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We understand that 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. More messages will be sent throughout the month of July leading up to move in. Please be sure to carefully review the information you receive in order to prepare 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 you in meeting the cost of education. Find more information about these loan programs on our website.  

How will the room and board credits impact my bill?

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

Apply to be considered for donor-funded scholarships

The University 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

Counseling Center tip of the week

An excerpt from Don’t Quit by John Greenleaf Whittier

Success is failure turned inside out

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far,

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit-

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.         

Stay positive, take one day at a time and trust yourself that you will know when to pivot if needed.

Call 937-229-3141 to set up a Zoom or phone appointment with Counseling Center staff. Services may be limited for students now living outside Ohio due to certain state laws so call to discuss your options. You may also take an anonymous emotional wellness screening.

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