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Beginning of Semester

School is coming up fast. Whether it is your first or last semester, this checklist will help you start the semester off without a hitch!

Plan with Your Academic Advisor

If you have basic questions regarding your academic planning, use MyMAP. It is designed to help you plan and organize your classes according to university core and specific major requirements. If you have more questions you will want to talk to an academic advisor by scheduling an appointment with your college advisement center.

Contact College Advisement Center

Resolve Holds

There are a number of circumstances that might place a hold on your account and prevent you from registering or adding/dropping classes. Financial holds can be resolved on My Financial Center. Allow up to 30 minutes for your hold to be released after it is resolved so you can adjust your class schedule.

Check on Holds

More Info about Holds

Register for Classes Required Action

Register for classes online through MyMAP. If you haven’t selected a major yet and are not sure what classes to register for, then contact the University Advisement Center. They have resources to help you choose a major.


More Info about Choosing a Major

Apply for Financial Aid

You can apply for federal financial aid by filling out FAFSA. The Financial Aid Checklist takes you through the process of applying for federal financial aid and can help you find answers to your financial aid questions without waiting in line or on the phone.

Complete FAFSA

Financial Aid Checklist

Check Financial Aid Status on My Aid Dashboard

View the status of your FAFSA application, tasks, and awards on My Aid Dashboard through My Financial Center.

My Aid Dashboard

Pay Tuition and Other Charges

Tuition is due seven calendar days before the first day of class. Pay on time or you will get a hold placed on your account and your classes may be dropped. We recommend paying charges online with an e-payment (e-check or credit card).

My Financial Center

More Info about Tuition and Deadlines
More Info about Short-term Loans

Getting Your Scholarship Money

Getting your money from scholarships depends on the type of scholarship you received. Check the eligibility requirements for the type of scholarship you have so it can apply to your student account on time.

Ensure Your Scholarship Funds

Policies & Expectations for Scholarships

Buy Textbooks

My Book List is an online list of all the textbooks you will need for your current class schedule. You can also search the system to find out which books are required for any particular course. Many textbooks can even be purchased online.

You have the option of charging textbook purchases to your student account: just show your BYU ID at the textbook floor register at the time of purchase. The amount charged to your student account has to be repaid within 45 days of the purchase.

My Book List

Waive or Pay for Student Health Plan Required Action

Students enrolled 3/4 time or more (9 semester credits/4.5 term credits) are required to have health insurance coverage year-round. You are automatically enrolled in BYU’s Student Health Plan one week before classes start if private insurance has not been reported. You will have access to waive the plan about 1 month before classes start. This is a yearly process and the deadline to waive the BYU Student Health Plan is the semester add/drop deadline.

Waive Student Health Plan

More Info about Student Health Plans

Choose Transportation Options

BYU has several options for you to get around. If you choose to bring a car to campus, be sure to register and pay for your permit before the semester begins.

Register and Pay for Vehicle

More Info about Transportation Options

Update Your Housing Address

Remember to update your address if you are in a new housing situation. If you are living at home (not in BYU contracted housing) you are required to submit a non-compliance waiver. Waivers can be found on the Off-Campus Housing website.

Update Personal Information

Waiver for Non-Contracted Housing

Use Cougar Cash

Cougar Cash is great way to pay for purchases or fees on campus using your BYU ID card.

The benefits of using Cougar Cash include no sales tax, printing on campus, and easy access to vending.
However, Cougar Cash cannot be used to pay for tuition and fees. Fees include: class fees, student loans, health center fees and insurance, and traffic and parking fees.

More Info about Cougar Cash