Parent Program https://parent.wisc.edu Thu, 30 Mar 2017 21:04:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 How can I support my student during final exams? https://parent.wisc.edu/how-can-i-support-my-student-during-final-exams/ https://parent.wisc.edu/how-can-i-support-my-student-during-final-exams/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:40:28 +0000 https://parent.wisc.edu/?p=4841 In December students may be feeling a great deal of pressure as they are finishing papers and preparing for final exams. This is an ideal time to send words of encouragement or a care package.

Healthy snacks are a great thing to send your student. Reminding students to eat well, get a good night’s sleep, and keep up with exercise will help them throughout the year, especially during busy academic times. Sending snacks students can share is a great way to encourage new friendships.

Students also often appreciate staying updated about the activities they were involved in during their high school years. Sending newspaper clippings that feature the soccer team, Science Olympiad, or other hometown happenings can be a great addition to a letter.

A quick email or text message is another great way to stay connected. Sending your student a quick note saying “have a great day” or “good luck on your exam”  means a lot.

For more suggestions, visit the Send a Smile page.

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When should my student fill out their FAFSA form? https://parent.wisc.edu/when-should-my-student-fill-out-their-fafsa-form/ https://parent.wisc.edu/when-should-my-student-fill-out-their-fafsa-form/#comments Tue, 22 Nov 2016 07:52:05 +0000 https://parent.wisc.edu/?p=4844 The 2017/18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will:

  • Be available October 1, 2016. You can file your 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017.
  • Utilize 2015 federal tax information
  • Allow you to import 2015 tax information using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (DRT)

What are the benefits of using the IRS DRT?

  • No need to locate your tax return and enter in all those numbers yourself
  • May reduce the chance that our office will need additional documentation

We strongly encourage you to complete your 2017/18 FAFSA on or before December 1, 2016!

Find other FAQs from the Office of Financial Aid here.

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How can I add money to my student’s Wiscard? https://parent.wisc.edu/how-can-i-add-money-to-my-students-wiscard/ https://parent.wisc.edu/how-can-i-add-money-to-my-students-wiscard/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:26:03 +0000 http://parent.wisc.edu/?p=1581 Money can be added to your student’s Wiscard at any time. There are three ways you or your student can deposit money onto the student’s Wiscard.

  • Online. Visit the Wiscard Web site.
  • Mail in a check. Fill out the appropriate deposit form found here and mail it in to the corresponding mailing address. Be sure that your student’s ID number is in the memo portion of the check.
  • In person. Visit the Wiscard Office at 1308 W. Dayton Street (Union South), Room 149.
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How do I support my student if he/she is experiencing roommate conflict? https://parent.wisc.edu/how-do-i-support-my-student-if-heshe-is-experiencing-roommate-conflict/ https://parent.wisc.edu/how-do-i-support-my-student-if-heshe-is-experiencing-roommate-conflict/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:14:16 +0000 http://parent.wisc.edu/?p=2456 It’s completely normal for conflict to develop between roommates as both students may be sharing a room for the first time, perhaps with someone who is quite different from himself or herself. In all healthy relationships, there may be some conflicts and learning to communicate through them helps the relationship grow deeper. Most students are able to work things out when they discuss issues directly with one another.

As a parent, you can support your student through this process by referring him or her to resources provided by University Housing, rather than by getting directly involved yourself. If the roommates cannot work things out themselves, encourage your student to contact his or her House Fellow. House Fellows are upper-class students who undergo a rigorous selection and training process. An important role of House Fellows is to help students create a comfortable living situation. They are trained in conflict resolution are able to discuss roommate conflicts privately or with your student and his/her roommate to find a compromise. If no negotiation is possible, the House Fellows will then contact the appropriate staff within University Housing to seek further solutions to the situation.

These five steps will help you address just about any roommate situation that may arise for your student:

  1. Listen.
  2. Ask your student clarifying questions to get to the root of his or her worries. For example: “Is there something specific that has you worried?”
  3. Practice communicating.
  4. Allow your student to address the situation.
  5. Give him or her time to work through a solution.
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When is summer term and how can my student learn more? https://parent.wisc.edu/when-is-summer-term-and-how-can-my-student-learn-more/ https://parent.wisc.edu/when-is-summer-term-and-how-can-my-student-learn-more/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 17:18:39 +0000 http://parent.wisc.edu/?p=1808

Taking Summer Term classes means you can get ahead in your studies, and lighten your load during fall or spring. In just a few weeks, add a semester’s worth of work to your academic achievements—and still have time to savor the best of summer.

From the university’s most in-demand courses to advanced topics, Summer Term combines flexibility with academic rigor. Sessions are 3 weeks, 4 weeks, or 8 weeks long. You’ll cover the same material as during a traditional semester, but everything moves faster. It’s a quick but manageable pace.

• 3-week session: 5/30 – 6/18
• 4-week session: 5/30 – 6/25
• 4-week session: 6/5 – 7/2
• 8-week session: 6/19 – 8/13
• 4-week session: 7/10 – 8/6

The Summer Term website provides information on courses, dates and deadlines, tuition rates, a guide to Madison, and summer housing options.

