These are questions asked by some participants.
- Is housing provided? No. You are on your own to find a place to stay. Ames has some specifics since it is a college town. Almost all leases are from August 1 to July 31. If you want to get a shorter lease, be prepared to pay a premium for it. When looking for houses, you may consider looking at CyRide to see bus routes around the town. Getting a place close to some bus route is useful. The buses are free for students. There is no parking next to the building of department. However, there is a commuter lot by the football stadium and a frequent free bus running between the parking lot and the campus. Ames is also quite bike friendly, not during winter, and it is easy to lock the bike at the stands in front of the building. There are no neighborhoods in Ames that one should avoid for safety reasons.
- Do you provide relocation assistance? No. If you fly, the nearest airport is in Des Moines. Executive Express is a shuttle service between Ames and Des Moines or you may contact us and see if we can help with getting to Ames from the airport.
- Can I take any classes I want? You can pick exactly two classes from the provided list above each semester. You cannot take more classes or classes outside of the list above. If you are interested in other topics, we can arrange for you to sit in other classes.
- When do I need to get to Ames? Plan to be here the week BEFORE classes start. Check the ISU Academic Calendar for more details. There will be some orientation, paperwork, and training during that week. You will be given exact schedule later. If you want to come earlier, that is perfectly fine but you will need to entertain yourself.
- When do I get paid? You get money on the last business day of each month. You get 9 months of stipend. Since the school begins in the middle of August and ends in the middle of May, 1 of the 9 months is split between August and May. That means, the first stipend you receive at the end of August will be significantly lower than the usual stipend. In order to get money, you need to go to payroll office (3rd floor of Beardshear Hall) and fill I-9 form by the end of the last Thursday before the classes start.
- When will I know my teaching assignment? The teaching assignments are done over the summer. Most students know their assignments during the week before classes start. Sometimes, there might be last minute changes.
- Can you help me find off-campus work? No. Your success is our number one priority for you while you are here in this program. We have a commitment to you and your success. Part of you being successful is you being deeply engaged and committed to doing the work. We expect the coursework to be one of the more challenging mathematical experiences that you have encountered. We should be prepared to dedicate a great deal of time to the work. All of that being said, things like taking on jobs while in the program is heavily discouraged. Part of the model that we have created for this postbac program is contingent on folks not taking outside regular job. If this is something that you feel is required for you to do, then we should sit down and discuss your financial situation so that we can make a plan. We do not want your progress, status, or future funding to be negatively affected because of this.
- Is there a tuition payment plan? Yes. Once you register with the payroll office, you can set up a tuition payment plan in AccessPlus yourself. Look for Employee or Student tab. There is a small fee (about $30) for doing monthly payment instead of paying it all at once.