Novel Coronavirus Information Resource Center
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - VIRTUAL FALL SEMESTER 2020
Students and Parents
|Health & Safety||Facilities||CARES Act Emergency Fund|
|Academics||Business & Finance||Test-Optional Admissions Policy|
|Student Life||Financial Aid - House Notes Meeting Q&A Aug. 5, 2020|
HEALTH & SAFETY
Why was the earlier decision to have a hybrid Fall 2020 Semester with a low-density student population reversed?
- Morehouse College has been monitoring the spread of COVID-19 across the nation and its impact on public health in Georgia, as well as the states from which Morehouse draws most of its students. Shortly after we communicated to our community that Morehouse College would open to a low-density residential population for a mix of in-person and online classes, there was a spike in COVID-19 infection in the Southeast, the Midwest, and the West Coast. This striking rise in cases prompted us to reconsider our decision and change course to protect the health and safety of the Morehouse community
- Epidemiologists have identified Miami, which is only 650 miles from Atlanta, as the new epicenter of the global pandemic. Currently, nearly 3.6 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the United States, and more than 130,000 cases have been identified in Georgia. Since many families use their summer vacation time to travel both locally and out of state, Morehouse could not guarantee the health and safety of the campus for in-person instruction.
How many cases have been reported in Fulton County, where Morehouse is located?
- Only 20 cases of COVID-19 were reported in Fulton County when Morehouse evacuated the campus after Spring Break in March 2020. More than 12,000 cases have now been confirmed.
Did the number of COVID-19 cases in other states play a part in this decision?
- Yes. COVID-19 hotspots are now being reported in many of Morehouse College’s target enrollment states. A list of more than 30 hotspots with COVID-19 outbreaks was released recently. It includes many of the states from which we draw students, including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
How many people would be potentially impacted by COVID-19 on campus?
- Morehouse educates 2,200 students and employs nearly 480 full-and-part-time faculty and staff members. If the campus housed a low-density population of only about half of the student population, as intended, more than 1,300 people would have been living and working on the campus each week during business and class hours. Under this scenario, there would have been a serious risk of spreading COVID-19 on campus, despite safety measures such as testing, sanitizing, social distancing, wearing masks, and contract tracing.
Who is working to decide whether to bring men of Morehouse back to campus?
- The Morehouse Emergency Management Team (EMT) is continuing to work with state medical officials, public health experts, and scientists to create a plan to bring a limited number of students, faculty, and staff members back to campus in February 2021. EMT members are also meeting with counterparts at the Atlanta University Center Consortium to develop universal safety protocols to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 spreading on our campuses.
Will we be returning to campus for the Spring 2021 Semester?
- A decision has not been made about Spring 2021. We will continue to monitor the data and alert the Morehouse Community at the appropriate time. We’re working through the details. The decision will be contingent upon improvements in health data, and will be made later in the year.
Will teaching remotely affect the quality of instruction?
- Morehouse College’s historic legacy will not be disrupted with a virtual Fall 2020 Semester. We are committed to maintaining the quality and continuity of our academic program, whether students are on campus or learning remotely.
- The online curriculum will be rigorous, engaging, and relevant to future careers. We will offer signature experiences and continue to build a sense of community online. Small group meetings, House Notes check-ins, Crown Forum conversations, and weekly motivational talks will continue. And faculty and staff will maintain virtual office hours.
- To prepare for this transition, the entire Morehouse College curriculum has been uploaded onto a virtual platform, and faculty have been working over the spring and summer to prepare lessons. We have also invested in improving technology to accommodate virtual learning and partnered with Microsoft to expand student access to computers.
When does the academic calendar start, and when will classes end?
- Classes are scheduled to begin on Aug. 19, 2020. The Fall 2020 Semester will end before Thanksgiving. There will be no fall break. Final exams will be held between Nov. 16-20, 2020.
Why is Winter Break so long?
- Winter Break will be longer than usual so that students can shelter-in-place at home during winter flu season, in case there is another wave of COVID-19.
Will there be a Spring Break?
