The health and safety of the University of Southern Indiana campus community continues to be our top priority.
CARES ACT/HEERF EMERGENCY GRANT FUND
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is federal legislation that established and funded the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which has provided the University of Southern Indiana with funding for emergency financial aid grants to students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. The Department of Education encourages the University to prioritize the majority of the funding stream to students who demonstrate significant need. In addition, only students who qualify for Title IV aid are eligible for HEERF assistance.
These funds are intended to help students with costs associated with being displaced from campus. Amounts range from $200 to $800 based on the student’s need, enrollment status, and other criteria established by the Student Financial Assistance (SFA) Office. For questions about your award amount, please contact the SFA Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first round of HEERF grant awards were processed on Friday, May 8. Students who had set up eRefunds (direct deposit) through TouchNet should have begun to see their grant award in their bank accounts within two to three business days, subject to the funds availability policy of their bank. Grant award checks were issued and mailed as of Friday, May 8 for students who have not enrolled in eRefunds. Students who see a CARES award on their account but have not received their grant award should contact the Bursar’s Office at email@example.com.
The CARES Act does not allow the University to apply funds to a student’s past due balance. A student who owes the University is still expected to have their balance resolved by June 30 to maintain fall enrollment and remain in good standing with the University. For information about payment plans, please visit the Bursar’s Office website.
CARES Act/HEERF Emergency Grant Fund Application
Students who did not qualify for the first distribution of HEERF monies may still be eligible for future assistance. To apply, a student must have filed a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to confirm Title IV eligibility and submit a CARES Act/HEERF Emergency Grant Fund Application. The student will receive a response regarding the decision once the application has been reviewed. This may take up to several weeks.
Students enrolled in an online program, international, or DACA students are not eligible for CARES Act funding, but may request emergency assistance by submitting a Financial Care Team referral.
BURSAR'S OFFICE PROVIDES UPDATES ON HOLDS AND FEES
During this time of difficulty and uncertainty for our students and their families, the USI Bursar allowed all students enrolled in the Spring 2020 Semester to participate in priority registration for Fall 2020 regardless of the current amount owed to the University.
Students with an outstanding balance must pay the balance due in full by June 30 or qualify for an extended payment plan approved by the Bursar’s Office to confirm their Fall 2020 registration. Those who demonstrate a direct financial impact related to the COVID-19 pandemic or the associated economic impact could receive up to 12 additional months to pay outstanding Spring 2020 charges.
No enrollment fee or interest will be charged for participation in the extended payment plan. Additional information on payment plan options and other updates is available on the Bursar website.
HOUSING DATES FOR 2020-21 CONTRACT
Important Housing Dates:
- July 1 – The extended date to cancel the 2020-21 housing contract without penalty
- July 2-14 – Online room selection for returning students who didn’t choose space in March or April and new students
SUMMER COURSES ONLINE; STUDY ABROAD DECISION FOR SUMMER/FALL 2020
All academic classes for Summer Sessions I, II and III have been moved online. In response to the continuing COVID-19 situation, and with the safety of students top of mind, the University has made the decision to cancel all Study Abroad programs for Summer 2020. Fall 2020 Study Abroad opportunities will continue to be evaluated.
TENTATIVE SPRING 2020 COMMENCEMENT DATE SET
Spring 2020 Commencement has been tentatively rescheduled for Friday, August 14 for master and doctoral degree candidates and Saturday, August 15 for undergraduate students. This may be subject to change based on timely guidance related to the coronavirus by state and federal health authorities and government officials. Information will be updated at www.usi.edu/commencement
STUDENT FINANCIAL SUCCESS CENTER OFFERING SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES
Did you plan for an emergency lasting three to six months? Wondering how you will be able to stretch your financial resources to get through COVID-19? The Student Financial Success Center (SFSC) is here to walk with you through these troubling times. The SFSC provides virtual peer mentoring and support services to advance financial literacy and wellness among students and to promote their retention and success.
In light of the current situation, the SFSC is also offering its support to the University community by making its services available to employees through virtual meetings at no charge.
You can find more information by visiting the Student Financial Success Center online.
INTEREST WAIVED FEDERALLY HELD STUDENT LOANS
On March 13, 2020, the president of the United States announced that interest would be waived on all federally held student loans. Interest will not accrue on federally held student loans for at least 60 days, beginning on March 13, 2020. The Department of Education may extend that period, depending on the status of the COVID-19 national emergency. (This does not apply to private loans.)
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UNIVERSITY HEALTH CENTER
The University Health Center is open for the USI community via video visits or telephone calls. All USI students, facility or staff can still utilize our services Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Schedule your appointment online and put in the notes section if you would like a telephone or a video visit; or call at 812-465-1250 to schedule an appointment.
Visits for individuals on the Office Visit Plan are free of charge, all others will be billed with their insurance.
If you have any questions, call 812-465-1250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
USI student services, including the Dean of Students Office; David L. Rice Library; Recreation, Fitness and Wellness Center; Counseling Center; Disability Resources and University Health Center will be operating remotely. Check each department website for their virtual services.
USI campus bus transportation will be suspended until further notice.