COVID-19 Campus Update

The College is currently closed, and remote instruction and work continue while Philadelphia remains under a stay-at-home order. All courses for the Summer I and II terms will be held online while student services and support are available remotely. Visit the College’s Virtual Student Resource Center to access the assistance that you need. Adequate notice will be shared with students, staff and faculty once a re-opening date is established. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Currently Enrolled Students

Students, please refer to the following information about financial aid and Work-Study, withdrawig from classes, final exams and graduation, technology, summer and fall registration, and information for international students.

Financial Aid and Work-Study 

Will federal financial aid be impacted?

No. The semester will continue on Monday, March 30. Staff will be working to ensure that your financial aid is processed in a timely manner. If you are requested to submit documents, please make every effort to submit them electronically and not via the U.S. mail.

I am a Federal Work-Study student. Can I continue to work?

Because Main Campus and the Regional Centers are closed, there are no opportunities for students to work on campus, but some students will have the ability to work remotely based on their positions. This is currently true for most external employers of our current Federal Work-Study students. Eligible Federal Work-Study students will continue to receive their pay for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester according to previously established guidelines. Students with questions or concerns should contact Mr. Quyen Ngo, Work-Study coordinator, at .

Have the Financial Aid deadlines changed?

Please see the Enrollment Guide for the Financial Aid deadlines.

Withdrawing, Final Exams and Graduation

Should I be making plans to adjust my schedule since my class moved to an online format?

No. You do not need to and should not make changes to your schedule. Your instructors will provide you with the necessary information. You DO NOT need to drop your current classes and re-register for Distance Education courses.

Should I make plans to withdraw from the Spring 2020 semester?

No. Plans have been made for students to complete the Spring 2020 semester with the incorporation of online instruction and other virtual methods. You do not need to withdraw from your courses. In the event you do feel you need to withdraw from a course, College policies and procedures currently apply. See our withdrawal policy and procedures for more information.

Please keep in mind that to officially withdraw from a class, you must follow the procedures outlined in the link above. If you stop attending classes, that does not constitute an official withdrawal. Also, consult the Financial Aid Office to determine how your financial aid status will be impacted should you withdraw.

Please stay in constant contact with your professors regarding your attendance/participation in your courses. Please also consult with your Academic Advisor or Counselor if you are considering withdrawing.

Will I get a refund of tuition/fees paid if I decide to withdraw? 

At present, the current semester is continuing. Therefore, the College’s refund policy remains in place. See our refund policy for more information.

In extenuating circumstances, students may appeal for a refund by completing the Special Request Form for Financial Account Adjustment.

Will my instructors work with me if I become ill or otherwise cannot complete my courses?

Yes. If you become ill or have other extenuating circumstances, please contact your instructors. Please also consult with your Academic Advisor or Counselor for guidance.

Is the Spring 2020 semester being extended along with final exams?

The final day for Spring 2020 classes is Saturday, May 2. Final exams will be held Monday, May 4 through Wednesday, May 6. A final exam schedule will be provided.

Is there any risk of my graduation being delayed?

The Commencement ceremony has been postponed. Specific details about the Commencement ceremony will be shared when they become available. Once the semester has been completed, we will process your graduation from the College. You will receive your credentials (your diploma) acknowledging your graduation from your program of study. More details will be shared.

Note: Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on the official transcript. Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree.

Technology

What if I believe that I will not do well in an online class? 

We strongly recommend you give yourself the appropriate time (at least a full week) to adjust to the online instruction format. We want you to continue to be in good academic standing and complete the term. Please contact your instructors and share with them your concerns and circumstances. Our faculty have been very understanding given our current state of affairs and are working with students in a variety of ways. Also, refer to additional information on the Virtual Student Services Center page for links to various support services.

Will the College provide loaner laptops or iPads?

Yes. Please visit the Student Device Loaner Program page for more information.

I do not have access to the Internet. Are there resources to help me?

You are eligible for Comcast Internet Essentials. Please see the free, low cost and upgraded internet access information for more details.

Several communications companies are granting temporary free internet access to assist students and families throughout our community. You can also turn your smart phone into a hotspot. Due to responses to the pandemic, many carriers have simplified the process add a hot spot to your mobile phone. You can find more information here.

Registration for Summer and Fall 2020

Should I register for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 courses with there being unknowns about the pandemic and its impact on the College?

Registering early is always a good idea. Concerns about the pandemic and its impact on the College should not delay your preparation for attending summer and fall classes. Not knowing your final grades should not hinder your registration either. You do have the option to change your schedule, should it be necessary.

Current students in good academic standing are encouraged to seek advisement from an Academic Advisor with questions at  . Students on academic probation must contact the Counseling Center for an appointment with a Counselor at  . Should you encounter difficulties with registration, contact the Office of Student Records and Registration at  . Refer to the Enrollment Guide and information included on this Virtual Student Resource Center page for more information.

Special Note about Summer 2020 Courses

The College is currently transitioning Summer 2020 classes to an online format. You may find that the courses you want for summer do not appear on the schedule. Faculty are working to make this transition as quickly as possible. Please check back frequently for the courses you wish to take.

International Students

Will a change to online learning affect my status?

Because the College has decided to move courses from in-person to online instruction, your immigration status will not be affected. Since this would be a College-wide decision due to special circumstances, this will not be a violation of the 3-credit maximum distance education rule.

Can I leave the U.S. and finish the semester from my home country?

With travel restrictions currently in place, re-entry to the U.S. may not be guaranteed, should you leave the United States. We do not recommend travel at this time. Please take this into consideration before making any arrangements. If you do plan to travel, notify the International Student Services Office at  immediately as it may affect your immigration status.