Coronavirus Student FAQ
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1. What is the CARES Act?
In response to the severe economic dislocation caused by COVID-19, the U.S. federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act on March 27, 2020. The act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which provides emergency aid to students currently enrolled at eligible colleges and universities.
The CARES Act funds are to provide financial support for students enrolled during the spring 2020 semester for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).
2. Am I eligible to receive aid under the CARES Act?
Fordham University has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement Form and is eligible to receive up to $8,147,184. Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.
- Potential eligible students: 10,067
As it relates to Emergency Financial Aid Grants, as of May 21, 2020 the University:
- Will receive: $4,073,592
- Has distributed to students: $1,697,250
The Office of Student Financial Services is in the process of developing the criteria for eligibility, as well as procedure for distribution to students and will provide further updates when they are available.
3. When will we be able to retrieve our belongings from campus?
We understand that you would like to be able to retrieve your personal belongings from the residence halls as soon as possible, and you would prefer to be able to pack and move your belongings yourself, and not have others do this. Be assured that your personal belongings have been safeguarded in your rooms, and the residence halls have not been in use by any outside agencies.
We have recently announced signups for a phased move-out process, after being unable to accommodate requests due to Governor's Cuomo's executive order closing all businesses and non-profit institutions. Move-out will take place starting May 18 and continue through the end of June. This process will limit the numbers that are allowed on campus each day, to protect your health and safety and that of those around you, and I encourage you to review the details that have been shared on this process by the Offices of Residential Life on both campuses, and sign up for a date and time slot. Please wait for confirmation before finalizing plans for your return to campus.
4. How is the Summer Session at Fordham affected?
Summer Session Courses: in the interest of health and safety for all members of our community, Fordham will not be holding face-to-face courses on campus during Summer Session 1 (May - June) or Summer Session 2 (July - August) in order to comply with ongoing New York State guidelines but will be offering a broad selection of online courses instead.
Please note that for Summer 2020 only, Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Fordham College at Rose Hill students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher may request permission to take up to three summer courses at Fordham, as long as no more than two of those courses are running in the same Summer Session.
In practice, this means that a student can register for:
2 courses in Summer Session 1 + 1 course in Summer Session 2; OR
1 course in Summer Session 1 + 2 courses in Summer Session 2; OR
1 course in Summer Session 1 + 1 course in Summer Session 2 + 1 course in Summer Session 3.
To take advantage of this opportunity, please contact your class dean.
Summer Housing: there will be no on-campus housing this summer.
Summer Camps: all summer conferences, and summer camps that require housing, will be canceled. We have not yet made decisions on summer camps scheduled to take place later in the summer that do not require on-campus housing. We will make these decisions when we get closer to the dates and have more information.
New Student Orientation Programming for the Summer: we will be conducting summer orientation sessions virtually on the dates and at the locations noted on our website.
5. I would like to take summer courses at another college, what do I need to know?
For Summer 2020 only, undergraduate students may take all of their non-Fordham courses online provided that those courses meet the following requirements:
- Courses taken in the U.S. must be offered by accredited, 4-year, non-profit institutions.
- Courses taken outside of the U.S. must be offered by a 4-year institution and must be pre-approved by your academic advisor/ assistant dean. Please contact your academic advisor/assistant dean for guidance. If the institution is not in Fordham University's database, academic advisors/assistant deans may require transcript validation by World Education Services for equivalency.
Requests to take online lab courses outside of Fordham will be reviewed carefully by the dean’s office and the department; these requests may be denied.
All other transfer policies with regard to summer courses still stand, as explained in the Academic Bulletin. If you have any questions, please contact your class dean.
As always, all courses taken outside of Fordham during the summer by incoming and continuing students must be pre-approved for transfer credit by the appropriate class dean.
6. Will we be able to return to campus for the Fall semester?
We are doing everything we can to advance planning that will make this possible. Of course, the primary caveats that we must pay attention to: (1) health and safety and (2) the external circumstances and guidelines that we must operate within. In this context, we are actively planning and preparing to do all that we can to be open and on campus for the fall, with all that this entails, including the resumption of normal academic and student life schedules and routines, fall sports competition, and other activities.
While we are not yet in the position to make this decision, there are various planning groups in the Provost’s area that are focusing on the academic calendar and instructional delivery, as they try to position us and you to resume your academic life in a way that will be safe and productive. View academic planning information.
