HELP! I cannot complete my course requirements. How can I get an Incomplete grade for the course?
HELP! I missed an exam in one of my courses. What should I do?
What happens if I fail a course?
What happens if my grade point average falls below 3.0?
What are the library hours?
Where can I find information about my library account?
How do I find out about CUA writing policies?
I’m not a great writer. Can I get help with writing my thesis or dissertation?
Where can I learn more about Washington, DC and the surrounding community?
How do I get around?
When and where is Mass celebrated on campus?
Is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception accessible to CUA students?
How can I become involved in my faith?
How can I become part of Campus Ministry?
I’m not Catholic. Can I still participate?
The Catholic University of America is located at 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC (zip code 20064). The campus is easily accessible by car, bus (MetroBus routes 80, G8, H1, H2, H3, H4, H6, H8, H9, and R4), and rail (Metro Red Line: Brookland-CUA station).
For further directions on how to get to the CUA campus, click here.
There are several parking lots and a parking garage that are available for students to park. Before parking on campus, a student must purchase a parking permit from the Department of Public Safety (DPS). There are certain parking lots on campus that are reserved for faculty, staff, and residents. It is important to look at the campus parking map before parking on campus to avoid parking in the incorrect lot. Another version of the campus map can be found here.
Commuting students, faculty, and staff may purchase either a surface parking permit or a garage permit. Resident students must purchase a resident permit. Permits may be purchased at the Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office, located in 121 Leahy Hall. Individuals may purchase only one vehicle hangtag permit. Permits are not transferable.
Cardinal Card is your official Catholic University identification card. Cardinal Card provides invaluable services for your everyday life at The University. To take advantage of these services, always remember to carry your Cardinal Card with you! To learn more about Cardinal Card, check out the links on this page.
Due to limited space availability, graduate students should make off-campus arrangements for housing. The Office of Housing Services can assist students with finding off-campus housing.
The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies is located in 116 McMahon Hall on the campus of The Catholic University of America. To reach us by phone, call (202) 319-5247. Our fax number is (202) 319-6174, and our e-mail address is email@example.com.
McMahon Hall itself is easy to find, centrally located between the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the Edward J. Pryzbyla Student Center. To use the CUA campus map, click here.
The Office itself is on the First Floor of McMahon Hall, and here's a hint. When you walk in the main doors, and you see the statue of Pope Leo XIII in the lobby, with his hand raised in blessing, turn the way he is "pointing" (that is, his right, but your left). The Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies will be on the right-hand side of that hallway.
The Catholic University of America offers a wide variety of scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study appointments to new and continuing students at the graduate level. Federal funds are, by statute, awarded solely on the basis of financial need as determined by a federally approved needs analysis system. These funds are available to as many qualifying students as funding will allow. Those graduate applicants who wish to be considered for federal aid must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Prospective applicants can request information and forms from the Office of Student Financial Assistance or visit the Financial Aid Website. Columbus School of Law, School of Nursing, and National Catholic School of Social Service students should contact the school dean’s office for information on funds administered by those schools.
To be considered for graduate scholarships, applicants must submit scores on the General Aptitude Test of the Graduate Record Examination, even if the scores were not required in connection with the application for admission.
Students do not apply for merit scholarships. Chairs and deans nominate their most qualified applicants. Graduate scholarships are usually awarded for September entrance and for up to three (3) years.
Those interested in graduate assistantships should write directly to the school or department (where applicable). Applicants for graduate assistantships who are international students, not permanent residents of the United States, or who are members of religious institutes and orders with a vow of poverty, are not required to submit either the FAFSA or the CUA application.
Graduate scholarships and financial aid are not posted to your student account until after the semester starts. Disbursement dates for financial aid are normally 7 to 10 days after the semester starts, so graduate students should budget accordingly, especially if you are relying on financial aid to pay for housing costs.
Also, did you go to Cardinal Station and accept your financial aid package? If not, follow the directions below to accept your financial aid, which allows the Office of Student Financial Assistance to process and post your awards.
First of all, congratulations on beginning your enrollment at CUA, and congratulations on being awarded financial aid to assist in that enrollment! You will need to accept your financial aid package before it is posted to your Student Account. To accept the package, log on to Cardinal Station, and under the heading "Finances" you will find a link entitled "Accept/Decline Awards." Click on the link, and click on the appropriate academic semester or year, depending on your situation.
