Hey everyone, it's Augustine with the Skyhawk Station, and I'm here to answer some common questions from new incoming students.
Question number one, what is the Skyhawk Station? The Skyhawk Station is where you can handle the majority of the business of being students. Our office was implemented in the summer of 2019 to centralize student services with the intention of making it easier and more convenient for students to accomplish multiple tasks in one location. So what do we do? The quick answeri s that we can assist you with financial aid, student records, student billing, some advising, and plenty more. Have you lost your Sky Card and need a new one? Do you need official transcripts or enrollment verification for scholarships? Do you need something notarized? Are you struggling with a class and want to discuss your options? We're happy to assist you with all of this. You can also check our Skyhawk Station Task Center through the Fort for a list of tasks that you may be able to complete online yourself. Keep this in mind. If you don't know where to start, swing by the Skyhawk Station, and we'll work on it together. If we can't resolve it, we'll find someone that can. We want to empower you to be the best that you can be within the classroom and outside of the classroom.
Question number two, how will I know what textbooks to buy? When it comes to textbooks, the Sky Store is available for you to buy books online or in person. You can have them shipped to you. You can also pick them up at the Sky Store when you get to campus. Something to keep in mind. You don't have to pay for these books up front. You can charge them to your student account and pay for them later. You may need to put a card on file if you're renting these books, but this helps ensure that you're ready for the first day of classes.
Question number four. How do I set up a payment plan? Payment plans are pretty simple to set up through your student account. I would recommend a payment plan for anyone who has a balance of $500 or more, and they will not be making just one large payment. There's a three or four installment payment plan that you can choose from. Keep in mind you must be signed up for a payment plan by census date. But we recommend doing this prior to the first day of classes.
Question number five. As a Fort Lewis alum, what do I recommend to new incoming students like you? Get involved. Can't say it enough. I've asked this question to many fellow alumni, and they all agree with me. They say that they wish they would have gotten involved sooner or more often. What I challenge you to do is to learn more about the registered student organizations at Fort Lewis such as Club Del Centro, ASFLC Student Government, or the Skydiving Club. Check out the intramural sports. They range from basketball to Mario Kart. Look into campus jobs, such as positions with Reed Library, the Student Life Center, or consider becoming a tutor. The point is get involved. Once again, if you're not sure where to start, swing by the Skyhawk Station, and we'll work on it together. I look forward to seeing you on campus.