Bonus Edition!
Bonus Edition!
Vol. 18 Edition 5  |  September 21, 2021
An NAU student walking down the campus pedway with their parents.
Dear Parent,
We are so excited to bring you this bonus edition of the Backpack! There is so much happening on NAU’s campus that we couldn’t fit it all in our next scheduled edition. Keep reading for more information about services available to your Lumberjack. Also, don’t forget to keep checking in for updates about Family Weekend. We are eagerly awaiting your arrival!
An NAU student Residential College Ambassador meeting with another student.

Get Connected with the Residential Colleges!

The Residential Colleges Program is here to help first-year students living on campus connect with peers and faculty, explore their academic interests, and discover all the resources NAU has to offer. There are several ways students can access services through the RC program:
  • Get to know their Residential College Ambassador: RCAs are upper-division students who can help students build study skills, decide what courses to take, learn about their major or college, apply for jobs and internships, and much more!
RCAs host office hours three times a week, right in the residence halls. Office hours are a great way for students to connect one-on-one with their RCA to ask questions and get advice about how to succeed in their first year of college. To see the complete schedule for first-year communities, visit our list of office hours.
First-year students living in residence halls without an RCA assigned can attend office hours anywhere or email to connect with an RCA from their college.
  • Attend a program: The Residential Colleges Program hosts workshops, socials, and other events throughout the year. To discover upcoming events, visit the event schedule.
Students are welcome to attend Residential College events in halls other than the one they are assigned to, particularly if they are a first-year student living in an upper-division community. Contact information for each event is listed in the calendar.
An NAU student receiving academic support from an SSS mentor.

TRIO Student Support Services: Partnering with your student for their success at NAU and beyond!

For nearly 35 years, Northern Arizona University has offered the TRIO Student Support Services program on the Flagstaff campus. Student Support Services (SSS) is funded in part by the US Department of Education in order to increase college retention and graduation rates for students who have financial needs, are first-generation college students, or have a documented disability.
Throughout their participation in the program, students will receive individual mentoring from our peer and professional staff members who can guide them in transitioning to the university and Flagstaff community. Specifically, we assist first-year students by providing the following core services:
  • Academic support and tutoring
  • Assistance with course selection and career planning
  • Education/guidance to improve financial literacy
  • Information and assistance to apply for financial aid and/or scholarships
  • Assistance in applying for admission to graduate and professional school
Each semester, students in the SSS program benefit from multiple individual mentoring meetings and ongoing access to staff members—virtually and in person. We also offer opportunities for students to attend educational workshops, cultural activities, community service projects, and leadership retreats—all at no cost to the student. Additionally, we offer the opportunity to earn a $600 grant after a semester of full participation in our program.
Visit Student Support Services online for more information about the program. Space is limited, so encourage your student to apply today!
NAU students gathered on the field, next to the Aquatics and Tennis Complex, to view a movie outside.

LEAP into Family Weekend

The Leadership, Engagement, Activities, and Peer Mentoring office has partnered with campus collaborators to bring fun and free events to Family Weekend. We hope you will join LEAP at the Dreams of Flight show on Friday, October 1, featuring local aerial artists and more. The Prochnow Auditorium doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
On Saturday night, October 2, reserve your spot for the drive-in movie in the North Commuter parking lot (behind Cline Library) as we feature Disney’s Coco. Many great things are happening all weekend long. To learn more, check out the Family Weekend website. We can’t wait to host you at one of our events!

Get a head start on the 2022 – 23 FAFSA

Did you know the 2022 – 23 FAFSA opens on October 1? File the FAFSA early!
The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid highly recommends that students and families use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool within the FAFSA because it is the easiest way to report information correctly. This tool electronically transfers your federal tax information into the FAFSA and is the simplest and most accurate way to report income on your FAFSA.
The priority date for continuing students to file the FAFSA is February 1, 2022, but we encourage you and your student to submit as soon as possible. Submitting before the priority date increases your chances for limited grant funding awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Students should frequently check their LOUIE To Do List and NAU email for items that our office might request to prevent any delays processing financial aid.
NAU is committed to the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff and follows CDC’s recommended guidelines on COVID-19. Not every photo in this e-newsletter will precisely represent these guidelines, as we aim to accurately present the NAU experience for you and balance that need with imagery that reflects the COVID-19 policies we have in place. Visit nau.edu/jacksareback for our current campus health safety guidelines.
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