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Withdrawal Form April 7, 2010

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Before a student leaves Quinnipiac, to drop out or transfer to another school, he or she must fill out an “Undergraduate Student Withdrawal and Exit Interview Form.” Here is the front of the form…

The form calls for signatures from the Dean of the school the student is in, the Financial Aid office, the Bursar’s Office, and the Office of Residential Life.  It also calls for an exit interview with the Dean of the school. Transferring student Mike Governa said, “It takes about 5 minutes to leave this University – 3 to fill out the form and 2 to talk to the Dean.”

The back of the form is a survey of reasons to understand why students leave…

Governa thinks some of the questions on the back are “stupid.” He said “Why do they ask because they’re not going to change it anyway.”  The retention committee is looking to make changes but they say a big problem is that not everybody fills out the withdrawal form.

Nicole D’Allesandro is a former Quinnipiac student who transferred to UMASS Boston.  She made her decision to transfer over  the summer so she wasn’t at school to pick up a form.  “They mailed it to me but I was already gone so I just didn’t do it,” she said.  She wanted to stay at Quinnipiac and was frustrated when she left.  She felt that no one helped her find a way to stay… so she didn’t feel obligated to do anything else for the school.

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Financial issues… February 3, 2010

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Quinnipiac’s Department of Residential Life supports and educates students in hopes of keeping them safe and content while at school.  The idea is that if students are happy while living in the residence halls they will have an easier time managing academics and will continue attend school here. Jenn Crane is the Associate Director of Residential Education.  Part of her job is to oversee the programs taking place on campus – programs that are intended to keep students coming back for more.

But residential programs and education have no effect on whether a student drops out, if they are dropping out for financial reasons. Financial issues are a strong force driving students out of QU.  In a drowning economy, many students find themselves unable to afford the high tuition.  To be a full-time student and resident at Quinnipiac for one year costs almost $47,000.  Students can fill out a FAFSA form online to receive financial aid, but even that is not always enough to keep students at Quinnipiac.  70% of QU students receive some kind of financial aid, but the amount can range from $100 scholarships to $40,000+ scholarships.  Podcaster Christopher S. Penn of the Financial Aid Podcast discusses the retention of students and how financial aid administrators can help.

Financial Aid Podcast