Parent Connect Newsletter

August 2022

Harvey Stenger

Dear parents and families, 

In just a few days, many of you will be heading to campus to drop your student off for the start of the fall semester — and I am thrilled that you can do so with fewer restrictions in place than we’ve had the past few years. Students will not have to test upon arrival to campus — and parents and families will be allowed into the residence halls to help them move in. We’ll do our best to make the day go as smoothly as possible for you.

The beginning of a new academic year is filled with promise as we welcome our students to start or continue their journey here at Binghamton. And we know it’s not just the coursework that’s important to a student’s success. That’s why we start off each fall semester with UFest, where students can have some fun and also check out over 200 student organizations that will be tabling at the fest. New students in particular are sure to find something to interest them!

We also have plenty of other resources to support students across all spectrums as they navigate college life and become independent. To make it easy to find the support they might need at any given point in time, students can get started with the Binghamton Support Network, a searchable database of on- and off-campus resources and contact information.

We’re ready to welcome your students to campus and wish them a smooth start to the semester!

Sincerely,

Harvey Stenger
President


Move-in days

Move-in days for new and returning students will be held over four days this month, with new students moving in the mornings of Thursday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug. 20, and returning students moving in the afternoons of Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20, and all day Sunday, Aug. 21. ALL on-campus students must have signed up for a move-in time slot and must arrive at the scheduled time. If your student has not yet selected their move-in time they should select their time in the housing portal. Contact Residential Life with any issues. For complete information on the move in process visit our Moving In webpage

Color-coded building pass

We mailed all residential students a color-coded postcard in early August that will have their building name on it. Make sure to BRING THIS WITH YOU WHEN YOU MOVE IN and place it on your vehicle dashboard with the building name visible. This will allow us to quickly direct you to the correct area for unloading.

The first day of classes is Tuesday, Aug. 23, and to see the rest of the academic calendar, visit the web.

Fall 2022 COVID-19 guidance

All students who have a physical presence on campus are required to complete a primary series of COVID-19 vaccines. For domestic students, this means completing a series of FDA-approved or authorized vaccines at least two weeks prior to the start of classes on Aug. 23. International students must complete a primary series that is FDA-approved or authorized, or one that is approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).   

Students planning to move into campus housing will not be allowed to move in unless they have completed a series of FDA-approved or authorized, or WHO-approved vaccines, or have been granted a medical or religious exemption. NO unvaccinated student will be able to complete course registration without an approved exemption.

SUNY has removed the requirement for students to have received a booster. However, the University strongly recommends that students receive booster shots when eligible because they help the student and the community raise the level of protection against the COVID-19 virus. In addition, students who have not received a booster shot may be subject to quarantine if exposed to an individual who tests positive.

Read the full Fall Guidance ‘22 online.

August engagement highlight: student involvement opportunities

Fall move-in has almost arrived! We can't wait for campus to be abuzz, yet again, with the start of classes and extracurricular student activities, like club meetings and student programming. At Binghamton, student involvement outside the classroom starts in B-Engaged — our online hub connecting students to hundreds of University-recognized clubs and organizations, events and other happenings on campus. 

Tell your students to check B-Engaged for all the fun B-Welcome events (starting tomorrow) welcoming our first-year, transfer and returning students to campus with exciting activities, cool tours and more. And make sure their calendars are marked for University Fest on Saturday, Aug. 27. This annual campus-wide festival marks the start of each new academic year with rides, games, free swag, food and the chance for students to meet with and sign up for dozens of student clubs. 

Students can explore the B-Welcome events, and much more, on B-Engaged or with the free B-Engaged app, called “CampusGroups,” available in the Apple App and Google Play Stores. 

Fall Job and Internship Fair: An event for all students

This fall, the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development will host a hybrid Job and Internship Fair with both in-person and virtual options. Students of all majors and class years are encouraged to attend. For juniors and seniors, the fair is a great opportunity to network with employers in their preferred industries and learn more about organizations hiring for full-time and internship positions. First-year students and sophomores also should attend this fair to explore careers, grow their network and build their confidence in speaking to recruiters.

