Frequently Asked Questions

What is it like transitioning to a new school?

Can I still work and attend school at the same time?

Which classes do I need to take?

What is the online learning tool that MSU uses?

Where do I park? How can I get to campus if I don't drive?

How do I finance my education?

 

What is it like transitioning to a new school?

Transferring from one school and/or starting school again after time away can seem daunting.  Because of this, Montclair State has various offices on campus to assist students with that adjustment.  For any academic adjustments or concerns, please remember you have two advisors.  You have an adivsor in your major and you have a secondary advisor who is a generalist.  If you are having issues you can go to either advisor you want but know that your secondary advisor is always here to help answer questions and connect you to the right people on campus. 

Outside of these advisors, there are offices on campus that also assist with the adjustment. You can the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) which gets you connected to the campus in fun ways which includes trips to Broadway and movies on campus. Many of the Adult Learners in the program love that these two things are available out of CSI because it allows them to bring their families to campus to enjoy some of the things we have to offer. 

If you are a commuter student, we have an office for Commuter Student Programs and Services. Many students like to participate in the events that they hold on campus because they are especially geared towards students that are running onto campus from work and other obligations. 

Also there is the Recreation Center, Kasser Theater, the Drop-In Center, Center for Academic Development and Assessment (for tutoring), the Center for Writing Excellence (located in the library) and Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), just to name a few.  All of these Centers and Offices have events and opportunities for students to connect to the University and discuss any issues they may be facing. 


Can I still work and attend school at the same time?

Whether you are attending full-time or part-time, school is a big commitment. All students should remember that along with classroom time, they should account for time spent studying and working classwork.  With that said, it is still possible for students to work and attend classes.  There are some early morning classes that start prior to 8am and classes run throughout the day until 11pm.  Even though there is a large variety in days and times for classes, it is important that students understand that not all classes will have early morning, late night or weekend options.  If you can only attend classes in the evening (evening classes start at 5:30 pm) here is a listing of majors that can accommodate that:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Classics (with online classes)
  • English
  • General Humanities (with online classes)
  • History
  • Justice Studies w/Concentrations in International Justice, Justice Systems or Paralegal Studies
  • Mathematics w/Concentrations in Discrete Applied Mathematics, Mathematics of Finance or Statistics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Many students do juggle work, family responsibilities and school. It will take some effort in time management but it is doable.  During GNED 100 we will speak more about time management. However, if this is really an issue for you right now, please come in so we can speak about it and work on some solutions. 


Which classes do I need to take?

Every new Adult Learner has a hold on their account so they can come in to speak with someone from Academic Success and Retention Programs (ASRP) so we can go over the Analysis of Degree Progress (your Degree Audit). This allows us to go over the major you have chosen, which credits have been transferred to Montclair, and which classes and requirements you have remaining.  At any time during your tenure, you can look up this information via your WESS (Web Enrollment Student Services) Account. If you have questions or are confused we are here to help you. 


What is the online learning tool that MSU uses?

Currently Montclair is transitioning from using Blackboard to using Canvas. This system will be new to both students and faculty. Because of that, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is offering sessions to the whole University Community to assist everyone in getting acquainted to the system.  Once you have registered for classes and are officially part of the student body, you can sign up for training. All training is free and if you need assistance with any other University system, OIT can assist you. 

 

Where do I park? How can I get to campus if I don't drive?

Parking on campus does not have to be something that you dread.  Plan ahead and get to know the numerous locations on campus that you can park.  For information regarding parking lots and shuttles please go to http://www.montclair.edu/facilities/facilities-logistics-support/parking-services/

For those of you that do not wish to drive to campus, please note that there are buses that stop on campus and 2 train stops.  For more information for both the train and bus service please go to http://www.montclair.edu/about-montclair/directions/

 

How do I finance my education?

The offices of Student Financial Aid and Student Accounts work together to assist students in paying their balances.  The Financial Aid office administers Federal and State aid to students. In order to be eligible, please complete a FAFSA. You can do that at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Once you have completed your FAFSA and receive confirmation that it has been processed, it is sent to Montclair State. That process can take up to 2 weeks from the day you complete the FAFSA to the day that Montclair has it.  Once Montclair has your FAFSA, information regarding the amount of aid you will receive will be posted on your WESS account. If you need to turn in additional information to the University, that will be posted under your WESS account also. It is important that you are checking your WESS account and your MSU email. 

Some students receive mail from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJ HESAA). If you receive notification from them that they need additional information, please submit it to them directly and not to Montclair State. 

The priority deadline for the FAFSA is currently March 15.  However you can still complete a FAFSA after that.  If you have more questions regarding financial aid please contact the Financial Aid office directly.

The Student Accounts office is where you will remit payment. They are responsible for all forms of payment outside of Federal and State aid, and private loans.  If you are paying via cash, check, money order, outside scholarship or payment plan, it will go directly to the Student Accounts office

Students that are looking into the payment plan option should start that process as early as possible.