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Family News Digest


Welcome to Family News Digest, a weekly newsletter especially for University of Dayton parents and guardians.  

We understand you are receiving a lot of communication from the University, however we want to make sure you are informed of decisions as we make them. Many more messages will be sent throughout July leading up to move in. Please be sure to carefully review the information you receive in order to prepare your student for fall semester.

Return to campus

Last week, President Eric F. Spina shared the message and video with Flyer students regarding the Path Forward Return to Campus - Students Plan , with information on housing, student life, academics, and health and safety considerations. While these documents are cornerstone decisions which we do not anticipate changing, we are at the beginning stages of this process and will be working throughout July and into August as this pandemic continues to evolve. More plans will be released in the coming weeks.

Fall semester bills

Fall 2020 semester bills will be sent in early July with first payments due by July 22. The University is pleased to offer a four-month payment plan to make monthly payments on University-billed expenses. Fall semester payment plan enrollment begins July 6 and is open through Sept. 8. Educational loans, specifically private or federal PLUS loans, are another resource to assist your student(s) in meeting the cost of education. Find more information about these loan programs on our website.

Room and board credits on fall bill

Financial aid is typically split evenly between the fall and spring semesters. If your student(s) is receiving a spring 2020 semester room and/or board credit due to the COVID-19 disruption of campus operations, the fall 2020 semester amount due will be lower than what your student(s) should expect to owe for the spring 2021 semester. If your student(s) is using a private or federal PLUS loan to meet expenses, consider adjusting the loan to meet your student(s) costs each semester. To better understand what this means for your student(s) specific account, please connect with a financial aid counselor.

Your student can apply to be considered for donor-funded scholarships

The University of Dayton awards numerous scholarships each academic year to our returning undergraduate students through the fundraising efforts and the generosity of private donors. We have partnered with AcademicWorks to provide a streamlined approach for students to apply for these scholarships. To be considered for the 2020-21 school year, please login and complete the general application.

Enjoy the summer issue of University of Dayton Magazine

The summer issue of University of Dayton Magazine is now live online. Inside, we give you a behind-the-scenes look at how rapidly UD had to respond to the pandemic in spring with the health and safety of the campus community always at the forefront. “These are my kids — our 11,000 students,” President Eric F. Spina says. Inside you’ll also find a story on the 100th anniversary of UD taking the name of its city. We talk to the coaches of both basketball teams about their historic and unprecedented seasons. We show you a children’s book published by the River Stewards. We fly by the chapel at sunset and take a walk up the many steps of our very quiet campus.

Parents help support UD students

It’s no surprise that parents were the first responders for students when COVID-19 turned our world upside down. And, true to our community, many of them were looking to help more students than just their own. Learn how Flyer parents have supported the Student Crisis Fund and more in the Family and Friends Making an Impact blog.

Real-world UD student projects in academic journals

Check out this video by Professor and Niehaus Chair in Operations Management Michael Gorman in the School of Business Administration's Department of MIS, Operations and Supply Management, and Business Analytics. Gorman discusses a variety of student/faculty projects using math and technology to help real organizations make better decisions. The work is implemented, saving companies millions of dollars, and published in academic journals. All are great experience and resume builders for the student teams. If you are interested in learning more about this topic or the programs of study in the department, contact Mark Jacobs, professor and chair, at

Family News Digest

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