8, and Thursday, Oct. 10, will feature all of what students love about touring and spending time with mentors, and also will include new features such as Financial Aid sessions and information from Admissions. At the conclusion of the fall tour days, more than 12,000 students will have been involved in the tour days since the program began in 2003. It’s always a fun time with a great message. More details.

UW-Green Bay’s signature Phuture Phoenix program to host fall tour days

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program will host its annual Fall Tour Days Tuesday, Oct. 8 and Thursday, Oct.10, welcoming 1,400 fifth-graders from 26 elementary schools in 10 Northeastern Wisconsin school districts. The Phuture Phoenix program partners with schools with high percentages of students from low-income families and encourages students to graduate from high school and pursue a college education. At the conclusion of the 2013 tour days, more than 12,000 students will have been involved since the program began in 2003.

The students will connect with more than 250 UW-Green Bay student mentors who volunteer as tour guides. The fifth-graders and their teachers will get to know their mentors in small group settings. They will meet students like UW-Green Bay junior Jesse Perez, who was a Phuture Phoenix participant and looks back on the experience fondly.

“The Phuture Phoenix program has shown me that I can do anything I want as long as I keep up my positive attitude and give 100 percent effort in what I do,” Perez said. “I had an amazing experience with the annual Phuture Phoenix Day and it made me realize that UW-Green Bay was the right place for me.”

Phuture Phoenix Day is a coordinated effort to inspire academic success and alert children to educational opportunities that are available to them. College prep starts early and this year’s Phuture Phoenix field trip will offer students a first-hand glimpse of the steps they will need to take to make sure their educational aspirations are attainable.

New to the field trip experience this year, students will learn about different financial aid resources available to them. Diana Delbecchi, UW-Green Bay Student Employment and Scholarship Coordinator, will discuss the importance of saving for college. She will give students ideas on how they can start to save now for college and discuss the importance of saving. Delbecchi will talk to students about the costs of college and options to make it more affordable for them and their families, as well as living at home versus living on campus and various scholarship options.

The Admissions office also will have a presence at this year’s field trip. Jennifer Jones, Assistant Director of Admissions for Marketing, Media and Recruitment at UW-Green Bay, will speak to students about their choice to attend college. She will inform them about the different types of colleges, what they will need to do in middle school and high school for college to be a possibility, and the different majors and minors offered by UW-Green Bay. This discussion will give the fifth-grade students an actionable plan to prepare for the college admissions process.

Students and their mentors will visit classrooms, residence halls, the Cofrin Library, the Kress Events Center and other parts of campus during the tour days. Several UW-Green Bay faculty members have special planned activities in which students and their teachers may participate. The fifth-graders will be welcomed into classrooms across campus, witnessing a typical day in the life of a college student. They will get to experience sitting inside a college classroom while class is in session, and will be introduced to what college curriculum looks like. The students will be provided a glimpse of the educational opportunities and resources that will be available to them as UW-Green Bay students.

For additional information contact: Phuture Phoenix Program Director Kimberly Desotell at (920) 465-2992; or Associate Director Stephanie Cataldo Pabich at (920) 465-5170.