The in-person Job and Internship Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m–3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in the Events Center. Encourage your student not only to attend, but also to prepare by following our helpful resources and tips for information on:

  • Writing a strong resume
  • Crafting a great 30-second commercial
  • Researching registered organizations
  • Dressing professionally

Business attire is encouraged for the fair to help your student make an impactful first impression on recruiters. Remind your student to bring a job fair outfit back to school with them. If they do not have business attire yet or are looking to expand their current wardrobe, they can take advantage of 30% off workwear at the JCPenney Suit-Up Event from 3–6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at JCPenney in the Oakdale Mall in nearby Johnson City. Students can register in advance for Suit-Up and be entered to win a gift card that they can use to purchase clothing during the event. If they cannot attend or prefer to shop online, a discount code will be provided after the event that students can use during the following week.

If your student has any questions about attending a Job and Internship Fair, they can book an appointment with a Fleishman Center staff member. During an appointment, career consultants can look at resumes, provide advice on fair attire, assist with 30-second commercials and answer questions about the fair. Virtual appointments are available throughout the summer as well as the school year.

Fitness memberships with Campus Rec

In a recent survey of Binghamton students, those who participate in recreation most frequently report experiencing an improvement in the feeling of well-being, overall health, physical strength and fitness level. Alongside the physical benefits of staying active, students also report improvements in stress management, self-confidence and time management skills. One convenient way for your student to stay active all year long is to purchase a fitness membership with Campus Recreation.

A fitness membership gives your student access to the FitSpace fitness facility and group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, barre and Spin. FitSpace offers a large variety of cardio and strength machines, free weights, stretching areas and the SYNRGY360 system, with battle ropes, suspension training, monkey bars and a punching bag. During the academic year, the facility is open 7 days a week: 5:45 a.m.–11:30 p.m. Monday–Friday; 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Sunday.

There are different options for fitness memberships. A fall semester membership is $100, while an Academic Annual membership (both semesters) is $180. We recommend choosing the Academic Annual option and purchasing the membership online. The front desk of the East Gym, Recreation Center becomes very busy at the beginning of the academic year. Purchasing fitness memberships online helps students avoid waiting in lines. 

We look forward to welcoming your student back to campus at Binghamton!

Education Abroad Fair

The Binghamton University Office of International Education and Global Initiatives (IEGI) is excited to invite students to the Fall 2022 Education Abroad Fair Days at the Old Champlain Atrium (OH-133). The fair will take place 1–4 p.m. each day on Sept. 7–8.

This is a great opportunity to learn about Binghamton University's education abroad programs, meet with advisors, faculty leaders and former participants. We look forward to seeing you there! Learn more on the IEGI Fair webpage.

Parking permits available for purchase online

Parking permits are available for purchase online for the upcoming academic year or semester at the Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) portal. Students who are sophomores and above are eligible to purchase a permit.

Students who are first-time permit buyers must first register their vehicle online with the University. Students who are returning customers will log in and follow the step-by-step instructions. Resident students are also eligible to purchase a Discounted Resident Parking Permit. This permit type allows students to park in Lot G1 only at a discounted rate of $100. See the campus map for parking lot locations and which lot designations correspond with permit types.

TAPS uses License Plate Recognition (LPR), a plate-recognition technology that virtually associates Binghamton University parking permits to a license plate without a decal or hangtag. Vehicle information can be updated from students’ online accounts at any time.

If your student is interested in carpooling, Binghamton University offers 511NY Rideshare, which is an online carpooling platform. Students may sign up, create a profile and easily find other students to travel with by posting a ride. TAPS offers incentives to those that carpool. To find out more, visit the TAPS website.

An alternative to bringing a vehicle to campus is to take advantage of the bus systems. Both OCCT and BC Transit offer safe and reliable transportation around campus and the community at no cost with the scan of a valid Binghamton University ID. For more information on scheduling, visit the TAPS website.

Transportation and parking updates for the upcoming year can be found on the TAPS website. Parking questions can be directed to parking@binghamton.edu.

Welcome to Family Weekend 2022!

We're excited to welcome all our families back this year in-person for Family Weekend! This year's festivities run from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2.

Check our web page for additional information including pre-registration, schedule of events and FAQs (coming soon).

You'll want to book your hotel reservations as soon as possible, they fill up fast! Find a list of places to stay on the Visit Bing website.

Banking on campus

Visions Federal Credit Union is Binghamton University’s official on-campus financial partner. With over 230,000 members, Visions is a robust financial institution that stretches from New York state into New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

On campus, Visions has a full-service office on the second floor of The Union and four walk-up ATM locations: next to their office, inside Bartle Library Tower by Jazzman’s, outside the Events Center and outside Dunkin’ Donuts in The Union.

