After your student has been admitted they may decide to serve a mission or are currently serving a mission. This may leave you to prepare them to come to BYU when they return. No need to worry! This checklist will guide you through important steps to take as a parent to prepare a returning missionary for their first (or returning) semester at BYU.
Important things to remember about your student:
- Your student must return to BYU the semester they told us they would return or they must notify us in advance of a change.
- An updated ecclesiastical endorsement must be submitted 4 to 6 weeks prior to your student's priority registration date. They will not be able to register for classes until the endorsement has been received and processed.
- If they return home earlier than anticipated, please contact a OneStop counselor (801-422-7075).
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Your missionary will have personal preferences on how much they want to think about preparation for college. Their mission president will also have guidelines on using the internet on preparation days or permission needed. With those two things in mind, here are some topics you may want to communicate with your missionary about through email or semi-annual phone calls.
- Have you set up Guest Access? (If you call BYU, parents need Guest Access to discuss specifics of their child's account.)
- Have you initiated and completed your Ecclesiastical Endorsement with your mission president? (A current ecclesiastical endorsement is needed before being able to register for classes.)
- What is your declared major? (This will help you know what classes to register for or find out which Advisement Center to contact.)
- What classes do you want to take?
- What are some other options in case those classes are full?
- What times of day do you want your classes?
- What are some other options in case those classes are full?
- Do you want to live in on-campus or off-campus housing when you get back?
- Do you have friends you want to live with?
- Do you have friends you want to live with?
- Do you have any off-campus scholarships you received before your mission that were deferred?
- Do you want to take the Language Challenge Exam when you return? (Click here for more information about Challenge Exams.)
We recommend that each student manage their own account, but understand there are cases where you or another third-party might need to access information or complete transactions on your student's behalf.
In order for you or someone other than the student to access information or talk to BYU about their academic, personal, or financial account, you have to be granted access by following the steps below. Note: BYU will not talk to you as a parent or other third party about your student's account unless Guest Access is granted.
Click here to view a short video about Guest Access!
1. Your student has to grant you access by going to guestaccess.byu.edu. You are required to have your own Net ID.
- Click to create a Net ID
- Your student will be able to choose which areas you should have access to, and whether you should have web access and/or telephone and in person access.
2. When access has been granted, you will receive an email that requires you to accept the invitation and create a security phrase.
3. Follow all the instructions provided to set up a Telephone Access Phrase.
- Remember this phrase because you will need to use this phrase every time you call us to get help on your student's account and information.
Using Guest Access
Once Guest Access has been granted, you can go to guestaccess.byu.edu to access the account you have been granted Guest Access for. From this page, you can access important aspects of your student's account which may include registration through MyMAP, My Financial Center, scholarships, personal contact information, or many other things.
In addition to online access, if you were granted Telephone/In-Person Access, you can get help with the account you have access to. You can either come in to OneStop or call us with questions you may have. If you need to contact us over the phone, make sure you know the Telephone Access Phrase that is listed on guestaccess.byu.edu.
Returning missionaries are required to have an updated Ecclesiastical Endorsement before they can begin registering for classes. Your student should be the one to initiate the ecclesiastical endorsement process for their mission president to complete by following these steps:
- Go to endorse.byu.edu and log in using their own Net ID and password
- Select "Student"
- Select "Missionary/Other"
- Select "I am currently serving a mission and will be attending or applying to a CES school"
- Your student will then select their mission and mission president*
- They will submit the form, then contact their mission president and ask him to complete and submit their endorsement on the endorsement website (endorse.byu.edu).
*If your student has recently returned from completing a mission without completing their endorsement, they will select their ward on the endorsement website instead. They are then required to meet with their bishop AND a member of the stake presidency. The stake presidency member will submit the final endorsement to BYU.
If your student returns from their mission sooner than originally anticipated please make an appointment to meet with a OneStop counselor regarding your plans. To make an appointment simply contact OneStop at 801-422-4104. Appointments can be either in person or over the phone. We will do our best to accommodate their return to school in a timely manner, but we must also consider our enrollment limitations.
Contact OneStop Student Services (801-422-4104) if your student experiences difficulties during this process. Remember that we will need your Telephone Access Phrase to prove you are the designated guest to discuss the student's account.
