FAQs - Portland State University
I'm interested in designing a faculty led study abroad in Asia. Who should I contact whare can I get information?
I'm interested in taking classes that focus on Asia? What types of Asia-related courses does Portland State University offer?
What is the difference between the PSU Certificate of Advanced Proficiency in Russian and certification by The Language Flagship?
What if I missed an Institute for Asian Studies event? Can I still get information on it or see a recording of it?
Do I still need to sign a Group-X release, Climbing Release, Intramurals Release like I had to do in the past?
My organization would like to invite an Asian-expert lecture to give a talk. Do you have a speakers bureau ?
What if I missed an event at the Portland Center for Public Humanities? Can I still get information on it or see a recording of it?
One of the courses I took for my Upper Division Cluster was three credits and the other two were four. Now I have eleven credits. Do I have to take one more course?
Some of the Upper Division Cluster courses are offered through my major department. Can I take these classes to fulfill my major requirement as well as my University Studies requirements?
I've already completed some Upper Division Cluster course work, but have decided to change which Cluster I want to use to fulfill my University Studies requirement. Do I have to start over and take twelve credits of courses for the new cluster?
Can I take Cluster courses from different Clusters and have them count toward my University Studies requirement?
Are there mentored inquiry sessions for Cluster courses, as there are for Freshman Inquiry and Sophomore Inquiry?
Do I need to take the SINQ course connected to my chosen Cluster if I am transferring in with 90 or more credits?
Do I have to take all of my Sophomore Inquiry courses before starting the Upper Division Cluster Courses?
Can I take more than one Sophomore Inquiry from the same SINQ theme (e.g., Global Perspective – Asia and Global Perspective - Europe) and count all of them as part of the twelve credits?
Why am I being charged a fee for the Writing Center while taking University Studies Freshman Inquiry?
For more information on Continuing Education programs, visit the individual program pages, http://www.pdx.edu/ceed/programs
Do I still need to meet University Studies general education requirement if I'm a Liberal Studies major and also have a second major?
I'm a PSU employee, does the staff fee privilege extend to the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
Will I get my PHR Certification by taking the Human Resource Management courses at the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
Can I use the Human Resource Management Center for Executive and Professional Education courses for recertification hours for my PHR/SPHR designation?
How much do the courses and books cost for certificates and classes at the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
How many courses do I need to take to complete my certificate at the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
What other costs should be expected? Are textbooks and a laptop required for courses taken at the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
Do I have to be enrolled in a certificate program in order to take classes at the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
Do I need to apply to PSU in order to take classes at the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
How long do I have to complete my certificate program through the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
I'm a student at PSU and am interested in taking the Small Business Consulting course, can you provide me with more information?
I am thinking of starting a business but haven’t yet. Can you help me? I am thinking of starting a business but haven’t yet. Can you help me?
I am a regularly admitted PSU student. Can I take courses from the Center for Executive and Professional Education?
What kind of administrative support can I expect from the Executive Master of Public Administration degree program?
Can I transfer any credits from Portland State University or other institutions into the Executive Master of Public Administration degree program?
How do I apply for the Executive Master of Public Administration degree program as an international student?
What are the admission requirements for the Executive Master of Public Administration degree program?
Why should I consider the Executive Master of Public Administration program at the Center for Public Service?
How is the Executive Master of Public Administration degree program different from the traditional Master of Public Administration program?
Is there someone in Graduate Advising and/or Financial Aid that you recommend speaking with to help map out my potential plans?
Do you accept applications for fall enrollment after February 1st, and/or is there any way to be waitlisted in case of an opening?
What kind of careers outside of school counseling are typically available to students completing the school counseling program?
Personal Training: Can clients purchase program components individually or do they just come in a package?
What are some examples of Thesis topics and Culminating Projects from past graduates of the LECL (now LSE) program?
What should I do if an employee is not cooperating in providing information to assist in administering a Family Medical Leave or when performance concerns unrelated to the leave develop?
