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DATES OF INTEREST – 2016-2017

  • MAY 1: Acceptance Deposit Due
  • MAY 6-7: Baccalaureate/Commencement
  • MAY 23: Registration for First Five-Week Summer Session
  • MAY 24: Classes Begin
  • JUNE 3: Registration for Eight-Week Summer Session
  • JUNE 6: Classes Begin
  • JUNE 24: Registration for Second Five-Week Summer Session
  • JUNE 27: Classes Begin
  • AUG 12: New Student Orientation Begins
  • AUG 12: Residence Halls Open for New Freshmen
  • AUG 18-19: Registration for Fall 2016
  • AUG 22: Classes begin for Fall 2016 term

Xavier has traditionally offered the opportunity of a college education to academically qualified students regardless of the financial resources of the student or the student’s family. Although Xavier feels that the student and family have a responsibility to contribute to the cost of a college education, the University is prepared to help to provide financial assistance. In fact, 89 percent of Xavier students receive some type of financial assistance.

If you are a serious student, eager to complete your college education, help is available at Xavier. The optimum financial aid package will be worked out among you, your parents and a financial aid counselor.

A Xavier education is well worth the financial investment.

Sources of Financial Aid

Funds for Xavier financial assistance come primarily from four sources:

  • The Federal Government
  • State Government
  • University Resources
  • Private Programs

The federal government supplies the majority of financial aid. Federal Grant programs include: Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG). Loan programs include: Federal Direct Student Loans, and Federal Parent Loans (PLUS). The Federal College Work/Study Program provides jobs for students to earn aid.

The State of Louisiana offers the Tuition Opportunity Program (TOPS) for qualified graduates of Louisiana high schools.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students must apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for grants, loans and work/study. Filing may be done (a) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov , (b) by downloading a PDF FAFSA file at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov , or (c) by requesting a paper FAFSA at 1-800-4FED-AID. FAFSA on the web is recommended for faster processing. Eligible non-citizens must submit a copy of their I-151 or I-551. All male students over the age of 17 must register with the Selective Service two (2) months before their 18th birthday if they expect to receive financial aid. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible after January 1st.

If you think you will need financial aid, you must apply for it. You should contact your high school counselor or the Financial Aid Office at Xavier if you need assistance as you go through the financial aid application process.

When to Apply for Aid

You should file for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st. Give yourself the best opportunity to receive federal aid by applying early. Students and parents may apply for financial aid via the World Wide Web at the address: www.studentaid.ed.gov.

Scholarships

All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based Xavier University Scholarships at the time of application for admission. The competitive scholarship offers are based primarily on the high school academic record and ACT or SAT scores.

There are also music, art and other departmental scholarships available to qualified students. The Athletics Department offers scholarships in basketball, tennis, cross country, and women’s volleyball.

Applicants are encouraged to seek out scholarships that are available through private sources such as clubs, churches, sororities, fraternities, and other organizations and agencies in their communities.

Xavier Yearly Expenses

Yearly expenses at Xavier for the 2016-2017 school year are listed below and are subject to annual increases:

  • Tuition - $20,594
  • Room and Board - $8,598
  • Miscellaneous Fees - $1,200 (estimated)
  • Books and Supplies - $1000 (estimated)

For more information about financial aid, contact:

  • Your high school counselor
  • Xavier’s Financial Aid Office - 1-504-520-7835
  • Federal Student Financial Aid Center - 1-800-433-3243
  • Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance - 1-800-259-5626 ext. 1012

Or visit these sites on the World Wide Web:

Sudents should be prepared to pay semester costs at the time of assessment by the Office of Fiscal Services. Assessment takes place after students are registered for classes. The costs include tuition, room & board and other fees associated with enrollment for the semester. A deferred payment plan is available for students who wish to pay the semester balance in installments. After subtracting financial aid and deposits for the semester, the remaining balance can be paid in three installments as follows:

INSTALLMENT PLAN

  Fall Term Due Date Spring Term Due Date
First Payment (One half of the semester balance after subtracting financial aid) At Assessment At Assessment
Second Payment September 30 February 28
Final Payment October 30 March 30

You may make Acceptance Deposits by clicking here.

The University accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express for payment on accounts.

Housing

Xavier offers a variety of dormitory facilities for over 1,400 students. In order to be considered for campus housing, admitted students must submit the required de- posit with the Acceptance Deposit Form that is included in the admission packet. Ini- tial housing offers to new Fall term students are made in April

Students admitted to the University have the option of making their own off-campus living arrangements.

One of the most important responsibilities faced by the student and the university at the beginning of a student’s college studies is that of placement. Without careful selection and placement into courses to best fit academic preparations, the student’s success in college is placed in jeopardy or the college experience is less fulfilling. The Office of Admissions, in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Student Academic Success Office, has the initial responsibility for placement of students entering the University. SAT, ACT, and placement tests in English, mathematics, reading, French, and Spanish are the main tools in this placement. Students will take computer-based tests, with the College Board ACCUPLACER test used for placement in English, mathematics, and reading, and the WebCAPE test used for placement in French and Spanish. Results of these tests are used to place students into regular, honors, or developmental freshman-level courses.

Who Must Take The Tests?

