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During your time as a Badger, one of the two main websites that you’ll need to have a good grasp of in order to succeed is, also known as your student portal. The student portal will help keep you on track when it comes to things such as tuition payments, course registration and appointment bookings.

You should have already seen your student portal when you were registering for your courses, but if not, make sure to do that as soon as possible before courses fill up. The course registration system, which can be accessed by clicking on the ‘Register’ link on the left hand side of your screen, does remain open throughout the entirety of the summer, so you are welcome to make changes to your schedule as we approach September.

In addition, Brock has a two week “grace period” at the start of each semester where you can add and drop courses without encountering academic or financial penalties. Maybe you registered for an elective credit, but once you read the syllabus you realized that it wasn’t quite what you were expecting. Not a problem, you can swap that class out for another elective as long as it fits within your schedule.

Now, there are hundreds of courses offered at Brock, and you might be feeling slightly overwhelmed if you do need to make any schedule changes on the fly. This is where you can use the ‘Course Planning’ tool on your student portal. This tool will allow you to filter through courses based on delivery method, day of the week, or if the course is on an approved context credit list. The course planning function will also tell you how many spaces are still available in a course, so that you don’t have to waste your time trying to add a course that is already full. Once you’re satisfied with your schedule, you can take a look at it through the ‘Student Schedule’ link. 

On the financial side of things, your Brock student portal is where you will go to make any payments related to your Brock account. You can check the balance on your student account by clicking on the ‘Student Financial History’ link on the left side of the home screen. This page will give you a breakdown of which fees are due, when they are due, as well as what exactly your money is being put towards when you pay for your tuition, residence, meal plan or ancillary fees. 

Keep in mind that if you are living in residence this year, your first payment will be due on August 16. Tuition is due on the first day of classes for each semester, so on September 8 you will need to pay your tuition for the fall semester, as well as your ancillary fees. It is also important to note that you will be charged 1.5 per cent interest per month on the first day of each month after the due date.

Your student portal is also where you can apply for the OneApp, which is Brock’s one stop shop for all scholarships and bursaries available to Brock students. All you need to do is fill out one application, or “OneApp” for short, and you will be put into consideration for all the awards listed. 

Once you’ve completed some courses, you’ll be able to see our final marks on your student portal as well. You can also use the portal to make any forms and service requests that you may need. This may include requesting a transcript or a confirmation of enrolment form. 

Finally, your student portal is where you can book appointments with your academic advisors. These folks are kind of like your high school guidance counsellors, as they will ensure that you are taking all the correct courses to satisfy your program requirements. Each departmental academic advisor will also help set you up for life after graduation, and coordinate any experiential education opportunities that you may want to take part in. 

As you can now see, your student portal will be one of your most frequently visited sites during your time at Brock. I would encourage you to bookmark the page and spend some time familiarizing yourself with the different features so that you are well prepared for whatever it may throw at you.