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This page is intended to answer some frequently asked questions about Curry College’s response to the coronavirus in the spring of 2020. The best source of medical and scientific information is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website. We strongly recommend that individuals with any questions or concerns about the health-related aspects of the illness consult that website and/or a medical professional.
For information about Curry College’s plans to return to campus in Fall 2020, please visit our Return to Campus section.
PLEASE NOTE: All Commencement Weekend events have been postponed, and physical celebrations will be held at later dates. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Are there any suspected or confirmed cases of coronavirus at Curry?
What is Curry College doing in response to the coronavirus?
Effective immediately (March 11), all in-person classes are suspended and Curry will extend Spring Break by one week through March 22. Students should not return to either the Milton or Plymouth campuses. Beginning on Monday, March 23, classes will be delivered through online or other forms of remote learning for as long as necessary or appropriate this semester.
Are student services still being offered on campus?
At this time, in accordance with Governor Baker’s Executive Orders, our campuses are closed to students, faculty and staff (except those designated to be on campus). However, all student services are being offered remotely; please conduct any college business via email or phone.
Are faculty and staff still coming to work?
All faculty and staff are currently working remotely. As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reopening plan progresses, we anticipate bringing administrative staff back to campus in late June or early July, initially limiting on-site staffing to a maximum of 25% occupancy in each building at any given time. Divisional heads will be communicating directly with employees regarding phased-in entries and rotational schedules. Protocols will be in place for work schedules and capacities, social distancing, mask wearing and other personal protective equipment (PPE), daily cleaning and disinfecting, campus access points and traffic, elevator use, symptom monitoring, screening, visitors to campus, meetings, travel, minimized printing, digital file storage and sharing, and other areas.
Is the Curry Early Childhood Center (CECC) open?
The CECC will re-open on Monday, July 6. Please contact Erica Pierce, Director, at 617-333-2341 for further information.
How much did you adjust my housing and meal plans?
The college reduced housing and meals charges using a 59-day adjustment. This is the number of days that students would normally have remained on campus through the end of the academic year.
How was my commuter meal plan adjustment determined?
Commuter meal plans were reduced based on the number of unused meals on the plan the student purchased.
When will my adjustment be processed?
The College plans to begin processing prorated adjustments or credits this week (April 29). Any adjustments to financial aid will also begin to be processed at this time, and currently registered students (resident or commuter) who purchased a parking decal will also receive a prorated adjustment or credit.
How do I get my refund?
Adjustments or credits will first be applied to any outstanding balance owed to the college. Refunds will be issued on accounts where adjustments have resulted in an overall credit balance after we complete the adjustment process on all student accounts. We do anticipate this process will take several weeks to complete. We encourage you to sign-up with our e-refund partner, Nelnet, so refunds of credit balances on your student account can be sent electronically to your checking or savings account.
Note: If you do not sign up for e-refunds a check should arrive approximately 14 days after a refund has been processed.
Why was my award adjusted?
Funds awarded that are tied specifically to room and board were adjusted for spring semester because students weren't able to complete the semester as on-campus residents. You retained the amount earned for the weeks you were on-campus.
How did you decide how much to adjust my aid?
Your award is based on the percent of the spring semester you actually lived on- campus.
I don’t have a balance for the spring semester, can my room and board credit be applied to the fall 2020 semester bill and not be refunded to me?
Carrying the credit to fall semester could negatively impact a student's financial aid and/or loan eligibility for that semester as federal regulations require that we use that adjustment as a resource. It is in our students’ best interest to refund them in the current semester.
Will tuition, clinical, and lab fees be adjusted?
We will NOT be adjusting tuition, clinical or lab fee payments, as classes and lab simulations have continued online with the full expectation that both faculty and students will continue to engage fully with the Curry academic experience.
Curry College has been awarded $967,207 as part of the U.S. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, for funding to be used for direct emergency financial assistance (grants which do not require repayment) to eligible students to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
Curry College, as of May 28, 2020 has finalized the awards to students. All grants have been awarded in accordance with the CARES Act and all other applicable laws, including nondiscrimination laws.
