Family Connections

Seattle University's family e-newsletter - May 2018

FY 19 Budget update from the president

Dear Seattle U Parents,

I hope this letter finds you well. Here at Seattle University, we are moving through one of the busiest periods on campus, with the level of energy and activity seeming to increase daily. And with the days growing longer and the sun showing itself at least a little more often, we are reminded that final exams and, for some of our students, commencement are not all that far off.

As I shared with students, the Seattle University Board of Trustees approved our FY19 budget earlier this month. The $215.2 million budget, which covers July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, represents a 2.4 percent increase over our current year’s budget.

I am pleased we were able to balance the budget while investing additional resources in important university priorities such as compensation, student financial aid and new academic programs and initiatives.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The FY19 budget continues our commitment to addressing affordability by keeping tuition increases modest while providing additional funding for student aid. For the fourth consecutive year, we are holding the undergraduate tuition increase to four percent or below. Tuition increases range from zero to 5.2 percent for graduate students and 3.4 percent for law students. Financial aid will increase by more than six percent for undergraduates and total aid for all students will increase by eight percent, or $6.7 million, for a total of more than $90 million.

Enhancing Your Educational Experience

One of the most important investments we make in your SU education is ensuring the excellence of our faculty and staff. The FY19 budget provides an additional $5.6 million in new funding for compensation and benefits. This is particularly critical in our region, which is seeing a sustained increase in the cost of living. I am particularly pleased that we are increasing the minimum salary levels for both non-tenure-track full-time and per-course, or part-time, faculty.

The FY19 budget also includes funding to support a number of new and existing academic programs and other initiatives at the university that are key to delivering a quality education. We are also devoting some additional resources to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, a critical area of emphasis for our institution as we strive to foster a deeper sense of belonging among all students and members of our university community.

Our budget for FY19 reflects this institution’s commitment to supporting our students in all dimensions of their SU experience. I thank you for entrusting your students to us and for your partnership in the distinctive and excellent education we deliver. As I do every day, I pray that your students continue to succeed and thrive in all their pursuits.


Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J.


Housing move out info

Closing Dates and Reminders

May 25-June 8 Students should go to their front desks to sign up for a check-out appointment.

Students should plan to move-out 24 hours after their last final except those participating in graduation.

June 1 Last day for students requesting to stay late to submit a request via the Housing portal

June 16 Halls close at noon. All students not participating in graduation should be out of the residence halls.

June 18 Halls close at noon for graduating seniors.

At the time a student checks out they should do the following:

· Submit work orders for anything that needs repair

· Have their room cleaned and all items removed

· Return their key to the desk

Students will receive an email two weeks after closing to let them know of any damages or charges found in the room. Students have 10 business days to dispute any charges. After that all charges will be placed on student accounts.

Most student charges are a result of: Excessively dirty rooms, items left in the room, not returning keys

Storage options and shipping:

· Livible - an easy pick-up and delivery storage solution. Visit their website or give them a call at (844) 548-4253.

· Urban Storage on Madison - a nearby storage option right at the edge of campus. Visit their website or give them a call at (206) 973-2459.

· UPS, FedEx, and mailing cab be done through our Mailing Services office.

Students are strongly encouraged to start packing early and not leave it to the last minute!

Housing for next year:

Room selection for next year has been completed. We encourage parents to connect with their student on where the student is living for next year. We have a long waitlist for students who applied late and requesting on campus housing. Availability is very limited. Waitlisted students are encouraged to apply to live at Vi Hilbert Hall. Sophomores are also eligible to live at Vi Hilbert if they are interested in apartment-style living.

For students currently looking for off campus apartments keep in mind that we may not have availability later in the summer for those students if they are not able to find housing. Students should make sure they know their living situation for next year before they leave at the end of the year.

If a student has secured housing with us for the next school year but would like to cancel, the deadline to cancel housing without a penalty for eligible students is June 1.

Commencement 2018

Is your student graduating in June? Information about the festivities is available here.

Campus Happenings/Important dates

Keep track of important academic dates with the Academic Calendar.

Check out upcoming Music, Theater and Gallery Openings.

Show your SU Redhawk Spirit! Info on Athletic Events.

SAVE THE DATE: Family Weekend is October 26-28, 2018.

This is our last Family Connections newsletter of the academic year. Newsletters will start up again in the fall. If you have questions before then, please feel free to contact us. Have a wonderful summer!
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