¿Qui debo hacer yo, como estudiante, si mi familia sufre circunstancias excepcionales que no se tienen en cuenta en la solicitud?
No se quiero obtener prestamos educativos o trabajar durante el aqo académico. ¿Como debo contestar la pregunta sobre mi preferencia por los prestamos o por los puestos de estudio y trabajo?
Why is it important to contact the Office of Human Resources if you or one of your staff members needs time off to care for a new child, a serious health condition involving the staff member, the staff members child, spouse or other covered family member,
Si vivo con mis tiós o con mis abuelos, ¿debo declarar los ingresos de ellos en lugar de los de mis padres?
If I think I qualify or that one of my employees may qualify for Family Medical Leave what should I do?
Soy ciudadano de los EE.UU. pero todavía tengo un numero de registro de extranjeros (A-Number). Como indico esta situacisn en la solicitud?
Yo era voluntario en la Guardia Nacional cuando presti servicio activo en las Fuerzas Armadas. ?Se me considera veterano para los efectos de llenar la FAFSA?
Si soy voluntario en la Guardia Nacional y actualmente presto servicio activo en las Fuerzas Armadas ¿se me considera veterano para efectos de llenar la FAFSA?
Voy a presentar declaracisn de impuesto este aqo pero quizas no lo haga hasta abril. ?Csmo debo responder a las preguntas sobre mis finanzas? ?Debo esperar a llenar la FAFSA, hasta que haya presentado mi declaracisn?
My foster parents get Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare benefits for me because I am a ward of the court. Is this my income?
My grandmother (aunt, etc.) gets Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or welfare benefits for me because I am a ward of the court?
En la FAFSA, voy a dar la informacion financiera de mi madre y de mi padrastro. ¿Debo escribir el numero de Seguro Social y apellido de mi padre, o los de mi padrastro?
I am a single parent with one child and will get free day care for my child (from a relative or free day care center) while I go to college. Does this free income have to be reported on the FAFSA?
¿Qui se debe hacer si el padre o la madre con quien el alumno reside ha vuelto a casarse, y el padrastro o madrastra se niega a dar la informacisn solicitada?
I have a child who will be living with me and my income will be from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Do I answer "yes" to Question #51? Are TANF or welfare benefits considered to be like earned income?
I am a ward of the court but graduated from high school and then went to live with my mother for two months. Did I lose my independent status?
Hace cuatro meses que mis padres estan separados, y ahora vivo con mi madre. Sin embargo, mis padres presentaron declaración de impuesto conjunta, en la que me indicaron como extención. ¿Declaro en la FAFSA los ingresos de los dos o sólo los de mi madre?
My parents have passed away and my grandparents are my court appointed, legal guardians. They have provided support for me all my life. How do I complete the FAFSA?
Soy estudiante y estoy separado de mi csnyuge. Sin embargo, presentamos declaracisn de impuesto conjunta. ?De qui manera se declara la informacisn en la FAFSA?
I turned 18 and graduated, so my court case was closed. Am I no longer and independent because I am no longer a ward of the court? Am I considered dependent or independent?
What are the University obligations and options if I can return to work, but am unable to perform all of the duties assigned to my position?
What should I do if my family has special circumstances that aren't mentioned in the FAFSA application?
How many hours can you schedule a student, international and/or G.A. employee to work during the break between academic terms?
I'll be filing a tax return this year but I probably won't get around to it until April. How should I answer the FAFSA questions?
May my child who is a high school student use my staff fee privileges to enroll in university classes?
As an employee, do I have to complete a form each term to request that my staff rate for tuition benefit be transferred to a family member?
Are there any exceptions to the requirement to have completed application for Staff Fee Privileges before the first day of classes?
Are staff members required to submit Staff Fee Approval Forms prior to the first day of classes when taking classes themselves?
If I allow a family member to use my staff rate for tuition benefit, may I also use it the same term?
Is educational assistance to family members enrolled in advanced degree programs or graduate level classes for credit treated as taxable income?