Students and family members may open accounts at the Visions office or online at visionsfcu.org/BU. On the site, you’ll find introductory information — and a link to earn $25 just for opening an account!

Sending money to students is simple, too. If both parties are Visions members, it’s as easy as an in-person office visit, over the phone transaction or online transfer. Family members who prefer to bank at their own financial institution have the alternative to send money with Zelle, which is integrated into the Visions FCU mobile app, or to arrange a wire transfer through their own institution.

In addition to savings, loans, checking, debit cards and ATM access, Visions maintains a partnership with the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development. This partnership provides students with free access to financial education on topics related to their interests. Popular subjects include budgeting, credit, saving for graduate school and negotiating a job offer. Students may also request presentations for clubs or organizations and visit the Fleishman Center’s website for upcoming events.

To learn more about what Visions has to offer — including bonus opportunities — visit visionsfcu.org/bu or stop by the branch on campus, open five days a week.

Welcome from Dining Services

Dear Bearcat families,

It has been my pleasure meeting many of you during Orientation this summer. The Binghamton University Dining Services (BUDS) team understands that your student expects their dining experience to be more than just great food, and we are committed to providing a range of diverse and healthy dining options every day. Our meal plans provide the ultimate in convenience and flexibility, giving students the freedom to dine at any of our dining locations, including all four resident dining halls, the MarketPlace, Cafes, Nite Owls and more! Remember, the key to managing Dining Dollars for the semester is to eat most meals in the four resident dining halls. To learn more about meal plan options, adding money and staying on budget, visit our dining plan webpage.

We know that some students come to campus with specific nutritional needs, and BUDS provides a variety of menu options for students who have food allergies, food intolerances and/or other special dietary needs. Our registered dietitians are available to meet with students and discuss dining options, accommodations and resources on campus.

Also, there are some exciting new additions coming this fall. Quesera, a build-your-own quesadilla station, opens in September at the MarketPlace. The University Downtown Center and School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences will each feature a 24-hour self-serve Mini Mart with a variety of prepared and pre-packaged foods and beverages.

To improve speed of service and ensure the safety of our staff, we will no longer accept cash as payment at any of our dining locations. Instead, the convenience of meal plan Dining Dollars, BUC$, credit card, debit card, and Apple and Google pay will be accepted. Anyone carrying cash will be able to purchase a dining gift card from the Gift Card Kiosk located in the MarketPlace.

We love receiving feedback and encourage you to send us your questions or comments. To contact us and stay up to date on all things dining, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or TikTok, and sign up for MyDtxt.

We are thrilled for the opportunity to serve your students this fall!

Best Regards,

Jim Ruoff
BUDS District Manager

Financial Aid and Student Records are here to help!

For all servicing options, hours of operation, document submission upload instructions, and much more, visit the following websites:

Document submission: All documents can be uploaded securely through the myBinghamton portal. Click on Financial Aid and Student Records Document Submission (helpful links section on the left side of the page).

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Flexibilities extended

No interest is accruing on federal student and parent loans through Aug. 31, 2022, due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 emergency. For more information go online

Fall 2022 Excelsior Scholarship application

The fall 2022 Excelsior Scholarship application opened in May 2022. The application will close on Aug. 31, 2022. Current recipients do not need to file a new Excelsior application, but must file a New York State Student Aid Payment Application every year. To review eligibility requirements and complete your application, online.

2022-23 New York state aid

To apply for New York state aid, students must complete a New York State Student Aid Payment Application. The TAP application provides a single conduit for applying for payment of all state grants, scholarships and awards, which includes TAP, Excelsior and STEM. Students and parents have the option to link directly to the application from the FAFSA submission confirmation page or complete the application by going to the N.Y. State Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC) webpage. Note that students must be full-time, matriculated N.Y. state residents who qualify based on income and academic requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their academic advising office to ensure their fall 2022 coursework meets degree applicability requirements. For more information on the New York state guidelines regarding degree applicability, view our webpage.

All aspects of the TAP application and applications for their respective awards must be complete for the awards to be sent from the HESC. Students who have applied for and been approved for Excelsior, STEM, NYS Merit or other state aid will not see their actual awards in BU BRAIN until later this summer.

