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September 2016

Earlier Date for Financial Aid Application

The federal government is trying to help more students and their families apply for financial aid with a new earlier application timeline. This year, students will be able to file a 2017-18 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as early as Oct. 1, 2016 rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017.

Another change: Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, students will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year. For example, on the 2017–18 FAFSA, students and parents will report their 2015 income information, rather than their 2016 income information.

The change brings the financial aid application process in line with the timeline for applying to colleges. The change also allows students and parents to report accurate financial information, unlike the previous deadline that required applicants to report estimated incomes as they waited for tax documents to arrive in the mail. This could often lead to hang-ups in the application process, as estimates were more likely to lead to additional screening.

The change also lets students and families take advantage of the IRS’s Data Retrieval Tool, which automatically transfers tax data directly into their FAFSA from IRS databases.

HSU’s Financial Aid counselors are available Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 p.m., to help your students apply and manage their financial aid. Counselors can also be reached at (866) 255-1390.

Learn more about the filing the FAFSA online at

Campus Welcomes New Students

HSU welcomed an estimated 8,639 back to campus last month. Some parents volunteered to share a bit about what the Humboldt State community should know about their students.

Move in

Plus, learn more about the class of 2020:

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HSU Athletics Assessment

Members of Strategic Edge Athletics Consultants will be on campus Sept. 13-14 to gather ideas from the campus community and the public about HSU’s Intercollegiate Athletics program. Strategic Edge will hold a number of open meetings as listed below, and ideas can be submitted through the online form.

    Tuesday, Sept. 13

  • 11 to 11:50 a.m. General Session for Students – Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East)
  • Noon to 12:50 p.m. Brown Bag Lunch Session for Staff – Nelson Hall East 106
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. General Session for Alumni, Fans, Boosters, Sponsors – UC Banquet Room

    Wednesday, Sept. 14

  • 3 to 3:50 p.m. General Session for Faculty – Goodwin Forum (Nelson Hall East)
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. General Session for Business Community – UC Banquet Room

Homecoming & Family Weekend

HSU Homecoming & Family Weekend

Homecoming & Family Weekend means football, tailgate parties, fun on the quad, and of course, reuniting with your alma mater. This year’s is October 6–9. Hope to see you there!

Help HSU Become
an Outdoor National Champion

Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge

The Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge is about campus communities joining forces with students to get people outside and active. Humboldt State will be one of 90 colleges and universities across the United States participating in the 2016 Challenge, which runs September 4 through October 15.

The school to log the most outdoor activity will be hailed “National Outdoor Champion” and receive a gear bank worth $3,000 from North Face.

HSU, located in some of the most pristine natural environments anywhere, is eager to get students, parents, and alumni to take part. The competition is open to everyone and anyone, and you can participate from anywhere.

All participants will be entered into a pool for daily and weekly prizes from REI, North Face, Chaco, Osprey, and more.

All you need to participate is to download the Outdoor Nation app (available for iPhone or Android) or register on the website. When you head outdoors, open the app and follow the instructions.

Learn more at

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Latest News from Campus

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Care Packages

Sending your student off to college can take some getting used to. You want to be there for them every step of the way from the first moments on campus to graduation day. For the moments in between, Forever Humboldt offers special care packages. Help your student celebrate special occasions or pump up their spirits by sending them one. Visit the Care Package Program website to view all available options.

In this issue

Earlier Date for Financial Aid Application Campus Welcomes New Students HSU Athletic Assessment Homecoming & Family Weekend Help HSU Become an Outdoor Nation National Champion Care Packages Events & Deadlines

Featured Photo

feature photoThe redwood seen here was grown from seeds that were part of a NASA experiments to send tree seeds to space. On campus, they’re referred to as “moon trees.”

Learn more at

For more photos visit Flickr »

Events & Deadlines


Thurs. 8
HSU Downtown—My Favorite Lecture Series. Physics Prof. C.D. Hoyle

Thurs. 29
HSU Downtown—DJ Dance Party


Sat. 1
Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam

Weds. 5
HSU Downtown—Movie Night

Thurs. 6 to Sun. 9
Homecoming and Family Weekend

Thurs. 20
HSU Downtown—DJ Dance Party

Fri. 21
Spring '17 Class Schedule Available


Sat. 5
Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam

Mon. 7 - Fri. 18
Spring Registration

Fri. 11
Veterans Day (campus closed)

Weds. 15HSU Downtown—Movie Night

Mon. 21 – Fri. 25
Fall break


Mon. 12 – Fri. 6
Finals week

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