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Vol. 10 No. 2 | August 13, 2013


by Shannon Clark, Parent and Family Services Coordinator

If your family is anything like mine, your sons and daughters are your in-house technology support team. With this in mind, discuss with your student how they will communicate with home while away. Whether it's Skype, Facebook, e-mail, text, Twitter, or Snapchat, have a technology brush-up session or even a practice run before your student leaves for fall semester.

Speaking of technology be sure to check out our reenergized Parent and Family Services Facebook page.

Packing Lists: What to Bring and What to Leave at Home

We are only weeks away from move-in day, August 24, and you may be wondering, "What should my student bring to campus?" The answer is: everything they need to make their residence hall room a home. This includes bedding, towels, storage, toiletries, and cleaning products.

All rooms have furniture, a refrigerator with freezer, and wired/wireless Ethernet connections. Each residence hall also has kitchen and laundry facilities in the building.

Visit the Office of Housing and Residence Life website for a full list of what to bring and what to leave at home, as well as other important information.

Roommate Etiquette

If your student is a freshman living on campus, they may be feeling nervous about living with someone other than family. In fact, they may be living with someone they will meet for the first time when school starts! Some students enter the college environment and have never had to share a bedroom or bathroom. Here are some tips on how your student can be a "good roommate" and practice proper roommate and resident etiquette:

  • Be open and honest, but tactful.
  • Take the roommate contract seriously and be vocal about how the space will be shared.
  • Keeping residence hall room doors open encourages positive interaction among residents.
  • Know and follow the rules.

Resident assistants (RA's) will be available to assist your student as he or she navigates residence life and to serve as a valuable resource. Visit Housing and Residence Life online for additional information.

Parking on Campus

Order now and pay later! Parking and Shuttle Services makes obtaining a permit simple and affordable. Students can place costs on LOUIE and avoid costly parking tickets! If your student is bringing a car to campus, be sure he or she has a parking pass before school starts.

Parking passes can be purchased online; just one more item that may be taken care of before classes begin. When you come to visit your student and park on campus you will need a visitor pass. Visitor passes are easy to purchase at kiosks at each major entrance to campus.

NOTE: Parking is free on Family Weekend, except in the San Francisco and Knoles parking garages!

Direct Deposit Refunds

Student and Departmental Account Services

Is your student expecting a refund? Direct Deposit is a great way to get the refund money faster. No more waiting for a paper check in the mail, and your student will have access to the money quicker! Encourage your Lumberjack to logon to LOUIE today and go to the "To Do List" to get started. Then click on Sign-up for direct deposit today.

Make sure your student has:

  • the receiving bank's ABA (also known as a routing number)
  • the account number and
  • the account type (checking or savings)

If you are not familiar with this information, it is best to contact the bank and verify the information. We recommend direct deposit as the most secure and timely way to receive a refund. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Student and Departmental Account Services: 928-523-3122

Tuition Payment Plan

Do you have a student enrolled in fall 2013 classes? Do you want to spread out the tuition costs? Have your student sign up for the Tuition Payment Plan. The payment plan offers the opportunity to spread out tuition and fee expenses with an interest-free, predictable, monthly payment option. If your student has enrolled in classes for the fall semester, encourage him or her to sign up for the tuition payment plan early, before August 19, to ensure the lower service fee rate of $85.

To enroll have your student log into their LOUIE account and select "Enroll in a Payment Plan" from the drop-down menu in the Finances section. Once they have completed their enrollment, the plan will be instantly applied to their account for you and them to view or start making payments!

Students who enroll in classes after August 19 must pay for classes or enroll themselves in the Tuition Payment Plan the same day to avoid the $125 automatic payment plan service fee.

City Transit Semester Passes

Mountain Line is expanding its student pass program for the 2013-2014 school year, offering a more flexible semester pass option for college students.

University students can purchase a semester pass, which is valid from the first through the last day of school, for $99. An annual pass, valid for the entire calendar year, is available for $299.

Northern Arizona University students ride the Mountain Link system, which connects the campus with downtown Flagstaff and Woodlands Village, free of charge, but the semester pass will give them access to the rest of the Mountain Line system, including access to the mall.

Student passes are available for purchase at the NAIPTA office at 3773 N. Kaspar Dr. between 8 AM and 5 PM, Monday-Friday. In order to purchase the pass, all students must show proof of enrollment and bring a student ID. Passes can also be purchased at, but they must be picked up at the NAIPTA office after showing proof of student status.

Event Highlights

  • Welcome Week: August 26-September 6 - Events for students across campus and in Flagstaff.
  • Family Weekend: September 27-29 - Events for the whole family across campus and in Flagstaff.

See a complete listing of university events on the official university calendar website. More Flagstaff event highlights can be seen at Flagstaff 365.