Dates to remember for returning students

July 26, 2012 | UToday
By Kim Goodin

Back-to-college planning is in full swing for students returning next month.

As the first day of fall semester approaches Monday, Aug. 20, changes have occurred in a few programs, including the invalidation process, meal plans and health insurance. Students are asked to keep a few important dates in mind as they finalize class registrations, residence arrangements and other essentials.

Important dates: Friday, Aug. 10
Account balances due

Monday, Aug. 13
Invalidation to begin

In April, students were informed that an invalidation process had been instituted to ensure those who are up-to-date with their financial responsibilities have better access to UT’s resources, including classes and housing assignments.

Per the invalidation policy, students who haven’t either paid outstanding balances or made payment arrangements by Friday, Aug. 10, may be dropped from classes, current housing assignments and all University-related amenities. Until financial arrangements are made, these students also may not be eligible to re-register for any classes or receive housing assignments.

Potentially affected students will be informed by email and U.S. mail after Wednesday, Aug. 1.

While payments are due Aug. 10, the invalidation process will begin Monday, Aug. 13, after students’ accounts have been processed that evening.

Additional information regarding invalidation can be viewed at, or call Rocket Solution Central at 419.530.8700 with questions.

Important date: Tuesday, Aug. 14
Meal plan revisions due

For the past few years, UT has refrained from increasing fees for students’ meal plans, despite the fact that the cost of food and beverages has risen nearly 10 percent.

To help offset these costs, UT has made necessary changes that allow the University to retain the same standards. Details regarding the new plans are available at

When students’ e-statements went live in mid-July, all residential students were defaulted to a “blue” plan. Students may select alternate plans through their myUT accounts, in accordance with UT guidelines found on the meal plan website. To avoid the $50 administrative fee associated with changing meal plans, this revision should be completed by Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Important deadline: Sunday, Sept. 30
Health insurance waivers due

Students required to have health insurance coverage in accordance with UT policy were issued fees on their e-statements. Those who have their own insurances through other plans may submit requests to waive the UT-sponsored plans. Requests will be assessed; after approval, fees will be removed from students’ accounts, provided the waivers are submitted by Sunday, Sept. 30.

Earlier this week, the waiver approval process with several insurance companies was interrupted. As a result, some students received denials even though they are enrolled in active insurance plans. The problem was identified quickly, and UT is in the process of communicating with affected students. Many will notice their fees have been removed from their accounts; others are encouraged to re-enter their policy information in the waiver system.

In addition to waiving insurance, when appropriate, students should use the myUT portal to upgrade or change their current UT-sponsored plans.

All students are advised to carefully enter health insurance information, as one of the most common reasons for initial denial is typographical errors in names, policy numbers and other information.

For questions or more information, go to or call the Student Health Insurance Office at 419.530.3474.

Expanded hours at Rocket Solution Central

Rocket Solution Central on Main Campus will offer expanded service to assist with issues related to finances, registration and payment. Additional phone service will be available from 9 a.m. to noon during the following Saturdays:

July 28
Aug. 4
Aug. 11
Aug. 18

The Rocket Solution Central lobby also will be open to walk-in students Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, phones will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, from July 30-Aug. 17.

Rocket Solution Central can be reached at 419.530.8700.

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