July Resources and Conversations

Here are your July action items, campus resources, conversation starters for you and your student.

Packing lists, roommate communication and move-in

In the coming weeks, you and your student will start to focus more on logistics: packing, travel arrangements to campus, and (eventually) communication with their roommate. Review the Housing Frequently Asked Questions, where you'll find information about cleaning in the residence halls, mail and packages, packing lists, and more. When your student knows who their roommate is, it's important to start communicating with each other, but also for you to talk about how living with someone outside their family is different, even if they are best friends. This topic will also be covered in August.

Disability accommodations

If your student needs accommodations for a disability, encourage them to connect with the Miller Center for Student Disability Services as soon as possible. The Miller Center offers multiple forms of support, and as a whole looks to make the college experience equitable for all students.

Student health insurance waiver/enroll

All full-time Oxford students must be covered by health insurance. Students are automatically enrolled into the Miami University insurance plan, but can waive the coverage (and premium) if they have other insurance coverage. The waiver must be completed each summer by early August or they will be enrolled and will be responsible for the cost. This waiver must be done each year a student is enrolled at Miami. Visit the Student Health Insurance page for more information and to access the waiver portal.

Fall tuition and fees invoices

Fall bills will be available in mid-July, and are due in early August. Notifications are sent to students' Miami email accounts. Payment plans are available.

Conversation starters and questions to ask:

  • What are you most looking forward to about starting college? What aspect(s) of the transition make you nervous? This is a good place to briefly talk about what you're looking forward to and nervous/sad about related to their transition.
  • What can I/we do to support your goals for this year - academic and social?
  • How do you plan to stay in touch with your friends from home?
  • Is there anything we need to be aware of that you are planning for August before leaving for school?