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20 Questions: What do new students want to know?

It is only a matter of days until you become a Wildcat and we look forward to seeing you on campus soon. As you finalize all the details to prepare for the start of the fall semester, here are some questions (and answers!) that we hear more frequently. Be sure to contact us if you have additional questions or need any assistance. See you soon!

Billing/Financial Aid

Help- How much do I owe? You can log into Ebill to view your account status. https://payment.nmu.edu/ebill//

When is my bill due? To avoid a $100 late fee, you must pay the AMOUNT DUE or sign up for Easy Pay or Deferral plan by Wednesday, August 7, 2013. For more on payment plans, visit www.nmu.edu/paymentsplans.

How do I pay my bill? Pay on eBill 24/7 by eCheck or credit card-MC, Visa, or Discover. You can also fax credit card information to 906-227-1331. Lastly, you can choose to mail payment to: (If faxing or mailing payment, please include NMU IN).

  • Student Services Center
  • 1401 Presque Isle Avenue
  • Marquette, MI 49855

Why is some or all of my financial aid not showing up on my bill? Private scholarships and private student loans will not reflect against the bill until the funds have been received from the grantor or lender.  The financial aid noted represents the latest information that the Financial Aid Office has received. As new awards become known, adjustments may need to be made. Of course, you may call the financial aid office at 906-227-2327 with any questions or concerns.

What if my bill seems incorrect? If you plan on living in university housing and your bill does not include housing/meal charges, please contact the Housing Office at 906-227-2620. For any other questions or concerns for the Student Service Center or Financial Aid, please contact the NMU Information Center at 906-227-1221. You may also email your questions to the Student Service Center (ssc@nmu.edu) or the Financial Aid Office (fao@nmu.edu). The Student Service Center is located at 2201 Hedgcock. Summer office hours are 7:30 a.m. to  4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday EST. Beginning Monday, August 19, 2013, office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, Monday - Friday.

What happens to the money that comes from financial aid but is not needed for my bill? We call this an overage. You can have this amount direct deposited into your bank account or you can pick up a check once classes start. Of course, if the overage is based on student loans, you may consider reducing or canceling the student loans. Please remember to always borrow wisely - accept only those loans you need.


Classes and Grades

How do I know what classes I signed up for this semester? To view a detailed course schedule with start dates, instructors, locations, and course levels go to mynmu.nmu.edu.

Can my parents see my bill and grades? Only if you chose to allow them to do so. It is not unusual for a parent or guardian to want this access, especially if they are paying the bill. This does not give NMU's staff and faculty permission to talk to your parents about confidential information. It gives the parent (or other designee) direct access to view your record through a Proxy Access website. You can view the access page by going to www.nmu.edu/parents. Click on "Current Parents," then on "Parent Proxy Login." In order to grant someone access to your records, you need to designate them directly through mynmu.nmu.edu.

What books do I need for my classes? You can either buy books when you arrive in the fall or you can pre-order your textbooks online at www.nmubookstore.com. You can see the text book selections so you can shop elsewhere if you choose. Do not forget to use the online bookstore to stock up on your NMU apparel!


Housing

When do I get my residence hall/roommate assignment? Housing assignments should be revealed in the next couple of weeks.

When can I move into my residence hall? Move in starts at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2013!

What should I bring for my residence hall room? You can find a list of things to bring and things to avoid here.

I have lots of housing questions. Where should I go? Click here to learn more about housing FAQs.

Can I build a loft in my residence hall? Will my futon fit? You can learn all about lofts and room measurements at http:www.nmu.edu/housing/loftguidelines

Will my residence hall have an extra-long bed? Wait to buy sheets until your housing assignment has been made. All of NMU's newly renovated residence halls have extra-long twin beds.


Campus Life

What about parking my car on campus? There is a $140 fee for registering your vehicle on campus. You can register your vehicle now on mynmu.nmu.edu.

What about a bike permit? Although there is no fee, it is still wise to register your bike. You can do this on mynmu.nmu.edu.

What if I never made it to an orientation? We offer a make-up orientation starting on August 21, 2013. Orientation is mandatory for new students. You can learn more at www.nmu.edu/orientation.

I'm worried about find a job once I arrive? Check out http://www.nmu.edu/careerservices for all the information you need.

Aside from move in day, what are the other important dates for Fall 2013?

  • First official day of classes- Monday, August 26, 2013
  • Fall Fest (find out about student organizations, activities, and local businesses)- Monday, August 26, 2013
  • Homecoming Weekend- September 20-21, 2013
  • Family Weekend- October 25-27, 2013
  • Winter Break - December 13, 2013 (or earlier depending on finals) through January 13, 2014

If you are not sure who to call, the Admissions office can always get you connected to the right place. Call us at 906-227-2650 or 1-800-682-9797. See you soon!