- No. Classes are scheduled to resume on Feb.1, 2021, and continue until April 28, 2021.
How will registration be done?
- Registration will proceed online, as usual. Students can contact their faculty and division advisers for support.
Can students cross-register?
- Yes. Many courses typically available through cross-registration will be available in an online format subject to the capacity caps already in place.
- Morehouse has partnered with Microsoft to provide Surface Go 2 tablet computers for freshman and transfer students. The College will utilize its equipment supplies and partnerships to improve student access to computers for others also in need of support.
- Due to the breadth of this initiative, the Office of Admissions is now handling all questions related to the Surface Go tablets. Email us at email@example.com.
- Other devices will be available for students on a case-by-case basis.
- If you need a device or a hotspot, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
- Yes. In April, we announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide Surface Go 2 tablets to each incoming student for the fall 2020 class at no cost to them.
- UPS shipped those tablets to registered students on August 5th so students could have them and participate in a virtual training Microsoft is providing on Monday, August 10th.
- The registration links for the trainings are here:
- Tablets were shipped via UPS on August 5th via UPS with guaranteed arrival prior to the August 10th training date
- If you haven’t received it yet, please be patient as we shipped about 550 devices from Atlanta so if you’re further away it will take a bit more time to arrive at your home
- Further questions can be directed to email@example.com
- A full-time student registration is considered to be 12+ credit hours for the Fall 2020 semester. If you have not registered for classes or registered less than full-time, your name was not submitted to receive a tablet.
- The mailing address we shipped the device to is the address used in our student information system unless otherwise noted through written correspondence.
- Someone over the age of 18 must be available to sign for the delivery.
- No tablets were shipped to students who listed PO Boxes as their mailing address.
- Admissions reached out to students with PO Boxes to secure a physical mailing address.
- You will receive the new Microsoft Surface Go 2 tablet.
- It will arrive with a keyboard and other Morehouse gear.
- For more information about the tablet you can check out the Microsoft website here.
- Please contact the Office of Student Financial Services for any questions about your financial aid or status with the College at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Additionally, you can also find the contact information for your individual financial aid counselor at https://www.morehouse.edu/financialaid/contact.html
Who should students call if they need help with technology?
- If you have having trouble with your device, contact email@example.com for assistance.
How will students get their books and supplies needed for class?
- The Morehouse College Bookstore will mail books to students. Professors can also choose virtual books for their classes and provide access code information so that students can purchase the online materials.
What if students and professors live in different time zones? How will that impact office hours and classes for those learning remotely?
- Faculty will be expected to develop courses for asynchronous delivery. Office hours will be established using best practices relating to online course delivery.
- Students can set appointments using the Starfish system found in MyPortal, or they can email their division and faculty advisers.
How will community service hours be handled for those with scholarship requirements?
- Students with community service-related scholarship requirements should see their advisors for more information on how to meet those obligations virtually.
How will ROTC programs be impacted?
- ROTC will not meet for physical training. Classes, however, will still continue online.
Will students have a pass/fail option?
- No. That will not be an option this semester.
How will career services and faculty advisement occur?
- Faculty and administrators remain committed to interactive and holistic approaches to both nurture and challenge our students and ensure that learning continuity and effective advisement occurs, no matter the format.
- Career Services will engage virtually and help students to establish profiles on LinkedIn, build their resumes, and search for internships.
- Faculty advisement will also occur virtually.
How will courses with in-person labs or other physical components be adjusted for virtual learning?
- Professors will use a variety of pedagogical techniques and online platforms such as SimBio and Labster that allows them to access augmented and virtual reality simulations to engage students in instruction and experiments
How will the AUC Woodruff Library support students?
- AUC Woodruff Library will provide remote services for students and faculty, including online access to resources and collections and virtual librarian support. More information is available at auctr.edu
Will Morehouse continue to offer Crown Forum and religious services this fall?
- Yes. Crown Forum will be online during the Fall 2020 Semester. Students can also participate in virtual class meetings, workshops, and other special programming. Morehouse is committed to maintaining the quality and continuity of our academic program, regardless of whether our students are on campus or learning remotely.
