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COVID-19

FAQ:

NOTE: This is a complex, challenging, and fluid situation which continues to evolve rapidly. All information is subject to change as deemed necessary by college leadership in accordance with guidance and recommendations issued by federal, state, and local public health and government officials.

Fall 2021

Are the campus Health & Safety Guidelines still in effect?
Yes. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be asked to continue to follow all of the Health & Safety Guidelines established by the college and updated for the fall 2021 semester.

Will I be required to wear a face mask?
No. Students, faculty, and staff who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks, except where required by federal, state, or local, laws, rules, and regulations.

Although fully vaccinated persons do not generally need to wear masks, the CDC recommends continued masking and physical distancing for people with weakened immune systems. Faculty and staff with compromised immune systems will have the option to require masks in their classrooms and offices.

The CDC still recommends masks for anyone entering a healthcare facility even if you are fully vaccinated.  This means you will need to wear a facemask when visiting the campus clinic.

Will social distancing be required on campus?
No. At this time there will be no social distancing or capacity limits in any college classroom, lab, administrative office, community space, or athletic facility/activity.

Will the residence halls, dining hall, athletic facilities, and library be open?
Yes. These campus facilities will be fully operational at full capacity without restrictions.

What did the NAIA decide about athletic competition for the 2021-22 year?
As soon as the NAIA and our conference release details about their updated health and safety guidelines, we will share information with student-athletes and their families. All on-campus athletic operations will resume with no restrictions.  Increased sanitizing will continue as well as self-monitoring for symptoms.

Is testing required for the fall semester?
Onboard testing is only required for those individuals traveling internationally.

People who are fully vaccinated do not need to undergo routine COVID-19 screening testing.  If a fully vaccinated person is exposed to someone with COVID-19 they do not need to be tested unless they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. Any person who experiences COVID-19 symptoms should get a COVID-19 test.

Rapid PCR testing is available at the college’s on-campus clinic, located at 1800 E. Gordon.  Masks are still required anytime you seek treatment at the clinic. 

Will this protocol change if there is an outbreak in the community?
Yes. In the event of an outbreak of COVID-19, McPherson College is prepared to implement the following corrective measures, in order of application, to limit the transmission of the disease:

  • Masks
  • Social distancing
  • Modified mealtimes
  • Reduced gatherings
  • Limited contact sports
  • Remote learning
Have the procedures for isolation and quarantine changed?
No. Please refer to the health & safety guidelines for details about reporting symptoms, isolation, and quarantine.

Guidance for Prospective Students

Can I visit campus in person?
Yes! We currently have in-person and virtual visit options. Visit www.mcpherson.edu/visit to schedule your visit.
What if I am unable to take the ACT or SAT?
We have provided a test-optional path for students to be accepted to McPherson College. Given the current situation and the potential of canceled ACT and SAT tests, we are continuing with our revised standards for fall 2020, including a test-optional process.
Are you still doing Presidential Scholarship Days?
Yes. Please visit the Presidential Scholarship Day page for details and to sign up. www.mcpherson.edu/presidential
When will I find out if I've been accepted?
The offices of admissions and financial aid are committed to timely communication. This includes communication about acceptance, visit days, enrollment, and next steps. Once we have official transcripts you will be notified within one week. If you have a question about the status of your application feel free to contact us at admiss@mcpherson.edu or 620-242-0400.

General Information

HEERF II – CRRSAA Emergency Grants

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), was signed into law on December 27, 2020. CRRSAA provides the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) funds to distribute to institutions of higher education in order to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus through a second round of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF II). Institutions accepting CRRSAA funding must commit to providing a portion of the funds in the form of financial aid grants to students.

McPherson College’s minimum required allocation to students is $397,688.

In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the college requires students to complete an application for aid.

The grant funds will be distributed to students with exceptional need who have struggled to meet expenses due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include:

  • tuition
  • food
  • housing
  • course materials
  • technology
  • health care
  • childcare

Students may apply for the grant to communicate about their situation. The college uses these forms to help in determining exceptional need.

