Parents & Families
We look forward to the prospect of welcoming you into the Concordia University Chicago family!
A college degree remains one of the best investments of time and money that families will make. Concordia University Chicago is one of the most affordable private universities in the Midwest. The high number of freshmen who enrolled at our University for the last academic year is evidence of the demand of students who know they will receive personal attention in small classes, from professors who actively support their academic career success.
The value of a Concordia University Chicago investment is clear:
Our smaller, personal college environment is focused on student access to resources, opportunities and professors who will know and support students and their goals
Our strong Christian and liberal arts foundation provides a well-rounded education focused on faith, values and the individual
Our graduates are admitted into the best graduate schools in the country, and within six months of graduation, 90 percent of our grads find employment
100 percent of our full-time undergraduate students receive financial assistance
Our location in proximity to Chicago provides opportunities for internships, cultural, social and academic resources that prepare students for an increasingly diverse world
We are always ready to answer additional questions about the admission or financial aid process. Please explore the answers to the frequently asked questions below, and feel free to call us toll-free at 877-282-4422, email admission@CUChicago.edu, or post a question to our Facebook page.
If you are a parent of a current CUC student, contact the Office of Student Transitions & Family Programs at 708-209-3036 or email Rachel.Tobin@cuchicago.edu, or follow them on Facebook by joining the group Concordia Chicago Parents today!
Below are helpful questions and answers for new and current parents:
- What is FERPA?
- Important Enrollment, Financial Aid Registration and Payment Deadlines
- What is Jump Start Orientation?
- Are Parents Required to Attend Jump Start Orientation?
- What can I do to help my student during the enrollment process?
- What resources are available to me as a CUC parent?
- How can I stay in touch with my Concordia-Chicago student?
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), otherwise known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law that ensures the privacy of your student’s educational records. Once a student turns 18, or enters a college or university, they gain primary responsibility for determining who is able to access their educational record. Students and their families will learn more about FERPA and students will receive a release form. More information about FERPA, and the Office overseeing compliance, can be found here (http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/index.html).
Important Enrollment, Financial Aid Registration and Payment Deadlines
Once your son or daughter is admitted to CUC, you can take advantage of Concordia Connect to help your college-bound high school student stay on track with various deadlines. However, once your son or daughter goes through Jump Start, they will then be considered a student and parents will no longer have access to Concordia Connect.
What is Jump Start Orientation?
Jump Start is the orientation program required for all new students entering Concordia University Chicago. The program features sessions where students will become better acquainted with campus and the different resources available to them.
Are Parents Required to Attend Jump Start Orientation?
Parents are not required to attend but are strongly encouraged to participate in Jump Start. As a parent, you are also joining the CUC community with your son or daughter. Concordia-Chicago wants you to be knowledgeable about your son or daughter’s experience and the assets that are available to you.
What can I do to help my student during the enrollment process?
- To ensure your son or daughter receives the maximum amount of financial aid available, it is recommended to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form as soon as possible after January 1 of every year. The first step in finishing the FAFSA is to complete your tax return at the start of the year. Learn more about the FAFSA and Concordia University Chicago’s Scholarships and Financial Aid.
- Pay careful attention to communications from the Office of Financial Planning and note any upcoming deadlines.
- Maximize your scheduled time with a Financial Planning staff member during Jump Start by completing any requirements ahead of time.
- You can help your son or daughter weigh the advantages and disadvantages of different types of meal plans, housing options and class selection.
What resources are available to me as a CUC parent?
- We have specific programs for parents at Jump Start and Weeks of Welcome. Much of this programming is social where you meet faculty, staff and other parents.
- If you are the parent of a student-athlete, consider talking to your son or daughter’s coach to learn about opportunities for involvement.
- During Jump Start, you will have the ability to sign up for parent updates from the Office of Student Transitions & Family Programs. Want to sign up to receive monthly newsletters? Email Rachel.Tobin@CUChicago.edu to subscribe.
- You can join the Concordia-Chicago Parents page on Facebook to follow additional updates for parents.
- You can keep up to date with general University news by visiting the News & Events page.
How can I stay in touch with my Concordia-Chicago student?
- Send a Care Package – You’ve Got Mail! Packages, letters and cards from home are delivered daily to the Concordia-Chicago post office and ready for pick-up by students who live on campus. All residential students have a mailbox number. Send your college student a care package, letter or card as often as you like. Students love to receive mail and packages from home! To avoid delays or problems with delivery, address mail/packages to your students with a complete address and mailbox number:
Student’s Full Name
7400 Augusta Street
River Forest, IL 60305
- Attend Family Weekend – Make plans to attend Family Weekend. Every semester about four weeks after classes start, families and siblings are invited to spend a weekend on campus visiting their college student. Special events and activities are planned for families of new freshmen.
- Make Time to Talk/Chat Online – Consider setting a regular time to talk by phone or chat online with your son or daughter. Each resident student has an assigned landline phone with access to voice mail in their residence hall room. Students have also been provided with a University email address. You can easily find a way to connect that works for your family.