- The Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel Assistants program will host a weekly virtual worship service. A virtual Vespers service will also be held at King Chapel each week.
- New Student Orientation and academic ceremonies such as Convocation will be held virtually.
Will there be any study abroad?
- No. All international and domestic study-away programs have been discontinued for the Fall 2020 Semester. Employees also may not travel to conferences, domestically or internationally, on behalf of the College.
Will international students and those with housing/medical emergencies be provided housing on campus?
- A small number of about 40 students will be housed in one residential facility on campus.
- Accommodations will be extended on a case-by-case basis.
- For consideration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will students still have access to on-campus health services?
- Yes. Students who need counseling and health service should also contact email@example.com for assistance.
What events will be offered other than academic-related events?
- Morehouse is committed to offering virtual experiences that provide students with opportunities to still interact with their campus community and have an enjoyable college experience.
- Virtual movie and music events will be scheduled.
- Clubs and organizations will meet virtually to plan events.
- Students can participate in Quiz Bowl and gaming activities.
Is it too late to schedule speakers or special events?
- The scheduling of speakers will be decided on a case by case basis. Student groups should work closely with the Office of Student Affairs on booking speakers and hosting special events.
Will Commencement still be held on campus on Dec. 13, 2020?
- An on- campus Commencement is still being planned for Dec. 13, 2020.
Will athletic events occur?
- Fall sports have been canceled. There will be no football or cross country. No decision has been made on winter and spring sports.
Will Homecoming be rescheduled?
- Homecoming 2020 has been canceled. Homecoming 2021 is scheduled for Oct. 16, 2021.
Will any campus offices be open to students?
- Students and parents must have appointments to enter campus. Masks must be worn at all times.
Will students from Spelman and Clark-Atlanta University also be learning remotely? Can Morehouse students visit those campuses to meet with fellow students or professors?
- Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University will also have virtual learning environments.
- There will be no campus visitation for international students and students with emergency circumstances who are allowed to live in one residential house at Morehouse.
- Only virtual office visits will be allowed with faculty outside of Morehouse College.
Which campus offices, such as financial aid, counseling, and the bookstore be open for employees?
- Kilgore Student Center
- Post Office
Business & Finance
Is tuition priced differently for students now that they are learning remotely?
- Morehouse will be offering a 10 percent reduction in tuition and select fees for the Fall 2020 semester.
- This reduction is driven by a reasonable differential in tuition since students will not be physically on campus, and also a reduction in certain fees that are tied to students being on campus that are not applicable for the Fall 2020 Semester (e.g. Athletics and P.O. Box fees).
- All other student fees will go toward enhancing the virtual experiences for our students to ensure the same quality in instruction and student services.
Will housing and health insurance fees be refunded?
- Fees (with the exception of the non-refundable application fees) for the Fall 2020 Semester that have been paid by students will be refunded to them.
- Fees that are showing on bills that were published in July, but not yet paid, will be reduced from bills as noted by the reduction of tuition and select fees by 10 percent.
What should parents do to get refunds, and when should they expect refunds?
- If you have questions about tuition refunds or financial aid, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Refunds are tied to specific federal rules and regulations. Refunds will be paid after students have been enrolled and are attending classes.
- The staff in the Office of Financial Aid will be able to assist both students and parents with questions concerning all refunds.
Will students with off-campus leases be reimbursed for rent?
- There are possibilities to assist such students on a limited basis. Students will have to meet some strict criteria for consideration:
- Lease would have to be signed prior to July 1, 2020.
- A copy of the lease should be submitted for review.
- Contact information for the leasing company or apartment complex should be provided with the request.
- If assistance is granted based on the review, amounts awarded will be capped at $500 to assist with deposits paid.
How will this change affect work study students?
- We are awaiting further federal guidance on how work study can be administered for the Fall 2020 Semester. When the campus transitioned to online working and learning during the Spring 2020 Semester, the Cares Act allowed students with federal work study to still be paid.
- Additional guidance is needed. We will monitor decisions made nationally on this topic. As soon as final guidance is issued, we will communicate the information to students and parents.