When on the page, please be sure to review each award and corresponding conditions of that award by clicking on the name of that award. Depending on the award source and type, one of the following options may be available: "Accept," "Accept/Decline," "Accept/Reduce," or "Decline."
Remember to click "Submit" to submit your changes. By clicking on the "Submit" button you certify that you have read and understand the conditions of each award and the general eligibility requirements detailed on the Financial Aid Notification.
If you have any further questions, be sure to contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
Questions about need-based financial aid, including federal loans, should be directed to the CUA Office of Student Financial Assistance, which is located in Father O'Connell Hall, Suite 300M, Washington, DC 20064. They can be reached by phone at 202-319-5307 or Toll Free at 888-635-7788, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions about graduate scholarships should be directed first to your school or department (where applicable). Further questions may be directed to Mr. Bohdan Lonchyna, Coordinator of Student Scholarships and Awards, in the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. His office is located at 116 McMahon Hall, Washington, DC 20064. He can be reached by phone at 202-319-5634, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The 1098-T form (Tuition Payments Statement) is the information return that colleges and universities are required to issue for the purpose of determining a student's eligibility for the Hope and Lifetime Learning education tax credits. It is issued by The Catholic University of America Office of Student Financial Assistance on or before January 31. If you have not received the 1098-T by that date, contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.
The Office of Career Services, through its Cardinal Connection, contains complete information about all work-study jobs, plus on- and off-campus student positions and internships. Presently, CUA offers up to 30 work-study appointments for graduate students, which provide opportunities to earn additional funds while working with campus and school administration.
You are welcome to review the job descriptions and contact the supervisor directly. You are also encouraged to check the Cardinal Connection website often, as new openings are posted regularly. To access campus work-study and part-time jobs, click here. For part-time jobs and temporary jobs in the CUA local area, click here.
In order to qualify for a graduate degree from The Catholic University of America, a graduate student must maintain continuous enrollment. Graduate students should be aware of many important factors that affect continuous enrollment, including registration, drop/add and withdrawal dates on the Academic Calendar.
There are minimum academic standards one must uphold in order to maintain scholarships. Furthermore, academic leaves and term withdrawals from The University not only affect the graduate student’s status as a continuously-enrolled student, but also negatively affect the student’s loan eligibility. It cannot be over-emphasized that failure to be enrolled continuously has significant consequences that may hinder the progress toward one’s graduate degree.
Finally, failure to maintain requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (that is, upholding a minimum GPA as well as a certain percent course completion rate) will affect one’s government loans. For more information, see below or click here.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to define successful completion of coursework to maintain eligibility for financial aid. The Catholic University of America is required by federal, state and District of Columbia regulations, as well as institutional policy, to determine whether a student is meeting SAP requirements. SAP evaluation for graduate students occurs once a year at the conclusion of spring semester.
The student’s entire academic career history must be considered when determining SAP status, regardless of whether or not the student has received financial aid during each period of enrollment.
The qualitative component measures the quality of the student’s SAP by conducting a review of the student’s cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). To meet the qualitative requirement, the student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Specific federal, state, and institutional scholarships and grants may require a higher GPA for continued eligibility. This is a separate and distinct factor in renewing or continuing eligibility for these specific financial aid funds. The GPA for specific scholarships and grants supersedes the GPA requirements referenced above. Information about the terms and conditions of specific student aid programs that have GPA requirements are provided to the student at the time the award is offered.
The quantitative component measures the pace at which the student must progress through his or her program of study to ensure completion within the maximum timeframe permitted and provides for the measurement of the student’s progress at the time of the evaluation. To meet the quantitative requirement, the student must complete at least 67% of the classes that he/she attempts.
The Office of Enrollment Services and Student Financial Services maintain records of Satisfactory Academic Progress. For more information, click here.
During term withdrawals, you may owe a portion of your federal loans, as based on federal policy. It is highly recommended that you speak with the Office of Student Financial Assistance before applying for an academic leave or term withdrawal.
Upon graduation, student loans you used to finance your graduate studies will enter their grace period. However, if you have earlier loans whose grace period has already expired, these will become due immediately upon graduation.
