FAQ

Is there somewhere I can go to see what I still need to do?

When you applied to Hesston College, you were set up with a myHesston account, which shows information that is specific for you – forms and documents you or your school may still need to send to the Admissions office or complete online, your Admissions status and your financial aid award package. Information will be added as you reach the next step in becoming a Hesston College student. If you are missing something or want to know what your next step should be, look at your myHesston page first.  
 
To access your myHesston account, enter your username and password (these were sent to you via email or in the mail when you applied for admission) on the myHesston log in page and click “Login.” If you lost your username and password, contact your admissions counselor by calling 800-995-2757. Once you are logged in, click “Admissions” in the top box to see your page.

How do I get a login for myHesston?

Your myHesston account username and password were sent to you via email or in the mail when you applied. If you lost your username and password, contact your admissions counselor by calling 800-995-2757. To access your myHesston account, go to the Hesston College home page at www.hesston.edu. At the top of the page, click on “Students.” A box with several options will appear. Click on “myHesston.” Or go to my.hesston.edu. Enter your username and password and click “Login.”

How do I apply for financial aid?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the form you need to complete to receive financial aid to attend Hesston College or any other college. The FAFSA looks at your family’s tax returns from the previous year to determine how much financial aid for which you qualify. Encourage your parents to get their taxes done as soon as possible after Jan. 1 as you can file your FAFSA online for the year at any point after that date, and you will need your tax returns to do it.
 
Hesston’s FAFSA code 001920.
 
Your financial aid award will be mailed to you and can also be viewed on your myHesston page. Allow two weeks from the time you submit the form before your package is available.

How do I apply for scholarships?

If you have applied to Hesston College, you have applied for scholarships from Hesston College. That’s right, just by filling out the application for admission, you applied for any and all scholarships you might be eligible for through the college. That includes academic scholarships, athletic scholarships, scholarships within specific programs of study and anything else.

If one or both of your parents attended Hesston College, you will receive a $1,000 Alumni Scholarship just for carrying on your family’s Hesston College tradition. Make sure you tell your admissions counselor that your mom or dad attended Hesston so you can be sure to have the scholarship added to your financial aid award.

How do I secure my place in the dorms?

Start by filling out and submitting the housing form on your myHesston page. You can find it by clicking on the “Housing and Registration” link on the right side of the page. The housing form will help us try to match you with a compatible roommate. Then send in your $150 deposit. You can mail it or pay by credit card by calling 800-995-2757. $50 secures your place in the dorms and serves as a room deposit and is refunded when you leave Hesston after two years as long as your room is in good condition. $100 secures your place in classes once you register for classes.
 
We can’t place you in a dorm room until you have paid your deposit, and the first round happens in mid-May, so submit your deposit early for the best chance at getting the room you want. The deposit is refundable by request until May 1. Your housing information, including the name of your roommate, will be posted on your myHesston page in early summer or after we receive your completed health form.

How do I register for classes?

Registration information will appear on your myHesston page when it is time for you to start getting ready to register for classes. You have the option to register on campus or by phone with your academic advisor. You can also look online at the class options and get ideas about the classes you need and want to take. The college’s course catalog is also available online.

Who is my academic advisor?

Your academic advisor is a faculty member who will serve as your mentor during your time at Hesston. He or she will typically be someone from your field of study, and will help you set your class schedule so you get the credits you need for transfer. You can see who your advisor is on the “Registration” page at myHesston. Feel free to contact your advisor with any questions about registering for classes, your schedule or your major.

How do I get my books for class?

After you have registered, your class schedule will be posted to your myHesston page. Click on the “Academics” link in the box at the top of the page to see your schedule. Then open the “Textbook Reservation” link under “Handouts” or visit the Hesston College Bookstore online after July 1 for instructions on placing your book order. You can reserve new or used books to save some money, but used books will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the earlier your place your order, the more likely you are to get used books. You can either purchase or rent your books, and they will be available for you to pick up in the Hesston College Bookstore during Opening Weekend in August.

What is Opening Weekend?

Opening Weekend is the official kickoff of the academic year. It is when you move into your dorm room, go through the registration line to make sure we have all your information completed and in order, buy your books and become an official Hesston College student. Opening Weekend begins the Friday before classes start on Monday for the fall semester. As a first-year student you will attend orientation sessions and other events to help you become familiarized with the campus. Take a look at the Academic Calendar to plan for Opening Weekend and other important dates (mid terms, Thanksgiving Weekend, fall and spring breaks and Commencment, to name a few).

What do I need to do before I arrive on campus Opening Weekend?

Before you arrive on campus and are able to move into your dorm room, make sure you have filled out and submitted your housing form and health form, paid your deposit and registered for classes. Your health form is available at myHesston. A part of it must be filled out and submitted online, and a second part needs to be printed, filled out with a record of your vaccinations and signed by your doctor. You should also complete the “Ethnicity and Race” section on your myHesston page.

Can my parents participate in Opening Weekend?

Absolutely! You’ll probably want your parents’ help to move into the dorms, and there will also be events and orientation sessions for them to attend to become familiar with Hesston College and what you will experience as a student.

When do I arrive on campus for the fall term?

Most students arrive on campus and move into their dorm rooms on the Friday morning of Opening Weekend. If you run cross country or play soccer or volleyball, you will arrive on campus and move into your dorm room the Monday morning before Opening Weekend. If you are an aviation student or sing in Bel Canto Singers, you will move in on the Wednesday morning before Opening Weekend. The college will mail an Opening Weekend schedule with detailed instructions to you during the summer.

What can I have in my dorm room?

The dorm rooms are equipped with twin beds, desks, dressers, closets and wireless Internet. You just need to bring personal linens and furnishings. That includes extra-long twin bed linens, pillows, towels, hangers, wastepaper basket and alarm clock. The bathrooms are fully equipped as well; you just need to bring your shower items. If you forget something, don’t worry, there is a Walmart just 10 minutes away in Newton. You can bring anything that will make your dorm room feel like home – with a few exceptions for everyone’s safety and comfort. Leave any halogen lamps, candles, guns of any kind (including paintball or bb guns), pets (other than fish) and fireworks and other explosives at home. A more complete packing list is available on the myHesston housing page. Also check the What to bring page for details.