West Virginia University students planning to attend summer term are reminded to register before the first day of class Monday, May 21.

Students returning home for the summer in the Montgomery, Charleston and Keyser areas may continue their studies by taking summer courses at WVU Tech and Potomac State College.

Students may register online up until the first day of class. A late registration fee of $40 will be charged to students who are not registered by the first day of their classes.

The summer schedule of courses and online course search is currently available at the WVU Admissions and Records Web site athttp://www.arc.wvu.edu/.

There are many three-week and six-week courses. Some online courses are scheduled across the entire 12-week session from May 21-Aug. 10.

It is important to register early, since some classes fill up quickly, said Sue Day-Perroots, dean of Extended Learning.

The summer session offers great opportunity for students and faculty to engage in study abroad, active learning and focused research,said Day-Perroots.

Students can benefit by taking courses over the summer to boost their grade-point averages, maintain scholarships and get ahead in order to graduate early. Many students take classes over the summer to maintain living arrangements and hold summer jobs.

A single summer term is being implemented this year to allow faculty and students more flexibility, Day-Perroots said.

A student might, for instance, take a six-week advertising course for three credit hours; another might take a 12-week professional field experience course in agriculture for six credit hours, and someone could take a one-week athletic coaching education course for three credit hours. Many courses and options are available. Be sure to check course dates in the schedule of courses. Students taking any length summer class benefit by being able to use University facilities such as the Student Recreation Center and WVU Librariesfor the entire summer.

Students will now be able to access their billing and payment information on line as a result of a recent upgrade to the STAR Information System. Using the system students will be able to view all charges, payments and credits as they are applied to their accounts.

As a result of the new electronic system, students will no longer receive hard-copy, paper bills, unless they specifically request them from within the STAR system. Entry into the STAR system is secure and only the student or individuals they have authorized are able to gain entry into the account. Students are encouraged to check their MIX e-mail account frequently for electronic billing notification notices and to log into the STAR system to review their account information.

For more information about the summer session, students should contact their advisors or visithttp://www.wvu.edu/~summer/.