If I transfer my staff rate for tuition benefit to one of my family members for one term, can I use it myself the next term?
May I transfer my benefit to a family member to use at another Oregon University System institution? If yes, which form do I use and where can I get the form?
If a combination of graduate and undergraduate level courses is taken, how is the staff fee determined?
My spouse and I both work for the Oregon University System. May we combine our staff fee privilege so that our child would receive 24 credit hours at staff tuition rate?
Is the tuition reduction I transfer to the child of my domestic partner considered taxable income for me?
My son and I both work for the Oregon University System. May I transfer my staff fee privilege to him for his own use, so he can transfer his staff fee privilege to his own dependent child?
I am transferring my staff fee privileges to my domestic partner to take classes. Do I have to pay an imputed tax on the value of the benefit? If yes, how will this work?
Does the imputed tax apply to both same and opposite sex partners? I thought same gender partners were not required to pay state tax on the value of their partner's benefits.
I have a step-son and I personally have no custodial rights, but my wife does and we list him as a dependent on our taxes. Does he qualify?
Do I send official transcripts and the university application to the ELP Department or to Admissions?
I've re-contracted for University Housing, but then changed my mind. What are the policies for canceling my contract BEFORE my new contract begins?
I'm creating a department newsletter using the Microsoft Word newsletter template from University Communications. Are there any word count guidelines to help me fit copy in the various spaces?
How do I obtain the PowerPoint template, electronic letterhead, and e-mail signature files for use in Portland State University communications.
My department needs name tags, presentation folders, blank invitation cards and envelopes, and mailing labels. How do we get them?
My department needs a printed brochure, newsletter, flyer, or other publication. How do we make sure these materials incorporate Portland State University's messages and visual identity?
My department wants to produce materials in-house or hire someone to design them for us. Is there an approval process?
Can the personal counseling requirement be done before coming to PSU? If not, does PSU Counseling and Psychological Services provide counseling at a reduced rate?
For more information on Curriculum and Instruction programs visit the individual program web pages http://www.pdx.edu/ci/curriculum-instruction-academics
Who do I contact for an exit interview on my PSU Perkins Loan once I graduate or drop below half-time?
I am considering an application to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, for my application, who should I use for recommendations?
I am considering an application to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. For my application, if the recommender writes a letter or statement, what should it say?
I understand I may be able to cancel or defer my PSU Perkins Loan. How can I found out more about those benefits?
I am considering applying to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, in my application, what should I write about in my personal statement?
What is the meaning of work-family conflict in terms of interrole conflict in work-family research? Greenhaus, Beutell
Will the Graduate School of Education accept photocopies of my transcripts until I can submit official ones?
How do life role priorities influence our decisions about how we spend our time (Friedman, Greenhaus)?
I am currently a Portland State student, and I am considering an application to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences. Do I need to submit a PSU transcript?
When applying to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, what major code do I use for the PSU Graduate School application?
I am considering an application to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, can I hand deliver GRE scores?
I am considering an application to the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, for my application, is the recommendation form required?
In applying to the department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, will a professor in that department at PSU write a recommendation for me?
What if I select to have my PSU student financial aid refund disbursement or other refund mailed to me as a paper check?
Can I use my personal car to take an authorized trip on PSU business or am I required to use a State car?
Should a PSU invoice be paid on a Personal Service Contract, and do I send it directly to Accounts Payable?
What happens to my PSU refund if I have an outstanding student financial obligation at the University?
What do I do if I'm traveling on PSU-related business and I'm involved in an accident while driving a State car or a rental car from major car companies?
If I use my own car for travel for PSU-related business, can I charge maintenance costs on my reimbursement?
A vendor has called and stated that the PSU check or ACH has not been received. When can PSU issue a new check or ACH?
Why am I limited to certain amounts for lodging and meals instead of submitting receipts for reimbursement on PSU-related business travel?