Student Affairs has organized several working groups each of which has many assigned objectives and tasks, and their focus will include but not be limited to the following areas:
- Community Health, Well-Being and Containment: including intervention, isolation, and contact tracing
- Residential Life, including move out and move in
- University Health Services: including supplies, testing, immunity, staffing and PPE, vaccinations
- Infrastructure and Building Sanitation
- Student Engagement: including orientation, programming, commuter students, and student life;
- Dining Services
- Coordination with external agencies, and others
As our planning advances, this situation will continue to evolve and we will have more information, and we will then be in a better position to make and communicate related decisions. We will communicate with you as we move forward.
7. Because of the disruption from COVID-19, can I receive a refund of my tuition and/or room & board for the semester?
Fordham University is committed to providing an environment where all students can complete their coursework for the Spring 2020 semester. Since the University continues to provide instruction via virtual classrooms, tuition will not be refunded. Other select charges for the Spring 2020 semester will be reduced as shown below.
Each student’s account will be reviewed individually. Refunds will be issued for the amount the University owes the student after resolving any unpaid balance on the student’s account. To ensure that you receive your refund expeditiously, please enroll in direct deposit if you have not done so already. It is the most efficient way for you to receive the refund.
Spring 2020 Fee Reductions
Charges Reduced by 50%:
- Room and Board (New York campuses)
- Residence Hall Activity Fees
- General & Lab Fees
- Ensemble fees (MUSIC 1291, 1300, 1301, 1302, and 1303)
Other Charges and Arrangements
- Parking - varies by plan
- BASW/MSW Field Work - arrangements for completion will be sent by April 5
- Miscellaneous Other Fees - not refundable
Study Abroad Fee Reductions
|SA Participation Fee||Not refundable|
|Study Abroad Fees Premium||Not refundable|
|Study Abroad Application Fee||Not refundable|
|London Intern Program Fee||35%|
|Housing GSB London Program||35%|
|GSB London Program Fee||35%|
|GSB Study Tour Fee||100%|
|Housing London Drama Academy||26%|
|Housing Fee Granada||50%|
|Granada Program Fee||50%|
|Housing Fee S. Africa||50%|
|S. Africa Program Fee||50%|
|London Liberal Arts Prog Fee||35%|
|London Liberal Arts Housing||35%|
|LDA Program Fee||26%|
|GSE Abroad Program Fee||100%|
|All other fees are non-refundable.|
8. Are all students currently studying abroad being sent back to the States?
All Fordham students who had been studying abroad (or were planning to study abroad) have had to discontinue their programs because of outbreaks of the coronavirus. Depending on the location, some have been self-quarantined for 14 days and many have been provided with an individualized academic plan to complete the Spring 2020 semester. All students have been informed that they must return home.
9. I have planned international travel in the near future. Should I cancel my plans?
On March 18, 2020, the US Department of State implemented a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for all US citizens. Many of the areas of the world are impacted by the novel coronavirus and greater travel restrictions have been imposed that may limit mobility. Therefore, Fordham strongly urges you to reconsider any personal international travel. As the virus is spreading rapidly and laboratory testing becomes more readily available, it is entirely conceivable that you may end up in a quarantined zone or that an area where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.
10. For Fordham students currently in NYC, are there restrictions for traveling on a university-sponsored program or trip?
To mitigate the risk of increased personal and communal viral exposure to COVID-19, the University has decided to suspend sponsored domestic and international travel for all students until further notice. The University will update its travel guidance and isolation requirements in response to changes in environmental conditions, CDC travel health notices, and New York State Department of Health recommendations. Global Outreach programs for spring and summer have been postponed. In concurrence with the decision made by the Atlantic 10 Conference to cancel all spring athletic competition, Fordham has suspended all athletics for the rest of the semester.
11. Will the University continue to operate study abroad programs this summer and fall in areas not highly impacted by COVID-19?
All Summer 2020 undergraduate study abroad programs have been suspended. Study abroad programs for the fall have not been canceled. The University will continue to monitor each program location closely and may cancel programs or revoke program acceptances if there appears to be a significant health risk. Should a program be canceled, deposits will be returned.
12. I am a student worker on campus. Will my employment continue?
Student workers will receive individual notification regarding employment and pay. The Federal Work Study program has ensured that students in that program will continue to be paid. The University is still determining employment of other student workers.