If I decided not to take a refund after paying for housing and meals during the Spring 2020 Semester, will the money be automatically be applied to my new balance for the Fall 2020 Semester?
- Yes. If you had a credit against your account last spring, and you are returning in the fall, that value will be applied to your Fall 2020 Semester charges.
Is Morehouse receiving federal financial assistance?
- Yes. Morehouse receives financial assistance from several agencies of the federal government for research and other programs.
Is there an emergency relief fund?
- Yes. Funds are being distributed to our students through the Student Emergency Fund established by the Cares Act, and also by our own fundraising efforts. The former is managed through the Office of Financial Aid, and the latter is managed through Student Services.
My family has been negatively impacted by COVID-19 Where can I find additional scholarship help?
- You should contact the Office of Financial Aid and be evaluated for additional scholarship assistance.
- If you have questions about tuition or financial aid, please email email@example.com.
With the College going remote/virtual for the first semester of fiscal year 2021, what should we expect to pay financially?
- Men of Morehouse should expect to pay the costs associated with tuition and fees that are still required to be a student. There will no charges for room and board this fall of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Have there been any changes in tuition and fees for the 2020-2021 academic year?
- All students will see a 10% reduction in tuition and select fees from the posted schedule earlier this year. Because Morehouse will continue to have virtual learning, no charges for room and board noted on bills for the Fall 2020 Semester. Below is a comparison of the original and adjusted fee schedules.
With fewer charges for the Fall 2020 semester, what will happen to my scholarship award(s)?
- Scholarships awards will be honored up to the direct costs billed for the Fall 2020 Semester. This is the same for both partial and full scholarship students.
Institutional aid will not provide a refund to students. That is in line with our current policy. For example, students with full scholarships, who are not being charged room and board for the Fall 2020 Semester, will see their aid packages adjusted to reflect that fact.
Why would my scholarship be reduced just because the charges are less? Is it because Morehouse classes are virtual for the Fall of 2020 Semester?
- Yes. If there is not a charge to students, the scholarships awarded by the college cover the charges to students so that they can either partially or fully pay their bills.
What will happen with my scholarships during the Spring 2021 Semester if we return to campus?
- All aid elements awarded will be returned to students’ accounts to match the appropriate charges for the Spring 2021 Semester. That will include room and board costs and other fees that are not being charged for the Fall 2020 Semester. The policy of not providing refunds on institutional aid will remain in place.
I have received refunds in the past from institutional aid. Why are you changing this policy and practice now?
- The leadership in Enrollment Management was changed over the course of the summer, and this practice was discovered. Continuing that practice is not prudent in our estimation. Students will still be able to get refunds, but that will be based upon what they borrow from various loan sources. We still encourage our students and parents to carefully study their economic circumstances before taking on such additional debt.
I am an upperclassman, and I have always gotten a refund to assist me with rent in the City of Atlanta. Will that continue?
- Full scholarship recipients will be given priority for on campus housing to avoid students having to seek off campus lodging in the City of Atlanta. Institutional aid will not cover refunds for that purpose. Individuals who have already signed leases in the City of Atlanta prior to July 1, 2020, please contact that Office Student Affairs to discuss options for the Spring 2021 Semester.
I reviewed my Tiger Pay bill recently, and I saw a large credit. Will that credit be refunded to me in cash?
- No. The large credit on your Tiger Pay will be reduced to match the direct charges that you incur for the Fall 2020 Semester. The credit is the result of Morehouse not charging for room and board this fall.
During the Spring 2020 Semester, I was told that I would receive a credit on my account for the room and board charges that were prorated from the shortened semester. What is that credit now?
- If you were to receive a credit from the Spring 2020 Semester, it is currently showing on your bill as a reduction of your overall charges for the semester. Please review your student account in Tiger Pay.
There are two charges that we normally pay for Student Health fees, and Health Insurance fees. Can you explain what will occur with these fees since the College is remote/virtual?
