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The Parent Update is an online newsletter for parents and family of St. Kate's students. Issues are emailed four times per year.

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Does your Katie know about Community Work and Learning?

St. Kate’s Center for Community Work and Learning (CWL) supports learning opportunities and community engagement for undergraduate and graduate students through student employment and service-learning. If your student is interested in work or learning experiences that advance their leadership, professional development, and skills, send them our way!

Student Leadership and Employment Programs

CWL offers a number of paid student employment opportunities on and off campus. Our America Reads program employs St. Kate’s students to tutor youth at local schools and community sites. In the Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP) students are paid to work one-on-one with a faculty or staff mentor as a Teaching, Research, or Program Assistant.

This October we were awarded a nearly $400,000 grant from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation to fund our Career Ready Internship Program. Career Ready places students in paid internships with local organizations. Former Career Ready student Fatuma Noor, ’15, shared: “Everything is a highlight in my internship. I have learned so much and I love everything I do. On top of that, I get paid for this experience. It is so great to be paying off some of my school loans before I even graduate!”


In service-learning classes, students apply their learning to real-world contexts through community involvement. Service-learning courses focus on building academic skills, critical reflection, and civic responsibility. Each semester approximately 40 service-learning courses are offered across disciplines and departments, engaging students in community work that connects to their classroom learning.

Community Work and Learning
Coeur de Catherine #233
651.690.6842 |

It's an exciting time of year in the Department of Residence Life. Housing sign up and online room selection for 2016-17 is underway. Whether your student is already living on-campus or commuting, they can sign up and choose their own room and roommate(s) as part of the online room selection process.

Community, Convenience, Connection

When asked about the benefits of living on campus, consistently, students have said that living on campus allows them to easily connect with campus resources like Butler Fitness Center, faculty offices, dining services, the library, and campus activities. Residents also recognized the convenience of not having to commute or worry about monthly bills. Many students said that they valued living in community and building relationships. Living on campus means:

  • Connecting with classmates and the University community.
  • Enjoying convenient all-inclusive amenities like free laundry, wireless internet, cable with HBO, and computers and printers in each building.
  • Peace of mind with 24-hour Public Safety services.
  • Participating in residence hall social and educational programming.
  • Not having to drive to campus early in the morning when it is only 5 degree outside...all that defrosting, scraping, shoveling, and traffic!

Variety of Options

St. Kate's offers a variety of housing options to meet your student's needs including apartments, suites, single rooms, double rooms, and more. Students are also invited to live in a Living Learning Community. These unique living areas bring students with common interests and goals together through specialized programming, faculty support, and community action. Choose between American Sign Language, Catholic Community, Global Perspectives, Antonian Honors, Emerging Scholars, Gryffindor Tower, and Healthy Living.

Sign Up and Room Selection Instructions

Students sign up for housing at the online portal, My Housing. There are multiple steps and instructions that students should read carefully before selecting their room. Residence Life reaches out to students in multiple ways to educate them about the process, but ultimately it's up to your student to read all of the emails, instructional brochures, and the Residence Life website to learn about this process. Please understand that this is not a process you as a parent can complete on behalf of your student.

Important Dates

  • March 1 - Priority deadline for Living Learning Community Sign Up
  • March 7 - Housing & Dining Agreements are Due
  • March 7 - Deadline to Same Type of Space
  • March 8 & 9 - Same Type of Space Roommate Pull-In
  • March 15-17 - Online General Room Selection

PLEASE NOTE: If your student has any questions about the housing sign up process, please direct them to Ben or Sabrina in the Residence Life Office in room 450 CdC, 651.690.6617. The Residence Life Office will also be open on the nights of online room selection to help students with the process.

It was great to see so many parents and students at the recent Global Studies Information Session on February 3. Raine de Campeau, Director of Global Studies presented information about Study Abroad opportunities available to St. Catherine students. The program highlighted:

  • The benefits of studying abroad.
  • Program options and the enrollment process.
  • Information about financial aid, credit transfer, and safety
  • The experience of three St. Catherine University students who studied abroad in Japan, Korea, and France.
If you were not able to attend, you're invited to watch the video of the presentation, Exploring Study Abroad Parent Program - 2016.

As you begin receiving and gathering your 2015 tax documents, don't forget to file your 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Many students and families associate filing taxes with filing the FAFSA, and our St. Kate's priority application deadline is easy to remember since it matches the Monday, April 18th IRS tax deadlines for most 2015 individual income tax returns. Taxpayers have until Monday, April 18th to file their 2015 tax returns and pay any tax due because of the Emancipation Day holiday in Washington, D.C., falling on Friday, April 15th.

2016-17 Financial Aid priority deadline: April 18, 2016
Submit the FAFSA online application now!
Complete the St. Kate's 2016-17 Financial Aid Application (desktop version) or the St. Kate's Financial Aid Application 2016-17 (mobile-friendly version).
Watch your St. Kate's email for requests for follow-up documents.

IRS Data Retrieval Tool for the FAFSA
You can file the FAFSA now, even if you haven't filed your taxes. If you have filed, FAFSA applicants will have the option to retrieve certain relevant data elements (such as adjusted gross income) directly from the IRS tax database. If you are eligible, you can execute the retrieval from within the FAFSA site while completing an initial application, renewal application, or correction to an existing application.

While completing the FAFSA, you will be asked questions to help you determine if you are eligible able to use the Data Retrieval Tool. Most applicants will be eligible, with a few exceptions.
Students and parent(s) who use the Data Retrieval Tool and do not make subsequent changes to the transferred information reduce the likelihood of being selected for verification and will not be required to submit tax transcripts for verification purposes if selected. You may still be required to submit documentation of non-tax data elements, such as amount of child support paid or food stamp eligibility.

More information on the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.
Please contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.

651.690.6540 |

Is your Katie considering St. Kate’s Summer Session? If she is interested in getting ahead in her studies, catching up or completing a core course, Summer Session is a great option. Registration opens March 2 and tuition rates are at least 40 percent lower than spring and fall tuition. There are also substantial discounts for on-campus housing.

have an idea to share?

If you have suggestions for articles or topics, please share them with us - simply send an email to Sabrina Anderson at:

651-690-6593 |

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