December 6, 2013
All Student Services offices will be closed Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st. Happy holidays!
Priority registration for continuing students has begun and new and returning students may begin registering December 10th. Spring semester 2014 classes start January 13th. Spring 2014 class listings are available online.
Improvements in Time for Spring 2014 Registration
Interactive Online Petitions: Students may now submit Petitions online through their MyCOM Student Portal by clicking on the link “Petition Request”. This new feature is paperless and very fast. The student simply fills out the online form and submits it electronically to A/R. All reviews and decisions are handled online and students get an email as soon as the Petition has been approved or denied.
Automated Waitlists: Now, when a class is full, students may place themselves on a waitlist. If a space opens up in the class prior to the first class meeting, they will automatically be enrolled in the class and a confirmation email will be immediately sent to their MyCOM account. All other waitlist advisories remain the same, but the student will no longer need to register themselves when a seat becomes available — it will be automatic.
Change Major Online: Students may now update their major online through their MyCOM portal once per semester, rather than having to make the change in person at A/R. If a student needs to change their major again after the first change, that change must be made in person.
More automated features are coming soon that will streamline the student experience in the MyCOM portal. A/R will continue to update students as these changes are made.
Questions? Email email@example.com
There will be no evening hours on Thursday, December 12th and Wednesday, December 18th in order for staff to attend the Classified Staff and COM Holiday Parties.
The Admissions Offices will close at noon on Friday, December 20th for a Staff Meeting.
High School Juniors and Seniors and their parents will attend the Annual Express Transfer Workshop Thursday, December 5th, 5:30 - 7:00 pm. An expert panel consisting of a UC Berkeley Transfer Office Director, COM Counselor, Transfer Center Specialist, and COM grads who successfully transferred to UC Berkeley will share insights, strategies and resources for college and transfer success. The Outreach Team continues to meet with high school students in Information Sessions, Parent Nights, and College Fairs this month.
The Annual Fall Job Fair took place on October 23rd. Over 200 participants attended and 20 employers and 10 employment resources were on hand to present employment opportunities. A detailed list of employers can be found on their website.
The Holiday Employment Binder is available for viewing at Job Placement on both campuses. Please let your friends and family members know about this resource if they are looking for employment during the holiday season.
“Critical Tips for Job Seekers” is a handout created by the Job Placement Center. Stop by the Job Placement Center today and pick up this valuable tool to assist you in keeping your job search safe from email scams, money-laundering and reshipping scams. Be safe in your job search!
Don't forget to check the free online job search provided by COM, powered by NACElink. It has local, national, and international positions available for students, alumni and community members. You may also contact Job Placement Center or call 415-485-9410.
Please call 415-485-9410 to schedule a resume review or individual job coaching appointment.
Per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), COM must require students to show picture ID before it can disclose personal financial aid information (or any other personal student information). That means that ALL students must be prepared to present picture ID when asking office staff to look them up in our database. In order to expedite services, please have your picture ID card and student ID number ready when you come to the Financial Aid Office.
Financial Aid will also ask additional questions to verify the identity of students who call their office seeking specific financial aid information. These processes are necessary to protect students’ personal information.
Apply for Financial Aid for the 2013-2014 Aid Year
If you haven’t already done so, you can apply for 2013-2014 at FAFSA. Apply on-line for free at the official FAFSA website. Other websites may charge a fee to file the FAFSA. The official site is always free.
Beginning January 1, 2014, the FAFSA application will be available for the 2014-2015 aid year. It’s always advisable to apply early and finish the process well before the fall semester begins. So remember to apply before March 2nd at FAFSA.
Also, starting January 1, 2014, AB540 students can begin completing the CA Dream Act Application.
The deadline to apply for a 2014-2015 Cal Grant is March 2, 2014.
Reminder: Update Addresses and Phones
The address that a student puts on their FAFSA is not necessarily the address where their financial aid check will be sent, so students need to be sure to update their mailing address and phone numbers in MyCOM or at Admissions and Records to ensure that they receive all communications from the Financial Aid office.
New Financial Aid Drop Box and Flat-Screen TV
Outside the Financial Aid office you may have noticed some new additions: a drop box and a new TV. In a hurry and need to drop off a form? The drop slot has been replaced by a locked box where you may turn in forms or communications with office staff. The have also installed a brand new flat-screen TV for the benefit of students who are waiting in line. Students may even get their questions answered before they get to the window!
The NuEnergy scholarship is open for the 2014 academic year. This scholarship is provided for all majors, but is targeted towards top-performing students who are pursuing a career in the energy sector. More information about this scholarship is available outside of the financial aid office or at PG&E. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is February 15, 2014.
Attention New Borrowers
Beginning Fall 2013, first-time borrowers will only be eligible to receive Direct Subsidized loans for 150% of their academic program length. For example, a student in a two-year AS degree program, will be able to take out subsidized loans for a three year period. A student in a four-year BA degree program, will be able to take out subsidized loans for six years. It is very important that students state their degree objective not only at Admissions and Records, but also when filling out a FAFSA.
In addition to this, once a student has received subsidized loans for their maximum eligibility period, the subsidy may no longer apply to accrued interest from previous loans.
If a student is taking out their first student loan on or after July 1, 2013, they must make sure to read all the information that is applicable to them. The Financial Aid office is able to help students find this information.
Reading and understanding these new limitations is also a part of the required Entrance Counseling process.