- Student Health fees will be assessed to provide the necessary care and interactions students will have with the Health Center despite being virtual. Several of our students still call and seek services.
The Health Insurance fees are assessed but can be waived if students and parents provide evidence that the student is covered by another form of insurance. Students who usually get their insurance for health-related matters through this insurance will be charged that fee. Please make sure that you fully understand the result of waiving this coverage if you decide to do so. You may contact either the Student Health Center or the Office of Student Accounts form more information on this matter.
Morehouse College has received several high-profile gifts in recent weeks, will any of those be of benefit to students?
- The generous gifts provided by donors to the College in recent weeks are earmarked as follows:
- The Patty Quillen and Reed Hastings gift of $40 million is restricted for scholarships. The gift will establish the Michael J. Lomax Scholars. This scholarship program is targeted to incoming freshman for the Fall 2020 Semester and the next ten years. It is estimated that this program will provide full scholarships for approximately 200 students for the next ten years. An application process was announced, and students have submitted their applications. A committee is now working on reviewing and awarding these scholarships. The final announcements will be made within the next week.
- The Mackenzie Scott gift will be utilized for several strategic priorities that have been identified by the Morehouse administration and the Morehouse College Board of Trustees. The funds will be used to build the capacity of the College for the extending of its legacy into the future. Initiatives will help to improve the overall student experience at Morehouse and critical infrastructure needs.
Which office is the appropriate one to contact about financial aid matters?
- Matters pertaining to your aid packaging, federal, state and private loan programs, and scholarship questions should be directed to the Office of Financial Aid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Questions about matters pertaining to payment plans, account balances, and resolution of past due payments should be directed to the Office of Student accounts at email@example.com.
- With the changes in the leadership of Enrollment Management this summer we are exploring ways to have a more seamless process to ensure that all calls and questions are answered within 24 to 48 hours.
Why do I have to contact Housing and the Health Center when it pertains to my financial aid?
- The enrollment process is an integrated one. Housing applications and finalizations must be done in a timely manner because such matters impact your bill, and the amount of aid needed (and vice versa). Because students and parents make changes during the enrollment process, being on top of those aspects of the process is important for everyone to understand.
Regarding the Health Center: Some medical records must be collected, and information communicated to both the Office of Financial Aid and the Office of Student Accounts. All these pieces of information impact the final bill that a student will receive. Therefore, it is imperative that all these matters be addressed sooner rather than later.
Why does my bill keep changing? Why can’t we get one bill for the semester so we can plan better?
- Changes will occur to your bill if you make changes to your registration for classes (i.e. being part time versus full time), removal or changes to meal plan options, and final decisions around living on or off campus. We know that economic times are tough, and we try to work with families on an individual basis; however, there are general charges for students who are full time, living on campus and having a basic meal plan. Bills must be modified to reflect those changes until payment is received and the bill is settled.
When are funds due? When will my classes be dropped if I do not pay or get on a payment plan?
- The College has a set academic calendar and there are various dates when students should pay their bill or have arrangements to get their bills paid. Please follow this guide in order to ensure that you will remain enrolled at the College for the Fall Semester 2020. These dates will be adhered to with no exceptions. Important dates and deadlines are always included on the Student Financial Services website. You should bookmark this page to stay up to date on these deadlines: https://morehouse.edu/studentfinancialservices/.
August 14, 2020
Payments or payment plans set up
August 28, 2020
Last date to change your schedule or drop all classes without penalty.
Final payment deadline
September 1, 2020
Final payment deadline for late registration.
CARES Act Emergency Aid Funding (Morehouse College Policy)
- CARES Act - 30 Day Report
- CARES Act - 45 Day Report
- CARES Act - 45 Day Report - 8-31-2020
- CARES Act Quarterly Report
(posted on 10-30-2020)
What is the CARES Act Emergency Fund provided by the federal government?
- The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed into law to provide economic relief from COVID-19. Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which supplies emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the pandemic.
When will CARES Act Funds be available?
- Morehouse College applied for a federal CARES Act grant and received funding from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). During the week of May 11, 2020, Morehouse will begin to distribute grants to students impacted by COVID-19 based on their financial needs. Grant recipients will be notified through their Morehouse College email accounts.
