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12/4: Updates to FAQ for Interterm & Spring

12/3: Health & Safety Plan update posted to Bulldog Connect

Arriving on campus

Information about returning to campus for interterm and the spring semester was shared with students and families in an email on December 4 and can be read in the FAQ below.

President Schneider will host a Campus Forum for students and families on Zoom, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. CST.

Campus Updates

Campus Forum videos and Messages from President Schneider.

 

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.

Interterm & Spring Onboarding

COVID Testing for Interterm and Spring
Will I need a COVID-19 test before I report to campus after winter break?
Yes. Testing asymptomatic individuals utilizing FDA approved antigen (saliva or inner nasal) testing is being used to mitigate the potential negative impact of disease spread within our campus community. MC will continue to use PCR tests (deep nasal swab) for symptomatic individuals.

  • All students and employees planning on returning for interterm classes on January 4 will be asked to submit a negative test dated after December 26. Students arriving after interterm, but prior to the start of spring semester classes on January 28, should plan to have a negative test dated after January 18.
  • International students should work with Student Affairs to quarantine upon arrival to campus until a test can be arranged.
  • Student-athletes who are in season should coordinate their return with coaches and the athletic department. Any student athlete who tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovered will be required to go through a specific on boarding protocol.
What testing options are available?

Students:

FREE At-home COVID-19 test
Any student in the continental U.S. may request an at-home saliva antigen test from Vault Health, a McPherson College FDA approved partner.  To request a link from Vault Health to schedule a test delivery as well as more information on the testing process click HERE. Students requesting the at-home test will receive a link from McPherson College the week of December 21. The test is paid for by the college.

FREE McPherson Partners in Family Care Clinic testing
From December 28 through January 5, those of you in the McPherson area can receive an antigen test with same day results at the campus clinic. Appointments are required through online scheduling.

FDA-approved test from a health provider of your choice
Make your own arrangements to visit an FDA-approved testing site and provide documentation of your result to the college prior to returning to campus. Costs for this option will be paid by the student.

Students, please indicate which testing option you will use here.

Employees:

McPherson Partners in Family Care Clinic testing
From December 28 through January 5, those of you in the McPherson area can receive an antigen test with same day results at the campus clinic. Appointments are required.

FDA-approved test from a health provider of your choice
Make your own arrangements to visit an FDA-approved testing site and provide documentation of your result to the college prior to returning to campus.

What if my test results are positive?
Students should not return to campus until they have completed the isolation period and have met recovery guidelines. Please inform Student Affairs if you will be delayed in returning to campus.
What if I have previously tested positive for the virus?
Anyone who has tested positive within the last three months for COVID-19 and has recovered, please contact Marty Sigwing, director of facilities, about what documentation is required for your return to campus. It is important that even if you’ve recovered from COVID-19 you continue to wear a mask and follow other safety protocols.
What should I expect when taking the at-home COVID-19 test?
Students requesting the at-home COVID-19 test will receive an email from McPherson College with a link to create an account profile and order the test from Vault Health. After answering two questions, one about potential symptoms and one about HIPAA consent, the test will be ordered and delivered by UPS the next day to their home address. Lab results will be emailed 24-48 hours after the lab has received the test.

Best practices for the at-home test include:

  • Test will arrive within 48 hours after ordering.
  • Test kits cannot be shipped to PO boxes.
  • Open package and read blue instruction card before proceeding.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke 30 minutes before testing.
  • When creating a profile you will need to upload a photo of your photo ID.
  • Do not open test tube kit until instructed to on Zoom.
  • When you login to Zoom, be prepared to wait for up to 20 minutes for the next available provider.
  • A provider will guide you through the test on the Zoom call.
  • Pack the test and follow instructions for sending back.
  • Watch this video for more details.

More Tips for your at-home test:

Plan Ahead

  • Obtain the test kit several days before you plan to use it.
  • Do not open the kit (inside the shipping box) until instructed to do so.
  • Set a specific day on your schedule to complete the test and drop it off at UPS.
  • Plan on one hour for the waiting room and for taking the test.
  • Keep in mind there is no eating or drinking 30 minutes prior to the test.
  • Make sure you are comfortable using the Zoom platform (microphone and camera.)

Logistics

  • Take a picture of the return shipping label before you drop it off (make sure the tracking number is visible) so you can track your sample.
  • Try to avoid mailing your sample back during a weekend or during a holiday.
  • Deliver your sample to a UPS drop site that is staffed (not a satellite drop box.)

After returning your sample, check your spam folder frequently for emails from Vault Health.

