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University of Miami Family Weekend

Welcome to the Spring 2015 Semester

Ibis Parents

Dear UM Family Members,

To those of you who are new to the UM community, welcome!  We hope that you enjoyed Spring 2015 Orientation and that your student is acclimating successfully to their new routine. 

To those returning this semester, welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed winter break with your student and that they are off to a positive start for the Spring semester.

The Family Newsletter is published several times per semester to keep parents and family members up to date on the most current news and announcements relevant to supporting your student. This special edition issue will provide relevant updates about Housing Arrangements and Financial Assistance.  If you have any questions about this newsletter or other UM family resources, please contact us at umfp@miami.edu, or (305) 284-5646.

Have a great week, and Go ’Canes!

Housing Arrangements for 2015-2016

Ibis Parents

“Where is your UM student living next year?”  If you don’t know the answer to this question, now is the time to starting discussing housing options with them amid the excitement of the start of the spring semester.

There are several important considerations to talk about in terms of advantages to being on campus—typically those go beyond mere convenience and into aspects like access to helpful academic resources, opportunities to meet and interact with resident faculty as well as other students, and of course value.  If your student lives off-campus, they should be having similar “chats” about renewing leases, looking at alternative arrangements/roommates, and even possibly getting on the waiting list to move back on campus. 

For resident students interested in continuing on campus next year, there is an important “opt-in” period where they should express their intentions electronically—the opt-in process is taking place within the University’s “CaneLink” portal now through February 6th.  Depending on the level of interest by resident students for both suite style and apartment style housing, a housing lottery may be required.  If the level of interest exceeds the available spaces for next year, the lottery would occur with results announced on February 16th, via CaneLink.  Current residents of University Village as well as private single rooms in Eaton, Mahoney, and Pearson Colleges will be guaranteed selection in the lottery (should one be needed), provided they participate in the opt-in process.  If you are a parent of a resident student you will be receiving more detailed information about the opt-in & housing sign-up process, specifically a hard copy letter expected to arrive in the next week and a postcard in early March.

If your student is presently living off-campus or intends to move off-campus next year, the Department of Housing & Residential Life has a number of web-based resources related to off-campus accommodations as well as a full-time person who can assist students individually with their off-campus housing search process.  We also hold an “Off-Campus Housing & Roommate Fair” on campus in mid-April where students can get information directly from apartment complex managers, local realtors, as well as a number of related vendors such as furniture rental.

Resident students selected via the opt-in process (and subsequent lottery if needed) would then proceed to select their room/apartment with the on-line sign-up in late March following spring break, beginning with apartments in University Village, then proceeding with rooms in Eaton, Mahoney, and Pearson, our suite-style residential colleges.  This includes those currently living in single rooms or University Village apartments.

We encourage you to discuss housing arrangements for next year with your student and hopefully make an informed choice about where they want to live next year.  If you have any questions regarding the housing opt-in & sign-up process or off-campus housing resources, you can check the Department of Housing and Residential Life website at www.miami.edu/housing or contact our office via telephone (305-284-4505), e-mail (housing@miami.edu), or on social media.

Reminders on FAFSA and Financial Assistance

For students returning to the University of Miami for the Fall 2015 semester, the University of Miami Financial Assistance Services would like you to keep in mind the following reminders:

  • 2014 Parent & Student Tax Transcripts (not tax returns) are due by April 15, 2015
  • 2014 Employer W-2s are due by April 15, 2015
  • 2015-2016 Loan Application Processing for Plus and Private Loans will begin in June.  Be mindful not to apply too early, as credit checks are valid for only a short period of time.
  • Constantly check “to-dos” and review CaneLink consistently for any updates.

For more information, please contact (305) 284-5212 or ofas@miami.edu.

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