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Keeping in mind that every student’s transition to college is unique. Here are some ways you can be supportive of your student:

  • Reassure your student that they are not alone! Many students are feeling this way, but they might not be talking to other students about it.
  • Continue to listen with an open mind and be reassuring. Let your student know that you believe they will succeed.
  • Encourage your student to talk to their House Fellow. House Fellows are trained and experienced in supporting students who are homesick. They also have access to resources and people who can help.
  • Keep encouraging your student to make friends. For some students, it may be better to look around for other students who are alone and strike up a conversation. For others, it is better to connect with a group of students. Either way, reassure them that if do not find someone they connect with the first time they try, they likely will find that connection the second or third time. Check out our other FAQ for advice on meeting new people.
  • Encourage your student to attend events and join organizations. Another great way to meet new people is to get involved. There are more than 700 student organizations at UW–Madison that can help students find community and friends with similar interests. Students should continue doing things they love (the particular activities that have contributed to their success in getting to this point), as well as try new things. Volunteering or getting a job are also great ways to connect with other students and learn outside of the classroom.
  • The University Health Services Counseling Center is also an excellent, confidential resource for students who are homesick. For assistance with urgent mental health concerns, 24-hour crisis intervention services are available to UW–Madison students, and to others concerned about a UW–Madison student, by calling 608-265-5600.
  • Overall, remember that going from high school to college is a major life transition. Most importantly, continue to be supportive and reassuring, listen and use the information you learned at SOAR and through the Parent Program to refer your student back to on-campus resources and services that can help.
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How will my student be successful and stay involved if he or she is commuting to the university? https://parent.wisc.edu/how-will-my-student-be-successful-and-stay-involved-if-he-or-she-is-commuting-to-the-university/ https://parent.wisc.edu/how-will-my-student-be-successful-and-stay-involved-if-he-or-she-is-commuting-to-the-university/#comments Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:43:42 +0000 http://test.parent.wisc.edu/?p=362 At UW–Madison, most students choose to live on or near campus and typically stay in Madison on the weekends. Therefore, students who commute to the university may face added challenges, in addition to the adjustments all students experience when transitioning to college. Parents can support their students by encouraging them to take part in the clubs, organizations, work opportunities, and campus and community activities available to all students. It’s important that your student spend time on campus when he or she is not in class. Attending athletic events and performances, studying in the libraries, and spending time in the Madison community will help your student feel connected. It is also important to remind your student that he or she is a student first. Allowing your student quiet time to study at home, adjusting household responsibilities (particularly during exam times), and encouraging your student to take advantage of academic support will help your student stay focused on college.

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In addition to the items on the Send a Smile page, what are some ways I can let my student know I am thinking of him or her? https://parent.wisc.edu/other-than-the-items-listed-on-this-page-what-are-some-ways-i-can-let-my-student-know-i-am-thinking-of-him-or-her/ https://parent.wisc.edu/other-than-the-items-listed-on-this-page-what-are-some-ways-i-can-let-my-student-know-i-am-thinking-of-him-or-her/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:13:36 +0000 http://test.parent.wisc.edu/?p=411 Students often appreciate staying updated about the activities they were involved in during their high school years. Sending newspaper clippings that feature the soccer team, Science Olympiad, or other hometown happenings can be a great addition to a letter.

Healthy snacks are also a great thing to send your student. Reminding students to eat well, get a good night’s sleep, and keep up with exercise will help them throughout the year, especially during busy academic times. Sending snacks students can share is a great way to encourage new friendships.

A quick email or text message is another great way to stay connected. Sending your student a quick note saying “have a great day” or “good luck on your exam”  means a lot.

For more suggestions, visit the Send a Smile page.

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What are the best times to send my student something during the year? https://parent.wisc.edu/what-are-the-best-times-to-send-my-student-something-during-the-year/ https://parent.wisc.edu/what-are-the-best-times-to-send-my-student-something-during-the-year/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:12:37 +0000 http://test.parent.wisc.edu/?p=409 It’s always a great time to let your student know that you are thinking of him or her. There are few key times during the year when students appreciate an extra reminder.

In October students experience their first semester of midterms and papers. This can be a busy time for students — hearing from home can help keep spirits high and stress low.

In December students may be feeling a great deal of pressure as they are finishing papers and preparing for final exams. This is an ideal time to send words of encouragement or a care package.

In February extended periods of cold temperatures and winter months may leave students feeling a little restless. This can also be a great time to remind your student that spring is fast approaching.

March brings another wave of midterms and papers, and words of encouragement are appreciated.

In May stress levels tend to increase as students complete papers and projects and take final exams. This is a great time of the year to send your student something to help him or her finish strong.

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How much money should my student put in his/her Housing Food Account? https://parent.wisc.edu/how-much-money-should-my-student-put-in-hisher-housing-food-account/ https://parent.wisc.edu/how-much-money-should-my-student-put-in-hisher-housing-food-account/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 19:06:58 +0000 http://test.parent.wisc.edu/?p=427 The average student uses about $600 per semester on his/her Wiscard for food. However, it is recommended that students begin with $300 in their account.  Any money remaining on a student’s Wiscard will automatically carry forward from semester to semester.

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