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News and Announcements

First eBill for Freshmen Available in July

The first billing statement (eBill) for incoming freshmen will be issued on July 19, 2016. You will receive an email notification once your eBill is ready to view.  

In anticipation of this first billing statement, we recommend reviewing the following on the New Student Financial Checklist:

When you have been notified that your eBill is available, view it by:

  • Logging in to DrexelOne.
  • Selecting the "Billing + Financial Aid" tab.
  • Selecting the "eBills" link within the "Account Balance and Bill" channel.

Numerous resources can also be found on the New Student Financial Checklist including, but not limited to: 

  • Authorizing access for parents or guardians.
  • A PDF guide explaining the layout of your eBill.
  • Methods for paying your eBill.
  • Financing options including a payment plan with Tuition Management Systems (TMS).

Change to Add/Drop Period for Fall 2016

Starting in the fall of 2016, quarter students will only be able to add or drop courses until the end of Week 1 of the quarter, and the withdrawal period will now take place from Weeks 2 to 7 of the quarter.

This policy change comes after much consideration for the success of Drexel students. The University has received feedback from faculty and advisors that expresses concern regarding student performance when they register for a course during Week 2 of the quarter. As a quarter is only 10-weeks long, this may mean that students miss up to 20% of the course. The reduction of the course add/drop period will benefit students in preparing them for a more successful beginning to the quarter.

This change may affect you in areas such as course registration and long-term academic planning. To ensure a smooth transition into this one-week course add/drop period, we suggest that you meet with your advisor early to have upcoming courses chosen before course registration opens for the quarter.

For more information on how to add and/or drop a course, please see our Adding and Dropping Courses page.

Preparing for Sophomore Year

While the fall term may seem far away, it is important to begin preparing now to ensure a smooth transition into the 2016–2017 academic year.

Billing and Financial Aid

  • During your freshman year, each quarter you were enrolled was a class quarter. In 2016–2017 your billing and allocations for any financial aid will change based upon your sophomore class/co-op schedule.
    • During class quarters, you will be charged: tuition, University fees, and possible room and board
    • During co-op quarters, you will be charged: only University fees and possible room and board
  • With this difference in your plan of study, your financial aid eligibility may be different during co-op terms than class terms.
  • If you have been awarded Federal Work-Study (FWS) funding, you will need to accept the award in your DrexelOne account before you can start working in a FWS position.
  • Understand the terms and conditions that accompany your financial aid and awards. You should also review your account on DrexelOne and ensure that you have completed all outstanding financial aid requirements.
    • To retain certain federal financial aid awards, you must maintain a certain minimum cumulative GPA and earn a certain percentage of attempted course credits. More information about these Department of Education standards can be found on our Satisfactory Academic Progress webpage.
  • Review different financing options that are available to help you on the Resources page.

Registration and Classes

  • Review your plan of study and graduation requirements by accessing DegreeWorks from DrexelOne.  On the “Academics” tab, choose “Review Your Academic Plan of Study.” This will assist you in registering for classes for the upcoming year.
  • Maintain constant communication with your advisor to ensure that you are on track within your program and with your class selections.
  • While you are on co-op, you can take up to four academic credits without being charged tuition.
  • Be sure to check your Drexel email and DrexelOne account while you are on co-op. You will receive important information during the experience and when you are preparing to return for classes. 

Completing Your Required Placement Exams

All entering freshman and transfer students must complete their required placement exams so that Drexel University can develop students' fall 2016 course schedules.

View step-by-step instructions, frequently asked questions and answers, and contact information if you need additional support on our Placement Exams page.

Placement Exams will open on Monday, May 9, and the deadline to complete your placement exam(s) is Thursday, June 30, 2016.

More About Placement Exams

  • Placement exams assess the prior knowledge a student has and the proficiency a student needs in the subject areas relevant to his or her chosen major.
  • They present an opportunity to tailor-fit a student's freshman courses according to his or her relative skill level. 
  • A fall course schedule will not be completed until the student has taken all required placement exams. 

How to Begin Your Placement Exams

  • Log in to DrexelOne.
  • Find the New Student Checklist.
  • Expand the checklist item "Placement Exams" to access your required placement exams.
  • Set aside at least 90 minutes for each required exam.
  • Once you start an exam in Blackboard Learn, you cannot stop and restart the exam.
  • You can only take each exam once.

Request Accommodations for Placement Exams

  • If you have a disability and require accommodations so you can take your placement exams:

Ensuring Your Student Bill is Paid

You always want to make sure that your current student account balance has been paid in full. Drexel recommends that you monitor your email for notifications of monthly eBilling statements, prepared just for you. Drexel recommends the following for all students:

Review your most current eBill

  • Log into DrexelOne.
  • Select the "Billing and Financial Aid" tab.
  • Click the "eBills" link in the "Account Balance and Bill" channel.
  • Click the "Review eBill" link in the top navigation.

Ensure that you have completed all financial aid requirements

  • Log in to DrexelOne
  • Select the "Billing and Financial Aid" tab.
  • Click the link in the "Outstanding Financial Aid Requirements" channel.
  • Select the "2015-2016 Academic Year" from the drop-down menu.
  • A list of all requirements and the action you must take for each will be listed.

Consider some of the different financing options that may still be available

  • Parent Direct PLUS Loan – The Parent Direct PLUS Loan is a federal credit-based loan with a fixed interest rate that the parent of a dependent undergraduate student can apply for.
  • Private Education Loans – Private education loans are available to borrowers with sufficient credit from different financial institutions. Drexel strongly recommends considering all other financing options before utilizing private education loans.