Checking your Student's Endorsement Status:
Go to guestaccess.byu.edu and sign in using your own Net ID and password
- Click on "My Access" and your student's name
- Click on "Registration (MyMAP)" under the Academic section
- The endorsement status will show in the upper section. The status dates need to be valid through the semester that they are registering for.
Once admitted to BYU, students will be assigned a priority registration date when they can sign up for classes for the respective semester(s). The breakdown for when incoming freshman and continuing students can register can be seen in this chart:
|Spring 2018||Summer 2018||Fall 2018||Winter 2019|
|Incoming Freshman||Feb. 1, 2018||Feb. 1, 2018||Second Week of June*||TBA|
|Continuing Student||Feb. 1, 2018||Feb. 1, 2018||Starts Mar. 26, 2018**||TBA|
* New Freshman admitted for fall semester are randomly assigned a date for fall registration during the second week of June (regardless of AP credit or transfer work). This also includes returned missionaries who did not attend BYU before their missions.
**Continuing BYU students are assigned a priority registration date based upon all previously completed/accepted credit hours. Depending upon credit hours already earned, the registration day will be between March 26-April 4, 2018.
Parents who wish to see their missionary's priority registration date will need to have guest access to their student's account. You can learn more about guest access here. To see the priority registration date, click on the "registration (MyMAP)" tab under the Academic section of your guest access account. On the registration page, the semesters are broken down into blue headers. On the right of the blue header are the words "Registration begins..." The date given will be the priority registration date for your student.
If your missionary is on their mission during the time of their priority registration, you can register for classes through guest access in behalf of the student. To do so, you click "Add a Class" under the blue header of the respective semester as found on the "registration (MyMAP)" tab of the Academic section of your guest access account.
For additional help in learning how use MyMAP as you register for your missionary's classes, you consult the Register for Classes Checklist.
What courses are incoming freshmen expected to take?
They are expected to complete the First-Year Writing requirement and take at least one course towards the American Heritage requirement during their first year at BYU. Additionally, they are also expected to take one religion course each semester. They can fill the rest of their schedule with other University Core and major-related courses. Some general education requirements may be filled by specific course requirements within their major. Refer to the University Core link above to see these options.
How do we decide which classes to take?
Students have two areas from which they can choose classes: General Education/Religion(CORE) classes and Major classes. Students should consult the Major Academic Plan (MAP) for their major to see (1) which courses are suggested or required, and (2) what order is recommended for those courses.
To find a specific major’s MAP, click the Do It button on the "View Major Academic Plans (MAPs)" task below.
Another great resource for class selection is consulting an Academic Advisement Center. At BYU, all similar majors are “collected” into colleges, and each college has an advisement center for its majors. Students who are undecided or “open” are assigned to the University Advisement Center . About 1/3 of our admitted students are undeclared, so don’t worry if your student isn’t sure; he/she is in good company!
Click the Do It button on the "Find Academic Advisement" task or the Visit It button on the "University Advisement Center" office below to find their information.
How many classes (credit hours) should students take?
Students will also receive the most value for their tuition dollar when they take at least 12 credits in a semester. It is recommended that freshmen take 12-14 credits per semester, but not more, because there is already so much for them to adjust to. Enrollment in 14 credits per semester is required for international students and most scholarship recipients.
One semester credit hour represents at least one hour in class per week (or two hours in class per week in a term); e.g. a three credit class will meet three hours per week in fall semester. Students should expect to study two hours outside of class for every one hour in class. Therefore, 14 credits will require about 42 hours of study per week!
Are there specific courses that returned missionaries should take?
Religion Classes: Some religion classes have specific sections designated for returned missionaries. Your student is not required to register for on of these sections.
Foreign Language and Challenge Exam: The advanced language and culture courses are a popular enrollment option for returned missionaries and others of comparable ability. During this course, students are offered the opportunity to take a Challenge Examination whereby they can pass beginning language classes and earn up to 16 graded credits.
To know which foreign language course to take your student can take an unofficial self-placement exam when they return home, here. For more information on foreign language classes and challenge exam, please speak with their academic advisor.
Math Refresher Course: the college of Engineering and Technology offers an Engineering Math Refresher course that is open to all students regardless of their major. Please note that this course does not count for any credit hours. Visit their site here to learn more.