What should I do if I have problems completing my at-home test?
If you have any difficulties with the at-home test, please email your question to ask@mcpherson.edu.
Health & Safety Guidelines
Will the campus continue to follow the Health & Safety Guidelines developed for the fall semester?
Yes. All students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be asked to continue to follow all of the Health & Safety Guidelines established by the college. It is important that even if you’ve recovered from COVID-19 you continue to wear a mask and follow the guidelines.
Will I be required to wear a face mask?
Yes. Masks will be required on campus. Even if you’ve recovered from COVID-19, it is important that you continue to wear a mask and follow the other safety protocols. Wearing a face mask applies to indoor and outdoor situations. Plan on carrying a mask with you. The college will provide a cloth mask to all students and employees and disposable masks will be available in classrooms and other facilities for guests and those who might forget to bring their own.
Are there any changes to the Health & Safety Guidelines from last semester?
Yes. Tracing and tracking the progress of isolated and quarantined individuals has been updated. All symptomatic cases that require testing will be pre-traced. (Pre-tracing identifies contacts before a test comes back, so staff are prepared to quickly quarantine exposed individuals limiting disease spread.) We are also implementing a new tracking system to better follow students as they are exposed, tested and isolated. Other changes include new processes for quarantine in the dorms, symptom reporting, and daily health checks.
Is there anything I should do before arriving to campus?
We strongly encourage everyone to quarantine at home for 10 days prior to arrival on campus. We understand that some of you will be unable to quarantine because of jobs and other obligations; however, we ask every student to honor basic safety practices like wearing a mask, staying distanced, and avoiding large gatherings. This includes New Year’s Eve parties.
What if I have questions or concerns about the college’s COVID-19 protocols?
Please send any questions regarding COVID-19 to ask@mcpherson.edu and an appropriate college representative will respond.
Housing & Student Life
When will I receive my housing assignment?
New students will receive their housing assignments by mid-January.
When will residence halls open for the interterm semester?
Residence halls are currently scheduled to open at noon on Sunday, January 3.
Will there be any changes in the residence halls?
Yes. Residential properties will continue to follow the Health & Safety protocols established for the fall semester; however, Metzler, Dotzour, Morrison, and Bittinger Halls will see lower occupancy this spring. There will also continue to be quarantine space in each building.
Are there changes to the way students will be quarantined on campus or isolated off campus?
Based on updated CDC guidance related to quarantine protocol, guidelines will allow safer, more comfortable options for students who are exposed or waiting on a test, including the option to quarantine with a roommate and convenient meal delivery. The new guidelines include:

  • Up to two students may share an isolation room, provided both are confirmed to be positive cases and both students are agreeable.
  • Students who are asymptomatic and in quarantine because they were identified as a close contact may quarantine in their assigned dorm room with their roommate, provided both students are agreeable and both students understand that if one of the two develops symptoms, the other student’s 14-day quarantine starts over.
  • Students sharing a house or apartment may isolate and quarantine together provided all parties use masks and practice social distancing within the living spaces, and each have their own bedroom.

The new isolation and quarantine policy is included as part of the updated Health and Safety Guidelines.

Where will students with positive cases isolate?
Anybody with a positive case will be housed off campus. MC is working to secure a hotel space near campus that includes clean rooms with flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, and bathroom for isolation and quarantine as needed.
Will I continue to receive daily calls if I am quarantined or in isolation?
Students will be introduced to a new mobile texting application that will allow Student Affairs to better communicate with students who are quarantined, isolated or just in the normal activity of their daily life. The application, EdSights, will better organize the status and needs of our students so we can more systematically address how students are doing on any given day. This service will be a primary method of staying in touch with our isolated and quarantined students. All students who are isolated will also continue to receive daily check-in calls from campus leadership.
Are there any student activities planned for when students return to campus?
MC received a recent gift to encourage students to stay active but safe utilizing “COVID Families” or social bubbles that would allow for more intimate, safe, in-person interactions. This concept would take what was learned from several clubs, organizations and athletic teams this fall who operated safely and combine it with some best practices around “bubbling.” This new opportunity will incentivize small groups or individuals to keep their social circle tight and controlled. More information will be shared from Student Affairs later in December on how you can join a social circle and receive funding to stay active.

Athletics and other campus activities will proceed cautiously with large group activities online.