Students who are Pell eligible will receive priority and a higher level of funds than those that are non-Pell eligible. A student is not required to be Pell eligible in order to receive the grant. Students who previously received HEERF I funds that totaled $750 or more will receive a lesser amount than students who have not received funds in the past. At no time will total HEERF funds awarded exceed the maximum Pell grant amount.

In accordance with guidance from the DOE on the distribution of these funds, students have the option of applying the funds onto their student account. They must make that selection when completing the application for aid. If that option has not been selected, the funds are distributed to the student in the form of a check.

Communications via emails, student newsletter, website presence, and campus groups, assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

At this time, the U.S. Department of Education has yet to issue guidance on the question of whether undocumented, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), or international students may qualify for HEERF II grant awards. Therefore, McPherson College will not be issuing grant funds to these students.

Students may apply for the grant using the link: https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/cares_grant

CARES/HEERF Emergency Grants - Fully Spent
What is CARES/HEERF and where did the funding for emergency grants come from?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was passed by Congress and signed into law on March 27, 2020. One aspect of the act was the creation of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). HEERF provides funds to institutions for emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
How much HEERF funding did McPherson College Receive?
McPherson College has received additional COVID-19 Relief funds through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) that are to be used for student grants. The grants can be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care. Students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, will receive priority in the distribution of grants. The Laptop Grant and the General Student Grant programs from last semester will continue, and added to them is a Book Voucher program which will allow students to apply for help with purchasing books.
Who is eligible for HEERF Emergency Grants?
Students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
1) enrolled on/after March 13, 2020, attending in-person courses at McPherson College;
2) degree-seeking student; and
3) eligible to receive Title IV federal aid as evaluated through the completion of the FASFA
4) experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19

What expenses are eligible for the grant?
The grant is to be used for expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus from COVID-19. Some examples include expenses related to food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, child care, transportation, and possibly other expenses.
Do I have to fill out a FAFSA to receive the emergency grant?
No. However, because of the requirement to determine that the recipients must be eligible to participate in the Title IV programs and meet all of the applicable student eligibility requirements, McPherson College is requiring you to complete a self-certification form verifying that you meet the requirements if there is not a current FAFSA on file for you. The self-certification will be sent to you after you complete the appeals form.
Will I receive the emergency grant even if I owe the College money?
Yes. If you are eligible for these emergency grants, you will receive the money even if you have current financial holds or owe the campus fees or fines.
Does it matter how many credit hours I am taking?
Emergency grants are to be pro-rated for part-time students.
Do I need to apply for the Emergency Grant?
Funds are limited. Please apply as soon as possible.

Book Voucher—Student completes request with Business Office, if approved, student will receive a voucher to purchase through online bookstore.

Laptop Grant – Student must be recommended by MC Staff or Faculty, if student is approved they may choose to purchase a laptop from MC or pick up a check and purchase it elsewhere. https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/cares_technologygrant

COVID 19 Relief Funds—student completes online form, if approved students can choose to apply funds directly to their student account or pick up a check from the business office. https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/cares_grant

How will I receive my Emergency Grant?
Recipients will receive a paper check that can be picked up in the Business Office.
I lost my job as a result of the coronavirus. Can I receive a CARES Act Emergency Grant to replace my lost wages?
No. The grant cannot replace lost wages. However, if you are not able to meet expenses related to food, housing/rent, technology expenses, travel expenses, etc. due to the campus disruption caused by the Coronavirus, you may apply for a grant.
My parents lost their jobs or had reduced hours during the coronavirus pandemic. I am worried I cannot afford to return to McPherson College. Can I apply for a CARES Act Emergency Grant for this reason?
No, the funds are not intended for this purpose. However, please contact the Financial Aid Office so that we can reconsider your financial aid application to determine if you might qualify for other types of financial assistance.
Do I have to repay a Federal Emergency Aid Grant?
Typically, you would not have to repay the amount awarded to you. The Federal Emergency Aid Grant funds are designed to be a grant, not a loan.
Would this funding reduce my financial aid?
No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid.

