Weekly Update

November 23-27, 2020

TRIO wishes you a restful and SAFE break!

2020 TRIO Scholarship Competition Applications Due 12/4

TRIO SSP is now accepting applications for the 2020 annual scholarship competition.

Learn more about scholarship eligibility and how to apply: https://bit.ly/3nvIgvG

*Attention Fall 2020 Graduates*

Information about the Fall 2020 virtual graduation celebration, how to get your graduate cords, and your final TRIO requirements was sent out Monday, November 16. Those of you who requested that your cords be mailed will have your cords put in the mail this week.

If you did not receive and email and plan to graduate at the end of the Fall 2020 semester, please email Candace at candace.bracey@wmich.edu.

Deadline to Withdraw Extended to 12/11

The following email was sent on November 23 (today) in regards to an extension being made for those who wish to withdraw from a course. There can be negative financial aid and academic progress implications if a student withdraws/does not pass 67% of all attempted credits at WMU. Please talk to your major or TRIO advisor before dropping any of your classes.

The email from the Registrar reads:

"As we approach the end of the semester, we recognize the challenges many of you are facing in your academic and personal lives due to COVID-19. In response, we are extending the withdraw deadline to December 11, 2020.

The decision to withdraw from one or more of your fall 2020 courses is an important one and it should not be taken lightly.

Before you decide to withdraw, we encourage you to:

  • Talk with your instructor about your progress in the course.
  • Reach out to your academic advisor to determine the impact a withdraw may have on your degree progress and spring registration.
  • Consider how a withdrawal will affect athletic participation eligibility, scholarship retention and similar circumstances, especially if you will no longer be a full-time student.
  • Contact Bronco Express by December 7, 2020 to fully understand the impact withdrawing may have on your current or future financial aid eligibility. If you decide to withdraw from classes, you may be asked to submit additional documentation.
  • Consult with Immigration Services if you are an international student.

To withdraw from a fall 2020 course,

  1. Log into GoWMU;
  2. Select “Add/Drop classes” from the Registration menu under ALL LINKS;
  3. Select “fall 2020” from the term drop-down and click the Submit button;
  4. Select “Withdraw” from the “Action” drop down
  5. Click “Submit Changes” button

If you have a registration hold, you will be unable to withdraw in GoWMU. You may request a withdrawal in person through the Registrar's Office or by emailing registrar-info@wmich.edu.

In these unprecedented times, we hope that this extension will help alleviate some of your academic stress. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving break.

Carrie Cumming


Student Success Holds Are STILL Active

If you have not completed a semester meeting via email or virtual appointment, your Student Success Hold will remain active until you do so. Connect with Nathifa or Candace to complete your student needs assessment and meeting.


YOU at Western is a personalized web portal connecting students to online tools and campus resources to help support their goals to Succeed, Thrive and Matter at WMU. The innovative digital tool promotes self-reflection, allowing students to be more proactive with their health and well-being in order to make the most of their college experience.

Check out YOU at WMU here: https://you.wmich.edu/

TRIO Sponsored Resources:


TRIO SSP is partnering with Tutoring.com to offer TRIO students 24/7 virtual tutoring. Tutors with Tutor.com are individuals with Masters or Ph.D level education in all sorts of subject matter. Every session is one-to-one and personalized to your subject and your question.

All registered TRIO SSP students should have received an email from Tutor.com to inform them how to register/login to the site. Check in your spam folder if you do not recall receiving a message from tutor.com. If you did not receive an email last week, please let Nathifa or Candace know.

Foundations in Personal Finance

Students looking to amp up their knowledge in financial literacy, how to save, and budgeting can register to participate in TRIO SSP's Foundations in Personal Finance course developed by Dave Ramsey. Who is Dave Ramsey you might ask? Find out more about his story here: https://bit.ly/34RWXkP

To register for the Foundations in Personal Finance course:

  1. Go to https://www.foundationsdigital.com/app/#/login/
  2. Create an account using your WMU email
  3. Use b86fb1 as your class/voucher/access code
  4. Hit Create an Account then Return to Sign-In
  5. Put in your new log-in information and hit Let's Go
  6. Click on Fall 2020 Foundations in Personal Finance course
  7. Start with Chapter 1 and work your way through!