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COVID-19 Response – Fall 2021

Virtual instruction is currently underway on our Main Campus and we look forward to that we will be in person to the fullest extent possible for the Fall 2021 semester. Learn more about our enhanced health and safety efforts as well as our response to COVID-19.

The health, safety, and well-being of our community is of paramount concern and guides all of our decision-making processes. Our commitment to providing an outstanding personal educational experience for students has never been stronger.

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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.   

In addition, Post University provided refunds to student for room and board expense. Download the PDF for the detailed expenditures of CARES Act funding >>

 

​Fall 2021 Return to Campus | As of April 2

Is Post University going to open the campus in Fall of 2021?

We are excited to share that planning is underway to reopen campus for the Fall 2021 semester.  This will include a full range of in-person instruction and on-campus activities as President Hopkins shared in his letter to the community on March 25, 2012.  More information about the Fall term will be sent to students, and posted here in the coming months.

 

What health and safety measures will be in place on-campus?

While more detailed information will be included in our Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan, which will be shared later this summer, all students can generally expect the following:

  • Reduced density in residence halls, the dining hall, classrooms, offices, and other social spaces on campus.
  • All classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, and other social spaces will have clear signage indicating the maximum capacity.
  • Frequent handwashing will be encouraged, and all students will be required to wear a face covering in public spaces as well as observe all physical distancing requirements.
  • In addition to a virtual component, select events and activities will be in-person and outdoors, weather permitting.
  • All students will have access to COVID-19 testing, should they require it. In addition, we will have adequate space reserved in campus residence halls for isolation and quarantine housing should that become necessary.

 

Will my classes be in-person and will I be able to access student services in-person?

Yes!  Your professors and the University community are eagerly awaiting your return to the classrooms, halls, and offices.  To comply with all federal and state health and safety guidelines, we are exploring a number of different scenarios, which include full in-person classes, and a combination of in-person and virtual meetings for classes.  You also have the option to take 8-week fully online courses offered at the University, should you meet the requirements to do so.

In-person support from advisors, financial aid representatives, the Library team, the Center for Academic Success, and the Center for Career and Professional Development will also resume and will follow all gathering and distancing requirements.  In addition, you will still be able to utilize the support from all campus departments virtually, if that’s what you prefer.

More information will be shared in the Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan later this summer.

When is Accepted Students Day?

We are holding an Accepted Students Day program on April 30.  The Admission team will have more detailed information for you.

As an incoming student for the Fall 2021 semester, what can I expect?

We encourage you to connect with our Admissions team on any questions you have about your campus experience prior to joining us for Orientation in August.  Currently, virtual tours and experiences are being offered to prospective and incoming students.  Orientation planning is underway, and more information will be sent this summer, as well as posted on our website.  In addition, registered incoming on-campus students are encouraged to join the Post University Class of 2025 Facebook group to connect with other freshmen joining the nest this fall.

What is the status of commencement for the class of 2020 and the class of 2021?

Please visit our Graduation and Commencement page for more information and updates on the status of commencement celebrations.

I am a returning student, how do I register for the Fall 2021 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.  If you have not done so already, you can make an appoint with your Academic Advisor to register for the Fall 2021.  If you have any questions, please email campusadvising@post.edu.

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

We have maintained business continuity at both our downtown location and on our main campus.

The University continues 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.

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 203.828.2931.

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 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.

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