3. New Student FAQ's

STOP I have questions!


  1. YAY I’m registered! How do I pay my tuition?
    • You will not receive a paper bill in the mail.
    • Your University Bill (UBill) is posted in AccessPlus.
    • UBill information
  2. When is my Ubill posted to my account?
    • The ISU Calendar gives the dates when Ubills are ready.  Generally, the UBill is posted the first of the month that a semester will start:
      • Fall Semester            Ubills posted August 1
      • Spring Semester       Ubills posted January 1
      • Summer Semester  Ubills posted May 1
  3. When is my Ubill due?
  4. My employer will fund my tuition.  Can they pay my Ubill directly?
  5. I’m an ISU employee and tuition reimbursement is part of my benefit package. How do I set that up?

Financial Aid

  1. How do know if I qualify for financial aid? 
  2. Are there any conditions placed on receiving financial aid?
    • You must be registered for a minimum of 5 credits/semester to qualify for aid.


Who will be my advisor?

  1. Academic Advisor: Dawn Miller is your academic advisor for both MS and Certificate students.  She is your main contact person for any and all questions.  She will monitor your program progress and help with any situations that may occur.
  2. Major Professor (MS students only):  a major professor will be chosen when you start your creative component.  Students usually start their projects midway through the program.  The major professor only works with you on your project.

Agronomy 594 Practicum (MS Students only)

  1. What? this is a distance program - so what is this on-campus practicum?
    • Agronomy 594 is a one-time requirement.  It is recommended that you attend when you reach the halfway point in the program.
    • The practicum serves multiple purposes - the main purpose is to give hands-on activities that support what you learn in the first half the program.  Secondary benefits include meeting fellow students, as well as program faculty and staff.  
  2. When it is held?
    • The last full week of July every year, Tuesday-Friday.

If you have additional questions, please contact Dawn Miller millerdm@iastate.edu.  

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