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December 5, 2017 BHCC Student Central Newsletter: Thinking ahead to spring semester

Students,

Fall semester is almost over already, which means spring semester is right around the corner! Registration is now open to all new and current students—you don’t need to wait for your fall grades to post before registering. Register online today at BHCCselfservice to save your spot in your spring classes and you’ll have until December 12 to pay.

Speaking of payment, you can get ahead for fall 2018 financial aid! Apply now for your fall 2018 financial aid package at www.fafsa.ed.gov now so you don’t have to worry about it later.

Upcoming Deadlines
If you need to withdraw from a Mini Session II course, the deadline is December 6. The deadline to withdraw from the College is December 7.

Questions about your account? Send us an email at studentcentral@bhcc.mass.edu or stop by our office in room B325!

November 9, 2017 BHCC Student Central Newsletter: Register for Spring Semester!

Students,

Are you ready to register for spring? Currently-enrolled students received an email on October 30 indicating their registration start date (between November 7-16). Log in to BHCCselfservice to plan your schedule, and complete your registration as soon as your start date arrives. Registering early can help ensure you save your seat in your class—register early and you’ll have until December 12 to make sure your account is paid.

Financial Aid
To make sure you receive notification of your award by the payment deadline, complete your financial aid file by December 1. If you’re enrolling in more than 9 credits for spring, remember that you will be automatically enrolled in the Student Comprehensive Health Insurance Plan—if you already have coverage, be sure to waive health insurance if you didn’t already do so this fall.

Tuition & Fees
Tuition and fees for spring courses will be $ 186 per credit hour. Additional fees apply to certain programs: some programs require an additional Special Cost Courses Fee of $50 per credit hour; certain music courses have an additional $375 fee per course; and a malpractice liability insurance fee of $15 may apply for some health courses. Visit bhcc.edu/tuition for more information on tuition and fees.

Upcoming Deadline: Last day to Withdraw
If you need to withdraw from a fall semester course (except for late-start or mini sessions), the deadline is November 17.

Questions about your account? Send us an email at studentcentral@bhcc.mass.edu or stop by our office in room E325!

October 10, 2017 Message - NOW OPEN! BHCC Student Central - on campus and online

Students,

We’re officially open! This morning, BHCC Student Central officially opens its doors in Room B325 on the Charlestown Campus. If you’re looking for Financial Aid, Student Payment or Registration, Student Central is now your one-stop student services center. We can’t wait to help you streamline your college success!

In addition to the physical opening, we are excited to announce the launch of Virtual Student Central, a section of the BHCC website where you can conduct many of your registration, financial aid and student payment transactions online, 24/7. As part of this launch, you’ll find the web pages related to these areas underneath the Student Central page on the BHCC website. Visit bhcc.edu/studentcentral to check it out.

We’re looking forward to your feedback! Let us know what you think at studentcentral@bhcc.mass.edu.

October 4, 2017 Message - BHCC Student Central – Opening October 10!

Students,

It’s almost here! Beginning Tuesday, October 10, BHCC Student Central will officially open in Room B325 on the Charlestown Campus. Student Central will serve as your one-stop student services center—visit Student Central for all of your registration, financial aid and student payment needs.

We’ll also be launching Virtual Student Central, where you can conduct many of your registration, financial aid and student payment transactions online, 24/7. You’ll be able to find a link to Student Central right on the home page at www.bhcc.edu.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions to studentcentral@bhcc.mass.edu.

September 8, 2017 - Message - Welcome to Fall 2017!

Welcome back! We’re so glad to have each and every one of you back on campus this semester.

Now that you’ve got a week of classes under your belt, if you’re still planning to make updates to your schedule, please make sure you finalize any changes by Monday, September 11 at 11:59 p.m. (for regular fall classes – not including late-start and mini session courses). If you’re adding a class, make sure you catch up on any missed work and touch base with your faculty member. Review the schedule adjustment information online at bhcc.edu/registration.

Be sure to check out our revamped online Student Handbook at bhcc.edu/handbook – this year’s handbook is fully mobile-friendly so you can get answers to your questions from any device. You can also feel free to email your questions to studentcentral@bhcc.mass.edu - we’re here to help!

Best wishes for a great semester.

August 4, 2017 - Message - Bill Due Date

Students,

You’ve registered for courses - now make sure to lock them in!

Payment for Fall 2017 courses is due Monday, August 7.
· Make sure you’ve paid in full, set up a payment plan or are fully covered by financial aid.
· If you have registered for 9 or more credits, you will be enrolled in and charged for the College’s Health Insurance Plan. If you are covered by a comparable health insurance plan, make sure to waive the College’s Health Insurance Plan by October 5. bhcc.edu/healthinsurance

Starting Tuesday, August 8, students who have not yet paid for Fall 2017 will be automatically dropped from all courses on a weekly basis. You worked hard to build the perfect schedule, so don’t lose your spot!

Remember, you can still register for fall classes through the month of August, but payment will be due at the time of registration.

Classes for the fall semester begin on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. To make a payment or for more information on student payment methods, visit bhcc.edu/studentpayment

And, just a reminder—the Academic Records and Admission & Registration offices have temporarily moved to the A300 lobby while we work on building the future home of Student Central!

We look forward to seeing you soon.

July 13, 2017 - Message

If you’ve been to the Charlestown Campus lately, you’ll notice that we’re gearing up for construction for the new Student Central – a one-stop location for student services like financial aid, student payment and academic records. Admissions and Enrollment Services and Academic Records have temporarily relocated to the A300 Lobby and Art Gallery until the end of the add/drop period this fall. Stop by and check out the temporary space!

Looking to take a course this summer? You still have two more days until the registration deadline for Summer Session II! The registration deadline is July 15, and classes run from July 17 – August 25. Find all the info you need at bhcc.edu/summer.

