Financial Aid and Tuition
Are funds still available to students through the CARES Act Student Emergency Aid Funding?
Student funding through the federal CARES Act, which provided Financial Aid Grants directly to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, was a spring 2020 provision only. No additional funding has been allocated.
I have extra expenses or my family/guardian has lost income due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Can I receive additional financial aid?
We recommend you contact the Student Financial Services at 413.565.1256 to discuss the financial loss you have suffered related to the COVID-19 outbreak. You will be required to complete the Special Circumstances Appeal to document how you or your parent/guardian have been impacted financially due to COVID-19 to be considered for additional financial assistance. Moreover, we may be able to help you with other expenses such as extra medical, extra child care, additional rent, and additional computer equipment to take courses on-line. We may also be able to help with the loss of income if you or your parents have been impacted by COVID-19.
I was denied approval to waive the student health insurance fee and now classes are remote. Do I still need to pay for the student health insurance?
State law requires that all students taking nine or more semester hours have health insurance (Massachusetts General Law Chapter 15A, Section 18). A charge for health insurance will be added to your tuition bill unless proof of comparable insurance is provided, or unless all classes are taken online. If your classes are fully remote, you may complete an appeal and your health insurance waiver has been denied, you may complete an appeal due to your circumstances. Please contact the Student Financial Services Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413.565.1256 to discuss the appeal process.
Waiving the Fee
The health insurance fee may be waived if you have comparable coverage through personal, parental, or spousal insurance (including qualified coverage through the Massachusetts Health Connector Benefit Plan or MassHealth, with the exception of certain MassHealth programs). Free health care (treatment provided at a local hospital or clinic) is not considered comparable coverage. To request a fee waiver, please go to www.gallagherstudent.com and follow the instructions to complete the waiver.
Will work-study positions be available this fall?
As we look to fall, some of our work-study positions will be available on campus, but not all. We are developing a plan to fill most/all federal work-study positions that students will be able to apply for, but we may not be able to fill institutional work-study positions. For those students taking classes online, you can apply for a work-study job on campus. If you are employed in a federal work-study job and you have been approved to work remotely, you can continue to do so and complete your time card as normal. We will provide more information as it becomes available.
Will tuition be less if I am taking online classes?
No. The tuition for the traditional undergraduate program will not change for the 2020-2021 academic year. Our commitment to delivering a quality education will not change either. Our dedicated faculty and staff will continue to teach and support each student with individual attention. And as a University, we have over a decade in online expertise in curating the tools and resources that can readily support an engaging student learning experience. The resources you have come to depend on—your faculty, the library, the advising center, tutoring, career services, technology support, health services, and the counseling service, will remain available and accessible to you, even in a virtual environment. Our student life division is also working on fun ways to host activities virtually. Student clubs and organizations are planning for this fall, but they may look a little different.
If I am permitted to reside on-campus, will there be a discount on the cost of room and board because services have been altered?
No. The cost of room and board for students permitted to reside on campus will not change. Students living on campus will be provided a single room at the double occupancy rate and will receive the same number of meals per the meal plan selected. The Carpe Diem Café will be open for students, too. Please note the menu selection may change to be in accordance with state and local public health requirements for the University.
Will I still be charged for lab fees if my classes are online?
Yes. We fully intend to offer a vibrant lab experience, whether your labs are on ground or online. The intent is to replicate what you would learn on ground to the online environment, which may consist of using software, virtual tools, and materials remotely to achieve the same results.
If I chose to change my status from resident to commuter, will I get a refund?
You can change your status from resident to commuter until the end of the add/drop deadline without financial penalty. To change your status, please email Lindsie Lavin, Executive Director of Student Life & Commencement. Once you officially declare that your status has changed and our systems have been updated, your student account will be credited.