Once you receive an academic leave or term withdrawal during your graduate studies, your student loan grace period also begins. Your loan repayment schedule will take effect once the grace period expires.
If you decide to return to graduate studies at the conclusion of your academic leave or term withdrawal, you must contact your loan servicer and inform them of your re-enrollment. The Office of Student Financial Assistance can provide further information on these situations.
The National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) is the U.S. Department of Education's central database for student aid. NSLDS receives data from schools, guaranty agencies, the Direct Loan program, and other Department of Education programs, and provides a centralized, integrated view of Title IV loans and grants so that recipients of Title IV Aid can access and inquire about their Title IV loans and/or grant data.
You need to be able to log in to Cardinal Station to register for classes and to activate your Cardinal Mail account. You received your unique Cardinal Station user ID and password when you were accepted to CUA. If you have lost or forgotten your user ID, call the Computer Help Desk at 202-319-4357. The Computer Help Desk staff cannot give out log-in information by e-mail for security reasons.
When you reach the Cardinal Station Home Page, follow this path: Self-Service>Enrollment>Enrollment:Add Classes.
• Log in to Cardinal Station (see above if you have trouble).
• Click on Student Self-Service, then on Student Center.
• On the main center page, scroll down to find Personal Information.
• Choose CUA Logon Accounts from the drop-down menu.
With your Cardinal Mail address and temporary password, you can now log in to Cardinal Mail. Bookmark the page, reset your password, and begin regularly checking this account, as all University e-mail correspondence will be sent to your Cardinal Mail address.
If you have trouble or questions, visit computing.cua.edu/cardinalmail or call the Computer Help Desk at 202-319-4357.
There are two critical deadlines of which graduate students should be aware. Both deadlines can be found in The University's Academic Calendar and on Cardinal Station under Self-Service>Enrollment>Enrollment Dates.
The first deadline is the registration drop/add deadline for the semester, which is usually the second Friday of the semester, but can change from semester to semester. Adding or dropping classes on or prior to this deadline results in no penalty for the student.
The second deadline is the registration withdrawal deadline for semester classes. If the student withdraws from semester classes any time between the registration drop/add deadline and this deadline, the student will receive a “W” on his/her transcript. If the student withdraws from semester classes after the registration withdrawal deadline, the student will receive an administrative F (which appears as an F* on the transcript.)
Receiving a “W” or “F*” on one’s transcript will negatively impact eligibility for scholarship and will make it more difficult to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Therefore, it is extremely important to know the deadlines and the last day to appeal grades or request a pass/fail.
Graduate Students should also be aware of the following dates, which may vary from school to school:
- When are the comprehensive examinations for the student's school or department scheduled?
- When must the student register for comprehensive examinations through Cardinal Station?
- What are the submission dates for depositing theses and dissertations prior to graduation?
The consequences for not submitting the thesis/dissertation on time may include the failure to graduate as scheduled.
If you withdraw from semester classes any time between the registration drop/add deadline and the registration withdrawal deadline, you will receive a “W” on your transcript.
If you withdraw from semester classes after the registration withdrawal deadline, you will receive an administrative F (which appears as an F* on the transcript).
Receiving a “W” or “F*” on your transcript will negatively impact eligibility for scholarship and will make it more difficult to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress. Therefore, it is extremely important to know the registration deadlines!
In order to qualify for a graduate degree from The Catholic University of America, a graduate student must maintain continuous enrollment. Graduate students should be aware of many important factors that affect continuous enrollment.
There are minimum academic standards one must uphold in order to maintain scholarships. Furthermore, academic leaves and withdrawals from The University not only affect the graduate student’s status as a continuously-enrolled student, but also negatively affect the student’s loan eligibility. It cannot be over-emphasized that failure to be enrolled continuously has significant consequences that may hinder the progress toward one’s graduate degree.
Also, failure to maintain requirements for Satisfactory Academic Progress (that is, upholding a minimum GPA as well as a certain percent course completion rate) will affect one’s government loans. For more information, visit the Office of Student Financial Assistance here.
Because The Catholic University of America is a term-based credit-hour institution, it cannot offer a federally approved Leave of Absence (LOA) option. However, students may request to be placed on academic leave for a future semester.
A student in good standing who must interrupt his/her studies for adequate reason, such as prolonged ill health or military service, may be granted an academic leave for a stated period, usually not to exceed two (2) semesters or one (1) year.
