Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a variety of services and resources designed to help currently registered FIU students achieve and maintain optimum mental health. Therapists, utilizing the short-term psychotherapy approach, assist students in developing effective coping skills and decision making abilities; developing effective communication skills; and identifying and managing daily stressors. In addition, throughout the academic year, the University community can submit requests for CAPS’ staff to provide workshops or informal discussions on a variety of metal health topics. All therapeutic services are confidential and can be utilized either in person or Online, depending on the type of service desired. Services include:
- Individual, group, and couples therapy for issues such as: anxiety, depression, stress, grief, and interpersonal and relationship problems
- In-person screenings for substance abuse and eating disorders
- Psycho-educational and Neurological testing
- Crisis intervention
- Psychiatric services
- Victim advocacy support services, such as:
- Assistance in accessing community and University resources, and helping students understand the different options available to them during or after experiencing actual or threatened abuse or violence. This information is also available to students who may want resources for someone they know.
- Help with issues related to relationship abuse, sexual assault, stalking, assault and battery, homicide of friend or relative, hate crimes, harassment, and re-emergence of problems as a result of a past abuse such as childhood sexual abuse.
- -Other services available (according to the wishes of the victim) are:
- Safety planning
- Understanding and navigating the criminal justice system
- Assistance in making police reports (if desired)
- Petitioning the court for an injunction for protection (“restraining order”)
- Finding legal assistance
- Finding emergency safe shelter
- Communicating with professors and/or other parties as requested by the victim
- Help with university administrative procedures
- Student conduct proceedings
- Escort to appointments, hearings, and medical facilities
- Help with other solutions that may be necessary
Victim services may be accessed through a 24-hour crisis hotline: (305) 348-3000.
Counseling and Psychological Services
The Dean of Students, in the Division of Student Affairs, creates a culture of care for students, their families, faculty and staff by providing proactive education, consultation, resources, and response to distressed students or students in crisis. Some students will face obstacles along the path toward their academic goals, such as personal distress, anxiety, depression, family emergencies, health issues and more. There are excellent support services on campus to assist students, with the purpose of getting them back on track toward their goals. The Dean of Students can assist students one-on-one by identifying the appropriate campus resources to best help them. Please visit the Dean of Students website.
Financial aid is a source of financial support provided by federal, state and local governments, universities, community organizations, and private corporations to help students meet the cost of attending college. It includes gift-aid (grants and scholarships) and self-help aid (loans and student employment).
- Grants are awards based on financial need and which do not have to be repaid.
- Scholarships are non-repayable awards based either on merit, special talent and/or financial need.
- Student loans are available to students and/or their parents at low interest rates (Fixed Direct Loans).
- Student employment allows students to earn money toward their education by working part-time.
Applying for Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used annually to apply for most types of financial assistance. FIU’s school code 009635 is required when completing the FAFSA. Applications for financial assistance are available in January for the following academic year, which begins in August. FIU’s annual priority deadline is March 1st. Applications completed after this deadline will be processed in order of completion.
For assistance with completing the FASFA application, please visit the Financial Aid website
For additional information contact the Financial Aid Office by telephone at (305) 348-7272 or by visiting at Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PC 125 or Enrollment Services at the Biscayne Bay Campus, ACI 100.
The Department of Housing and Residential Life provides housing for students at both the Modesto A. Maidique Campus and Biscayne Bay Campuses. Student housing is designed to provide a comfortable living environment conducive to supporting students’ academic success. The facilities are located within walking distance to classrooms, faculty offices, labs, recreation facilities, and other student services. There are multiple room types and provide a variety of accommodations to meet students’ housing needs and budgets. The campus residential community provides unique opportunities for personal growth and development, leadership experiences through student participation in programming and activities, and developing an appreciation of and sensitivity to differences. Residents have the opportunity to enjoy social and educational events that are sponsored by the Residence Hall Association and Resident Assistants. The residence halls feature several Living and Learning Communities that include: FYRST (First Year Residents Succeeding Together), Wellness 1 and 2, Community Service FYRST Social Justice, Arts and Architecture, Honors Place, Honors Place 2, Global Living Community, and a Law Community. Housing academic tutors known as the A- Team are also available to assist students with their academic tutoring needs.
For more information regarding services and accommodations, please visit the website at http://www.housing.fiu.edu.
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office provides assistance to international students, faculty, and researchers in non-immigrant status (F or J visas). The staff provides advising services on immigration, cultural personal, social, and financial concerns. The ISSS serves as a liaison to academic and administrative departments throughout the University, and maintains the Student Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) of the Department of Homeland Security tracking system for the University, All new and/or international transfer students MUST attend a MANDATORY orientation program before the start of their first semester and MUST report to the ISSS office within the first week of the start of classes. The ISSS also offers social and cultural programs to assist students in adapting more effectively to the University community and to living in Miami.
