An electronic newsletter from the BSU School of Graduate Studies

Vol. 3, No. 11

April 2007


The Process

Registration: Grad classes

Starting the count of seven years to complete a degree

Form 1: Applying for admission to graduate studies

Completing 13-16 graduate credits after admission

Form 2: Applying for candidacy in a graduate degree program

Taking the written exam at the end of course work

Form 3: Proposing a research paper or thesis

Doing the work and writing the results

Form 4: Applying for graduation

Submitting the research paper or thesis for review

Form 5: Scheduling the oral examination

Defending your graduate work



This month . . .

·      UPDATE: Tuition and Fee Due Dates Title of Feature Article

·      Graduating Students’ Checklist

·      Important Reminders for the Coming Summer and Fall Terms

·      Q&A: Question of the Month?


UPDATE: Tuition and Fee Due Dates


Effective fall semester 2007, tuition and fees must be paid in full no later than the first day of the term.


If not, the student’s classes will be dropped!

Exceptions. A student will not be dropped for non-payment if any one of the following criteria is met: The student has


a. applied for financial aid and the university has received the FAFSA results from the U.S. Department of Education.

b. made a minimum down-payment to tuition and fees of 15% or $300, whichever is less, and has an active payment plan contract.

c. a scholarship or third-party award that meets the minimum down-payment rule.

d. enrolled in the PSEO program.

e. tuition and fees deferred for special hardship cases such as sudden illness, a death in the family, or natural disaster.





For more information, go to or contact Jerry Winans at or Laureen Lawyer at 218-755-2046 or



For Graduating Students…



Make sure to complete your graduation checklist:


___  Keep track of updates and check your degree information on the Records Office’s Commencement website


___  Purchase and pick up cap, gown, and hood from BSU Bookstore


___  Send out invitations for commencement to family and friends


___  Try to attend Commencement Rehearsal on May 9th at 3:30 pm in Hagg-Sauer 100


___  Be aware of the dates and times of Graduation Events on May 18


___  Enjoy and Celebrate!!!  After all, it is your day!!











Q&A: Question of the month?

Q: How can I find a Graduate Assistant position?

A: There are several ways to track down Graduate Assistant positions.


Contact your GA Representative:

1. Check the School of Graduate Studies website under Graduate Assistantship contacts.

2. Contact the representative in your department or any department that they may suggest could use your skills (e.g. an English Graduate student may apply for a Communications GA position).


Check your BSU email account:

1. The School of Graduate Studies will occasionally email students about available Graduate Assistant positions.

2. Make sure to check your BSU student email account for these opportunities.

3. If you have questions, contact student services.


Check the BSU Graduate Community Site:

1. The School of Graduate Studies hopes to post GA positions as they become available.

2. Make sure to access the BSU Graduate Community D2L site if you want up-to-date information on available Graduate Assistant positions.

3. If you have questions about accessing the D2L site, contact student services.


If you have any questions, or you would like to know more about D2L courses, reach us through D2L Student Support:


Phone: Local: 755-4207


Toll Free: 1-888-240-4759



Walk-in Help:

Information Technology Services, Memorial 11


Or you can contact

Theresa Perreault at











Time For Summer Session Enrollment:


Look into the wonderful classes that are being offered this summer.  Take the opportunity to get ahead on your program requirements. 


Payments must be made for Summer I courses by June 1st and July 1st for Summer II courses. 



Fall Enrollment Now Open


Fall enrollment is now open!  Don’t forget to sign up for fall courses.  Don’t miss out on required courses.  Enroll in Fall classes now! 





UNIV 6000 – Don’t Forget!!!


Students who are not enrolled in any other classes will need to make sure they enroll in UNIV 6000 (Summer# – 081549; Fall# – 084166) to maintain active status. 


A graduate student who has been admitted into a specific graduate program but does not register every fall, spring, and summer term is considered to have withdrawn and will have to reactivate their program by petitioning to be reinstated.


If you desire to maintain active status, enroll in UNIV 6000 (Summer# – 081549; Fall# – 084166) today!!




Tracking down those Graduate Assistantships


It’s time to start looking for Graduate Assistantships for fall (and possibly summer) terms. 


Remember that a Graduate Assistant position covers the cost of tuition up to six (6) credits per semester (a total of 12 credits per year), as well as provides a stipend of $8,500 for the 2007-2008 academic year. 


Be sure to start asking your Graduate Coordinator and/or Department Chair about positions that are available to you, both within and outside of your program/department.


Also look at the Graduate Studies website for a list of departments that have possible positions available.

(Note: The list records positions that currently exist, but they are not necessarily open.  You will need to contact the department to ensure that the position is available.)


Keep an eye on your student email this summer, as the School of Graduate Studies occasionally sends out notices of open GA positions.  Also access the BSU Graduate Community site for an ongoing list of open positions (coming soon).



Don’t Forget Online Billing!!!

Effective Spring 2007


BSU will no longer be invoicing students through the U.S. mail.  You will need to check your account by accessing the BSU website.


Go to:


In the middle of the page, you will find a link called “Register online.”  Insert your tech ID and your PIN# to access your account.













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