To request an Academic Leave, a student must first discuss the issues surrounding Academic Leave with their advisor, department chair (where applicable), and school dean. Following these discussions, the student must make a formal application prior to the first day of the semester in which the leave would be taken. Final approval of the request for an academic leave is made by the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.
An academic leave, if granted, will be effective as of the last day of the semester in which the student was most recently enrolled. The period of academic leave is not counted as part of the time allowed for the completion of residence or other degree requirements. Any incomplete (“I”) grades that are outstanding must be changed in accordance with the policy on incomplete grades by the date published in the Academic Calendar, whether a student is registered for the current semester or not.
Students on academic leave are expected to return to The University when their stated duration of leave has expired, unless they have applied for and have been given an extension. Students who do not return from an academic leave when scheduled will be subject to Permanent Withdrawal during the semester in which they failed to return. If the student thereby withdrawn from The University desires to return to graduate studies at The Catholic University of America, he/she must apply for readmission and satisfy current degree requirements to be reinstated.
Students who wish to temporarily leave The University during a semester in which they are enrolled in classes will receive a term withdrawal for that term.
- During the registration drop/add period - Students enrolled in classes who subsequently drop all their classes within the registration drop/add period will be considered to be on a term withdrawal, effective as of the date they notify The University or, if they do not notify The University, on the date they drop the last class in which they are enrolled. They will receive a notation on their transcript that they dropped every class in which they were enrolled, and are subject to the tuition refund schedule policy.
If the separation from The University is intended to be for the duration of the current semester only, no further action is required, and the student will be eligible to enroll for the next semester. If the separation is expected to go beyond the start of the next semester, they must apply for an academic leave (see above).
- After the registration drop/add deadline - Students who are currently enrolled in classes and who decide to withdraw from all their classes after the last day of the registration drop/add period will be considered to be on a term withdrawal, effective as of the date they notify The University, or the date they withdraw from the last class in which they are enrolled, if they do not notify The University. They will receive a grade of “W” in every class in which they were enrolled, and are subject to the tuition refund schedule policy.
Students are encouraged to discuss issues surrounding a term withdrawal with their advisor, department chair (where applicable), and school dean prior to submitting a term withdrawal application. The formal application for a term withdrawal is submitted online, and is submitted online to the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, who gives final approval to the request.
If you no longer wish to continue your studies at The Catholic University of America, you must submit an application for permanent withdrawal. This application is submitted online to the Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies.
Permission for permanent withdrawal from The University is not required. It is necessary, however, to inform the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies in writing of your decision to withdraw permanently from The University. This letter is in addition to the online application for permanent withdrawal. Furthermore, it is suggested you contact your adviser, school dean, and department chair (where applicable) to determine if there are additional requirements for withdrawal, such as a letter of resignation and/or an exit interview.
If you withdraw from The University but subsequently decide to return to The Catholic University of America, you must submit an application for re-admission to the Office of Admissions.
Catholic University currently uses the Blackboard learning management system. This system allows an instructor to post a syllabus, lesson material, course documents, and related material to a secure and restricted website. Students are granted access to this site for the duration of the course, and can access the course materials from their Internet browser at any time of day or night.
To log onto Blackboard, go to blackboard.cua.edu. Use your CUA network logon user name and password to log onto Blackboard. These are the same credentials used to log onto campus computers, but are not the same as your Cardinal Station or Cardinal Mail credentials.
You can access your grades through Cardinal Station. Log onto Cardinal Station and follow this path (all located in the main menu on the left side of the page): Self Service>Enrollment>View My Grades.
The provisional grade of "I" (Incomplete) is given only to a student who has not completed the requirements of a course for legitimate reasons, provided the work thus far completed in the course is of passing quality. The grade of "I" may not be given to one who has simply failed to meet the academic requirements of the course on time.
Incomplete grades must be removed before the mid-semester of the succeeding term whether or not the student continues in residence. If the incomplete is not removed by the mid-semester, the incomplete will be recorded as a grade of "F" (Failure).
Under extraordinary circumstances, but before the date of the mid-semester following the reported incomplete, a student may petition the instructor of the course and the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled for an extension of the period normally allowed for removal of the incomplete.
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