We have spent countless hours this summer making plans and putting precautions into place on campus to ensure that our community members were safe for the return to school this fall. Unfortunately, recent developments have prompted Randolph to make the decision to move classes online for the fall semester. Central to the decision was the lack of quick, large-scale asymptomatic testing and contact tracing, as well as the impact the pandemic-related changes would have on student life.
We do not see the situation in our country improving before our semester opens in a month’s time. Because of this, we are not confident the College would be able to remain in-person the entire semester without serious COVID-19-caused disruptions.
By committing to online instruction for the fall now, we are not only able to give our faculty more time to prepare their courses, but we are able to hopefully alleviate some of the uncertainty that has existed for students and families this summer. We just do not believe the limited in-person experiences we would have been able to provide this semester, not to mention the extremely regimented residence hall policies, would meet the expectations of our students and families.
Yes, the College will be removing fall room and board charges for all residential students. We anticipate that revised bills for the fall semester will be available on the student portal by close of business on Monday, August 3. Student account balances for fall 2020 will be due August 12.
The following is a summary of changes, as applicable, to other student fees:
The move to online learning for the fall semester requires the College to revise its 2020-21 cost of attendance, primarily driven by the removal of room and board for the fall partially offset by the addition of a living allowance. The cost of attendance is the standard to calculate or recalculate aid for students. The formula for assessing eligibility for need-based grants, loans, and work study is cost of attendance minus the expected family contribution (EFC) from the 2020-21 FAFSA. The revised cost of attendance assumes a return to campus for the spring 2021 semester.
No, merit scholarships will not be changed as a result of the revised cost of attendance.
The change in cost of attendance necessitates many changes, both in our student information system and with financial aid packages on a student-by-student basis. We are working as quickly as possible to finalize all financial aid revisions by Monday, August 3.
Yes, the updated award letter will be accessible online by close of business on Monday, August 3.
Yes, upon reviewing your revised bill, you can contact Financial Aid to make adjustments to your loan(s). When calculating, be sure to include the Room/Board charge of $5,500 for the Spring 2021 semester.
No. Although our method of delivery for coursework is changing this semester, the student-centered, high quality education offered by Randolph will remain the same. With our small class sizes, the College is uniquely positioned to provide an individualized approach to learning with the same dedication to excellence. This change in format should not affect any student’s progress toward their degree. Because the College’s cost structure has not changed, we are not able to reduce tuition. Tuition covers the cost of credit-bearing courses, whether they are taken face-to-face or online. For example, tuition for these courses covers expenses that will not change, including faculty salaries, technology resources, and academic support services. At some colleges and universities, because of the additional time and resources that are required, online courses actually cost more than face-to-face options.
This may be possible but will be dependent on the position.
We are hopeful we will be able to resume on-campus instruction for the spring semester. We will reevaluate conditions later this fall and make a final decision then.
This is a challenging time, and we are all working and adjusting. Should you have any questions, concerns, or needs, please reach out to the appropriate department.
Health and Counseling Center
Institutional Technology Help Desk
Office of Student Affairs
Office of the Provost