Complete FAFSA and contact Financial Aid
Financial Aid packaging is completed by the College’s Financial Aid Office. You must complete the FAFSA form in order to be eligible for loan packaging. Students beginning in the summer term should complete the FAFSA for the current academic year, as summer is included in the current year, and complete the FAFSA for the upcoming academic year. Students who attend summer school must also complete the Summer School Financial Aid Application, which can be found on the Financial Aid Office's website. You must be registered for classes in order for the Financial Aid Office to package you. You should register for summer/fall classes as soon as possible so that there will be no delay in packaging. You can view your awards online. Just visit myWM and click on the Banner icon and log in. You can view your financial aid awards there. If you have questions regarding your loan packaging, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 757-221-2426.
Set up WM email account
W&M email for students is provided by WMApps (powered by Google). Your email address is listed at the bottom of each page of your Welcome Letter. You must activate your WMApps email by first setting a password and then accepting Google’s terms and conditions. (This can be a separate password from your wmuserid.) Follow the directions on the W&M Change Password page once you have activated your wmuserid.
You should begin to check your W&M email as soon as possible. All College correspondence will now be sent to the W&M email address, not the addresses provided by you during the admission process. If you are not going to use the W&M account as your primary email account, you should make sure to have the W&M email forwarded to whatever account you check regularly.
Order Final Transcript
If you provided transcripts that included in progress coursework for a degree program, please be sure to request your final transcript once your degree has been posted. We must have a transcript on file that indicates your degree was conferred. Failure to provide a final transcript will result in a hold being placed on your student record. In addition, you will need to provide an additional final, official transcript to the Office of Teacher Education & Professional Services in order to get your license.
Set up meeting with your Advisor
Your admit letter included contact information for your faculty advisor. You should contact your advisor and set up an appointment to complete your program of studies. If you can't complete your program of studies prior to your first class, you must complete before the end of add/drop of your first semester of enrollment. (Elementary Education conducts group advising - see your Welcome email for dates and times)
Register for Classes
Registration opens Monday, April 23rd, is Internet based and can be done from anywhere in the world. You will access registration by visiting myWM and logging into Banner Self Service. Additional instructions for the actual registration process are listed on the Registrar’s web site. Your actual registration takes place in Banner (the student information system) NOT in Blackboard. Not all courses use Blackboard. When checking to see what courses you are registered for, you should check Banner, NOT Blackboard.
Please let us know if you are having problems with this process. The School of Education, not the University Registrar’s Office, will assist you with any issues you may encounter with registration. Our graduate registrar is [[trgainer, Tammy Gainer]]. She can be reached at 757-221-2316.
When searching for courses, please note that course listings in education begin with three different letter groups:
CRIN Curriculum & Instruction
EPPL Educational Policy, Planning & Leadership
You can also search by the college code Education.
An important link for you to use is the Academic Calendar. This calendar details registration dates, term dates, deadlines, etc. specific to the School of Education.
Complete Health Evaluation form
Health Evaluation Forms are required for all full-time students (a full-time graduate student is defined as a student registered for 9 credit hours or more in a semester). If you are full-time at any point during your program, you MUST have this form completed and submitted to the Health Center. A physician must verify the health information requested on the form. The information required on this form is required by Virginia State Law and The College of William and Mary. Please print the form, or get one from Student Health Services. Failure to complete this requirement will result in a late fee of $100 and a hold placed on your account. (Forms are due in July.) If you do not intend to ever be a full-time student, you do not need to complete this form. If you are a part time PhD student, you will need to complete this form for your residency year.
Complete Health Insurance Waiver or sign up for Health Insurance
The College of William and Mary requires all full-time students (undergraduate and graduate) to be covered by adequate health insurance coverage throughout the school year. The College has contracted with a vendor that provides the college with a student sickness and injury insurance plan that can provide affordable health care coverage. Unless the student has existing health care coverage and submits a waiver request, that is subsequently approved, the student will automatically be enrolled in this college-sponsored plan.
All full-time undergraduate and graduate students will be enrolled in the college-endorsed student Health Insurance Plan and the fee will be billed to the student’s account in two installments unless proof of other adequate health insurance coverage is furnished.
If you feel you have adequate health insurance and do not wish to be enrolled in the college insurance plan, you must complete the waiver request that can be found on the Insurance page of the Student Health Center website.
If you do not submit this waiver request, you will be enrolled in the college-endorsed health insurance plan, and billed for the annual fee. Important: The waiver request is typically due around July 1.
If you have any questions, please contact the [[student.insurance, Student Insurance Coordinator]] at the Student Health Center, (757) 221-2978.
Note: F-1 or J-1 International Students will be automatically enrolled in the college-endorsed Student Health Insurance Plan. Details are available on the International Students and Scholars page of the Reves Center for International Studies web site.
Some students choose to live on-campus in the Graduate Student Complex and many choose to live off-campus in the Williamsburg community. You may also want to check out the Student Affairs website - scroll down to the Guide to Graduate Living. This publication is information compiled by current graduate students for graduate students, and has useful information on much of Williamsburg and the surrounding area.
Get a Parking Pass
Parking decals may be purchased from the Parking Services Office on Campus Drive. Anyone who parks a vehicle on campus must have a decal. Decals are priced according to student type and parking location.
A student may use his/her William and Mary ID to ride public bus transportation free to any location on the Williamsburg Transit bus route.
Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) students will have an orientation on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. noon the School of Education, Matoaka Woods room.
Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership (EPPL) and School Psychology and Counselor Education (SPACE) students will have an orientation on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 in the School of Education Building, Matoaka Woods room.
If you cannot attend orientation, please contact the [[dsosbo, Office of Academic Programs]].
Get an ID card
Students may purchase a William and Mary Student ID card from the ID Office which is located in the Campus Center on Jamestown Road. Student ID’s are required if you want to check books out of the library, take public transportation for free, use the Recreational Center, purchase a meal plan, or use them for discounts around town. The ID also functions as door access and a debit card.