For more information, please visit the ISSS website
ISSS is located in GC 355, University Park, (305) 348- 2421; and WUC 363, Biscayne Bay Campus, (305) 919- 5813.
The mission of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is to promote concepts of respect, civility, fairness, and conflict resolution on campus by enforcing community standards (FIU policies, federal, state, and local laws) and holding students accountable for their behavior in a fair, yet developmental manner, through the involvement of the campus community and educational development of students. Infringement of an academic nature should be directed to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Complaints that are non-academic should be directed to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.
The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution also
- Provides student conduct record background checks for various agencies (Secret Service, FBI, CIA, State Department DEA, Federal Marshals, Law Enforcement Agencies, Military, Graduate Schools, Law Schools, Dean Certifications, Florida Bar Examiners)
- Assists in the selection and training of Student Conduct Committee members and hearing officers
- Manages admissions clearances – The university reserves the right to review the case of any student who has been involved in misconduct prior to admission to determine eligibility for admission.
- Administers the student conduct process. Holds students accountable for violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
- Provides educational programs for faculty, staff, and students regarding the student conduct process; ethics and integrity; conflict resolution; and dealing with disruptive students in the classroom.
- Provides mediation as a possible avenue to foster mutual respect and understanding when differences arise. Mediation through the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is an informal, voluntary, and confidential way to resolve minor conflicts, disputes, or disagreements without going through formal charges or judicial proceedings. Please refer to the Student Code of Conduct section in the FIU Student Handbook for more information regarding the student conduct process and procedure.
The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution is located in GC 311 at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, (305) 348-3939. Website: http://conduct.fiu.edu.
The Office of Study Abroad assists students in the College of Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) with the opportunity to spend a semester or academic year studying at one of our study abroad programs (usually ranging from two weeks to a semester) led by College of Architecture + The Arts faculty members.
CARTA’s study abroad programs are typically offered during the summer, while the School of Architecture’s semester and year long Genoa Italy Program is typically offered during the Fall and Spring terms. The programs are designed and led by FIU faculty. Students participating in these programs will pay FIU tuition and fees in addition to a program fee for the cost of the program abroad. Grades earned on these programs will be averaged into the FIU GPA as these are FIU credit-bearing courses.
For more information about studying abroad, please contact the Office of Study Abroad, located at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus, PC 113, at: (305) 348-1913; http://studyabroad.fiu.edu/.
The Ombudsman Office acts as an impartial and confidential forum to assist students who have encountered problems or conflicts at the University, particularly problems or concerns not adequately addressed through normal channels. This may include correcting processes or procedures that hinder resolving the issue or are causing an inordinate delay. The Ombudsman may resolve problems through various methods, including investigation, mediation, or making referrals to the appropriate university department for review. The Ombudsman should be utilized in situations where all areas of appeal have been exhausted or proven unsuccessful.
For more information or services, please contact the Office of the Ombudsman at (305) 348-2797 located in Graham Center 219 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus, or located in WUC 325, Wolfe University Center, Biscayne Bay Campus, (305) 919-5800.
The University Graduate School has oversight of post baccalaureate programs in all colleges and schools with the exception of the programs in the College of Law and the Doctor of Medicine program in the College of Medicine. Working with the Graduate Faculty and the Graduate Council of the Faculty Senate, the University Graduate School develops and implements the policies and procedures that guide graduate education at the University.
Graduate Admissions is usually the first point of contact entering graduate students have with the University Graduate School. Students are admitted to the University Graduate School upon recommendation of the graduate program to which they have applied. The University Graduate School oversees the university-wide fellowship programs: Presidential Fellowships, McNair Fellowships, Doctoral Evidence Acquisition, and Dissertation Fellowships. The University Graduate School also works with the graduate programs to provide support to Graduate Assistants. The stipend for Graduate Assistants is provided by the graduate program, within guidelines set by the University Graduate School, and the accompanying tuition waivers are provided by the University Graduate School.
Students completing thesis master’s degrees and all students in doctoral programs have more contact with the University Graduate School as they obtain University Graduate School approval for their thesis or dissertation committee, thesis or dissertation proposal, thesis or dissertation defense announcement, and final thesis or dissertation.
Through its Professional Development Program, the University Graduate School delivers professional and career- development training to graduate students. The University Graduate School serves as an ombudsman for graduate students.
All graduate students are encouraged to visit the University Graduate School (PC 230), or call (305) 348- 2455, or log on to the web site, http://gradschool.fiu.edu to find answers to questions regarding any phase of their graduate education.