Category Archives: Registration

Transfer Credits

Hey everyone!

So I recently ran into a problem and I thought this might be a problem for most people. I currently work full time and have a part time internship so I take all of my classes online so I have enough time for everything . Commuting  to NYC it takes about 2 1/2 hours out of my day. So if I have a class from 9:00-12:00 I have to get on the 12:45 train and then wont get home till 1:50-2:00 then I cant get much work in from 2:00-5:00 when my job is open.

So as you can see why I need to take all my classes online but as I went to register for my last semester there was a math class I needed to take , and the online section was full. I figured I could do one of two things try and take the class somewhere else over the summer or take a chance and see if someone will drop the online math class next semester.

Instead of taking the chance I went to my local community college which is also down the street from my job. But since I live in New Jersey I need to make sure the credits will transfer, and your in luck because there is a way you can get the course approved before taking it and wasting your time!

How to make sure your course is approved:

First thing is first you need to look at FIT’s description of the course and the college of your choices description and see what matches best. Next you need to fill out the “course equivalency” form  http://www.fitnyc.edu/registrar/forms/reg-courseequivalency.pdf. Then either email it to Fit_Registrar@fitnyc.edu or Visit them in C158 with the form and a copy of the course syllabus from the other school.

This process takes about 5 days before they respond to you . Then you will find out if you are approved or not and once you are just go sign up at the other school ! It is actually really simple!

As much as I would love to take all my courses at FIT sometimes you need to go elsewhere to graduate on time or take a class that isn’t offered in the summer or winter because of work, other classes, ect. I am still waiting to hear back to see if my classes are approved , but hopefully I will get my class in this summer and graduate in time!

Xoxo,

Kailee

 

 

FASFA Do’s and Dont’s

So as everyone knows its almost FASFA deadline , but did you know that you actually have till June 30th to fill one out? So its not to late if you haven’t already. I know personally FASFA was so complicated once I started college, you have so much going on and you need to find a moment for your parents to be with you to complete it , unless your parents already do it all for you ( which I am really jealous) .

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But first thing is first you need to log on to the website and create a user https://fsaid.ed.gov/npas/index.htm, usually both you and your guardian will do this so you can both access it. After doing it for the past four years I have realized a lot of things I should and shouldn’t do.

  1. DO NOT wait till the last minute , FIT has deadlines for FASFA as well as any college although you might have a deadline.
  2. Do use your fill legal name as shown on your social security card.
  3. DO answer Yes to the questions about your different types of financial aid , like work study and loans, ect. You don’t have to accept the offers you receive but if you don’t you wont be open for more grant money.
  4. DO NOT let anyone do your FASFA for you or charge you a fee like your taxes, there is no special way to get more money.
  5. DO fill out a FASFA to even be considered for scholarships and grants you need to show you attempted to fill out a FASFA.
  6. DO NOT start a whole new FASFA, once you start one each year you will just have to update certain information.
  7. DO file taxes as early as possible because you need this information to fill out the FASFA.
  8. DO keep a record of FASFA passwords and login information for the next year.

FASFA can be time consuming but its well worth it! So keep calm and FASFA on!
xoxo

Kailee

Registration Time

While most of us are currently on spring break and enjoying our time off, we cannot neglect the fact that registration for next semester is happening in the next couple of weeks!  For me, it is the most wonderful time of the year because I get to plan ahead!  Nothing makes me more excited than knowing what my future semester is going to look like.  While that may sound ridiculous, there is a certain level of ease that comes over me once I see that I am ready to go and move forward with my education.  If registration time freaks you out, I’m here to give you a few tips to put yourself at ease.

  • Visit your academic advisor!  I covered how to make an appointment with your advisor here. Your advisor will help guide you and tell you what classes you can take and need to take.  Not every class is available to your major or counts towards graduation.  Make sure that you don’t get behind and talk to your advisor about your concerns!
  • Prepare for the big day.  While I have never heard of any student doing this, don’t pick your classes AS you’re registering.  Classes fill up FAST, so if you aren’t prepared, you may not get the classes you prefer at your desired time.  Plan out what classes you want to take and make a mock schedule based on the availabilities.  You can view the classes and times that they are being offered on your myFIT account!
  • Write down the ISBN numbers.  So you got your registration time and you’re panicking because you’re at the same time as everyone else in your major.  To ensure a speedy registration, write down the ISBN numbers associated with the class section that you want to take.  When it comes time to register, you can type in the ISBN numbers, rather than going to search for each individual class.
  • Have a backup plan.  While you may have followed the previous bullets to a T, you may not get the classes you want.  Make a secondary schedule in case something falls through.  While it may not be likely, you want to be as prepared as possible!

Happy registration!

Ashley

Online Classes: Midterm Edition

Happy Midterms everyone!

So being that this is my first semester taking ALL online classes I thought I would give you some advice on what I do when midterms begin.

#1. Make sure you have been reading the lectures, watching the videos and participating frequently through out the class. I know some people don’t do this because they think it is an online course and it will be easy but trust me catch up now or by time the final comes around you wont know anything that is going on and you don’t want to fail.

#2. MOST ( not every)  online classes allows you to use your textbook and notes for your tests and midterms , so make sure you keep your notes organized and all the lectures printed out and up to date.  But double check you are allowed to use them!

#3. When taking the midterm make sure you are in a quiet place where the internet will not go out! Sometimes when I am taking them my internet at home goes in and out and I have no idea why so instead of getting kicked off the test and not being able to go back I go to Starbucks. Most of the time places like that or libraries have a very strong internet connection because of how many people are using it.

#4. Remember your being timed and if you exit out or change browsers you will be kicked off the test! Some teachers allow you to take breaks and go back and finish but not always so make sure you read the directions before you start the test.

#5. Lastly, make sure there are no short answers or essays. Sometimes you will only get an hour to finish a test and there are 40 questions and two short answers, you want to make sure you have notes before hand on what to write for the short answers to help you save time and be allow you to go back if you need to.

Online classes are great and defiantly help you work and go to school but you have to remember they are still a class and you need to devote the right amount of time to them!

GoodLuck!

Kailee

 

Planning Ahead – Academic Advisement

The new semester can be daunting and picking your classes isn’t easy by any means.  I highly recommend seeing your Academic Advisor prior to registration each semester.  The curriculum surprisingly changes from year to year and you want to make sure that you are on track for graduation, right?  There is nothing wrong with double-checking to make sure that you are good to go!

You should have received an email from the Registrar or Academic Advisement telling you who your advisor is.  If you have misplaced that email, feel free to Academic Advisement a call at 212 217.3080 or visit them in C402 in the Feldman Center.  Your advisor will be able to tell you what courses you still have remaining, inform you if you are eligible for any minors, and can answer any questions that you may have about your academic/graduation status.

To make an appointment, click here and select your advisor and preferred meeting time.  The Academic Advisement Center is one of the most helpful offices in the entire school.  Why not take advantage of it?

Ashley