You may have seen the signs around campus, you may have watched the video, but if you don’t already know…Catalyst is Here! University of Cincinnati’s new student portal, Catalyst will change how you take care of your student-related services, from class registration to paying your bill.
Picture the Catalyst portal like a house. Unlock the front door with your username (6+2) and password, and inside you’ll find rooms filled with many of the student functions found on the One Stop website, including:
The new Catalyst Portal button is the image you see above. This image will be on the One Stop website and many of webpages students frequently visit. Just click the button, log in with your username & password…that’s it! You’re in Catalyst, the new portal!
Catalyst will offer the convenience we know UC students want, offering a variety of services that once required students to log in individually. Some of the new features of Catalyst are:
Starting February 29th, Fall 2016 class offerings became available to view in Catalyst. Although it will not be necessary to log in to the Catalyst portal to view offerings, the look and feel will be different than what you’re used to. You’re also able to view your To Do list items for financial aid.
Additional functionality will be released throughout the spring and summer semesters, with the full suite of services available August 2016.
Absolutely! The One Stop website will still be the destination for all of your student business and where you’ll log in to Catalyst. And of course, the One Stop Student Service Center remains in University Pavilion for any questions regarding your UC-related business. A separate tool, Canopy is still your destination for all eLearning-related services.
Additional information about what’s changing and when can be found on the Catalyst website. For news and updates on the new portal, keep an eye out for the #CatalystUC hashtag.
SIS Project – Change Leadership & Communications Lead
It’s tax season! Your 1098-T form is available online to download for your tax-filing needs. But what exactly is this form and what do you do with it? Here are key points to remember about this form that you will receive each year while attending UC:
Do you still have more questions about the Form 1098-T and it’s uses? Feel free to visit UC’s Tax Compliance Website for detailed information.
One Stop Staff
As summer semester registration begins you may be wondering if you have financial aid available to cover your summer classes. There are also a few things different about summer financial aid compared to fall or spring Semesters. For the University of Cincinnati, the summer semester is the end of the financial aid year. Therefore, your available financial aid is dependent upon what you used for the previous fall and spring semesters. It’s important to determine what is available so you are not surprised by an unpaid student bill, late fees, or service blocks. However, there are a few options available to you to make paying for summer classes more manageable.
Tap Into Unused Financial Aid
Do you have any unused Pell Grant funds? If so, the Student Financial Aid office will review your file and automatically apply unused Pell Grant to your summer semester bill close to the start of the summer classes. Have you borrowed all of your annual student loans? Did you change grade-levels from freshman to sophomore or to junior? If you will have a grade-level change at the end of the spring semester, you may have some additional loan money available. If you did not borrow loans for fall or spring, you may have Direct Subsidized or Unsubsidized loans available. Are you a Cincinnatus Scholarship recipient? You may also have scholarship funds available if you plan to be registered full-time during the summer semester.
You can determine if you have any additional financial aid for Summer Semester by reviewing your 2015-2016 Financial Aid Award Offer on the ‘Check My Aid’ page. You can check to see what the Term Breakdown is for your loans to see if you already have loans allocated for Summer Semester. Your award offer may also have additional loan money offered if you changed grade levels. You can also contact the One Stop Center to see if you have any unused loans that you previously declined.
Sign Up for a Payment Plan
If you have exhausted all of your financial aid for the 2015-2016 financial aid year, there are still a few additional options that may permit you to take summer classes. We offer a tuition payment plan that would allow you to split up the summer student bill into 3 or 4 installment payments. For additional information regarding Tuition Payment Plan options, visit One Stop's Tuition Payment Plan information page.
Consider Part-time Enrollment
Tuition is charged by the credit hour when you enroll in classes on a part-time basis. Part-time is enrollment at less than 12 credit hours for undergraduate students and less than 10 credits for graduate students. Is the class you want to take offered at UC Blue Ash or UC Clermont? Tuition and fees at the branch campuses are less than main campus costs. If you plan to register for less than 12 credit hours of classes at the Blue Ash or Clermont campuses, you will be charged the branch campus' tuition and fees rather than Uptown campus rates.
