Ferris State University Big Rapids MI College

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Advising | Ferris Statewide Program Advising

There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to find the answers you need, especially when you need the answers to get started or complete the next task on your very long to-do list. Ferris understands this. That's why we are committed to providing the answers and information you need, when and where you need it. Whether you have a question about your degree program, need to know which classes you need to take next, or just want some helpful advice, Ferris has knowledgeable advisors specific to your degree or program.

Academic advisors are available every semester to help guide you through the program.

Top 3 reasons to meet with your advisor at least once each semester:

  1. Make sure you don’t take more classes than you need to, wasting valuable time and money.
  2. Make sure you balance your schedule with Ferris and community college classes to best utilize your financial aid.
  3. Make sure you plan your schedule ahead. Not every class is offered each semester. Don’t get   into a situation where the only class you need isn’t offered the next semester, or you aren’t taking enough credits to qualify for financial aid. Advisors help you plan ahead.

What questions should you be sure to get answered by your advisor?

  • What classes should I take next? Make sure you leave your appointment with an updated program plan.
  • Is my class schedule impacted by financial aid? This mostly affects students taking technology intensive courses with a slightly higher tuition. It is best to balance these courses each semester with other Ferris courses or community college classes.
  • How many credits will I take each semester? Financial aid awards vary based on credit load. Six credits is considered part-time and twelve credits is considered full-time. Note that some  internships may be less than six credits, but are considered full-time for financial aid.)
  • Will I need to take summer courses? Financial aid budgets are created for the academic year beginning with fall semester. Make sure you don’t use all of your aid before summer semester if you’ll be taking classes.
  • Are there classes I can test out of using CLEP or another proficiency test? Successful prior learning assessment can save you time and money. Ask your advisor if it’s an option for you.
  • Did I get all the information I need for Michigan Works? If applicable.

What should you bring to your advising appointment?

Make sure your updated transcripts from all previously attended institutions have been submitted to Ferris (including your community college transcripts from the previous semester, if applicable.) If Ferris does not yet have them, bring your unofficial transcripts and order your official ones so that your advisor may see what you’ve taken and create the best personal program plan.

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