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ESP/IESP Advising Bulletin

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Fall course change deadline: Wednesday, September 23

The deadline to change courses is Wednesday, September 23rd at 4:00 pm. There are very few spaces in courses at this stage; please email esp.advising@carleton.ca before the 23rd to inquire about options.


Get social

Although things are online this year, there are still opportunities to connect.

  • Clubs, Societies, volunteer opportunities: run by CUSA (CU Students Association).
  • The Student Experience Office offers:
  • Look for invitations to connect from your ESP/IESP mentors.


What's open on campus

While fall and winter classes are online and much of the campus remains closed, some buildings are open to students (with reduced hours):

See the full list →


Opt-in to the Health plan deadline: Wednesday, Sept 30th

If you are not covered by another health or dental plan, you may want to opt-in to the student health plan that provides some dental and/or prescription coverage (and more). As students who are not charged full-time fees, you were not automatically enrolled in the plan. Visit this site to opt-in (self-enroll) and for plan costs ($218.45 single coverage) & info.  You can opt-in as an individual, or if you have a spouse and/or kids, you can opt-in to the family plan.

Opt-in now →


Opt-out of UPASS

With classes online, you might not need a student bus pass – but you are being charged for one, unless you opt-out. For instructions on how to complete the opt-out form in Carleton Central, visit the UPASS website. Don’t delay! The refund of fees is prorated – the longer you wait, the less you get back.

Need the bus pass? You can pick it up on campus or order it online using the same process as the student (campus) card.

How to opt-out →


Financial support

Look into these financial supports if you’re low on funds:

  • Apply for a bursary. Bursaries are awards made based on financial need rather than grades or other criteria. Unlike loans, you don’t have to pay them back. If you can demonstrate financial need, you may be eligible for an award (often between $500-$1500). See the Awards office website for information about how to apply and for more info: carleton.ca/awards/bursaries/.  Come in for a Coaching appointment for help completing an application. The deadline to apply is October 31st.
  • Inquire about needs-based grants of up to $500 for funds to assist in purchasing technology (computer, internet hotspot, accessories). Please email covidinfo@carleton.ca to ask about how to apply for these funds.
  • Order food through the student food centre: run by CUSA
    cusaonline.ca/services/servicecentres/foodcentre/.

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Tech support

Having issues setting up email or getting your student account to function correctly? Reach out to the ITS Service Desk (Mon-Fri 8:30 am – 7:30 pm):


Register with PMC

If you have an physical, learning, attention, or mental health related disability, register with the Paul Menton Centre to receive accommodations and support. Need a note taker? Coping with anxiety? Have a test coming up and you’d do a better job with more time? PMC can help. To make sure you’re set up, submit requests for accommodation to PMC three weeks before the first in-class scheduled test, midterm, or exam.

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How to make a Coaching appointment

One of the benefits of being an ESP/IESP student is free Academic Coaching, offering one-on-one academic help for a one-hour appointment. Get a handle on your deadlines, create a study plan for the term, get a head start on upcoming assignments, or work on study habits and time management. Coaches can also help you apply for a bursary, too. Appointments are bookable starting Monday, September 21st.

Book a Coaching Appointment →


Book an Advising Appointment

Meet with an ESP/IESP Advisor to add or change classes, plan your degree program, ask questions about degree programs and requirements, apply to your degree program and ask questions about any aspect of being a university student. Make sure to meet with an advisor at least once per term. Book an appointment on our website or visit Advisors and Staff during drop-in hours:

  • Drop-in hours are Monday to Friday 11:00-12:00. Access the online drop-in hour in cuLearn under “Fall 2020”, click on the “ESP/IESP Virtual Main Office and Student Lounge”

Book an Advising Appointment →