Glossary of College Terms

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There are many types of advisors at BGSU:

College Advisor: This person helps to advise students about classes, registration and building a schedule. This is also known as an academic advisor. Log in to MyBGSU and click on "My Advisor" to send a message to him or her.

Faculty Advisor: Faculty advisors are experts in their disciplines and are knowledgeable about specific courses in their divisions and in educational and career opportunities in their concentrations. 

Financial Aid Advisor: This person helps navigate the many forms and deadlines for the financial aid process.

Program Advisor: Advisors affiliated with specific programs, such as Athletics, Honors, TRIO, Office of Multicultural Affairs, President's Leadership Academy or a particular learning community.
All-you-care-to eat dining facilities are located at The Oaks and the Carillon. AYCE is a meal plan option in which students "swipe" their BG1 Card Student IDs in order to eat.
BG Bucks is spending money that students choose to put on their BG1 Cards. The bucks can be used for locations on and off campus like the bookstore, dining services, vending machines, the health center and community merchants. 
The BG1 Card is the official identification card for BGSU students, faculty and staff.  The BG1 Card is more than just an ID card. It is used to access meal plans and services throughout campus. BG Bucks can be added (see above).
Email system for faculty and staff. Students use FalconMail (see below).
This office generates student bills and is also where student bills are paid. The bursar (derived from "bursa," Latin for purse) is a senior professional financial administrator at BGSU.
There are eight colleges within Bowling Green State University: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, Graduate, Health & Human Services, Musical Arts, Technology and Firelands.
Meal plan that combines both all-you-care-to-eat swipes and Falcon Dollars (also known as retail dollars).  Can be used in any dining facility.
An intentional delay or postponement.
Students can request a delay in paying the initial $200 housing payment.
Students can delay the start of paying back their loans until after graduation.
The office that houses a particular course subject, which sponsors all classes within that subject. For example, the History Department office.
During the fall and spring semesters, students may enroll in a course within seven calendar days from the beginning of classes; 14 calendar days are allowed for students to change the grading option or to drop a course with no record on the transcript. During summer term, students may enroll in courses during the first three calendar days of a given session; five calendar days are allowed for students to change the grading option or drop a course with no record on the transcript. *Warning:  Do not drop below 12 credit hours (even momentarily) without checking with the student's advisor. 
No more paper bills! Email notifications are sent to the BGSU student email address (and to authorized parents) when the eBill is available to view online. A reminder email will be sent to those students/parents who have not viewed the eBill.
Students who are already registered for classes are considered officially "enrolled" in BGSU as of the first day of classes.
The amount of retail dollars, based on the meal plan selected, that can be used in any of the BGSU dining facilities. 
Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  The application may be completed starting January 1 for the following academic year, and should be completed as soon as possible to be considered for maximum aid.  A FAFSA must be filed for each year a student wants to be considered for financial aid. More Info
A federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational and financial aid records. BGSU is required to have the student's permission to release specific information to parents/guardians or anyone who inquires. More Info
A federally-funded, need-based student aid program that provides work opportunities to eligible undergraduate students.  Students who work in FWS-funded jobs can have their FWS wages excluded from their aid eligibility calculation (FAFSA) the following year.
Graduate Assistant – a student currently attending BGSU to earn a master's or doctorate degree who works for a professor or office to help with instruction, labs or supporting tasks.  Sometimes known as a TA or Teaching Assistant.
A measure of a student's academic achievement at a college or university; calculated by dividing the total number of grade points received by the total number of letter-graded credits attempted.
GPA for all semesters total.
GPA for one particular semester.
Grants do not require repayment and usually are awarded to undergraduate students on the basis of financial need.  To be considered for federal, state or institutional grants, the FAFSA must be filed annually (see above).
The option to pay tuition and fees in monthly installments.
Internships and co-ops (also known as cooperative education) provides students with practical experience related to their major that will enhance and complement their classroom learning. An internship is usually one semester, either full time or part time, while a co-op is two or three semesters interspersed with semesters or two or more consecutive semesters on a part-time or full-time basis. More Info
Loans must be repaid with interest typically after the student graduates, withdraws from college or drops below half-time status (less than 6 credit hours for an undergraduate student and less than 4 credit hours for a graduate student).  Interest rates will vary based on the type of loan.  Federal student loans provide low fixed-interest rates with optimal repayment terms. More Info
When a student is admitted and able to enroll in classes at BGSU. A one-time processing fee is assessed at this time for main campus undergraduate students.
BGSU's secure online self-service center.   This is where students access Blackboard for course information, bills and payments, orientation, registration, housing, financial aid "To-Do List," extracurricular activities, update personal information and more.   May also be referred to as "the portal."
A required all-day on-site informational event at BGSU, which includes sessions related to academics, career planning, financial aid, accounts/billing and campus life.  Students will also meet with an advisor and create their first-semester class schedule.  Most sessions take place in the summer.
Student accounts must be paid in full or be current on an approved Installment Payment Plan by the posted due date on the monthly bill proceeding the start of the semester. Students who fail to pay by the posted due date will have their classes dropped and will not be permitted to move into their residence halls.
Personal Entry Device for access into select residence halls (all residents also have personal keys for their individual rooms).
The university's primary database.   Students can access their "Student Center" in PeopleSoft from MyBGSU.
Also known as MyBGSU.
Proximity card (similar to a PED) used to gain access into Falcon Heights and Centennial residence halls (residents also have personal keys for their individual rooms).
When a student has chosen and signed up for classes prior to the beginning of the semester.  An $8 registration fee will be automatically added to the student's bill each semester.
A meal plan consisting of all Falcon Dollars but no swipes, which can be used at all BGSU dining locations.
Scholarships are awarded based on a variety of criteria including merit, demonstrated financial need, field of study, participation in a specific program, organization or activity or a combination of any of these.  Awards do not require repayment.
A swipe is when a student with a Traditional/AYCE or Custom meal plan presents an ID to enter an all-you-care-to-eat facility. This swipe constitutes the use of one "meal."
Formerly known as the Bursar bill, this monthly invoice reflects any charges (like tuition) and payments made on the student's account.  It can always be accessed through MyBGSU.
This office calculates the best package of aid available and coordinates the transfer of funds to students/student accounts from scholarships, grants and loans.
Teaching Assistant – a student currently attending BGSU to earn a master's or doctorate degree who works for a professor or office to help with instruction, labs or supporting tasks.  Sometimes known as GA or Graduate Assistant.
Permission (granted by the student) for BGSU to cover fees like health insurance with a student's Title IV financial aid. More Info
This type of meal plan is a set amount of "meals per week" (swipes) that are used at the all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities, The Oaks and Carillon Place.
An undergraduate student is any post-secondary (finished with high school) student in the process of earning an associate or a bachelor's degree. Those pursuing a master's degree or doctorate degree are considered graduate students.
The first portion of a student's FalconMail email address, the part before the @ sign.
This is comprised of a student's entire FalconMail email address: 
Instructors assign a grade of "W" (withdrawn) or "WF" (withdrawn failing) if a student withdraws from a course after the last day to drop. "WF" is calculated into the GPA as an "F" and could be assigned if the student is failing at the time of withdrawal. A grade of "WF" is also assigned if students stop attending a course and do not follow up with their college office to officially withdraw. Grades of "WF" can impact financial aid status, as well as students' GPA.

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