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Post University is actively monitoring the outbreak of respiratory illness caused by the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This site serves as a resource for the University community to inform you about the virus and how to stay healthy. Check back often for updates.

Frequently Asked Questions | April 29, 2020

What is the status of graduation?

Back in March, we made the decision to postpone the University’s 130th Commencement scheduled for May 9.  That decision was made with a heavy heart, but very mindful of the realities of the coronavirus pandemic and our public safety obligations.

We are making plans for a special ceremony for the Class of 2020 to take place in the Fall.  Of course, we may need to adapt our plans to meet any new social distance procedures issued by the government officials. Please be sure to check our graduation page where you will find updates and the latest information.

If I cannot attend graduation, what about my diploma?

As a University, we realize the decision to postpone graduation to a later date may make it impossible for some graduates and families to attend on the new date. This is a difficult and inevitable consequence of the impact of COVID-19. Graduates should not worry about not getting their physical diploma. We will be mailing diplomas as soon as we can certify the degrees and will communicate these additional details to the graduates. You will find updates on our graduation page.

When will Post University hold Accepted Students Day?

Join us on May 30th for our upcoming Virtual Accepted Students Day event to learn more about the University can help you achieve your goals and pursue your dreams. If you have questions, please postadmissions@post.edu

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

We are maintaining business continuity at both our downtown and main campus. The University is continuing to support our online and main campus students as they learn in a virtual environment. We are continuing to provide academic and administrative services to our faculty and students.

As noted in the Message from President Hopkins on March 20, 2020:

  • The Main Campus:  All classes and exams will continue to be held remotely for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes students taking 8-week courses on Main Campus in Term 5.  We anticipate that 8-week courses offered on main campus in Term 6 will at least begin as remote courses.
  • Online Classes continue to be offered without interruption.

In accordance with Department of Education guidelines, students who receive Federal Work Study funds will continue to be paid even though they may not be performing their job duties.

Will Post University open campus in the Fall of 2020?

We remain focused on reopening the campus and the return of students in the fall. We have a team well along in developing a plan to allow everyone to safely resume activity on campus, governed by the priority that our plan must align with the health and safety mandates issued by Federal and State of Connecticut officials.

Keeping our students, staff and faculty safe from infection while keeping the fall semester intact is our non-negotiable priority. Should plans need to change in the fall, we are prepared to pivot and will offer courses to our main campus students remotely.

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.

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.

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