5 Things To Do When Beginning College at Indiana University

Transitioning to college can leave you stressed out. Here are some tips to help keep you sane.

  1. Third Party Users on FleekYou need to focus on academics, but you can’t ignore finances. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it on your own. Setting up third party users allows the university to discuss your account with whomever you authorize, so you can get the help you need.
  2. Set Up Direct DepositWhat is the quickest way to get my refund? Any excess payment or financial aid gets refunded to you. Don’t wait for it to be mailed to your home address. Direct Deposit refunds arrive in your bank account within a few business days, not weeks. Set up Direct Deposit online at One.IU by entering your account information. 30 seconds. Done. Mic drop. Out.
  3. Sign a Title IV AuthorizationWhat’s a Title IV waiver and why should you sign it? A Title IV waiver allows the university to apply your financial aid to all charges that are placed on your account. Most types of financial aid are meant to cover tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board. Because of this, charges like health center visits and basketball tickets won’t be covered by your financial aid unless you have a signed Title IV waiver.
  4. Sign Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Complete Entrance CounselingThis is your first time borrowing and you just accepted a loan. What do you do next? If you will be using loans to cover part of your balance, complete the MPN and entrance counseling in order to unlock those funds. These items appear on your checklist with a link to the web site where you can complete the MPN and entrance counseling.
  5. Slay Your To Do ListHow do you know if there is anything required to do on your account? If there are any outstanding items on your account, they can be viewed on the To Do List in One.IU. The details of each outstanding item includes contact info and/or links to the forms you need.

Want more tips, shortcuts, and campus life hacks? Ask Student Central.

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Grace Jimenez
Grace Jimenez

Chemistry and Math major, graduating December 2016

I am 22 years old and will be graduating in December with a bachelors of science in Chemistry and Math. I attended grade school in northwest Indiana and Crown Point High School later on. I currently work at Student Central in the call center answering questions on billing and financial aid. I hope to be continuing my studies in a graduate program fall 2017.

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