Skip to main content

Members of the University community should respond to the daily VitalCheck prompt at least 30 minutes prior to entering campus.

Fordham Forward FAQs for Students and Families



Campus Life
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)



Can I take summer courses for free?

Yes, the University will offer every full-time undergraduate student who is enrolled this academic year the opportunity to take up to two courses this summer at no additional cost as long as their current balance is satisfied or satisfactory payment arrangements are in place.

What courses will be available this summer?

Fordham’s Summer 2021 course offerings will be expanded to include:

  • A large array of courses required for graduation
  • Special-topics courses that are not available during the academic year
  • Undergraduate research opportunities for academic credit
  • Distinctive internships in NYC and elsewhere that carry academic credit
  • Opportunities to further your career through summer intensives offered by the School of Professional and Continuing Studies

Can students take more than two courses during the summer? 
For summer 2021 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. Gabelli students who wish to register for more than 12 credits must seek their class dean's permission. Please note that the tuition waiver covers a maximum of two summer courses.  Beyond that, normal tuition fees would apply.

Can labs that are attached to a course also be taken for free?

Labs that carry credit count as an additional course. Since the University is offering two courses for free, a student could take the lecture and associated lab for no additional cost. Students taking three courses (for instance, two 3-credit lecture courses plus a 2-credit lab course) would be responsible for the lab tuition since Fordham is waiving the charges on the two courses that represent the highest portion of total credits.

Are graduating seniors eligible to receive these waivers?

Yes, graduates from the Class of 2021 may choose to take up to two of the Summer Session undergraduate offerings free of charge. However, they are not eligible to take graduate courses in summer 2021 free of charge.

Can graduate students take graduate courses for free in summer 2021?

No, graduate students are not eligible to receive the summer course waivers.

Are juniors (rising seniors) who take required graduate courses as part of a GSAS 4+1 Masters (which double count toward a bachelor’s and masters’ degree program) eligible to take Summer Session graduate courses free of charge?

Undergraduate students who are enrolled in GSAS 4+1 programs may take up to two graduate courses, within their program, during the summer session before their senior year, at no cost.

Would full-time PCS students be eligible for the course waivers?
Yes, as long as they are registered full-time during the 2020-21 academic year.

Are students who did not matriculate for the full academic year eligible to take courses?
Students who were enrolled full-time for both semesters will have the option of taking two summer courses free of charge. Students who were enrolled full-time for one semester will be eligible to take one Summer Session course free of charge.

Can students take a reduced load in the spring semester if they are planning to take summer courses in order to maintain their progress toward a degree?
Academic year policies around maintaining full-time status are unchanged.

Is it possible to live on-campus during the summer?
We expect that students will have on-campus housing options this summer. Confirmation and details will be forthcoming from the Housing Office.

Will students have the choice of taking the free courses during Summer Sessions I, II, or III?
Yes, students may take the courses during Summer Sessions I, II, or III.

Can I study abroad this summer?
In the interest of the health and safety of our students, Fordham has made the difficult decision to continue the current suspension of all study abroad programs through the end of summer 2021. Fordham undergraduate students will not be able to study abroad this summer in Fordham-sponsored programs or in programs sponsored by other organizations with start dates before August 15th. However, the University is offering a number of opportunities to support virtual global learning and intercultural engagement. Eligible students may take courses offered through faculty who normally teach at Fordham London or in Granada, Spain. Any eligible student may take these courses free of charge. For a list of courses and information about the virtual global opportunities available this summer visit Study Abroad.

Can students count online summer courses taken at another school for Fordham credit?

For Summer 2021 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 an accredited institution and must be pre-approved by the student's academic advisor/ assistant dean. Please contact your academic advisor/assistant dean for guidance and complete the online application for summer study abroad. 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.

What if the virus necessitates a shut-down of the campus mid-semester?
In order to be prepared for whatever the semester may hold, nearly every course at Fordham will adopt a flexible hybrid learning environment. This means that courses will have both synchronous and asynchronous elements. If a resurgence of the virus necessitates that Fordham suspends all face-to-face instruction for a period, the asynchronous portions of courses would be unaffected, while the synchronous portions would continue via videoconferencing technology with minimal disruption.

Learn more about flexible hybrid learning.

Can labs that are attached to a course also be taken for free?
Labs that carry credit count as an additional course. Since the University is offering two courses for free, a student could take the lecture and associated lab for no additional cost.

Can I apply the Summer Session waivers to a future year?
No, waivers apply to Summer Sessions I, II, or III during the summer of 2021.

FALL 2021

Will the fall semester be held in person?
Fordham is preparing to offer the full range of in-person instruction and on-campus activities this fall.

Will I be required to be vaccinated?

All employees teaching and working in-person are required to be fully vaccinated by August 1, in anticipation of permanent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of one or more of the currently available vaccines. Fordham is requiring that all students be vaccinated by the opening of the fall semester. Employees may request exemptions on medical and religious grounds here

Is the vaccine available at Fordham?

Yes. Fordham has been approved to provide the vaccine by the NYC Department of Health to eligible Fordham community members. The University community is notified via email when vaccines are available on campus. During those availabilities, walk-in vaccinations are available, and you may register here at any time by visiting COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Resources. The vaccines have been tested extensively and are safe and effective. Here are the Center for Disease Control's key things to know about COVID-19 vaccinations:

Students who have been fully vaccinated should upload an image of their completed vaccine card to the student health portal.

