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Humboldt State University
Letter from Humboldt

February, 2013

Students at BSS

The fifth floor of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building, or BSS, is a great place to gain some perspective.

In this issue

Funding Your Student's Education

Arianne Aryanpur

You and your student have probably already started thinking about funding options for next school year. The good news is that approximately 70 percent of Humboldt State students receive some form of financial support—scholarships, grants, work-study or loans, according to Peggy Metzger, HSU's Interim Director of Financial Aid. The average package varies based on the income and assets of each student's family, fund availability, and HSU's criteria. Here are some tips for making the most of your funding options.

HSU Scholarships

There are nearly 200 scholarships available to HSU students on STARS, the online scholarship tracking and review system. Metzger encourages all students to log in 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, one time.

"It's completely paperless, and much easier than having to walk around campus trying to find out which scholarships are available and how to apply for each one," Metzger says. She recommends applying well before the March 2 deadline. "Some applications require essays and letters of recommendations and that isn't something you want to leave until the last minute," she says.

Federal Student Aid

March 2 is also the priority deadline to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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, call (707) 826-4321, or email

Overheard on the Network

"Our college kids worked summers to fund their own extra expenses. They have been doing this since grade school. Because the money is from their own earnings they tend to spend more wisely."

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Important Dates

  • Feb. 23
    Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam
  • March 2
    Deadline to apply for scholarships through STARS and priority deadline to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • March 15
    Last day to register for April 20 Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE)
  • March 18
    Last day to change registered class grade option to credit/no credit
  • March 18-22
    Spring Break
  • April 1
    Cesar Chavez holiday—campus closed

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