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Things to Know:
How to Pay for College

Did you know that Maryland has the second highest student loan debt rate in the country? Find out more.

Learn more about 10 Ways to Pay for College.

January 2015 EDITION

Welcome Back. Make 2015 a Success!



There's Still Time to Register for Spring.

Spring Semester (Full-term) and Minisession I classes begin January 20.

Register now for:

Spring Semester (Full-term): January 20 - May 6
Spring Minisession I: January 20 - March 11
Spring Minisession II: March 23 - May 6

Step Up Your Game Plan with
Student Success Skills!

The Student Success Center offers free tutoring and other online or in-person skill-building workshops, like study skills, test-taking skills, and time management, to help you score a touchdown this semester! Free online or in-person essay paper review services are also available. Learn more at www.csmd.edu/StudentSuccess.

Congratulations,
Winter Graduates!

Make sure you're ready for your big day! Commencement will be held January 15 in the Physical Education Center (PE Building) on the La Plata Campus.

Schedule of Events:

1 p.m. - Nurses Recognition
(Graduates assemble at 11:45 a.m.)

6:30 p.m. - Winter Commencement
(Graduates assemble at 4:30 p.m.)

Click here to view schedule details and more information.

All guests are subject to a bag check before entry. We encourage you to leave large bags, diaper bags, and backpacks in your vehicles or at home, as these will be subject to the bag check process at the door.

Don't forget to join the CSM Alumni and Friends Connection, an organization for alumni and friends of CSM to maintain a lifelong partnership in its education and cultural programs and to provide a link between the college and the community it serves. Join today!

Save the Date for Transfer Fairs

Come to a Transfer Fair and meet representatives from a variety of colleges and universities, all in one place. Get answers to all of your questions and begin to plan your future.

Prince Frederick Campus: February 18

Leonardtown Campus: February 18

La Plata Campus: February 19

For more information, visit www.csmd.edu/TransferServices or call 301-934-7574.

Apply Now! Travel Study Deadlines are Approaching

These courses provide an exciting opportunity to earn credits outside the traditional classroom. The courses are a blend of classroom education with foreign travel for a chance to gain knowledge, experience, and memories.

2015 trips include:

Istanbul: March 13-20
Deadline to Apply: January 26

Belize: March 13-22
Deadline to Apply: February 2

The Gambia: June 1-8
Deadline to Apply: April 15

United Kingdom: July 23 - August 4
Deadline to Apply: May 27

Scholarships are Still Available!

The CSM Travel Studies Scholarship will allow students to be awarded $475 toward their travel costs and will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Apply now!

Learn more on our website.

Important Changes to your OneCard for Spring

Starting this spring, your Financial Aid will be available on your OneCard. This means you can receive refunds from the college faster than ever before!

If you do not already have a OneCard, you should visit a CSM Library to obtain one. The OneCard is your official Student ID and a Discover pre-paid debit card as well. The OneCard gives you instant access to Financial Aid and/or campus funds (Hawk Bucks) in one convenient card.

Visit the OneCard website for more information.

2015-16 FAFSA is Now Available!

The priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA to be considered for federal and state financial assistance during the 2015-2016 academic year is March 1.

Award notifications for the upcoming fall and spring semesters will be sent to students beginning in mid to late June.

For more information and to learn about upcoming FAFSA workshops, visit the Financial Assistance Department at www.csmd.edu/Financial.

Upcoming FAFSA Help Sessions

FAFSA Line-by-Line Help Session
January 25
1-3 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD Center for Science and Technology (ST Building)

FAFSA Line-by-Line Help Session
February 8
12-4 p.m.
Calvert Library, Prince Frederick

Save Money on Textbooks!

Textbook Discount Day is January 14. Students can save 10% on new and used textbooks (e-books and rentals are excluded). Please visit the website to learn more.

To help students get their books and supplies to start the spring semester, the College Store will be open Saturday, January 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Remember, buying books and supplies on campus from our College Store can save money, time, and hassle, not to mention our rental and used book options, which are easy ways for students to save money.

Visit the CSM College Store website for more information.