Latest Updates, Resources, and Response to COVID-19

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our answers to frequently asked questions regarding our response to the coronavirus pandemic. Students may also visit our Help Site for additional resources on how to utilize online tools and resources.

Student Help Site

Prospective Students

How will the coronavirus impact the summer semester?

Rest assured that all of our academic programming for the summer semester will continue as scheduled. We will move to an online format for all of our classroom-based courses this summer.

Can I still apply?

Yes! You still have time to apply for the upcoming semester. If you have questions or need any help with your application, reach out to our admissions team.

Can I visit campus?

You can visit virtually! For the health and wellbeing of our community, we are postposing our previously scheduled campus preview days and moving to a video conference format, rather than in-person campus experiences, for the foreseeable future.

Will The tuition deadline for summer be pushed back?

Our standard tuition deadline for each semester is the Friday before the semester begins. For this coming summer term, that date would have been May 1. For this summer, we have decided to extend the payment deadline one week, to Friday, May 8.

We hope this provides a little bit of flexibility on payments (particularly for those who are receiving student loans and need to deposit loan funds to make payments) while also helping the seminary meet its financial obligations in a timely manner.

Graduation

Will graduation banquets and commencement be held at a later date?

All campus graduations have been postponed at this time. It is our hope to be able to celebrate your graduate school accomplishments soon! We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC and local authorities and plan accordingly.

Will I still graduate?

Yes! The Registrar’s Office will keep track of grades and degree completion requirements. Assuming you are able to meet all those requirements, we will process your degree conferral, and you will receive your diploma by mail 6-8 weeks post-conferral. Be sure your mailing address is up-to-date in S.I.S. and turn in your assignments for grading with your instructor prior to the Spring term deadlines. Counseling Students: Work closely with your advisor if you have questions about your non-classroom degree requirements.

Will the cost of my banquet tickets be refunded?

Yes! Refunds for the Portland and Online graduation banquet have been processed for all banquet ticket purchases. You should expect to see the funds returned to your account within five to ten business days. If you do not receive a refund by March 31, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Will my graduation fee be refunded?

We are not currently issuing refunds for graduation fees. However, with the coronavirus pandemic ever-evolving, we are currently discussing plans for graduation and will keep all graduates informed should this decision change.

Classes + Assignments

If I get sick, will I receive an extension to turn in assignments?

Syllabi assignment due dates and grades are still due as outlined unless your instructor indicates otherwise. Instructors have an automatic policy to give extensions of up to 3 weeks for students who need more. If you need more time, follow the procedures for academic petition extension requests in S.I.S. Communicate with your instructor if for some reason you are sick and need more time or have another personal circumstance arise.

When will campus courses be transitioning to remote?

Starting the week of March 23, all campus-based courses will transition to an online-only format for the remainder of the semester.

Our faculty and adjunct colleagues in Sacramento and San Jose will be working directly with Wes Ehrhart, Executive Dean of our Northern California campuses, and will likely be transitioning courses to an online format starting the week of March 16.

Will my online course(s) be affected?

All online courses will be mostly unchanged. For course updates, please check your course’s Online Learning Center (OLC) page for an update or check in with your professor directly. If your online course is affected by the COVID-19 measures, the online campus will be reaching out to you directly. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the online campus via the Online Learning Center.

Study Tours

Is the Turkey Study Tour in May canceled?

Due to the coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our study tour to Turkey until May of 2021. For more information, visit the Study Tours page.

Is the Israel Study Tour in May and June canceled?

We are in regular communication with Jerusalem University College about the status of this trip and will update students if or when a decision is made about a possible cancellation.

Tuition & Fees

Will late fees be waived during this time?

We know that this can be a challenging time for many of our students and financial payments are one of those uncertainties for some. As such, we have decided that we will waive all late fees for those students who still have an April 1 payment plan payment due.

The sum of the payment itself is still due on April 1; however, if you need additional time to post the payment, you will not be charged a late fee. Do note that all spring tuition, including the April payment, will still need to be paid prior to beginning summer coursework on May 2.

We realize that students may need additional flexibility at this time due to changes in their personal financial situations, and our Financial Aid Office stands ready to assist. If you are in need of a student loan to cover your remaining balance for the spring term, you may still be eligible, should you reach out before the end of the semester (April 13). In addition, financial aid can take into account student income changes for the summer semester, so be sure to apply for summer aid by April 1.

Will The tuition deadline for summer be pushed back?

Our standard tuition deadline for each semester is the Friday before the semester begins. For this coming summer term, that date would have been May 1. For this summer, we have decided to extend the payment deadline one week, to Friday, May 8.

We hope this provides a little bit of flexibility on payments (particularly for those who are receiving student loans and need to deposit loan funds to make payments) while also helping the seminary meet its financial obligations in a timely manner.

Will late registration and drop fees be applied for the summer?

We want to provide students maximum flexibility to pursue summer courses as they are able. In order to do this, we are waiving any late registration fees that might otherwise be assessed after open registration (which ends on March 31).

You also have the flexibility to drop any classes between April 1 and May 15 (the second week of the semester), as all class drop fees will also be waived.