All entering freshmen whose ACT or SAT scores indicate that further testing is warranted should take placement tests in the recommended areas. Also, transfer students with less than sixty (60) semester hours or whose academic program at Xavier still requires courses in mathematics or English could be required to take a placement test. Failure of a placement test in any area invalidates transfer credit in that area. Students who do not take the tests in the recommended areas will be required to take developmental courses in those areas. Placement is based on institutional studies and experiences and is intended to benefit the student. In addition, students are eligible to receive advanced placement in either French or Spanish based on the results of the WebCAPE placement test. Students who have two or more years of either French or Spanish must take this exam before enrolling at the university.

ACCUPLACER Test-taking Strategies

  • Take your time. The test is not timed. Relax and choose your answers carefully.
  • Read carefully. Be sure to understand exactly what each question requires.
  • Think carefully. The test requires one to complete or substitute information for parts of given sentences. Response should reflect clear language use.
  • Write before choosing an answer. Use scratch paper to experiment with answers. Be sure to understand the given options before answering.

Xavier ACCUPLACER English Placement Test (ACCEPT)

WritePlacer (English Placement Test) evaluates students’ essays written to one of several prompts provided by the ACCUPLACER system. The essay is evaluated according to how well it corresponds to the following:

  • Purpose and Focus: The extent to which information is presented in a unified and coherent manner, clearly addressing the issue.
  • Organization and Structure: The extent to which ideas are ordered and connected.
  • Development and Support: The extent to which ideas are developed and supported.
  • Sentence Variety and Style: The extent to which sentences and paragraphs are crafted, demonstrating control of vocabulary and structure.
  • Mechanical Conventions: The extent to which ideas are expressed using standard English.
  • Critical Thinking: The extent to which the writer communicates a point of view and demonstrates reasoned relationships among ideas.

Xavier ACCUPLACER Mathematics Placement Test (ACCMPT)

There are three categories in the Elementary Algebra Test.

  • Operations with integers and rational numbers: Includes computation with integers and negative rationals, the use of absolute values, and ordering.
  • Operations with algebraic expressions: Includes evaluations of simple formulas, expressions, and adding, subtracting monomials and polynomials, the evaluation of positive rational roots and exponents, simplifying algebraic fractions and factoring.
  • Equation solving, inequalities, and word problems: Includes: solving verbal problems presented in algebraic context, geometric reasoning, the translation of written phrases into algebraic expressions, and graphing.

A passing score on the ACCMPT will allow students to take the college level math required by their major. Those not passing the ACCMPT must enroll in MATH 0990. This course meets in small classes and does not count toward any XU degree.

Xavier ACCUPLACER Reading Placement Test (ACCRPT):

  • Reading Comprehension: This test is designed to measure how well you understand what you read. It contains 20 questions. Some ask you to decide how two sentences are related. Other questions are based on passages of various lengths. You will be asked to interpret and draw conclusions from what you have read.
  • Sentence Skills: Two kinds of questions are given in this test. You will be asked to correct a sentence by choosing a word or phrase to substitute for an underlined portion of a sentence. In the other type of questions, you will be asked to rewrite the sentence in a specific way without changing the meaning. You will be presented a total of 20 questions.

Xavier Language Placement Test (XLPT): approximately 30 minutes

Xavier uses the Spanish and French WebCAPE Placement Tests developed at Brigham Young University to assess students’ knowledge in these languages for placement in Spanish and French courses. The WebCAPE tests are multiple choice and computer-adaptive and cover grammar, reading, and vocabulary. Computer adaptive tests vary the difficulty of the questions based on the responses received. The complete Language Placement Policy can be found at: http://www.xula.edu/cas/documents/lang_placement.pdf.

Course Placement Using ACT & SAT Scores

If a student takes the ACT and the SAT, the better of the two scores will be used for placement. Therefore, it is imperative that students submit their highest and most recent test scores.

           English


ACT English Score

SAT Writing Score

Course Placement

12 or less

330 or less

ENGL 0990

13–16

340–400

ENGL 1000

17-18*

410-440*

ENGL 1000 or ACCEPT

19-26

450-600

ENGL 1010

27 or more

610 or more

**Consideration for Honors English

* Students with scores in this range should take the ACCUPLACER English Placement Test (ACCEPT) and the results will be used for course placement.
       

          Mathematics


ACT Math Score

SAT Math Score

Course Placement

15 or less*

350 or less*

MATH 0990D

16-19

380-440

MATH 0990D or ACCMPT

20-23

450-550

Degree Credit Math

24 or more

560 or more

Consideration for By-Pass Credit (see note**)

* Students who take MATH 1010 as a requirement for their major are eligible to enroll in this course with a minimum MATH score of 19 ACT or 440 SAT.

           Reading


ACTC or ACTR

SATCR or SAT(CR+M)

Course Placement

18 or less

430 (CR) or 890 (CR+M) or less*

RDNG 0992 or ACCRPT

19 or more

440 (CR) or 900 (CR+M) or more

No reading course required

 
* Students with scores in this range should take the ACCUPLACER Reading Placement Test (ACCRPT) and the results will be used for course placement.
** Placement in honors courses or advanced placement is based on a combination of ACT or SAT scores, grades in related high school courses, and the high school GPA. If you are eligible, you will be notified prior to registration.