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COVID-19 FAQ

Can I appeal my financial aid award due to COVID hardships?

If COVID-19 has negatively impacted your family's finances, given the very recent nature of the changes, as well as the uncertainty regarding how long the financial impact from COVID-19 will last, we would not have enough information at this time to be able to make an updated assessment to your 2020-21 financial aid award. Allowing some time to pass will provide a better ability to assess your overall financial situation. If by the end of the Fall 2020 semester your financial circumstances have not improved, please reach out to us at that time to see if an adjustment to the financial aid award is possible. In order to be as comprehensive as possible, we will likely require income documentation as well as other documents. Rest assured that any additional financial aid provided due to the outcome of your appeal will be retroactive to the Fall 2020 semester and reflected on the Spring 2021 semester as well. 

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What happens to my bill if I switch to remote learning after initially living on campus?

If you switch to remote learning after the first day of classes, the charges for room and board and fees will be refunded as per the rates on the college's advertised refund schedule.  If you are on financial aid, your vassar scholarship will be adjusted to reflect your new, reduced cost of attendance.

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Can I still participate in Work Study if I am studying remotely this fall?

If you are a New York State resident, residing in New York State, then you may have a student job and work remotely. For students living out of state and studying remotely, student employment will NOT be available, as federal restrictions that were relaxed in the spring were not renewed for the fall term. Work-study students who are not eligible to work remotely will receive a revised financial aid award letter with additional Vassar scholarship to replace their fall work-study allotment.

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As a continuing student, what will happen to my aid if I take a personal leave?

Students are eligible to receive a total of eight semesters of financial aid from Vassar. The eight semesters do not have to be sequential. If a student takes a leave before a semester begins, they will retain that semester of eligibility for future use. If a student takes a leave after the semester begins, that semester will count as a full semester of eligibility, even though the student was only enrolled for a portion of it.

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Is there financial aid to help fund my student contribution if I was not able to work this summer?

If you were not able to work over the summer you have the option to borrow a $2,000 unsubsidized student loan to cover your student contribution. If you would like to access these additional loan funds, please email finaid@vassar.edu with your request.

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Will Vassar be discounting tuition and fees?

Vassar has determined not to change the cost of tuition, fees, and room/board for this year as many additional costs are being incurred for the health and safety of students. The college is investing in tents to reduce classroom density, enhanced, more frequent cleanings for all areas (dorms, classrooms, common areas, etc.), Covid-19 testing, personal protective equipment for all, etc.

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If I am studying remotely, can I still enroll in the Health Insurance plan offered by Gallagher? Is it required to have insurance if studying remotely?

Students that are studying remotely will not be charged for health insurance. If they need to enroll in health insurance, they are eligible to do so by sending an email request to stuaccounts@vassar.edu.

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Why am I paying the same amount even though I am not living on campus?

While the college will not charge room and board for a remote learning option, your family’s Expected Family Contribution for educational expenses will not change. Your EFC is the amount our team at Student Financial Services has determined your family can afford to pay based on the information you have provided. Financial need is defined as the difference between your EFC and the Cost of Attendance. Vassar will continue to meet 100% of your demonstrated financial need.

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If we are leaving campus in November but will continue the semester remotely will I get a refund on my room and board?

The college has determined not to change the cost of room and board. While the arrival and departure schedule has changed additional costs are being incurred for the health and safety of our students. This includes enhanced, more frequent cleanings, Covid-19 testing, and providing personal protective equipment.  

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