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 fall semester?

Rest assured that all of our academic programmings for the fall semester will continue as scheduled. We will continue with an online format for all but a few Portland-based courses this fall.

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 postponing 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 fall be pushed back?

Our standard tuition deadline for each semester is the Friday before the semester begins. For this coming fall term, that date would have been September 4. We have decided to extend the payment deadline one week, to Friday, September 11.

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?

Due to the size of the graduating class and current trajectory of COVID-19 reopening, we have made the difficult decision to cease the pursuit of a fall Graduation Banquet and Commencement for Portland and Online campuses. Graduates are invited to celebrate during the virtual Graduation Celebration event on Friday, July 17, and are invited to walk during the 2021 Commencement Ceremony in April 2021.

Sacramento and San Jose campuses continue to explore a postponement to the fall and will 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. If you did not receive a refund, 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. 

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.

How long will campus classes be remote?

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all campus courses will continue to be offered in a remote, web-based format through the fall term.

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?

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

Tuition & Fees

Will the tuition deadline for fall be pushed back?

Our standard tuition deadline for each semester is the Friday before the semester begins. For this coming fall term, that date would have been September 4. We have decided to extend the payment deadline one week, to Friday, September 11.

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.