Ensuring financial aid bill credit

If there are any unsatisfied requirements for financial aid, this can prevent your student’s aid from crediting their bill. Your student can check if they have any unsatisfied requirements by logging into their BU Brain account and following the steps below:

  1. Login to the Portal at http://my.binghamton.edu.
  2. Click on the BU BRAIN Self Service icon at the top of the page.
  3. Go to the FINANCIAL AID tab, select ELIGIBILITY. Choose the appropriate year when prompted for Award Year.
  4. View STUDENT REQUIREMENTS.

Information about other common reasons for aid to not appear on the bill is available on the Financial Aid website.

Refunds

Is your student expecting a refund from Financial Aid?  Most refunds will be available the first week of classes. Students are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit to avoid waiting in long lines. Direct deposit allows the Student Accounts office to deposit any excess financial aid directly into a student’s bank account. Students sign up for direct deposit via the Binghamton portal at my.binghamton.edu.

Federal work study

Students participating in the federal work study program that begin working during the first week of classes will not receive their first paycheck until late September. The federal work study pay period schedule can be found on the Human Resources website.

2022–23 Parent PLUS Loan — another option for funding your student's education

Parents can apply online using their FSA username and password. For more general information about Parent PLUS loans, visit the financial aid PLUS loan webpage

Proxy access available for financial aid information

"Proxy access" is the ability students have to grant others access to view their financial aid information in BU BRAIN. For more information about proxy access and instructions for students, visit the proxy access webpage

Graduating seniors and loan repayment

Knowledge is power when it comes to repayment, such as knowing what to expect, choosing the right repayment plan and staying on top of loan payments. This can help your student fulfill their financial goals. Visit the federal student aid webpage for helpful repayment tips and resources, and congratulations on your student’s graduation! 

New York State Get On Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program

The New York State Get on Your Feet Loan Forgiveness Program provides up to 24 months of federal student loan debt relief to recent New York state college graduates who are participating in a federal income-driven repayment plan whose payments are generally capped at 10 percent of their discretionary income. Find more information and the instructions to apply online.

Student Records

For more information visit the Student Records website.

Graduating Seniors-Applications for Degree

Currently enrolled undergraduates intending to graduate in summer 2022 must email degree@binghamton.edu to complete the Application for Degree. Students completing coursework at another school in summer 2022 must also email degree@binghamton.edu to let us know.

Fall Registration

Continuing students will be able to register with a time ticket based on earned credit hours when registration reopens during add/drop registration period on Aug. 22.

Confirmation of enrollment 

Confirmation of enrollment is now available online through BU BRAIN my.binghamton.edu. The deadline for students to confirm their enrollment is 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, to avoid cancellation of courses and for disbursement of their financial aid. 

Fall Proof of Enrollment

Fall 2022 proof of enrollment will be available online through the National Student Clearinghouse in September after the add/drop deadline, once fall enrollment records have been uploaded to the National Student Clearinghouse. Students can access this through BU BRAIN. Click Student tab, then Student Services Tools to print an enrollment certificate.

If you have an enrollment verification form that needs to be completed by the Student Records office, email the form to registrar@binghamton.edu and include your student’s name and B number. We will not be able to process these forms until the first day of classes (Aug. 23) or later. 

IDs

New students who did not receive their ID cards during Orientation over the summer will be able to pick up their ID card at the Financial Aid and Student Records office in the Admissions Center building, Room 112, when they return to campus during move-in. The office is open weekdays 9 a.m.–4 p.m. We will have special hours during move-in weekend:

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 and Sunday, Aug. 21
  • Make sure your student’s photo has been uploaded at my.binghamton.edu using the ID photo upload link.

Returning students can request a replacement ID card through my.binghamton.edu or by sending an email (using their official Binghamton University email account — emails from other accounts cannot be processed) with their name and B-number to idcard@binghamton.edu.

  • There is a $20 fee for all replacement ID cards, which will be assessed to the student’s bill in Student Accounts.
  • Students will need a photo ID to pick up their card. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license, passport, high school or other university photo ID.
  • ID distribution plans are posted online.

Official expedited electronic transcripts are available

In addition to free official paper transcripts, we offer official expedited electronic transcripts. There is a $5 charge per recipient for the expedited service. More information about electronic transcript service is available online.


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