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News@MCC for Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Register for Spring quarter

Online registration for the spring quarter is open for current students with 50+ credit hours. Registration begins Jan. 5 for current students with less than 50 credit hours. General registration online, by phone and in person begins Jan. 11.

Registration is as easy as 1-2-3. Here is how:

  1. Know what courses you need
  2. Find the classes in the credit schedule
  3. Use WebAdvisor and choose Express Registration on the student menu to register!

Registration is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is no further than your Internet connection.

  1. Know what courses you need
    If you do not know what classes you should take, make an appointment to meet with an academic advisor to develop your educational plan. You can also access your Degree Audit/Program Evaluation on your WebAdvisor account.
  2. Find the classes
    Search the class schedule by starting at MCC's homepage: www.mccneb.edu. Scroll down to Enrolling in Classes, and select Credit Schedule - Spring. Here you can browse the offerings by several different factors. (Hint: if you do not find a class you are looking for, expand the search criteria.) As you decide on the specific classes you want, jot down the synonym (listed in the second column of the schedule).
  3. Use WebAdvisor and choose Express Registration on the student menu. If you are not sure how this works, watch and listen to the video tutorial found on your WebAdvisor page.

When you are done registering, make sure you go to My Class Schedule and verify that you are registered in the classes you wanted.

That is all there is to it, but if you have any questions as you are going though these steps, you can get help. You can refer to the video tutorials on WebAdvisor, call MCC at 402-457-2400 or stop in Student Services and ask for help using WebAdvisor.

FAFSA application process now open

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms can be submitted. Use MCC's school code, 004432, to have your information automatically sent to the school. The FAFSA is a single comprehensive form used for state, federal and institutional grants. While not exactly a picnic, it is also not that daunting a task. Remember, even if filed last year, the FAFSA form has to be renewed each year a student plans to seek financial assistance.

The sooner you file the FAFSA, the better. Some of the monies are awarded on a first come, first serve basis. MCC's priority deadline for campus based grants and federal work study is April 1. MCC's school code is 004432.

A few tips:

  • File online. Go to www.fafsa.gov (don't get it confused with www.fafsa.com).
  • Get a PIN (Person Identification Number). You can apply for a pin while completing your FAFSA or get it ahead of time at www.pin.ed.gov. The PIN will enable you to "sign" your form electronically.
  • Gather the necessary paperwork. Here's what you'll need:
    • Prior year's income information for the student, student's spouse or student's parent (if a dependent)
    • Prior year records of earned income (non-tax filers)
    • Prior year Social Security documentation
    • Prior year Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) documentation
    • Prior year child support documents (either paid or received)
    • Any other prior year untaxed income documentation (e.g., military housing allowance)
    • Current bank statement showing savings
    • Record of stocks, bonds, real estate or other investment values that are not part of a qualified retirement plan
    • School code. Metropolitan Community College's school code is 004432.
  • Don't wait until you complete your 2011 taxes. You can complete the FASFA with estimated numbers, but it is recommended, if you are able, to complete them early in the year. If you estimate, you will have to go back and update your information when it is complete. Remember: MCC's priority deadline is April 1.
  • List all household members. Be sure to include any dependent children if you provide half the support and claim them on your taxes even if they do not live with you. Count any babies about to make an appearance prior to the end of the year.
  • Don't inflate your wealth. Make sure you list your assets as of the date you're completing the FAFSA, not the end of the calendar year. Pay off any big expenses first, and if you're anticipating any windfalls, file the form before receiving them.
  • Double check. Common FAFSA mistakes include using nicknames instead of legal names; leaving fields blank (use a 0 if the question doesn't apply to you); not including yourself in the household size; not having parents and children sign before filing.

Once you file the FAFSA, you will receive a Student Aid Report with your official Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The Financial Aid office determines need by simply subtracting your Expected Family Contribution from MCC's cost of attendance. MCC's Financial Aid and Veteran Financial Services office offers a financial aid package generally consisting of a combination of grant(s) (gift aid) and work-study employment (self-help aid) to eligible students with demonstrated need. Aid is awarded as part of the means for you to begin or continue your studies.

If you are unable to complete the electronic FAFSA, contact MCC's Financial Aid office at 402-457-2330 for assistance.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A Day On Not a Day Off

Give your day off back to the community! Volunteer to participate in MCC's Martin Luther King Jr. day of service on Jan. 16. MCC students, faculty, staff and their families are invited to give 2-4 hours at community organizations throughout greater Omaha. To sign up, contact Queen Tucker (402-457-2813 or ertucker@mccneb.edu) or Jennie Tullos (402-457-2637 or jtullos2@mccneb.edu) by Jan. 11. The first 100 volunteers will receive a FREE t-shirt!

More than 30 organizations need help with a variety of projects from painting walls, to working with the elderly, to serving food or playing games and reading with children. Some of the agencies that have agreed to accept volunteers are: HELP Adult Services, Habitat for Humanity Omaha, Open Door Mission, Siena/Francis House, OneWorld Community Health Center and MCC's Books by the Busload book sorting.

Students needing to meet Service-Learning requirements for Human Relations and other courses may participate in this event to receive credit for their time of service. The Pass to Class bus pass can be used for transportation to the various sites. There will be sites available in Omaha, Sarpy County, Blair, Elkhorn Valley and Fremont.

To donate a portion of your time on Monday, Jan. 16, or if you have any questions contact Queen Tucker (402) 457-2813 ertucker@mccneb.edu or Jennie Tullos (402) 457-2637 jtullos2@mccneb.edu in the Service-Learning office Fort Omaha Campus, Building 14, South.

A Day On Not a Day Off is organized by MCC's Service-Learning office and is part of a national day of service. The Martin Luther King Jr. Day website, www.mlkday.gov, encourages people to volunteer in the community to live King's teachings of "nonviolence and service to one another, problems such as hunger and homelessness, prejudice and discrimination can be overcome" and lists ways to volunteer in your community.

Fall quarter Dean's list

Congratulations to the more than 3,300 students who made the Fall quarter Dean's List!

Need your transcripts?

Transcript request information is available online. For additional information contact Records at 402-457-2353.

Is class cancelled?

When bad weather hits, check the website, the weather line (402-457-2499), your college email inbox or local radio and television stations to find out if the entire college or individual campuses/centers are closed.

Diversity Matters Film & Lecture Series: VIDEO: The Last Train Home

You are invited to watch The Last Train Home on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 2:15-4:30 p.m. at the South Omaha Campus, Conference Center. Every spring, China's cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year's holiday. This mass exodus is the world's largest human migration-an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

Chili Thursdays

Celebrate the new year with a hot bowl of chili and cornbread to support MCC's Tri-Omega Culinary Club and Service-Learning department. One bowl of chili and cornbread is $5 and will be served between 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the locations listed below. (Vegetarian option available.) For additional information call Penny Boykins, MCC's service learning coordinator, at 402-457-2608.

Jan. 12
Sarpy Center
Commons

Jan. 19
South Omaha Campus
Connector Building

Jan. 26
Fort Omaha Campus
Building 10

Feb. 2
Elkhorn Valley Campus
Commons

Green tip

Refill your water bottle. If just two out of three sports fans refilled a water bottle rather than buying a new one, it would save about as many plastic bottles as there are people in the United States.-The Green Book

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