I am traveling from another state or country to Fordham. Will I have to quarantine upon my arrival?

Asymptomatic travelers entering New York from another country, U.S. state, or territory are no longer required to test or quarantine according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and New York state Department of Health.

Students living overseas who are not vaccinated before they arrive in the U.S. will be required to notify Fordham in advance so they can be vaccinated upon arrival. Those students will be required to test weekly until they are 2 weeks past their final vaccine dose. Students living overseas can find more detailed information online.

If I am unable to return to campus, can I continue to attend class remotely?

Some but not all degree programs may be able to accommodate a limited number of students who are unable to attend class in person. Before exploring potential accommodations for remote learning, the student wil need to seek approval from the University. 

Eligibility criteria for remote learning are:
-The petitioner is at high-risk for severe medical complications if they were to contract COVID-19 on campus;
-The petitioner is unable to secure a student visa in time to begin classes in New York City.

Any student petitioning for remote learning will need to provide appropriate documentation to support their case. Students approved for remote learning will be few in number and will likely have a very limited set of course options available to them. A student who is not approved for remote learning will not be able to access their courses remotely and may choose to defer or take a leave of absence. 

If approved, the student’s academic dean will explore what kinds of accommodations for remote learning are feasible such as:

  • Approaching particular instructors about changing the modality of their course sections. 
  • Reassigning the handful of approved remote learners to the fewest possible number of course sections, so as to minimize the occurrence of sections where there is a mix of in-person and remote learners.
  • Upgrading the educational technology in select classrooms so that those instructors who will be teaching a mix of in-person and remote learners can benefit from enhanced video and audio capabilities.
  • Consolidating a group of remote learners into a single course section and designate it as a fully online course section.

Are there social distancing measures in classrooms?

On June 15, 2021, the State of New York lifted the vast majority of COVID-19 restrictions after reaching a statewide vaccination rate of 70 percent. All interior spaces will return to pre-COVID seat spacing and occupation capacity, including elevators, stairwells, hallways, and all other spaces. 

Will I have to wear a mask on campus?

Unvaccinated students and employees with a Fordham-approved vaccine exemption must continue to wear masks indoors and maintain social distancing, if possible, consistent with their activities. Fully vaccinated students and employees are not required to wear masks in any location on campus, indoors or out.

Will there be study abroad programs?

Fordham is proceeding, with appropriate caution, to plan for an on-ground London program this fall. The mass vaccination efforts in the UK, combined with our ability to implement the full complement of testing, mitigation, and quarantining protocols, offer hope for running a safe London program with a fully vaccinated fall cohort. Fordham will continue to monitor conditions in the UK and will inform registered students no later than June 15, 2021, of the University’s definitive plans for reopening Fordham London. Regrettably, Fordham will need to continue the suspension of all other study-abroad programs through 2021 as we wait for indicators that the threat of the pandemic has given way to mass global vaccination efforts.


What should I do if I don’t feel well?

Any student experiencing symptoms (which may be similar to the flu or common cold, and may include fever and coughing) should self-isolate and call (rather than visit) University Health Services (UHS) immediately:

Lincoln Center: 212-636-7160
Rose Hill: 718-817-4160

How is the University working to encourage students and other members of the Fordham community to follow the safe practices outlined on these pages?

  • We have developed policies that are specific to COVID-related expectations, which address the wearing of masks and face coverings, social distancing, and gathering, on and off-campus behavior, and more.
  • Community members will be expected to sign The Ram Pledge that they understand and will adhere to these expectations, in their on-campus and off-campus behavior.
  • We will have signage and awareness campaigns in place to remind the members of our community of these expectations.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Am I eligible to receive an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under HEERF?

Fordham University has signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement Form and is eligible to receive the following funding:

  • $8,147,184 under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act 

    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

      • Potential eligible students: 10,067

  • $12,071,949 under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act

    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than $6,000,000 of the funds received under the CRRSA Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

      • Potential eligible students: 22,823

  • $21,291,879 under the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act

    • Under the agreement, Fordham University intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under the ARP Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

      • Potential eligible students: 22,823 

As it relates to Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

  • As of March 31, 2021, the University:
    • Will receive $4,073,592
    • Has distributed to students: $3,630,099
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 2,419
  • As of June 30, 2021, the University
    • Will receive $20,719,531
    • Has distributed to students: $7,578,856
    • Total # of students receiving Emergency Financial Aid Grants: 3507

The University has set aside funds to provide emergency assistance to students who are enrolled. Funds may be used for any component of the cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) and childcare.

Students should complete the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Application, to request assistance. The request includes a detailed statement and an itemized list of eligible expenses incurred (in some cases receipts may be required later). The Office of Student Financial Services will review and respond to each request as quickly as possible.

View more on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.


How is the University helping students for whom the pandemic has caused undue financial hardship?

The University has established the Student Emergency Fund and is seeking donations to help students facing financial challenges brought on by the spread of the coronavirus in New York City such as campus closures and the transition to distance learning. 100% of contributions to this fund will aid these students as they confront travel expenses, sudden loss of housing, medical emergencies or mental health crises, temporary loss of income, short-term food needs, and much more. You should contact your dean’s office about applying for these funds.