What happens if I never activate my PSU OneCard and I am due a financial aid disbursement or other refund?
Can I carry remaining funds from the previous budget year in the current year for my research award at PSU?
For PSU business travel, am I allowed to buy airfares on the internet? Can I use my brother-in-law's travel agency?
What are the advantages of having my financial aid disbursement or other refund direct deposited into my PSU OneAccount checking account?
What happens if I select to have my PSU student financial aid disbursement or other refund direct deposited to an existing bank account?
I am a co-admitted student planning to complete my degree at Portland State. How do I know what classes I should be taking?
I am a co-admitted student. Should I get my financial aid from Portland State or the community college?
If I take classes at both Portland State and a community college this term (I'm a co-admitted student), how does Portland State know that I'm a full-time student for financial aid purposes?
Are there any courses a co-admitted student might take at the community college that Portland State financial aid will not cover?
What health services are included for co-admitted students who pay the Portland State Student Health Services Fee?
What are you looking for in a Letter of Intent when applying for admission to the School of Urban Studies & Planning?
Who should write my letters of recommendation when applying for admission to the School of Urban Studies & Planning?
When applying for admission to the School of Urban Studies & Planning, do I really need to send my transcripts to the School <em>and</em> Portland State University's Office of Admissions?
Can I take graduate level courses in the School of Urban Studies & Planning without having graduate standing in a Master of Urban and Regional Planning or Master of Urban Studies degree program?
How do I take graduate courses in the School of Urban Studies & Planning as a non-admitted student?
What is the last date that Portland State can issue my I-20 if I am living outside of the United States?
Are all international students currently studying in the United States required to release their SEVIS records to Portland State?
I am currently studying in the United States on an F-1 student visa and want to transfer to Portland State. Do I need a new I-20?
What sorts of jobs are available to those with a Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) degree?
How much will it cost and how long will it take to get the Master of Urban and Regional Planning or Master of Urban Studies degree?
What about part-time work while I'm attending a program in the School of Urban Studies and Planning?
Do I need to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to apply to the Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) or Master of Urban Studies (MUS) program?
What courses should I take to help prepare me for the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program?
Are there opportunities to study abroad in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning or Master of Urban Studies program?
My undergraduate background is in Journalism (or some other seemingly-unrelated field). What should I do to make myself a more qualified candidate for admission to the School of Urban Studies & Planning?
My undergraduate GPA is lower than I would like. What should I do to make myself a more qualified candidate for admission to the School of Urban Studies & Planning?
I completed an ESL program at another institution. Am I required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores to apply for admission to PSU?
I don't have any transcripts to submit with my application for admission to Portland State. What should I do?
I have taken many English classes at another institution and/or have completed English classes or Writing 121 at Portland State University. Am I required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores to apply for admission?
Why am I required to submit proof of financial resources as part of my application for admission to Portland State?
What are the minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirements for international applicants to Portland State University?
I completed an ESL program at Portland State University. Am I required to submit TOEFL or IELTS exam scores to apply for admission?
Do all graduate applicants educated outside of the United States have to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam?
The institution I attended issues only one original transcript or degree certificate. Should I submit that to Portland State when applying for admission?
I will be living with a relative or host family while studying at Portland State. Am I required to submit a bank statement for the full amount of the estimated living expenses to show proof of financial resources?
Can I study at Portland State University without a TOEFL or IELTS score or with a lower score than the minimum required for admission? Do you offer conditional admission?
I had my official transcript or degree certificate translated by an agency because it is not in English. The agency staff provided me with a sealed envelope containing the translation, which I submitted to Portland State University with my admissions appl
Am I required to submit proof of personal financial resources or can I show the resources of a sponsor instead?
If an institution I attended offers to send an English translation of my transcript instead of a transcript in the original language, will Portland State consider it an official document for admissions purposes?
What is an affidavit of support? Is it acceptable for my sponsor to write a letter instead of filling out the form?
Should I submit my original transcript or degree certificate to Portland State with my admission application? Will I get the original back?
