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Spring 2011, Issue 1

In this issue:


Tuition Tax Credits Available to Parents

Tax Preparation

The IRS has three different tax credits available for tuition payments made during the 2010 calendar year. The American Opportunity, Hope, and Lifetime Learning credits may result in a reduction of up to $2,500 of the amount of tax you owe!

Penn College mailed Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, to each student with qualifying tuition in January. This document assists in the calculation of your tax credit. An electronic format of the form is available on the Student Information System in the Financial Information section.

You should contact your tax professional for advice about claiming the tuition tax credits. More detailed information can be found in IRS Publication 970 and at


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Free FAFSA Completion Sessions

Student & Administrative Services Center

The Financial Aid Office will offer free FAFSA completion sessions to help students and families understand how to accurately complete the 2011-12 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Sessions will be held in the Advisement Center in the Student and Administrative Services Center on the following days:

  • Saturday, February 19, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15, 4:30-7 p.m.

Attendees will be invited to complete and submit their 2011-12 FAFSAs before the session ends. Attendees should bring copies of their 2010 financial documents including federal tax returns, W-2 forms, and untaxed income statements, as well as amounts for their current assets to submit their FAFSA during the session. Students who are 23 or younger should attend with a parent or guardian.

Contact the Financial Aid Office to register:


Scheduling Time Is Just Around the Corner

Faculty-student meeting

Summer and Fall 2011 scheduling begins March 28. But students must begin the planning process earlier.

Choices made now can affect all future semesters, not to mention your student’s ability to graduate on time. For this reason, students are directed to meet with their adviser from March 14-25.

While it is the responsibility of the student to schedule classes that are appropriate to educational goals, student-adviser meetings prior to scheduling are vital. The adviser is an important resource in helping to identify courses to stay on track with the demands of the major.

In addition to guidance, the adviser provides the student’s scheduling profile, which contains the student’s personalized Scheduling Access Number (SAN) and the day and time initial access to web scheduling is available.

Encourage your student to meet with his or her adviser to ensure the best possible course selection. Taking the wrong course or taking one out of sequence can lead to an extra semester and extra costs.


Important Dates

  • March 4: Petition to graduate deadline
  • March 6-13: Spring break
  • March 14-25: Student-adviser pre-scheduling meetings
  • March 22-23: Career Fair
  • March 28-April 1: Scheduling week
  • April 1: Penn College's priority FAFSA deadline
  • April 22-25: Easter break
  • May 2-6: Finals week
  • May 13 & 14: Commencement

Returning Student Housing Sign-up

The Village at Penn College

As you are the parent of a student who may be in the process of evaluating living options for the coming year, we want to let you know that areas of campus have been created that specifically cater to the needs of returning students. In these areas, students can experience greater independence while still having the benefits of safety, security, support, and peace of mind associated with living on campus. Rules in these areas have been adapted, recognizing the fact that returning students are better able to make decisions concerning their living environment. Additionally, returning students are able to select a specific apartment and roommate(s) through the online process. Other reasons for opting to live on campus include:

  • Studies show students living on-campus are more likely to have a higher grade-point average, take less time to earn a degree, and are more satisfied with their college experience.
  • On-campus living is safe, convenient, and cost-effective.
  • Access to many academic, educational, cultural, and recreational programs and events.
  • Pricing that includes utilities, cable TV, Internet access, and 24/7 maintenance.

Submission of the online, full-year housing contracts for returning students begins Wednesday, February 9, 2011. Submission of short-term housing contracts (i.e. for students eligible for December graduation, Ford ASSET, Honda PACT) began Monday, February 7.

Please note that, when your student submits a contract, it is binding for the entire period contracted.

Details about the housing process and information are available on the Residence Life website at


Academic Success & Midsemester Stress

Tutoring Center

Work is hard. Distractions are plentiful. And time is short. – Adam Hochschild

Many students can sympathize with this quote, especially at this time of the semester. The stress of upcoming midterm exams, ongoing projects, and the realization that final papers will soon be due makes them realize just how quickly time is flying by and how much they have to do before the semester ends. This is the time when students panic and are in need of extra academic support. The Academic Success Center is here to provide that support.

First, a wide menu of tutoring options is available that can fit any schedule. The Tutoring Center and newly opened Writing Center are available on a drop-in basis for tutoring in mathematics (from developmental to upper college-level courses) or to get help writing papers (from initial concept through drafting and final revisions). Students can schedule appointments for math, English/writing, or biology tutoring through the myPCT portal. Tutoring is also available for 24 other subject areas. In addition, academic assistance is available through Supplemental Instruction, Small Group Tutoring, and Smarthinking (24/7 online tutoring service).

The Academic Success Center also offers assistance with motivation, study skills, and time management. Project Success/Need 2 Know workshops, offered throughout the semester, help students learn study skills such as note taking, test preparation, and time management. Our Academic Mentoring program is available to match students with professional mentors who can guide them through the academic process while offering motivation and support.

Yes, time is short, the work can be hard, and the spring semester, with its forthcoming nice weather, can be a distraction, but students have a place to go to make sure that they end the semester well. All students are encouraged to come to the Center located in the first floor wing of the Klump Academic Center. All services are free. Learn more about the Center at


Safe Spring Break

Mix-off Drinks

As March approaches, your student will probably be excited that spring break is near! The weeklong break from classes is well deserved, but as students may travel or return home to spend time with friends and family we hope they are engaging in responsible decision making. According to, there are five potential follies that students fall into during spring break: travel, alcohol, drugs, sex and crime. We encourage you to talk with your student before they travel about safety and responsible decision making during their trip. offers some great safety tips that you can share with your student.

Penn College is also doing its part to educate students about responsible decision making during spring break by hosting a Mardi Gras Mix Off on Tuesday, March 1. There will be many educational activities, from basic reminders about the importance of using sunscreen to responsible alcohol consumption. Encourage your student to attend.


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