In the past, if you were to have any questions about your financial aid status, you would have to personally go the financial aid office to get anywhere. With the newest feature that has been applied to my.hinds, a student no longer has to do this unless there is something you believe is incorrect about what you see.
As of this semester, students can click on a link titled either account activity or View Statement Balance. After clicking on this link, the picture shown above will pop up on your screen and give you a calculation of charges, payments by you or financial aid, and anticipated financial aid. If your final number is negative, that shows that you more than likely have that amount coming back to you during reimbursements (split into four refund dates if you do not have any charges after that time).
Drop down menus (in blue) titled charges, payments and anticipated financial aid are available. The following will tell you what each menu consists of:
Charges: This will tell you what charges have been made to your account such as tuition, room, board and supplies from the book store.
Payments: This will inform you as to what payments have been made and will tell you who funded that payment. For example, you might have paid the $50 room reservation fee, and your band scholarship might have paid for your tuition and room.
Anticipated Financial Aid: This will show what financial aid you have received and how much. This will be more detailed as it tells you what was credited to your account first and how much of a particular scholarship and or loan was credited towards your charges.
Not show above is the Reimbursement option due to the fact that our first reimbursement has not been issued yet. This option will let you know when you are reimbursed and how much you received for that given reimbursement.
Spring 2013 Refund Disbursement Dates:
Feb 22, 2013
Mar 22, 2013
Apr 19, 2013
May 09, 2013
Without a doubt, this is one change that Hinds has made that will benefit us greatly and save us a lot of time by avoiding the long lines in financial aid.
Every year since 1998, Beloit College has released their "Mindset List" around the beginning of the Fall semester. The list is meant to reflect the way incoming college freshmen view the world. I always find the info interesting and entertaining, even if I don’t agree with every characterization and even though each new list makes me feel old.
This year incoming Freshmen were born in 1994. Since music has always been a large part of my life, it blows my mind that Kurt Cobain has always been a dead rock star to these students & Pearl Jam has always existed. I was a child of the “mix tape” era. Sure, I haven’t owned a tape since 6th grade, but I remember late nights of staying on the phone with my best friend, waiting for a song to come on the radio so we could tape it. That sounds ridiculous now.
I grew up watching Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson play basketball. The original “Dream Team” played in the Olympics 2 years before this year’s incoming Freshmen were born. I remember when Jose Canseco was the 40/40 man, the first player in MLB history to hit at least 40 home runs and steal at least 40 bases in the same year. To my youngest brother, he’s always just been the steroid guy & a loser on reality TV.
There are some things that I think are really cool on this year’s list. I like #12 - maintaining relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world has been a woman’s job in the State Department and #23 - Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles. I think there are some important things missing, such as our country being involved in major foreign conflicts & the rough economy that has existed for most of the lives of eighteen year olds. I am interested in how these things have effected the Freshmen at Hinds Community College.
Each generation has their own experiences of historical events that help shape them. My parents remember Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. I was in first grade when the Challenger disaster happened on live TV, it’s something that will stick with me forever and fueled my interest in science. #26 on the 2016 list talks about the Furby, a toy (a very annoying one) that a lot of Freshmen this year played with as children. The Furby had as much computing capability as the Apollo 11 Lunar module that Neil Armstrong piloted. Our experiences regarding technology are definitely different.
Check out the list and let me know what you think about “your” list in the comments. I’ll be the first to say that most of the things on “my” list are untrue for me. We’re all different, of course.
Students, what are the most common references do your parents or instructors make that sound foreign or “old school”? I thought #27 was pretty funny - Outdated icons with images of floppy discs for “save,” a telephone for “phone,” and a snail mail envelope for “mail” have oddly decorated student's tablets and smart phone screens. Do you even think much about that kind of thing? What historical events helped shape you?
If you were born before 1980, I’d like to know your thoughts on the lists as well. What surprises you most about them?