Quarterly Report for Quarter Ended June 30, 2021
Updated July 6, 2021

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting for HEERF I, II, and III (a)(1) Institutional Portion, (a)(2), and (a)(3), if applicable

McPherson College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The institution has used use no less than 50 percent of the funds to support students. This portion of the grant has been fully distributed to students. The College also received funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) that was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on December 27, 2020. As of the date of this report, this portion of the grant has been fully distributed to students. The College also received funds through Section 2003 of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP).

McPherson College has been notified of a total allocation of $1,229,981 under the CRRSAA. Of this amount, $397,688 is reserved exclusively for distribution to students for grants. The College received $2,165,102 through the ARP grant. Of this amount, $1,082,552 will be used exclusively to provide pandemic related support to students. The College may use the remainder of both of these grants for institutional support. The College portion of the funds will be used to cover the costs of off-campus housing for student isolation, subsidizing food service to reduce density in eating facilities, expenses to promote social distancing in classrooms, campus safety and operations, obtaining additional equipment to reduce the number of students sharing supplies, replacing certain lost revenues, etc.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2021, McPherson College has distributed $101,669 to 107 students. The college estimates that 764 students are eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants.In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the College requires students to complete an application for aid. The grant funds are distributed to students who have experienced difficulty covering expenses due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. Students apply for the grant and self-report what they are struggling with and communicate about their situation. The College uses these forms to help in determining exceptional need. Students who are Pell-eligible will receive priority and a higher level of funds than those that are non-Pell eligible. As student does not have to be Pell eligible in order to receive the grant. In accordance with guidance from the Department of Education on the distribution of these funds, students have the option of applying the funds onto their student account. They must make that selection when completing the application for aid. If that option is not selected, the funds are distributed to the student in the form of a check. Communications via emails, student newsletter, website presence, and campus groups, assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

Quarterly Report for Quarter Ended March 31, 2021
Updated April 8, 2021

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable

McPherson College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds to support students. The College also received funds through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) that was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA), Public Law 116-260, signed into law on December 27, 2020.

McPherson College has been notified of a total allocation of $1,229,981 under the CRRSAA. Of this amount, $397,688 is reserved exclusively for distribution to students for grants. The College may use the remainder for institutional support. The use of these funds has not yet been determined.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2021, McPherson College has distributed $337,634 to 286 students. The college estimates that 781 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which could qualify them to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) if student eligibility requirements are met as established by the Department of Education.

In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the College requires students to complete an application for aid. The grant funds are distributed to students who have experienced difficulty covering expenses due to COVID-19. Eligible expenses include tuition, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child cared. Students apply for the grant and self-report what they are struggling with and communicate about their situation. The College uses these forms to help in determining exceptional need. Students who are Pell-eligible will receive priority and a higher level of funds than those that are non-Pell eligible. A student does not have to be Pell eligible in order to receive the grant. In accordance with guidance from the Department of Education on the distribution of these funds, students have the option of applying the funds onto their student account. They must make that selection when completing the application for aid. If that option is not selected, the funds are distributed to the student in the form of a check. Communications via emails, student newsletter, website presence, and campus groups, assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

Quarterly Report for Quarter Ended December 31, 2020
Updated January 6, 2021

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable

McPherson College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds to support students.

The institution has received from the Department of Education, pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, $795,375.

As of the quarter ended December 31, 2020, McPherson College has distributed $136,601 to 129 students. The college estimates that 781 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which could qualify them to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) if student eligibility requirements are met as established by the Department of Education.