The interest rate on both subsidized and unsubsidized loans is now 3.85%.
NSLDS is a useful tool for students who have received Pell grants or loans from any college. NSLDS keeps a record of Pell awards and student loans received and the name of the school that disbursed the awards. Students can keep track of their Pell LEU (Lifetime Eligibility Used) and calculate how many semesters of aid they have remaining.
If a student has taken out loans, he or she may find contact information for the lender; see the total amount owed and the status of the loan by logging into this website. Keep in mind that you will need your FAFSA PIN to get into the site.
Students can avoid waiting in line by checking their financial aid status on the MyCOM portal.
The KTD office will be closed Friday, December 20th.
Time cards are due in the Financial Aid office by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, December 17th for the pay period November 21th - December 17th.
Single Stop will present a Family Law Workshop, Tuesday, December 10th, 2:00 - 4:00pm, SS A&B.
Last year Single Stop raffled off a free iPad to a student at COM. This year they have already raffled off a free backpack full of school supplies, including a notebook, 8GB flash drive, and index cards, and will continue to raffle off more backpacks. Another major announcement is that in the Spring 2014 semester, Single Stop will also be giving away a Kindle Fire. Stay tuned for more information!
Would you like to alleviate your financial stressors and just have to think about doing well in your courses? Then drop by the Single Stop office because you could be eligible for benefits which could take a lot of stress off your mind and ensure success with your school work! What better time to prepare for school than now! Visit Single Stop today!
All their services are FREE and include:
Single Stop in also bringing back its Financial Coaching Workshops - one of their most popular services.
Benefit Screenings - Visit them to see if you are eligible for:
Legal Advising - Speaking to an attorney for legal counsel could cost hundreds of dollars per hour to thousands of dollars per case. Meet with a licensed attorney at Single Stop to receive legal advice for FREE. The attorney can help with issues regarding:
Single Stop also has legal referral information based on the type of legal advice you need such as:
Financial Advising - Outside of a bank, this service could cost up to $300 per session and Single Stop brings it to you for FREE! Ask their professional financial advisor about:
Tax Preparation - Need taxes done this year and don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars to have them prepared? Visit the Single Stop office and have IRS certified tax preparers assist you with your taxes for free. Tax preparers are available from January - April. Mark your calendar!
Stop in to Single Stop today and see what you may be missing! Contact the Single Stop Coordinator Edwin Towle at 415-457-8811, ext. 7761 to schedule an appointment. Their office is located at KTD, SS 124, and they are open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm, and Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
IVC Harvest Day Lunch
Thanks to everyone who to took part in the annual Harvest Day Luncheon, held at IVC, Wednesday, November 20th. The luncheon included a full turkey lunch with all the trimmings, prepared by Fresh and Natural. Student Affairs collected 257 lbs of canned food and funds to donate to Marin Food Bank, Novato Human Needs, and ASCOM.
A special thank you to the Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM) for their continued sponsorship of this luncheon, all who participated and gave contributions, and the folks behind the scenes who prepared the location and served the food.
Hooked on Marin Speaker Series
Sign up early – only a limited number of seats are available for each event. Admission is $15 per event or $40 for the full series. To order tickets, visit Hooked on Marin or call 415-945-3730.
Marin County Rock ’n’ Roll Music History
Conversation Partners Program
Practice your language skills and meet interesting global students through the Conversation Partners Program, which matches individuals for informal language exchange. Faculty and staff are invited to consider participating in this program developed by the International Education Office - promote international friendship and cross-cultural understanding while practicing a language that interests you! . Now Accepting Applications! Or contact Rebecca Freeland, Program Coordinator, at (415) 485-9740.
UC and CSU Applications Closed
The priority filing period for UC and CSU applications was on November 30th for the Fall 2014 semester. Some of the CSUs may accept applications for Spring 2015. Check the CSU Mentor Application Filing Status Report to see if your school will accept applications for Spring 2015 and plan to apply August 1-30, 2014.
Application deadlines for private universities and out of state schools vary school by school. Stop by the Transfer and Career Center for help researching deadlines.
Transfer Fall 2014 – After You Apply
If you have submitted your application to a UC or CSU by the November 30th deadline, you have a few more deadlines to consider.
University Representative Visits, Workshop Schedules, and Important Deadlines
For the most up to date information about all transfer related activities, please check Transfer and Career Center. It is updated regularly as new events and activities are planned.
Low Cost Flu Shots on Campus
Flu shota are available on either campus through the Health Center at various times during the week. Anyone wishing to receive a shot must be at least 18 years old. The Health Center is not a Medicare provider and is not able to bill insurance plans. The cost is $10 for students, faculty, and staff and $20 for community members.
KTD - Health Services Portable, Parking Lot 6
IVC - AS 121
Women’s Basketball—Allan Hancock Tournament
Thursday - Saturday, December 12th - 14th, TBA in Santa Maria
Women’s Basketball vs. Skyline
Tuesday, December 17th, TBA in San Bruno
Women’s Basketball vs. Gavilan
Saturday, December 21st, TBA in Kentfield
Men’s Basketball vs. Columbia
Saturday, December 7th, TBA in Sonora
Men’s Basketball—Skyline Tournament
Friday – Sunday, December 13th – 15th, TBA in San Bruno
Men’s Basketball—Santa Rosa JC Tournament
Thursday – Saturday, December 19th – 21st, TBA in Santa Rosa
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