Satisfactory Academic Progress: Study, Achieve, (Get) Paid!

Welcome back! We know how busy you’ve been with move-in days, orientations, and the start of classes. Now that you’re getting into the swing of this new academic year, we wanted to stress the importance of making time to study and do homework, and to go to classes. Yes, we know you hear that all the time, but it’s extremely important because all financial aid recipients must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

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What is SAP you say? Basically, it’s a way to measure if you are making headway on your degree. We review your GPA as well as how many courses you complete at the end of every academic year. So be sure to attend and do well, or you risk having to pay for your tuition out of your own pocket next year! Don’t worry if one class is getting you down; work with your professors/advisor and be honest about your concerns with the course. If you think you might be at risk of falling below the minimum standards (2.0 GPA for Undergraduate students or 3.0 for Graduate students), pop in to the Financial Aid Office; we’re always here to help!

From Rosary Hall to Rome

Albertus alum Elizabeth McGarry ’14 recently made the voyage “across the pond” to begin her graduate studies in London. After participating in Albertus’ Summer Study Abroad program in Fanjeaux, France last summer, Liz immediately realized the importance of an education enriched by international relations. This is her account of these past few weeks leading up to her move.

100_0205When I made the decision to move to England for graduate study for a Master’s degree, it was after months of researching, comparing and debating. Now, a little less than 6 weeks before I leave I know that I have made that right decision for myself both personally and professionally. Richmond, The American International University in London provided me the opportunity to participate in a rigorous and challenging program, a master’s in both advertising and public relations. Richmond, as opposed to universities in the US, allows me to build and cultivate a professional, international network, since Richmond accepts students from around the world, which is crucial for anyone wishing to work in business. This ability to live and work in another country is one that will benefit me long term as it can help increase my employability, since it proves to an employer that I can set outside comfort zones and challenge myself, while also being able to enter the business with firsthand knowledge of business and cultural practices of other countries.

Another huge factor in my decision to attend Richmond, is that they are an accredited US university. This is important since it means that the degree I receive is recognized not only in the UK but also stateside. This is important if a student wishes to come back stateside and go onto a Ph.D. or other advanced degree.

Finally, a huge reason I decided to receive a degree from Richmond, was that I would have the ability to live and study in the amazing city of London for a full year and completely immerse myself in the life and culture there. This is something that cannot be achieved by a vacation to the city or short visit.

There are, of course, many other reasons and factors that went into my decision but these are the ones that were the most prevalent in my decision.

From Fanjeaux to Rome, students are able to explore the world through the Study Abroad Program at Albertus Magnus College. To gain more information on the experience of a lifetime, visit our Student Life page today.

UQ6A1662Liz McGarry ’14, hails from North Haven, CT and graduated this spring with a bachelor’s in Marketing. In the Fall Liz will be attending Richmond, The American International University in London to pursue a master of arts in Advertising and Public Relations.


Earn while you Learn

Students pay for the majority of their college education in different ways. You could attend part time, but it extends out the amount of years until graduation. You could take out student loans and defer them until later, but that can cause financial pressure as soon as you leave school. A great way to balance these two extreme approaches is taking a part-time job while attending full-time. Finding the perfect mix of work and school can be difficult, but the Federal Work Study (FWS) Program may be the right fit for you.

The FWS Program is a federally funded work program that provides wages for part-time employment to eligible students with significant financial need. Students can be placed in all campus offices/buildings, and in select departments, as well as in community service-based positions off campus.
Blog - TimesheetStudents generally work an average of 5-10 hours per week and are paid on a bi-weekly basis. Keep in mind that FWS awards are not deducted from your tuition, but are paid to you directly. But that doesn’t mean you can’t use them toward tuition! You can take a portion of your earnings and start paying back your student loans or save it for next semester’s tuition.
Time management is a must. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your course load, your supervisor will understand. It’s important to remember that your studies come first; don’t sign up to work extra hours at the expense of your education. This program is designed to help make education more affordable.
FWS is a resume-building experience. Getting a position in the field you’re interested in pursuing, helping you get that much closer to your future career. If you can’t find something in a department related to your major, you can get a position in a fun department, like athletics or in the Pub. Even if the job is not related to your major, it will help you learn about the work world and gain general skills that may be useful to you when you graduate.
Blog - Work StudyIf you haven’t already been awarded FWS, that doesn’t mean you’re not eligible to receive it! You can add yourself to the FWS Waitlist, which is on the “Work Study” page of the Financial Aid section of the myAlbertus Portal.
Don’t forget: we’re always here to help! Stop in or call anytime.