In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the College requires students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for verification of eligibility to participate or complete a certification form verifying that they meet the requirements. As required under the CARES Act, the College will identify students with the most need based on food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare and other possible expenses due to the disruption of campus operations. The College does this through an automatic grant to students known to have additional housing and food costs and a self-reporting application for everyone else. To identify funding limits, an analysis of the cost of attendance used for packaging aid was used to identify the average expected costs of the applicable expenses for the duration of the campus shutdown. Grants for room and board were standard amounts based on the funding limit. Students must self-report the amount of expenses they incurred for the remaining categories of expenses subject to the determined limits. Pell-eligible students received larger grants than non-Pell eligible students. Communications via emails, student newsletter, website presence, and campus groups, assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

Quarterly Report for Quarter Ended September 30, 2020
Updated October 1, 2020

Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable

McPherson College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds to support students.

The institution has received from the Department of Education, pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, $795,375.

As of September 30, 2020, McPherson College has distributed $246,323 to 174 students. The college estimates that 605 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which could qualify them to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) if student eligibility requirements are met as established by the Department of Education.

In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the College requires students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for verification of eligibility to participate or complete a certification form verifying that they meet the requirements. As required under the CARES Act, the College will identify students with the most need based on food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare and other possible expenses due to the disruption of campus operations. The College does this through an automatic grant to students known to have additional housing and food costs and a self-reporting application for everyone else. To identify funding limits, an analysis of the cost of attendance used for packaging aid was used to identify the average expected costs of the applicable expenses for the duration of the campus shutdown. Grants for room and board were standard amounts based on the funding limit. Students must self-report the amount of expenses they incurred for the remaining categories of expenses subject to the determined limits. Pell-eligible students received larger grants than non-Pell eligible students. Communications via emails, student newsletter, website presence, and campus groups, assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

45-Day Report
Updated July 10, 2020

McPherson College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds to support students.

The institution has received from the Department of Education, pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, $795,375.

As of July 11, 2020, McPherson College has distributed $174,859 to 126 students. The college estimates that 605 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which could qualify them to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) if student eligibility requirements are met as established by the Department of Education. In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the College requires students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for verification of eligibility to participate or complete a certification form verifying that they meet the requirements. As required under the CARES Act, the College will identify students with the most need based on food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare and other possible expenses due to the disruption of campus operations. The College does this through an automatic grant to students known to have additional housing and food costs and a self-reporting application for everyone else. To identify funding limits, an analysis of the cost of attendance used for packaging aid was used to identify the average expected costs of the applicable expenses for the duration of the campus shutdown. Grants for room and board were standard amounts based on the funding limit. Students must self-report the amount of expenses they incurred for the remaining categories of expenses subject to the determined limits. Pell-eligible students received larger grants than non-Pell eligible students. Communications via emails, student newsletter, website presence, and campus groups, assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

30-Day Report
Updated May 27, 2020

McPherson College acknowledges that the institution signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement for the use of Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The institution intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds to support students.

The institution has received from the Department of Education, pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students, $795,375.

As of May 27, 2020, 30 days since the funds became available, McPherson College has distributed $91,681 to 59 students. The college estimates that 605 students are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, which could qualify them to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants under Section 18004(a)(1) if student eligibility requirements are met as established by the Department of Education.

In determining Emergency Financial Aid Grants, the College requires students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for verification of eligibility to participate. If a FAFSA was completed in a previous year, a certification form is completed verifying that nothing has changed since the FAFSA was completed. As required under the CARES Act, the College will identify students with the most need based on food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare, childcare and other possible expenses due to the disruption of campus operations. The College does this through an automatic grant to students known to have additional housing and food costs and a self-reporting application for everyone else. To identify funding limits, an analysis of the cost of attendance used for packaging aid was used to identify the average expected costs of the applicable expenses for the duration of the campus shutdown. Grants for room and board were standard amounts based on the funding limit. Students must self-report the amount of expenses they incurred for the remaining categories of expenses subject to the determined limits. Pell-eligible students received larger grants than non-Pell eligible students. Communications via emails, student newsletter, website presence, and campus groups, assisted in educating students of this opportunity.

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Staying Healthy:

Follow these guidelines to limit exposure to COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home if/when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items
  • Practice social distancing and wear a face mask if you are not vaccinated
  • Follow the City of McPherson ordinance requiring face masks for indoor and outdoor public spaces

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