COVID-19 Response – Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
Coronavirus continues to present significant and varied challenges to our health, welfare, and our economy. It is challenging all of us.
As we look toward the spring semester, we continue to make compassionate, respectful decisions in consultation with public health experts and other authorities within Connecticut as well as guidance from the CDC. Our commitment to providing an outstanding personal educational experience for students has never been stronger.
This site serves as a resource for the University community to inform you about our campus plans. Please check back here regularly for the latest information and updates.
Updates from University Leadership
- January 19, 2021 – Message from Post University President: Spring Sport Athletes Return to Campus
- January 19, 2021 – Post University Spring 2021 Continuity Plan – updated from 12/17/20 (PDF)
- January 19, 2021 – Student Athlete Arrival Schedule (PDF)
- December 21, 2020 – Message From Post University President
- December 17, 2020 – Post University Spring 2021 Continuity Plan (PDF)
- November 11, 2020 – Message From Post University President
- October 19, 2020 – Spring 2021 Announcement
- July 16, 2020 – Post University Fall Continuity Plan (PDF)
- July 14, 2020 – Statement John L. Hopkins, CEO & President of Post University
- July 13, 2020 – Statement from John L. Hopkins – CACC Decision Regarding Fall Sports
- July 9, 2020 – President’s Message to Main Campus Students and Parents – Fall 2020 Semester Information
- May 27, 2020 – Message from University President & Provost for Returning Students: Main Campus
- May 19, 2020 – Academic Relief Response to COVID-19 (Effective for Term 6 2020)
- March 26, 2020 – Academic Relief Response to COVID-19 (Effective for 2020 Spring Semester and Term 5)
- March 22, 2020 – New FAQs added to Student Info and Campus FAQs, see below.
- March 20, 2020 – Message from Post University President
- March 15, 2020 – Message from Post President
- March 15, 2020 – Message from Provost to Main Campus Students
- March 15, 2020 – Tips for Virtual Learners – March 2020
- March 14, 2020 – Message From The Provost to Term 5 Students
- March 12, 2020 – University President Hopkins – COVID-19 Update
- March 12, 2020 – Message to On-Campus Students from the Provost: Virtual Courses
- March 5, 2020 – Message to Students from the Provost
- March 4, 2020 – Message from John L. Hopkins to Campus Community
- February 26, 2020 – Community Announcement
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.
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 >>
Frequently Asked Questions | Nov 24, 2020
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.
When is the Spring 2021 Orientation for new students?
We’re very excited to welcome you to the Post University this coming January. Orientation will take place on Saturday, January 9. This session will be a virtual orientation. All incoming students, including transfer students are expected to participate in the orientation. Students will receive updates on the 2021 Orientation in late December.
Is Post University going to open the campus in Spring of 2021?
Because the safety of our students is paramount, we have decided to remain online for our Spring 2021 semester. Please read President Hopkin’s October message. In November, President Hopkins said that he would revisit the decision to postpone spring athletic competition in mid-December.
This link is to our Fall 2020 reopening plan here. Please check back as the link will be updated in mid-December to reflect the Spring semester.
I am a returning student, how do I register for the Spring 2021 semester?
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.
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 Spring 2021. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Academic Calendar for the 2021 Semester?
Please view the Academic Calendar.
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.
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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