Who is eligible for CARES Act Funds?
- Students who apply for CARES Act Funds must be enrolled at least half time as of March 13, 2020 and be eligible for Federal Title IV financial aid. The Financial Aid Office will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file to determine your eligibility. Students not deemed eligible on March 13, 2020 are ineligible for the funds.
- Unfortunately, the DOE does not allow these funds to be used for international students, undocumented students, non-matriculated students, students enrolled in distance learning before March 13, 2020, students not meeting satisfactory academic progress, and students not eligible for Federal Student Aid as determined by the DOE.
How much funding will I receive?
- Award amounts will vary by student as determined by the FAFSA. Students who demonstrate the most need will receiver higher amounts.
How will I receive funds?
- During the week of May 4, 2020, students will receive a link to certify that they have been impacted by COVID-19. Students must send the form back electronically before funds will be released.
- Direct deposit is the fastest way to receive funding. If Morehouse does not have your financial institution information on file you can submit or update it with your certification by completing a Morehouse College ACH Direct Deposit Form, or a paper check will be mailed to the address we have on file.
Can I request additional funding?
- No, award amounts are final as funding is limited. This is a one-time payment unless the federal government passes a subsequent law which includes emergency funding for higher education institutions.
Half of the CARES Act funding is going to Morehouse College students as required by the federal government. How is the College using the other 50 percent of the funds distributed?
- Colleges and universities will receive allocations and guidance for the institutional share of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund in the coming weeks. Institutions will be able to use these funds to cover costs associated with significant changes to the delivery of instruction due to the coronavirus.
What if I have an outstanding balance due to the College, will the CARES emergency funding apply to my student account balance?
- No, the CARES emergency funding will not apply to your student account balance. You are still responsible for resolving any balance due to the College even if you receive emergency funding provided by the CARES Act.
Test-Optional Admissions Policy
In response to COVID-19, Morehouse suspended standardized testing requirements for the Class of 2025. This policy applies to all new first-time applicants, including early and regular decision.
Because we’re relaxing the requirement, we won’t penalize applications without test scores. We encourage you to highlight other parts of your high school careers like AP and IB courses, volunteer work, social justice involvement, internships, or employment.
You are welcome to submit standardized test scores if you took them. We’ll continue to super score the SAT to get the most favorable composite score and include it and your ACT score in our review.
- We understand that access to traditional extracurricular activities may be limited this year. We encourage you to write about your involvement throughout your high school career.
- COVID-19 may affect many other areas of traditional academic life. These areas may include cancellation of IB exams, pass/fail grading systems, and interruption of AP testing. We will consider these circumstances and ensure you are not penalized.
- The Common Application provides a space designated for sharing how COVID-19 impacted you. We encourage you to provide any information that may help us better review your application.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are other universities or colleges enacting similar test-optional policies?
- Yes. About 800 institutions already deemphasized standardized tests for next fall’s incoming class of students. This list includes some of the top universities and institutions in the United States.
Are any applicants required to submit test scores?
- International applicants must submit either the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE if English is not your first language, as indicated on the Common Application.
Without the submission of test scores, how will you evaluate my application?
- We will place additional consideration in other application areas, including letters of recommendation, essay questions on the Common App, and demonstrated leadership or participation in extracurricular or volunteer activities.
Do I need to notify Morehouse if I’m not submitting test scores?
- You can indicate on the application that you will not submit scores.
Am I eligible for merit-based scholarships without test scores?
- Yes. If you do not submit test scores, you are eligible for merit-based scholarships. However, there are still some scholarships that require test scores that predate the adoption of the test-optional policy.
Will standardized tests improve my chances of getting into Morehouse?
- No. We are taking a more holistic approach this year and de-emphasizing testing.
Is the test-optional policy permanent or only for a limited time?
- We are committed to making higher education accessible to young men. This change applies only if you’re applying for the class of 2025. We will reassess at the end of the 2020-21 academic year and decide how to address applicants of future classes.