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Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt

February 2013

Centennial Documentary

Centennial Documentary: A look at the university’s first 100 years through the eyes of Emeritus Faculty and the memories of alumni.

In this issue

Financial Aid
Love Stories
Want to Write a Guest Column?
Latest News from Campus
Upcoming Events

Financial Aid & Scholarships

It’s that time of year again to start filling out financial aid paperwork. Here are some funding options you may not have considered.

Middle Class Scholarship

California’s new Middle Class Scholarship supports California students whose annual parent income—between $100,000 and $150,000—disqualifies them for a Cal Grant.

Students can save 10-40 percent on tuition and fees, depending on their family income. The amount awarded also varies by student and institution.

For example, a family earning up to $100,000 a year can receive a maximum 14 percent scholarship in 2014-2015, up to 20 percent in 2015-2016 and up to 30 percent in 2016-2017.

“The amount is determined after the award of any federal Pell Grant, Cal Grant and institutional needs-based grants for which a given student is eligible,” says HSU Financial Aid chief Peggy Metzger. “Also, the final award amount will hinge on the number of students eligible statewide and on the funding allocated by the state budget.”

To apply, file the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) by the priority deadline Mar. 2.


There are nearly 200 scholarships available to HSU students on STARS, the online scholarship tracking and review system. Metzger encourages all students to log into MyHumboldt and take a look.

In STARS, students answer academic and demographic questions like family status, G.P.A., intended major and credits completed. The system then matches them with scholarships based on their responses. While some scholarships require just the click of a mouse to apply, others ask for supplemental materials such as essays, video auditions and letters of recommendation. STARS streamlines the process by allowing students to upload all of their supporting documents online.

If your student has questions, there’s help. Financial Aid counselors take walk-ins Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Student & Business Services Building. For more information, call (707) 826-4321, or email


@livefromhsu on instagram

Experience HSU through a student lens on our new student run @LivefromHSU Instagram account. A new student will be featured each week. Check it out »

Stories: Love Blossoms at Humboldt State

After meeting as HSU undergraduates, Haley Anderson and Josh White began a journey along a lifetime path traveled by many college sweethearts—and in between their educational pursuits, they got married. Read more »

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Latest News from HSU

Students Bring Sustainable Technologies to the Dominican Republic

HSU Showcases Groundbreaking Films from California Environmental Legacy Project

Chancellor Shares Priorities in State of the CSU Address

HSU Phases Out Single-Use Plastic Bags

Own a Limited Edition Woodcut of Founders Hall

For a limited time, the Humboldt State Alumni Office is selling woodcut prints of Founders Hall. This limited edition, handmade print was designed by Art Professor Sarah Whorf to commemorate HSU’s 2013-14 Centennial Celebration. Proceeds support the Humboldt Loyalty Fund, which benefits projects that support the student experience.

Purchase yours while they last at


Featured Photo

Human 100
Dedicated AS students meet every two weeks with President Rollin Richmond to discuss student related topics.

» For more HSU photos, visit Flickr

Want to Write a Guest Column?

Are you the parent or family member of a current HSU student? Are you interested in sharing tips and advice with other HSU parents online? Then we’re interested in reading what you have to say in Letter from Humboldt. Possible column ideas include: “5 Things You Wish You’d Known Before Sending Your Child to College” and “Ways To Support your Student While They're Away.” We want your perspective and ideas! Interested? Send your name, contact info and a few column ideas to

Upcoming Events

Through March 2014
HSU Centennial Road Shows
HSU Alumni is coming to a town near you. Join the party and celebrate HSU’s 100th Birthday.

Feb. 12
California’s Changing Places
Feb. 13
Sustainable Speaker Series
Dec. 16
Centennial Speaker Series: Michael Eric Dyson
March 1
Library Showcase Month
March 17-21
Spring Break

» More events on the HSU Events Calendar

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