Performing well academically makes postsecondary learning more affordable. Completing your classes with good grades does this by helping you:
- Improve your chances of winning scholarships and paid on-campus assistantships or internships
- Avoid flunking out or dropping classes to avoid flunking out, both of which require you to pay tuition and fees at least twice to finish the same credit hours; an
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward your degree. The government and other providers set SAP standards for the aid programs they fund, so SAP rules may differ from award to award. But whatever they are, you must comply with them to remain eligible for the financial aid you’re currently receiving.
So take advantage of available academic support services even if you’re not at risk of dropping below SAP or flunking out. Given the financial benefits of a good academic record, it just makes sense to use these services as much help as possible as early as possible.
Where to go? That depends on the issue. Of course, if you have trouble understanding or applying anything that comes up in class, see that class’s teacher or teaching assistant right away.
Your institution probably has numerous other services to help resolve situations that make for academic problems. They’re typically free and always confidential. Examples include centers and offices for:
- Academic Advising: Consult these professionals about classes and course schedules. They can also guide you to other campus resources;
- Campus Safety or Police: Contact them whenever your security may be in jeopardy;
- Career and Job Placement: This is for help exploring changes of major and related employment pathways;
- Counseling: Go here for help with anxiety, grief and loss, stress, and other emotional or mental wellness issues;
- Disabled Students: This office will help you arrange accommodations and services to overcome functional limitations;
- Emergency Services: These provide support to help overcome crises, emergencies, food shortages, or homelessness;
- Learning or Student Success: Go here for tutoring and for coaching, study groups, and workshops to help improve your academic skills — note-taking, public speaking, studying, test-taking, etc.;
- Legal Services: This’ll help you understand your rights under civil, consumer, criminal, tenant, and traffic laws;
- Multicultural Students: You can find programs and events to help you understand students from other cultures, deal with prejudice, etc.;
- Student Health: Get treatment here for physical illnesses or injuries; and
- Student Housing: Your resident assistant can help you navigate roommate and other living environment issues. He can also guide you to other services.
In summary, there are many forms of academic assistance on campus. Use them early and often to do your best in every class and keep college as affordable as possible!
Contact College Affordability Solutions for a free-consultation if you want strategies to implement before, during and after college to make it more affordable.