We highly recommend contacting your student's academic advisement center for help in selecting classes. Click the Visit It link on the "Find Academic Advisement" task below to find their advisement center (or University Advisement Center for open or undecided majors).
Single undergraduate students are required to live either in on-campus housing or in BYU contracted off-campus housing.
Click the visit it link on the 'On-Campus Housing' task below for more information about on-campus living units for single students or those with a family. Click here for information about moving into on-campus housing.
There are options for 19-years-old and older communities in on-campus housing for males and females. Click here for more info.
Monthly payments for on-campus housing can be made online through My Financial Center.
The Off-Campus Housing Office has a vacancy listings website to help you in your search for BYU contracted housing for your student. You may also be interested in checking KSL.com/classifieds and/or Craigslist for other available housing options near BYU. Remember, if your student is a single undergraduate student their off-campus housing choice has to be BYU contracted. Click the 'Off-Campus Housing' task below for contact information.
If your student chooses to live in non-BYU contracted housing, they are required to submit an Off-Campus Housing waiver (or they will be subject to a fee). These waivers are usually difficult to get approved. Click the do it link on the 'Apply for Off-Campus Housing Waiver' below to submit the waiver.
Updating Personal Information
Your student is required to update or confirm their residential address each semester. When they make their housing choice and are ready to move in, they will click the do it link on the 'Update My Personal Information' task below to update their residential address. Failure to complete this requirement will result in a non-compliance fee.
If your student attended BYU before serving a mission and has a loan, please watch this video to learn what they need to do while they are gone. The BYU missionary deferment is for deferring admission and BYU scholarships only. Please be sure your student does not go into default on their student loans while serving a mission. Have your student contact their lender directly before leaving on their mission to make arrangements for loan repayment. Lender information can be found here.
If your student is interested in applying for Federal Financial Aid (Pell Grants and loans) for the semester they return they will need to submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Refer to the OneStop Financial Aid Checklist for step-by-step instructions of the application process.
If your student has entered repayment on a student loan or has a loan that is in forbearance, once they are registered for classes their loan servicer will be notified and the repayment of their loan should end automatically (if enrolled at least half-time).
- If they want to contact their loan servicer for any reason, they can find contact information by logging into nslds.ed.gov.
- The loan servicer may ask for a verification of enrollment. This can be obtained by calling the Registrar's Office (801-422-2631).
Returning missionaries are automatically considered for BYU academic scholarships; however, if they also want to be considered for private or need-based scholarships, they are required to submit the online scholarship application by March 1st. If your student returns beginning Winter Semester, the scholarship deadline is October 1st.
- Click the do it button on the 'Apply for Scholarships' task below to begin the application.
- There are no exceptions to this deadline, even if your student is still on their mission. Your student can talk to their mission president about allowing time to submit the application.
- If your student applies for need-based scholarships they will also be required to submit the FAFSA by March 1st. (See the OneStop Financial Aid Checklist).
- If your student deferred any scholarships from before their mission, the scholarship money will apply to their student account automatically if they register in the minimum required credit hours. (Scholarship funds will not apply to charges until minimum requirements are met.)
Other Scholarship Opportunities
Click the Do It button on "Complete Scholarship Contract" below to find out how your student can fulfill their scholarship requirements with a little flexibility.
Students enrolled in at least 9 semester credits/4.5 term credits are required to have health insurance coverage year-round. Students are automatically enrolled in BYU's Student Health Plan one week before classes start if private insurance has not been reported. However, if your student has their own health insurance they will need to waive the health plan online to avoid paying for the BYU Student Health Plan. Click the do it link on the 'Waive Student Health Plan' task below to waive the BYU Student Health Plan.
Waive: New students coming winter, spring or summer semester will have access to waive the plan approximately 1 month prior to classes starting. Those coming fall can waive the student health plan at the beginning of August. The deadline to waive the BYU Student Health Plan is the semester add/drop deadline. Tip: students need to re-waive the Student Health Plan every fall semester by the add/drop deadline to avoid be charged.
Enroll: If your student chooses to use the Student Health Plan, they can stay current on their monthly payments through My Financial Center. The first payment deadline is by the semester add/drop deadline.
Click here to view the current Student Health Plan handbook (coverage and cost information). The Student Health Plan is known for the quality and quantity of services available at very affordable rates.
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