Thursday, July 10, 2014

Meet the front line of the Financial Aid Office

For many parents and students, the first voice that they hear when they call our Financial Aid office belongs to Tim O'Sullivan pictured above.  Tim's official title is Financial Aid Assistant.  But that job title only scratches the surface of what Tim does on a daily basis.  Tim's patient and friendly manner puts families at ease.  Tim  has a wealth of knowledge regarding the financial aid application process and can direct students and families to the appropriate resources.

Tim joined Quinnipiac in 2012.  Prior to coming to Quinnipiac he was employed at Long Island University in the Development and Alumni office.  Tim graduated from LIU with a bachelor's degree in Business Finance. 

Tim was used to a busy office in his prior job, and this experience has served him well in his position here in our Financial Aid office.

Tim offered these words of advice to parents and students who are preparing to apply to college this fall.  "Start Early. The CSS profile is available on October 1.  The FAFSA is available on January 1.  The most common issue that we see is that documents have not been filed or we are missing information  Students and families can begin to ask questions even before applying."

Tim says that many families find themselves scrambling and if they delay taking action then they will be calling our office with questions during a high volume call period which is traditionally the month of July.

Our financial aid representatives will be available during all of our Open Houses this fall.  Tim also suggested that families visit the financial aid web page.  The site provides information on Quinnipiac's financial aid process as well as outside resources with valuable information on financing a college education.

Quinnipiac's Financial Aid office is an important partner in the admission's process.  We are grateful for professionals like Tim who provide great service to students and their families.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Summertime College Visits


Here is a picture of my favorite beach in Wareham, MA where I spend my vacation time in the summer.  So what are your plans for the summer?  If you are a rising senior in high school, a great suggestion for summer travel involves visiting college campuses. 

Planning visits during the summer allows families to coordinate visits to multiple schools in a particular area.  You can combine college visits with site seeing and begin to develop a list of schools to consider applying to later this year.

 A visit to Quinnipiac can be combined with some time spent on the Connecticut shoreline, or dining in New Haven at Louis' Lunch, which bills itself as the restaurant that originated the hamburger sandwich.  Or just walk across the street from our campus to Sleeping Giant State Park and enjoy one of the many hiking trails.

The admissions staff and student workers are ready and waiting to meet the students and families who may be the next Bobcats.  Come visit us this summer.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

The spirit of the Quinnipiac Community

 All photos courtesy of Operation BBQ Facebook page

As the semester hurtles to a close, the final weekend before classes end was jam packed with activities.  The Student Veteran Organization held their 1st Annual Operation BBQ.  The event was held to benefit Operation Once in a Lifetime which serves military veterans and their families  "to make the dreams of U.S. Soldiers and their families come true by providing free financial and morale support to U.S Service members, their families and veterans regardless of rank, deployment, physical condition or branch or service".  The SVO was supported by one of Quinnipiac's fraternities, Beta Theta Pi and QuinniPR.  They received generous donations from local businesses, QU Athletics, and the Quinnipiac bookstore to name just a few.  The barbeque raised $1200 to benefit Once in a Lifetime and many supporters of our veterans stopped by including President Lahey, seen above with Jason Burke, Director of Veteran and Military Affairsand two of our student vets.  You can see more pictures of the event on the Facebook page link above.

The other important events scheduled for Saturday were the undergraduate award ceremonies.  There were three separate events; graduating seniors were honored in the morning, the remaining undergraduate classes in the early afternoon and student center awards later in the day.  These ceremonies are intended to recognize special achievements in academics, community service and student activities. It was the culmination of another successful year for the university and its students. 

These two events demonstrate what makes Quinnipiac a very special place to get an education.  The faculty and staff truly enjoy the opportunity to engage with students outside of the classroom.  An education at Quinnipiac combines both academic rigor and co-curricular activities that together contribute to a graduate that is ready to serve their community and succeed in a career.  We are excited for our class of 2014 as well as welcoming our newest Bobcats, Class of 2018.