In addition to the allocation for emergency funding for students, Curry College is receiving equivalent funding to offset institutional costs for moving to remote operations incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
How can I speak to someone in the Financial Aid Office?
While the Financial Aid staff is working remotely, you can connect with the office by calling the main office phone number 617-333-2354 and your call will connect with a staff member.
Has the priority deadline for submitting the FAFSA been extended?
Yes. The updated FAFSA priority deadline for both incoming and returning students is now June 1, 2020.
If I mail documentation to the Financial Aid Office will it be received?
Mail sent to Curry College is being managed by Curry mailroom staff. Currently, Financial Aid staff is retrieving mail and recording required documentation each Wednesday. Please allow additional processing time.
I have not received my award letter for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. Will an award letter be mailed to me?
Currently we are unable to print and mail award letters. Award letters are being generated daily and you will receive an email informing you to check the student portal for your award letter. Once staff returns to the office, an award letter will be printed and mailed to you.
I’m recently unemployed due to the COVID19 crisis. Am I eligible for a deferment or forbearance on my federal Direct Loans?
Please visit the FSA website for the most up to date information regarding eligibility requirements for forbearance and deferment options along with temporary suspension of interest on federal Direct Loans.
I have a private loan for this academic year, have private lenders suspended interest and required payments?
Unlike federal loans, decisions surrounding accrual of interest and required payments are made by each individual lender. Below is a list of commonly used lenders at Curry College and how they are accommodating their borrowers due to the COVID19 crisis. If your specific lender is not listed below, we would ask that you visit their website directly. In addition, we would encourage you to also visit your lender’s website for their most current updates:
With the health and safety of both our Curry community and that of participants in mind, we are cancelling all on-campus events and off-campus alumni events until May 18, as well as some events after that date. This includes the following:
What is the impact on resident students?
Residence halls will be closed and courses will be held online for the remainder of the Spring semester.
Given Governor Baker’s mandate for social distancing and the closure of schools and non-essential businesses until May 18, against the background of our academic calendar, we regret deeply that it no longer seems viable to bring our students back to campus this semester.
What should I do about my belongings?
We are pleased to have made significant progress in reuniting our students with their belongings, some of which were stored in residence halls after they were vacated in March. Immediately after Governor Baker’s stay at home order for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts was lifted on May 18, and it was considered safe and appropriate to do so, Residence Life conducted a successful move-out process for in-state students. The process was expanded to include students from the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions beginning on June 1.
What is the College doing for students who cannot (for a variety of reasons) leave campus?
Students with this circumstance should contact Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will my costs be prorated for the time I will no longer be living on campus?
The College will be making financial accommodations for room and board charges for the Spring semester.
In the interest of being fair and equitable to our students and families, we plan to issue applicable refunds or credits for prorated room and board charges for the Spring semester based on several factors, including but not limited to: type of financial aid, outstanding financial obligations (if applicable) and returning or graduating status. In the coming month, our Finance team will be reviewing every individual student’s record, which will allow us to provide more specific information once completed. We appreciate your patience throughout this involved process, as we want to ensure that it is done correctly. Details will be communicated via the website as soon as possible, though we do not currently have a specific timeframe for when refunds or credits will be issued at this time.
Why haven’t I received a bill?
During this time, we will not be mailing monthly paper bills. Students will be notified monthly through their Curry email if they have an outstanding balance on their student account to view their account invoice on their student portal. Current account balances are due in full upon receipt.
Enrolled students can view their current bill online by logging in to their myCurry Portal account. New transactions may take up to 24 hours to appear online.
If you require a paper invoice you can print your current bill form the myCurry Portal or request one be mailed to you by contacting email@example.com. Please provide your name, student id# in the email request. The account invoice will be mailed to the permanent home address on file with the school.
What is the deadline for housing deposits?
This has been pushed back until May 5. Please visit the Housing Selection Checklist on the myCurry portal to make your deposit.
What happens to my mail while I am off campus?
