Students are paired with a St. Edward’s financial services advisor who will work with them throughout their time at St. Edward’s — answering questions and informing them about payment options.
While the basic mission of CAMP is to provide support to complete the first two semesters of college, St. Edward's is committed to you through the completion of your undergraduate degree. We guarantee four additional years of university grants if you maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree.
Grants & Loans
During the freshman year as a CAMP student at St. Edward’s, each student will receive a financial aid package to cover their college expenses, including:
- Tuition and fees
- Books and supplies
- On-campus housing and a meal plan
- Travel stipend
- Health insurance
- A modest monthly living stipend
Student financial aid package may include federal, state, and institutional grants and will usually cover almost all expenses for the first year except $2,000. Students may choose to pay the $2,000 by accepting a student loan given to them by St. Edward’s. Instead of loans, many students secure outside scholarships to pay the remaining $2,000.
Ongoing Financial Support
While the basic mission of CAMP is to help students complete their first two semesters of college, our commitment to them continues through the completion of your undergraduate degree. In fact, we guarantee four additional years of grants from St. Edward’s if students maintain satisfactory progress toward a degree.
CAMP Freshman Support Services
CAMP Enrichment Week
Our goal for Enrichment Week is to provide incoming CAMP freshmen with activities, classes and new experiences to acquaint them with all aspects of CAMP and St. Edward's University. During Enrichment Week students:
- Familiarize themselves with the St. Edward's University campus
- Explore the services and organizations that make St. Edward's and CAMP such a remarkable place
- Attend a Welcome Luncheon to meet St. Edward's faculty and administrative staff
- Participate in a weekend team building ropes course component held off-campus at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch
- Attend informational sessions to prepare for the academic year
Migrant Experience Groups (MEGs)
In addition to academic support, Migrant Experience Groups (MEGs) were created to assist first-year students with their psycho-social transition from high school to college. Each group consists of approximately ten CAMP students with two staff facilitators and meets weekly for one hour. While attendance is required, students will always be given a choice about the personal information they disclose. The MEGs meet only in the fall semester.
- A supportive atmosphere to discuss the challenges and rewards of college life
- Ways to explore how their culture and migrant experience have impacted them
- Discussions on topics such as leaving home and family, adjusting to college classes and roommates, relationships, cultural identity and pride, family and personal values, among other topics
CAMP Personal Counselor
CAMP provides students with access to a Psychological Counselor via CAMP walk-in hours and/or scheduled appointments. While students ultimately have a choice in seeking out the personal counselor, doing so can play an important role in helping them reach their full potential.
Personal counseling provides:
- A safe and confidential setting for student to explore and express feelings, to examine their beliefs, ways of thinking, and patterns of behavior in order to make healthy changes
- Help for students to develop better coping and decision-making skills, increase their self-confidence and ability to have fulfilling relationships, and improve awareness of their own needs and those of others
- Help in managing the situations related to their daily life as a college student
A student may schedule an initial consultation at the Health and Counseling Center by phone (512-448-8538) or in person (Lady Bird Johnson Hall Ste.100). Counseling sessions are typically scheduled for 45-50 minutes. Clients who are more than 15 minutes late for their scheduled appointment may be asked to receive a shortened session or be asked to reschedule the appointment.
Cultural Expressions Workshops
In the spring semester the CAMP Psychological Counselor holds Cultural Expressions Workshops once a month. The workshops allow CAMP freshmen students to explore topics such as:
- Assertiveness Training
- Healthy Relationships
- Cultural Identity
In addition to the support listed above, CAMP supports community engagement and access to the arts and culture.
Below is a list of programs services, and opportunities coordinated by CAMP for its students.
The Annual Cesar E. Chavez "Si Se Puede" March celebrates the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez - one of the most important social justice activists of the 20th century. Sponsored by People Organized in Defense of Earth and her Resources (PODER) the march is held each year in March and highlights workers' rights, environmental justice, civil rights, and equality for all.
- The National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge celebrates the legacy of Cesar E. Chavez by encouraging college students to promote health education, promote health and science careers, give back to the community, and save lives! In collaboration with the Migrant Students Foundation, CAMP at St. Edward's joins other college campuses across the nation in one of the largest health service learning initiatives in the nation.
Arts & Culture
Night of Community - Through the support of Ballet Austin and its sponsors, CAMP students are able to attend free of charge the final dress rehearsals of each seasons' productions.
Access Opera - Austin Lyric Opera offers CAMP students free tickets to attend Austin Opera final dress rehearsals at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. This provides many students their first opportunity to experience live opera.
CAMP Support Overview
CAMP at St. Edward's works to ensure that every CAMP freshman has access to support services and available resources in order to be successful on the hilltop during their first year. In order to help achieve this success, CAMP scholars are required to maintain good academic standing, attend mandatory CAMP sponsored events, and continue to make satisfactory progress.
Peer Academic Coaches
All incoming CAMP students will be assigned a Peer Academic Coach/Mentor for the Fall semester. This program pairs freshmen CAMP students with upperclass CAMP students who have successfully completed their first year at St. Edward's.
This mentor/mentee relationship helps to provide students with some of the tools necessary for success in higher education. Meetings will occur weekly and will revolve around topics such as:
- Learning Styles
- Goal Setting
- Time Management
- Addressing Homesickness
- Exploring Majors
For further information on Peer Academic Coaching, contact the CAMP office at 512-448-8625.
Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction
CAMP students are eligible for free tutoring and are required to complete a specified number of hours per week. Academic Support Services provide all St. Edward's students with peer/group tutoring and supplemental instruction sessions.
- Peer Tutoring for undergraduate students is one-on-one help from carefully selected and trained students who have taken and excelled in the course they tutor. The first session is free!
- Supplemental Instruction (SI) provides free review sessions for some of the most challenging courses. SI sessions are led by student leaders who did well in the course and are recommended by faculty. The weekly sessions are interactive and focus on the main concepts of the class. Data shows that students who attend SI regularly earn better grades!
Find out how Peer Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction can help you academically.
CAMP Monthly Meetings
All freshmen CAMP students are required to attend the CAMP Monthly Meetings. Held on the last Friday of each month, meetings will cover important information, provide a venue for questions and answers, feature special guests, and team-building excursions.
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Monthly Meetings with CAMP Academic Counselor
All incoming CAMP Freshmen are required to meet a minimum of once a month each semester with the CAMP Academic Counselor. Academic counseling has two primary goals; to give students tools to succeed during the first year of college and to facilitate the social and academic transition from high school to college. During meetings, students will be advised on setting semester academic goals, discuss career options and resume building activities, and explore the issues and challenges of college life.
CAMP First Year Seminar
St. Edward's University emphasizes good writing skills for all of its students. To assist students with navigating their writing assignments CAMP scholars attend weekly writing sessions during the fall semester. In the spring semester CAMP scholars engage in hands on community service to become active members of the community.