Taking summer classes is always a good opportunity to get ahead, or catch up, so you graduate on time for your program. Just contact One Stop to see what options you have available to pay for Summer Semester classes. For answers to more frequently asked questions, you can also visit www.financialaid.uc.edu/apply.
~ Michelle Harper
One Stop Staff
Following graduation, many college grads are faced with many unknowns. One primary concern has been how to begin the process of student loan repayment. To refresh your knowledge of your rights and responsibilities as a loan borrow and to inform you of your available repayment options, the US Department of Education requires students to complete loan exit counseling. Loan Exit Counseling is required to be completed when students who have borrowed student loans graduate, completely withdraw from classes or school, or drop below half-time enrollment. The word “exciting!” may not come to mind when you think about having to do this, but it can actually be a great tool to guiding you on how to manage your loan repayment. So embrace it. Below are some good points to remember:
Let’s face it: no one considers loan payment to be fun, but it may have been a necessary means to finance your education. This counseling is a requirement, so use it as a means to help you plan for your loan repayment and make repayment just a little less painful. You’ll be glad you did in the end.
One Stop Staff
Ryan Hausfeld is a 4th year biology major from West Carrollton, Ohio. He began attending Sinclair Community College in the Fall 2009, but soon found his drive and motivation dwindling. Looking for something else, Ryan inadvertently made the best decision of his life and contacted a National Guard recruiter in the spring of 2010. He signed up for a six year commitment and returned to Sinclair with fresh motivation after completing boot camp and tech school.
Ryan then started looking ahead for his next steps, and decided to come to UC. “My father always brought me to Reds games at Riverfront Stadium. My love grew for the Reds and the city. I knew someday I was going to live here and I decided this was the perfect opportunity; two birds with one stone.”
Before applying to UC, Ryan contacted Veterans Programs and Services (VPS) and Dave Frese, a program coordinator in the office, guided him to pursue a biology degree. Ryan says that he was a handful when he was younger, and was always getting hurt and going to the hospital. He wanted to understand how the hospital staff put him back together, which grew into a desire to be a health professional. After graduation, Ryan hopes to continue working full-time with his unit and become a physician’s assistant in the Air Force.
Once at UC, Ryan began looking for employment opportunities on campus (in addition to the one weekend per month and two training weeks per year that he puts in as a drill status guardsman). His academic advisor, Gail Stocker, referred him to VPS. Ryan landed the job in August of 2014, and spends a typical day answering phones, tending to walk-up customers, answering incoming emails, and processing paperwork for the office. The best part of the job, he says, is the flexibility he has and feeling of accomplishment. All of Ryan’s supervisors have military ties and can relate to any military issues he has.
Although VPS is more relaxed, Ryan has plenty of National Guard responsibilities to keep him busy. He works for the 126th Intelligence Squadron, part of the 178th Wing in Springfield, Ohio. Ryan’s weekly schedule is carefully planned out- he goes to class on Tuesdays and Thursdays and works at VPS while he’s on campus, then works for his unit on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while balancing his class work at night. The Ohio National Guard Scholarship, which covers the majority of his tuition charges, helps Ryan pay for his schooling. He has also found a veteran’s fraternity and the MASS Center instrumental in his success at UC.
Ryan’s experiences with the National Guard and VPS have been a great influence. The National Guard helped him mature, accept authority and structure that he lacked when he was younger, and pushed him in a productive direction. “They instilled structure and a foundation of moral ethics to help me succeed in everything that life throws my way. The service has enabled me to see and learn things that I never thought I would have the opportunity to.”
One Stop Staff
The Dates and Deadlines calendar is arguably one of the most important documents found on the Onestop website. Here’s what you’ll see:
Just go to the One Stop website before the beginning of each term (located under “calendars" on the left of the Onestop website). Make a date to learn the deadlines each semester!
One Stop Staff