Curry College Mail Services will hold all of the letter mail and packages currently in its care through – at least – the end of the period of remote instruction. Students will be able to pick up all pending items upon return to campus at such time.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Mail Services, please call 617-333-2179 or email MailRoom@curry.edu.
Will food services be open?
As of Monday, March 16 after lunch, Sodexo will be closed and no on-campus dining will be offered. In accordance with CDC guidelines, we are recommending that food brought in from off-campus not be served family style.
What if I don’t have the technological support or equipment at home to participate in alternative/remote modes of learning?
Please contact your individual course professors, who will also be reaching out to you.
Who should I contact with questions about my coursework?
Please contact your professors directly with queries related to course content, credit and assignments, who will also be reaching out to you. The Office of Advising and Academic Success is available to assist with any questions you may have related to advising or progress in your classes. Advising questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and concerns about academic alerts or progress can be emailed to email@example.com. We also encourage you to visit our Remote Academic Resources webpage for more information about resources (technological and otherwise) that are available to you.
How should PAL students access services?
PAL faculty and staff remain available to work with students in the PAL program. PAL students should contact their PAL faculty member directly to access their services, or with questions about accommodations or PAL classes. General questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will Summer PAL take place on campus?
No. Curry College will not hold Summer PAL 2020 on campus. We are instead converting the online 3-credit "course" to a full, 3-credit online summer "program," more akin to a remote version of the in-person course.
We expect that this new, modified program will be in high demand and space will be limited. Please email email@example.com to reserve a space for summer 2020.
In the meantime, feel free to reach out to our Summer PAL Coordinator, Maria Bacigalupo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who should I contact regarding other academic accommodations?
Students who receive academic accommodations through the Office of Disability Services are still entitled to those accommodations, regardless of the mode of delivery or the class. If you have questions or concerns about your accommodations, please email email@example.com.
Will Curry Summer Classes be held?
Yes. All 2020 courses for both summer sessions will be conducted 100% online.
Is the Curry College Bookstore open?
The physical bookstore is closed. The bookstore’s priority is to ensure the campus community has textbooks and other essential items. Please check the campus store website for updates.
Campus Store: currycollegeshop.com
Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How is the College planning for a possible outbreak of coronavirus on campus?
The Crisis Management Team and Executive Team are meeting regularly to assess and plan response strategies, working closely with Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will follow all recommendations and requirements should the situation arise.
What should I do if I think I have coronavirus?
Do not go in person to any medical provider without first speaking to medical staff over the phone for advice. Students should call the Health Services at 617-333-2182 (8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.). Outside business hours, call Public Safety at 617-333-2222. Faculty and staff should contact their primary care provider.
What should members of the Curry community do to minimize the risk of coronavirus?
Follow CDC prevention guidelines, including:
How does this impact Curry students studying abroad?
On March 4, the College notified the campus community of the decision of the Crisis Management Team to cancel spring break study abroad programs, recall students participating in the Curry College Study Abroad Exchange program, and request that students returning from high risk countries practice self-observation and self-quarantine based on CDC guidelines, including having no on-site contact with the Curry community for a minimum of 14 days following re-entry.
How is Curry responding to the needs of students studying abroad through third party providers?
Third party program providers and host universities are working with their local networks and governments to develop and maintain emergency plans. Those programs and universities are in regular communication with program participants and with Academic Affairs, who has been in frequent contact with those students and families.
Will future study abroad programs be cancelled?
The College has notified students that have expressed an interest in study abroad programs in summer and fall 2020 that programming has been suspended. We are hopeful that study abroad programming will resume for the spring 2021 semester.
Who should I call with questions about study abroad?
Please contact Mireille McLaughlin, Director of International Students and Study Away Services at email@example.com.
Are there restrictions on travel for College business?
All non-essential, College-sponsored travel is prohibited during this time, and we urge all community members to follow the CDC guidance on any personal international travel.
Do I have to register my personal travel plans with the College?
On March 4, the College reached out to faculty, staff, students and campus vendors requesting that anyone traveling internationally provide details and register their travel by using this form. This requirement is still in place and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
Do I have to register domestic travel?
At this time, we request that all members of the College community register domestic personal travel by using this form.