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How will COVID-19 effect my first semester of college?

I have a lot of questions such as: Should I expect my first semester as college to be online? How does this affect my financial aid? Will I need to still pay the full tuition price? Will I be required to still live on campus (or will I even be able to)? What should I expect in these next few weeks?
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Hi Vilma! I'm actually not an expert by no means, so take my advice as something to think about, but in Canada, many universities are going online. Some profs are even completely canceling classes as I've heard. Your best bet is to probably contact admissions offices if you aren't in college yet. I wish you the best during these tough times, Vilma. Stay safe, and all the best! Aun M.

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Kelsey’s Answer

Hi Vilma. This is a great question that is honestly very difficult to answer. This is a time filled with uncertainty as we battle a crisis that we have yet to see in modern times. I know many colleges across the country are switching to online classes and are encouraging (or even requiring) that students go back home to complete the rest of the semester. While I don't know for sure, I would think that your financial aid would not be affected by the switch to online classes, but you most likely will not receive money back for room/board expenses since they were already paid before the semester started.

I don't think we know what the fall semester for colleges will look like. August/September is still several months away, and I think a lot will unfold in the next month or so.

I think you should contact the admissions office or the office of financial aid to find out more information. You definitely aren't the only one wondering about these things! I would also make sure you are staying up to date with emails and official correspondence from your university. They should be sending updates to both students and parents to keep everyone in the loop as things progress.

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Adela’s Answer

This a great question and I’m happy to say that with our advanced technology and level of connectivity, there’s a way to still get through your first semester (or year) of college just fine. This might not have been the case some years ago but with all the apps, and devices, it is more than doable. And in fact, learning now to adapt to this situation and make the most out of the technology we have can also help set you up for the future.

Adela recommends the following next steps:

Step 1: Get organized - I can’t stress this enough. Getting yourself and schedule organized is key for everyone. For example, figure out your schedule, time commitment, tools/software, laptop etc. And, carve out a place at home where you can study and get good work done.
Step 2: Get to know your teachers - Understanding what each teacher expects of you and how they will communicate is key. You can’t succeed unless you know all the rules and align on expectations.
Step 3: Create your virtual study group - Figure out who you can rely on for help and brainstorming. Part of being in classes is making the most of group learning and interactions. You will have to replicate since you’re now attending classes remotely.
Step 4: Be accountable: Unless you’re self motivated, being at home and not in class can be tough. Come up with a list to track your class time, study time, break etc. Having it all physically documented can help you stay on track.
Step 5: In regard to financial aid and housing, you should set up a call with your college guidance counselor and financial aid office. They should be able to answer these questions for you and also connect with you helpful resources.

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ABHISHEK’s Answer

I read few days back that Arizona has not rolled out any statewide corona virus lock down measures yet . But yes we can expect the numbers to go high , as per the recent report corona virus has spread in the state to more than 1,000 people, causing at least 20 deaths, these are the stats that have been put up by Johns Hopkins University.

You can expect the state to go in lock down state in the upcoming days . This will have impact in any field you can possibly think of at this point of time . To encourage social distancing , the colleges are supposed to be closed , please expect delay in the starting of the semester batches .

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David’s Answer

You will still likely have to pay full tuition fees, however many courses will likely be online

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Lisa’s Answer

HI Vilma,
I also have a daughter starting college this Fall and we are not sure what to expect yet. I know many colleges currently have refunded a prorated amount for the room and board fees for this semester. I agree with the other feedback, reach out to your financial aid office and college guidance counselor. I suspect that most colleges if not all, have online options right now. This may be the norm for a while. Summer courses for many schools are also online only right now.

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Abhinav’s Answer

i believe govt will take appropriate measures and education system will figure out a genuine solution

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