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COVID-19 Response / Fall Semester 2020

COVID-19 changed the world. We navigated through the spring semester, transitioning from the in-person experience to remote instruction. Right now, we are actively planning for the fall semester. If you want to read our fall continuity plan there is a link to the document on this page. This site serves as a resource for the University community to inform you about our campus plans. Check back often for updates.

CARES Act – Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF)

Note: Students who are experiencing financial hardship should contact their Financial Aid advisor to determine if additional federal student aid may be available to them based on their individual family circumstances.

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On March 12, 2020, John L. Hopkins, CEO and President of Post University, announced that instruction at the Main Campus would transition to online learning through the end of the semester.  To ensure the safety of all students, faculty, and staff, classes at the Main Campus continued online for the Spring Semester beginning March 16, 2020.  The online teaching platform ensures that students are able to complete the courses they need to meet their academic goals and graduate within their original time frames.  With over 13,000 online students, Post University is a leader in the online mode of delivery.  Technology and student support services are in place and made the transition of the Main Campus students to online education a seamless operation.

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) providing funding to institutions to deliver emergency financial aid grants to eligible students who incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. Post University signed the Certification Agreement in the grant application package for the Higher Education Emergency Relief funding (HEERF) for students on April 27, 2020.

Through the CARES Act, Congress allocated $1,419,702 funding to Post University and over 50% or $725,995 of the allocation has been distributed directly to students in the form of student grants. The remainder of the funds were used to refund room and board costs directly to the students. The distribution of funds was done in accordance with the requirements published by the US Department of Education.

The emergency financial aid grants were awarded to eligible students enrolled in at least one Main Campus course as of the date campus-based courses ended and the facilities were closed to in-person classes. The total number of eligible students who participated in Title IV HEA programs and who attended on-ground courses at Post University is 649 students. Of this number 649 eligible students were enrolled in at least one course held in-person, and not exclusively online, and all have received the CARES Act grant.

In accordance with the requirements published by the US Department of Education for student eligibility, Post University identified all students enrolled in on-campus classes and established the criteria based on their housing status, including the distance to return home from campus, and their financial need as determined by their 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Note: A student enrolled in classes offered exclusively online are not eligible for an emergency grant. For more information, please visit our FAQ’s below.

Students who met the criteria were awarded a range of grant funding based on their Financial need, campus housing arrangement, and permanent residence proximity to campus.  The award per student ranged from $615 to $3,035.

Post University awarded these funds to all eligible students without requiring an application or other formal request. Each eligible student was notified that the funding was available and provided the instructions to select their preferred method of delivery.   

 

Frequently Asked Questions | July 24, 2020

What is the status of the Post University Campus and Post Downtown?

Since the spring, we have maintained business continuity at both our downtown location and on our main campus.

Post Downtown will be ready for associates to return in July 20 and Main Campus will be ready for associates and faculty to return in August. The actual date that each associate returns to the workplace will be determined on an individual basis after a conversation between associates and their managers.

The University, during the fall semester, will continue to support our online and main campus students as they learn in a virtual environment. We will provide academic and administrative services to our faculty and students.

Is Post University going to open the campus in the Fall of 2020?

Because the safety of our students is paramount, we have decided to remain online for our Fall 2020 semester.  Please read the July 9 message from the President.   You can read our full reopening plan here.

 

Is Orientation for new students affected by COVID-19?

We’re very excited to welcome you to the Post University’s Class of 2024 and to share more about your next steps through New Student and Family Orientation. Student health and safety are our first priority.  This year, we will be hosting Virtual Orientation session this summer.

All incoming students are expected to complete the orientation process in order to have a successful start to their Post experience. You will receive updates on the fall 2020 Orientation process by end of July.

Where can International students with questions about immigration status, visa or travel endorsements find information?

Post University was pleased to see the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines, which threatened the education of international students, rescinded in early July. This means students can take courses online and reside in the United States.

The Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP), through Homeland Security, has made a number of accommodations to help students during this crisis.  For the most current information, please see this link on the Study in the States website: https://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/covid-19-resources. This website was created by Homeland Security to assist students with understanding their privileges and responsibilities in the student visa process and can be trusted to provide accurate, official updates.

The Office of International Admissions is available to assist current, new or future international students with questions or concerns. Please call or email Bill Stadler at 203-591-5234.

When will I hear back about financial aid?

Please log into your student portal (visit Post.edu and click on Student Login in the upper right) with your Post University email account. This is how the student aid office will communicate with you. If you haven’t already submitted your FAFSA, it’s crucial that you do so as soon as possible.

I am a returning student, how do I register for the Fall 2020 semester?

Online Students

If you are a returning online student, you may register for your courses via your student portal.  Look for the tile marked “View/Register for Classes” in your portal.  You can follow the prompts to register for courses. Please know your Academic Success Counselor is available to help you with any questions or make changes to your schedule.

Campus Students

If you are a returning main campus student, your Academic Advisor is available to you either via the phone or via email.  Because of COVID-19, registration for the Fall 2020 term takes place virtually.  Your advisor will be in touch with you to schedule and confirm your virtual meeting time. If you have any questions, please email campusadvising@post.edu.

I am a new student to Post University, how do I register for classes this term?

New students, whether you take your classes online or at our main campus, your Academic Advisor will help you register for your first year courses.

CARES EMERGENCY GRANT - Who is eligible and how do you apply?

You may have received communication from Bank Mobile about the CARES Emergency Grant, which unfortunately was misleading, short on pertinent information and not an approved message by Post University. The Bank Mobile message was not intended to imply that emergency funds are available or that you may qualify.

The process to determine eligibility is still evolving as the Department of Education is issuing guidance on the processes daily. There are many factors that are to be considered when determining who is eligible to receive these funds. Once the Department of Education finalizes the guidelines, which is expected imminently, we will immediately implement the process to access funds for those who qualify.

Who is eligible for this Emergency Grant?

Post University students enrolled in a Main Campus program of study at the University’s main campus (800 Country Club Road in Waterbury, CT) and only those Main Campus students, who are eligible for the Federal Financial Aid program, may be eligible for an Emergency Grant. Please speak to your financial aid advisor about your specific circumstances.

Students who are enrolled exclusively in our online programs are not eligible to receive an Emergency Grant.

However, please be sure to speak to your Academic Success Counselor or Financial Aid Counselor about any challenges you may be having, regardless of your eligibility for CARES Act relief. Post University is committed to working with each student to resolve individual challenges.

Why are online students not eligible?

Congress provided Emergency Grant funding only for students who may have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus and excluded online students. We suggest that you contact your Legislators and ask why online students have been excluded. Follow this link to locate your US Senator. Please use this link to find your member in the US House of Representatives. There is no rationale that could legitimately validate this decision.

Our on-line students are faced with as many, if not more challenges, than traditional students who take classes on campus. Often, online students have full-time jobs, children and typically no parental financial support. This government decision is inexplicable and grossly wrong in our opinion. It is important for you to have your voice heard…please call or email your legislators ASAP.

How do I apply for an Emergency Grant?

Post University is receiving updates from the U. S. Department of Education about which students may be eligible to receive the Emergency Grants. Unfortunately, this information keeps changing, making it difficult for Post, or any other College or University, to develop a concrete plan. Please know that we are working diligently to obtain official guidance to develop a plan to best assist our students. We will communicate that plan with eligible main campus students as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we will “make it personal!” You can expect that we will work with each student on an individual basis to help resolve individual challenges.

What is the status of graduation?

Please be sure to check our graduation page where you will find the latest information.

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