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advising
Advising
Academic advisors are available every semester to help guide you through the program.
Top 3 reasons to contact your advisor once each semester:
Make sure you don’t take more classes than you need to, wasting valuable time and money.
Make sure you balance your schedule with Ferris and community college classes to
best utilize your financial aid.
Make sure you plan your schedule ahead. Not every class is offered each semester.
Don’t get into a situation where the only class you need isn’t offered the next semester,
or you aren’t taking enough credits to qualify for financial aid. Advisors help you plan ahead.
What questions should you be sure to get answered by your advisor?
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What classes should I take next?
(Make sure you leave your appointment with an updated program plan.)
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Is my class schedule impacted by financial aid?
(This mostly affects students taking technology intensive courses with a slightly higher tuition.
It is best to balance these courses each semester with other Ferris courses or community
college classes.)
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How many credits will I take each semester?
(Financial aid awards vary based on credit load. Six credits is considered part-time and
twelve credits is considered full-time. Note that some internships may be less than six credits,
but are considered full-time for financial aid.)
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Will I need to take summer courses?
(Financial aid budgets are created for the academic year beginning with fall semester. Make
sure you don’t use all of your aid before summer semester if you’ll be taking classes. Note that
some programs require summer internships. You’ll need to plan your financial aid accordingly.)
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Are there classes I can test out of using CLEP or another proficiency test?
(Successful prior learning assessments can save you time and money. Ask your advisor
if it’s an option for you.)
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Did I get all the information I need for Michigan Works?
(If applicable.)
Still need help?
Schedule your phone or face-to-face appointment online:
> Schedule Advising
What should you bring to your advising appointment?
Make sure your updated transcripts from all previously attended institutions have been submitted
to Ferris (including your community college transcripts from the previous semester, if applicable).
If Ferris does not yet have them, bring your
unofficial
transcripts and order your
official
ones so
that your advisor may see what you’ve taken and create the best personal program plan. If you have
received a program plan (or checksheet) in the mail, bring that to your appointment as well.
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