A Message Home

July 2014

Dear Parents,

I would like to share the following tidbits to help your students enjoy a successful beginning to their college career. Most importantly, this is my special invitation for each of you to attend Parent Orientation from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, the first day of Welcome Weekend in Scholl Hall, Room 101. The information shared that day with parents will enable you to better support your students throughout their academic career.

The orientation will include a presentation from Student Life and a variety of informative breakout sessions. At 5:00 p.m., you will rejoin your student in the Krasa Dining Room for a community dinner. To register for this event, visit ben.edu/parentorientation.

Included in this newsletter:  

  • Tips and convenient links to prepare for fall
  • The New Student Advising Center is ready to register students
  • The Office of Financial Aid is here to assist you
  • How and when to make payments from the Office of Student Accounts
  • Welcome from University Ministry
  • Student-Athlete move-in dates
  • Special offers from the bookstore
  • Upcoming dates and events

As always, please feel free to call or email me – I’d love to hear from you.



Hope Keber
Parent Liaison, Parent Programs
(630) 829-1127

Upcoming Dates and Events

Friday, July 25
Resident Student Meet and Greet

Monday-Friday, August 4-8
Bridge to Success Session I

Monday-Friday, August 11-15
Bridge to Success Session II

Thursday, August 21
Welcome Weekend kick-off

Thursday, August 21
Parent Orientation

Monday, August 25
Fall semester begins

Saturday, September 20

Friday-Sunday, October 24-26
Family Weekend

Saturday, October 25
Annual Parent Association meeting

Tips and convenient links to prepare for fall

With summer moving by quickly, the Office of Admissions has offered the following tips to help your students prepare for fall. If you have not already completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, please consider filing it today and use our school code of 001767. All students must complete a health form and have it submitted to Student Health Services by August 1. Students who plan to live on campus are required to submit a housing application and a $125 housing security deposit.

Additionally, please submit all Advanced Placement test scores or official transcripts for any college level coursework previously completed, and official final high school transcripts with the graduation date.

Helpful Links:  

For additional information, please contact us at admissions@ben.edu or (630) 829-6300.

The New Student Advising Center is ready to register students

At Benedictine University, academic advising is grounded in Benedictine values and the mission of the University. It is an interactive process between the advisor and student supported by technology. The goal is to promote each student’s academic career and personal development. Although academic advising is a collaborative function July_welcomeweekend_web of both student and advisor, the final responsibility for satisfying University and major requirements rests on the student.

The New Student Advising Center (NSAC) has been busy these past few months helping to register students for the Class of 2018. Summer is usually a busy time for us as we are meeting with students who have just completed high school. During the initial advising appointment, new students will learn more about their major, plan their fall schedule and gain additional information about various campus resources. Advisors keep in touch with students throughout the summer via email and students are welcome to contact the NSAC with any questions as they prepare for the start of the fall semester.

Fall 2014 classes will begin on Monday, August 25 and all incoming freshmen will have an opportunity to participate in Welcome Weekend, which is a great program to kick off the new school year.

For additional information, please contact newstudentadvising@ben.edu or (630) 829-1120.

The Office of Financial Aid is here to assist you

Don’t delay! Make sure your student’s financial aid application is complete and every requested document has been submitted to the Office of Financial Aid. If your student is planning to make use of student loans, they must complete loan entrance counseling and a master promissory note at StudentLoans.gov.  Parents can also access the site to borrow Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loans.

Please note: Student and parent loans have a federal processing fee which should be taken into account when calculating your student’s loan payments. Additionally, fall book vouchers will be available at the bookstore for students with completed aid applications showing a pending refund.

For additional information, please contact financialaid@ben.edu or (630) 829-6100.

How and when to make payments from the Office of Student Accounts

Tuition and fees are incurred at the time of registration. A “Statement of Account” is generated on the 15th of each month and mailed to the student’s billing, local, home or work address on file (in that order). This statement reflects only that activity which has taken place on your student account in the last billing cycle (similar to your checking/savings/credit card account statements).

Payments are due seven days after the first day of class. Due to the Labor Day holiday, payments will be accepted without penalty through the end of the business day on Tuesday, September 2. Failure to meet payment deadlines will result in a late payment fee of $100 and a financial hold placed on the student's account. If a student has not received a bill, they may contact the Office of Student Accounts at (630) 829-6503.

All students who receive financial aid will receive a bright green envelope in the mail from Higher One with a debit card enclosed. If your student is expecting to receive a refund from financial aid funds or any overpayment for the fall semester or anytime in the future, a refund selection must be made using the enclosed 16-digit debit card number. Your student is not required to open a OneAccount from Higher One, however you MUST make a choice for your preferred method of receiving the refund (debit card, electronic transfer to another bank of your choice or paper check sent via mail)  To learn more about the My OneTM Debit MasterCard, visit MyOneMoney.com.

Helpful contacts and links:

  • Contact Student Accounts at SAR@ben.edu to determine the required amount due.
  • Visit ben.edu/MyBenU to view your student account online by logging into MyBenU with your student ID number.
  • Visit tuitionpaymentplan.com/ben or call (800) 635-0120 to set up a payment plan.
  • Visit MyOneMoney.com for information regarding preferred refunds.

For additional information, please visit ben.edu/studentaccounts or contact us at (630) 829-6503 or SAR@ben.edu.

Welcome from the Office of University Ministry

University Ministry welcomes you and your student to a new school year! We would like to remind all parents that students who wish to go on international service trips should look for the email from the Office of University Ministry about registration for service trips to the Philippines and Bolivia during the first week of the semester. Additionally, for those wishing to pay for their student to attend the Catholic focused, but nondenominational Koinonia Retreat, the deadline is October 18. Please note, the fall retreat fills up quickly. This means your student should go to ben.edu/koinonia to register now. The fee is $75. 

We also ask that you remember to donate snacks, baked goods and fruit for students during finals week. Please mark your calendars now in advance of finals week, which runs Monday-Friday, December 8-12 to help you remember to donate your items to the Office of University Ministry on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall.

Finally, please mark 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2015 on your calendars for the National Day of Service. You can sign up after January 1 to serve at several pre-approved service sites with your student.

For additional information, visit ben.edu/ministry or contact us at (630) 829-1310 or ministryrequests@ben.edu.

Student-Athlete move-in dates

We are excited to begin the 2014-2015 Athletics season and look forward to welcoming our student-athletes on the following move in dates:

  • Football – Wednesday, August 13
  • Men’s Cross Country – Friday, August 15
  • Women’s Cross Country – Friday, August 15
  • Men’s Soccer – Friday, August 15
  • Volleyball – Friday, August 15

For additional information, please contact Athletics at (630) 829-6140.

Special offers from the bookstore

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Parent Programs

Hope Keber, Parent Liaison
Phone: (630) 829-1127
Email: hkeber@ben.edu

Lownik Hall, Room 057
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532