Finally, one important reminder about financial aid—the next financial aid priority deadline is coming up! Make sure your financial aid file is complete by July 21 to ensure you’re notified of your financial aid award by the fall bill due date. bhcc.edu/financialaid

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at studentcentral@bhcc.mass.edu.

June 13, 2017 - Message

Students,

Exciting changes are happening at BHCC!

Construction has begun for the new Student Central – a one-stop location for student services like financial aid, student payment and academic records. During this construction, Admissions and Enrollment Services and Academic Records have temporarily relocated to the A300 Lobby and Art Gallery.

Stay up-to-date with the latest information on Student Central at bhcc.edu/studentcentral, or feel free to reach out to me with any questions at studentcentral@bhcc.mass.edu.

June 6, 2017 - Message

Spring semester has come to an end, and now it’s time to gear up for a successful summer. It’s not too late to register for a summer course or two to stay sharp! But even if you’re not taking classes over the summer, here are some helpful tips to keep you on track and ready for fall.

  • Waive the College health insurance if you are already covered. All students registered for 9 or more credits will be automatically enrolled in (and charged for) the BHCC student health insurance plan. If you’re already covered by a comparable health plan, make sure you complete the online waiver to avoid being charged. You can learn more at bhcc.edu/healthinsurance.
  • Take note of summer office hours. Planning to swing by campus this summer for some paperwork? Financial Aid, Student Payment, Registration and LifeMap have different hours throughout the summer. Be sure to check the office’s web page before you come by for the latest hours.
  • Plan the perfect fall course schedule. Now there’s an easy way to search for courses and course sections online through BHCCselfservice! With this new online course listing, you can choose the subject you’d like to browse, then use the filters along the left side of the screen to filter by location, term, day/time and more. Click to expand a course to view all available sections, including location, professor and number of available seats.

As always, feel free to reach out with any questions!

May 8, 2017 - Message

Stay up to date with the BHCC mobile app! You can access your final grades and register for fall classes on the go with the BHCC Mobile app, available for download through the apple store or the play store.

Speaking of grades and registration—did you know that you can register for fall classes now, even before your final grades are in for this semester? Save your seat in the classes you want now, and don’t worry about payment until August 7! There’s still plenty of time to lock in that perfect fall schedule before summer vacation. Learn more about registering for classes at bhcc.edu/registration.

Have you submitted your FAFSA? Make sure your financial aid is in place before the August 7 payment due date. Check out the priority deadlines for financial aid at bhcc.edu/fa. You can also set up your payment plan now to lower your down payment—check out bhcc.edu/autopay for details.

Watch the video: Do I need to reapply for financial aid each year?

Best of luck with your finals!

April 19, 2017 - Message

Subject: BHCC Student Central Newsletter: Register Now for Fall Classes!

Registration is open now for fall semester! Lock in your courses early and pay later. You can also set up a monthly or biweekly payment plan—the earlier you sign up for a plan, the lower your down payment! Learn more about payment plans at bhcc.edu/autopay.

Have you submitted your FAFSA yet for fall? The May 1 priority deadline is fast approaching. Make sure you submit now to make sure your award is ready on time. Visit bhcc.edu/financialaid to learn more.

Have a great week!

April 5, 2017 - Message

Subject: BHCC Student Central Newsletter: Register Now for Summer Classes!

Make the summer count! Registration for summer courses is now open for all students. Taking a course or two over the summer can help make sure you stay on track with your degree—and it gets you one step closer to graduation. Payment is due at the time of registration. If you have financial aid, you will see it in your account; otherwise, log into SelfService and make a payment to lock in your courses.

REMINDER: Do you need to withdraw from a course for this semester? You will need to meet with an advisor in LifeMap. Tomorrow, April 6, is the deadline for withdrawal.

Have a great week!

March 22, 2017 - Message

Subject: BHCC Student Central Newsletter: FAFSA Priority Deadlines & Refund Information

Are you planning to be enrolled at BHCC or another college next year? You need to renew your financial aid application each year. Fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) today for next year’s classes and make sure you get your award on time. bhcc.edu/financialaid

Watch the video: When should I apply for financial aid?

Priority Deadlines for 2017-2018 FAFSA:
Priority Deadline 1: 5/1/17 to make Mass Grant deadline
Priority Deadline 2: 7/21/17 to have an award before the bill due date (8/7/17)
Priority Deadline 3: 8/18/17 to have an award by the start of classes

Refunds of excess financial aid
Your actual financial aid dollars will be credited to your account during the middle of the semester after your enrollment level has been verified, book charges have been added to your account and all NA grades have been reported by your professors. If your financial aid results in a credit, you will be refunded this difference. This generally happens in early April for the spring semester.

Student Payments No Longer Accepting Cash Payments
To ensure the safety of our student payments staff, the College will no longer be accepting cash payments at the Student Payment window. BHCC accepts payments via personal check, money order, American Express, VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

We hope you are having a great semester!

March 15, 2017 -  Message

Get ready for some exciting changes to help make navigating Financial Aid, Student Payment and Academic Records more efficient! BHCC Student Central, scheduled to open later this year, will combine all of these services into one easy-access location, with friendly and knowledgeable staff to help guide you every step of the way. You’ll be able to spend less time moving from window-to-window and spend more time on things like schoolwork, career planning and other important everyday activities.

Student Central will be both a physical and virtual space, so you can also find easy access to information and services online from anywhere.

As we gear up for the opening of Student Central, be on the lookout for email communications from us with reminders and information about these student services to help keep you on track. If you have any questions about Student Central, please feel free to email us at studentcentral@bhcc.mass.edu or visit bhcc.edu/studentcentral.