FAQs for MFA Registration
How do I know when registration starts each quarter?
When you receive the quarterly registration info email from Beth, registration will open at 7am CST on the following Monday. All students should reply to this email before registration begins. You can check the dates for the quarterly email and the start of registration at the MFA Academic Calendar link below:
Note for Fall: As noted at the link above, the Fall 2016 registration info email will be sent to Lionmail on August 15, and the Fall registration portal will open at 7am CST on August 22.
The quarterly registration email contains links to the Class Schedule, Registration Instructions, Course Descriptions, Textbooks, the First Assignment, and other important info, as well as MFA Program Updates and reminders (including upcoming Degree Application deadlines). Be sure to read this email and all linked information thoroughly each quarter.
Note for Summer: Canvas instructions will be sent in a separate email before Summer quarter 2016 begins.
Why did I receive an error message that said my advisor is preventing my registration?
This is almost always because you are in the wrong term in the portal. When you click on the Registration button, you must already be in the correct term. Be sure to choose the upcoming term (SU for Summer, FA for Fall, WIN for Winter, or SP for Spring), and be sure to choose QTR. If you are in SEM (for undergrad semester students), or if you are in the current term instead of the upcoming term, you will receive that error message. If you are in the correct term and still receive that error, log out of the portal and then log back in, choosing the correct term, which will refresh the page to ensure that the portal is enabled for registration.
Another reason you would receive that message is if you did not reply to the registration info email and request that your portal be enabled for self-registration. It is a university requirement that students request this in writing every term because there must be advisor contact for registration. When you receive this email each quarter, read over all information thoroughly, then click Reply and request that your portal be enabled for registration.
Notes for current term: To register for Summer quarter 2016, choose term SU QTR 16. Remember that when you want to view your final grades and complete your course evaluation for the current spring term, you will need to choose SP QTR 16. When registration opens for Fall on August 22, you will choose FA QTR 16 to register for fall (after replying to the registration email and requesting that your portal be enabled).
Why does the portal kick me out when I click the button to process registration?
This will happen if you have not disabled your pop-up blocker. Some students have had issues using Chrome for registration, so if you have problems, try changing your browser to Firefox or Explorer.
How do I make sure I can enroll in a class I really want?
Some classes fill very quickly as soon as registration opens. Your best chance for enrolling in a preferred class is to reply right away to the registration email and request that your portal be enabled, and then to register yourself at 7am CST on the morning that registration opens.
Students who prefer to have Beth register them in classes must realize that Beth has to enroll students in the order of emails received, starting at 7am CST. All newly accepted students must also be registered by Beth, so even if you respond to the registration email the day after receiving it and list your class choices, you will be far down on the list of students Beth must register, and classes may be full before it is your turn to be enrolled. If you ask Beth to register you, be sure to include the number of classes total you want to take, your preferred choices for classes, and a list of back-up classes in order of preference, so that Beth can enroll you immediately in a back-up choice if a preferred class is full.
Can I be put on a Wait List for a class that is full?
Now that students can enroll themselves in classes, it is not possible for Beth to maintain wait lists during the open enrollment period. You can check the portal throughout open enrollment to see if a spot opens up in a class, and if one does, you can enroll yourself. After open enrollment ends, any schedule changes must be made by emailing Beth. Next quarter, if there is a class you really want, be sure to register right at 7am CST on the first day of registration to enroll in that class before it fills.
Note for Summer: For the current Summer quarter 2016 registration, open enrollment ends on June 24. All schedule changes after that date must be made by emailing Beth.
Does it matter which section of a class I enroll in? Why might my section number be changed after open enrollment ends?
When registering yourself for classes, you may enroll in any section of a class (one, two, or three sections may be offered for each class). It is best to balance enrollment across all sections of a class, so if section OL1 has 9 students and section OL2 has 2 students, it would be best to enroll yourself in section OL2.
After open enrollment ends, your section number may need to be changed to balance enrollment across sections. At least 5 students must be enrolled in a section for it to be held. Beth will always email you before changing your section, and if you need to stay in your current section for some reason (to stay in the same class as a friend, for example), you can reply to Beth’s email and request that you not be moved from your current section. If a class ends up with fewer than 5 students and no other student changes can be made, Beth will notify students that the class must be canceled, and alternate class choices will be given.
Can I repeat a class for credit?
An exact course number cannot be repeated for credit. For example, if you previously took IMF 55602, you cannot take IMF 55602 again, but it is fine for you to take IMF 55603. You should check your transcript in your student portal to view the course numbers you’ve taken previously, to ensure that you do not enroll in the same course number twice. Be sure to check course numbers and not class titles. You may take several different classes within the same standard class title; as long as the course number is not exactly the same, you will receive credit for all of them (for example, if you take IMF 52301 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Flash Nonfiction, it is fine for you to also take IMF 52303 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Focused Flash Nonfiction).
If you have the exact same course number repeated on your transcript (taken before Summer quarter 2016), contact Beth to fill out exemption paperwork. There are no exceptions to this rule as of Summer quarter 2016.
How do I qualify for a grant?
The MFA Program offers two grants:
Teacher Grant: Currently employed teachers of elementary school, middle school, or high school may apply for the teacher grant ($60 off per credit hour) by filling out the grant form that is attached to each quarterly registration email and returning it to Beth by the due date given. You must include your email address from the school where you teach, and you must fill out a new form and email it to Beth every quarter.
60+ Grant: Students age 60 and over qualify for this 50% tuition grant. Verify with Admissions that this grant is being applied in your first quarter of enrollment, and then the grant will be applied in all future quarters.
Grants will appear in your Ledger in the student portal as Pending Financial Aid.
Other Questions: Beth is the Advisor for all MFA students. Email her with any questions.
Helpful Links:Registration Instructions
2016-2017 Academic Calendar
LU MFA Facebook page (calls for submissions, publications, events, etc.)
LU MFA Student & Alumni Facebook group (log in to view; click button to Join)
Note: As stated in the Summer registration info email, new instructors and new class course descriptions will be added to the website later this quarter. Contact Beth with questions.