HOWARD U! Enough Said!!!!

4 07 2008

So for those of you that don’t know, I attend the Real HU. Not the original HU (Harvard) but the prestigious Howard University. Yeah, it has its issues but if you handle your stuff early, its not that big of a hassle. I have been speaking to a lot of incoming freshmen about how to get ready for the Mecca of Black Education and usually I am answering the same questions…EPIPHANY…. why not make a post since I am waiting for fireworks. I will try to break this post up into individual issues and hopefully it helps. (Don’t forget to submit poetry for my book!) 

  • First off, I have been accepted and what now:
  1.  Take time to look at the website @ Being the nerd that I am, I read everything from the handbooks to looking at the photo galleries. 
  2. Make a phonebook of who you need to know and why you need to know them. Howard has a way of NOT answering phones, but the trick is to call someone in an office similar to theirs and ask for a specific person. You can do this by going to the A-Z directory online. By doing this they will forward you to the direct office and not the main line/secretary. It helps when you need a hold removed ASAP.
  3. Along with your phone book listed above, buy a large ringed binder that you can just put all of your correspondence with Howard inside of such as Bills, Emails, Postcards, etc. When you have to follow up a call have space inside where you can write down the NAME, NUMBER, TIME, OFFICE, AND the ISSUE. This makes it easy for you to not get taken advantage of because you have all of your information. This may seem like overkill but this has helped me so much especially when I was overcharged on my account. 
  4. Join the online networking groups. I am known for creating groups and answering my peers questions. You are not alone in the issues that you have and if someone else knows the answer, most likely it will be in the comfort of your class’ online community. Swap emails and make friends. One thing that caught me off guard was expecting everyone to be the computer alias. Its not a bad thing but just remember that a computer acquaintance is different than meeting in person. Facebook, myspace, hbcuconnect, etc. (I would list blackplanet but I don’t know if it still is widely used lol)
  5. Pay close attention to the calendar. Print it off and give a copy to your parents and keep one for yourself. If you don’t receive a bill, you are still responsible to pay. Thus said, you need to be playing hardcore chess right now. Now the move you need to make way before you need to make it!
  6. Ask questions to people who have been there. A lot of people will give you advice you don’t need so ask specific questions. Again, being the nerd and inquisitive person, I read all the forums, boards, etc just to see what other people would say. In the end a lot of it was exaggeration, so remember you still have the chance to make your own experience.

  1. If you have parents like mine, they want to know everything early. Howard doesn’t necessarily operate on an early time schedule but most dates are listed on the site. Here is a list of payment dates and deadlines along with their respective offices. HOWARD DOES NOT EXCEPT PERSONAL CHECKS BECAUSE PEOPLE LIKE TO WRITE HOT CHECKS! Hey, I just keep it real. 
  • MAY 1, 2008- You should have turned in your Enrollment Deposit Form/ Payment as well as your Residence Life Form and Payment. (Deadline Passed)
  • June 1, 2008-
  1. Ten Month Payment Plan Enrollment deadline for Fall 2008 Semester: Under this plan, you make 5 scheduled payments per semester and may exit out of this interest free program any time you wish. If you have missed the deadline and choose to enter it in the Spring Semester, November 1 is the deadline for enrollment. For more information please call, 1-877-484-1526. 
  • August 1, 2008- 
  1. Payment In Full: If you have chosen to pay off you Fall 2008 Semester in one FULL payment, then this is due on the date listed. Spring 2009 Semester is due on December 18,2008.
  2. Deferred Payment: This is where you pay off your tuition in 2 installments. Half of this payment is due on August 1. The second payment is due 60 days after the late registration date. HOUSING AND MEAL PLANS ARE NOT INCLUDING IN THIS. HOUSING/MEAL PLAN MUST BE PAID IN FULL PRIOR TO MOVING IN! 

Methods of Payment: Credit Card

You can use BisonWeb to pay by credit card

Transfer from your account to Howard University’s Bank of America Account

or use can fax in the Credit Card Authorization Form. The Fax # is listed at the Bottom Right of the Page.

All information used in this post that was not already included can be found at the following links:

Methods of Payment

Paying your balance

2008-2009 Calendar

Cashier’s Office




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