Can I get my only original transcript or degree certificate back after being admitted to Portland State?
I plan to transfer away from Portland State in less than one year. Am I required to submit proof of financial resources for the entire school year?
I took the TOEFL or IELTS exam more than two years ago. Do I need to take it again before applying for admission to Portland State University?
What is the difference between a transcript and a degree certificate? How do I know which to submit with my application for admission to Portland State?
I don't think my living expenses will be as much as Portland State's estimates. Am I required to submit proof of financial resources for the entire amount?
I have completed some college credits but I want to start over as a freshman and won't be transferring any credits. Am I required to submit college transcripts as part of my application for admission to Portland State?
Am I limited to the number of credits reflected in the tuition, fees and estimated living expenses documentation?
How much has been raised in Portland State's Building Our Future campaign and where does the money go?
I completed a bachelor's degree at an institution where English is the only language of instruction. Am I required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to apply for admission to Portland State University?
I have completed some college credits but I want to start a completely different program of study and won't be transferring any credits. Am I required to submit college transcripts as part of my application for admission to Portland State?
I have a bank letter that indicates that I have maintained an account for a certain number of years, but does not specify my account balance. Will this satisfy the proof of financial resources requirement?
I received a master's or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States. Is that sufficient proof of English proficiency?
Am I required to submit my high school (secondary school) transcript as part of my application for admission to Portland State?
I don't have adequate funds in a bank account to cover one year of tuition and living expenses at Portland State, but I do have other assets. Can these assets be used as proof of financial resources?
I am not an international student, but I am permanent resident (green card holder), a United States citizen, or a refugee/asylee. Am I required to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam to apply for admission to Portland State University?
Am I required to submit official documents for admission to Portland State in the original language or should they be translated?
My studies at Portland State will be sponsored by my government. What financial documentation should I submit?
Do I need to take the SINQ course connected to my chosen Cluster if I am transferring in with 90 or more credits?
What are the differences between the Master of Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) and the Master of Urban Studies (MUS) programs?
Can I fulfill my Capstone requirement by completing a portion of one Capstone and then transferring to a different Capstone?
I got a partial refund for a class I dropped, yet I never attended the class. Can I get a full refund?
How do I add/update an entry in the online directory of Portland State faculty, staff, and organizations?
I live in Oregon but my dad, who claims me on his taxes, lives in California. Am I considered a resident?
I'm 18 years old and I'm an independent student who files my own taxes and am not claimed by my parents. Am I considered a resident?
I'm enrolled in a federally recognized tribe of Oregon but haven't lived in Oregon for twelve months. Am I a resident?
I've been living in Oregon for twelve months but am here on a non-immigrant or Student visa. Am I considered a resident?
I've lived here for twelve months but my parents, who live in another state, are supporting me. Am I considered a resident?
If I can't get official transcripts in time to be admitted to Portland State for the next term, can I submit unofficial transcripts?
The Portland State admission application instructions say that I must submit official transcripts. What is an official transcript?
What if I don't meet any of the criteria for not supplying my parents information when I apply for financial aid, but my parents don't support me?
What amount of financial support do I need to show adequate proof of financial resouces when I apply for admission to Portland State?
How do I know which level to apply for when completing an application for admission to Portland State?
I cannot pay the $50 application fee for admission to Portland State. Can you waive or defer this fee?
I do not intend to study at Portland State with an F-1 or J-1 student visa. Am I required to submit proof of financial resources as part of my application for admission?
If attending a community college is less expensive, and I can take the same lower-division courses as at PSU, why doesn't everyone start at a community college?
I am an international student and I have just received my transfer evaluation report. Why do none of my transfer courses show the grades I received in my classes?
I studied for three years at a university in my country. Can I transfer some of my credits, or do I have to start over at PSU?
In addition to the Portland State admission application form, what other documents are required in a complete admission application package?
In my country students receive only one original transcript or degree certificate. Aren't these original documents considered "official?"