Will the dining hall be open?
Yes. The dining hall will open with a small reduction in seating as well as other protective measures such as individually wrapped items and fully-serviced food stations. A carry out option will continue to be available.
Will athletic facilities be available?
Yes. All athletic facilities will be open as long as there are no restrictions from state or local health officials.
Classroom
Will any classes be online for interterm?
The Faculty Pandemic Task Force recommended to administration and the full faculty to move some additional classes online for interterm in an effort to support de-densification. Academic leadership will work with faculty to select courses that will move online based on the size and type of class. Faculty are also prepared for a disruptive first week of interterm because of student delays returning to campus. A full listing of interterm course and their modalities (online, hybrid, or fully in person) can be found on the homepage in Bulldog Connect.
Do I need to return to campus if my interterm class is online?
No. Students do not have to return to campus for an online class during interterm. However, they are not prevented from doing so. Some students enrolled in online classes will be expected to be on campus for other activities, such as athletics.
If my interterm class is delivered in hybrid or in-person mode, can I elect to take the class online?
No. Hybrid and in-person classes require classroom attendance. Students with documented disabilities or high-risk health conditions can apply for an online accommodation. For more information about ADA accommodations, email Carole Barr at barrc@mcpherson.edu.
Will the classroom set-up be different from last semester?
Current plans are for the spring semester starting January 28 to be similar to the fall semester in hybrid or in-person formats. Masks will be required and all classroom spaces will be socially distanced. Faculty will be prepared to accommodate students who are temporarily unable to attend class sessions due to quarantine or isolation. Faculty who need classroom accommodations will list those in their course syllabi and students will be required to follow those requests.
Will labs, studios, and shops be accessible to students?
All classrooms, labs, studios, shops, and other campus facilities will be accessible to students provided there are no mandates from local health officials. Masks and social distancing are required in all campus facilities.
Will there be opportunities for student-travel in the spring?
Any overnight student travel for 2020-2021 will be limited to capstone student events, projects, and athletic postseason play.
Am I able to stay home and complete my spring courses online?
Faculty will accommodate students who must temporarily remain off-campus due to illness or quarantine. However, McPherson College’s curriculum has not been designed for online delivery; with a few exceptions, courses must be completed on campus. Nevertheless, the college will do its best—including online delivery when merited—to meet the needs of students with documented health conditions qualifying them for accommodations consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The college reserves the right to decline online delivery of some courses such as those with significant shop, studio, or lab components.

Special Guidance

Guidance for Student Athletes
Are athletic facilities open?
Yes. All athletic facilities will remain open as long as there are no restrictions from state or local health officials.
What did the NAIA decide about athletic competition for the 2020-21 year?

McPherson College releases all sports schedules on our website. Please continue to check social media for the latest updates. https://macbulldogs.com/

More information on National Championships and updates can be found at https://www.naia.org/landing/headlines-featured

NAIA 2020 Guidelines and Recommendations:

Screening:
Beginning upon arrival, coaches, student-athletes, and those in close contact with student-athletes are required to be screened each day a practice or team activity occurs. For competition, all game-day participants (student-athletes, coaches, support staff, officials, etc.) are required to be screened within six hours of the beginning of the contest. All screening must be done by an athletic trainer or a designated healthcare professional. If an institution does not have an athletic trainer or healthcare 6 professional on site, it will be the responsibility of the host institution to conduct all prescreening requirements for the visiting team(s).

Testing:
Originally, the Council of Presidents was requiring a negative PCR test for all NAIA student-athletes and coaches prior to competition. When the COP determined fall championships will be delayed until the spring, allowing for much more flexibility in schedule, the COP also determined the original testing mandate should no longer apply. The COP opted to provide more flexibility considering the types of viral testing, their availability and cost, the turn-around times involved, and the local or regional public stances regarding testing vary greatly across the county. Given this variability and complexity, the NAIA determined it was inappropriate to require a single testing protocol for all its members. Rather, the NAIA strongly recommends that individual conferences and institutions consider very carefully the best way to deploy COVID testing to support the safe return to athletics.

Will student-athletes, coaches, and other athletic personnel be screened or tested before participating in practice or competitions?
In accordance with NAIA Fall 2020 Guidelines and Recommendations, beginning August 15, coaches, student-athletes, and those in close contact with student-athletes are required to be screened each day a practice or team activity occurs. Screening includes temperature check and survey questions.

For competition, all game-day participants (student-athletes, coaches, support staff, officials, etc.) are required to be screened within six hours of the beginning of the contest. All screening must be done by an athletic trainer or designated healthcare professional. If an institution does not have an athletic trainer or healthcare 6 professional on site, it will be the responsibility of the host institution to conduct all prescreening requirements for the visiting team(s).

Additionally, all student-athletes and coaches must receive a negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test no more than seven days prior to the first competition. If a student or coach tests positive during initial testing, he or she must receive a negative test result prior to returning to competition. If a student or coach is unable to test during the seven-day window prior to the first competition, he or she then must be withheld until a test can be conducted and must receive a negative test result before his or her first competition. McPherson College is ready to test student-athletes during this seven day window before first competitions.

What if I test positive for COVID-19 over the break?
All student athletes who are in season should coordinate their return with coaches and the athletic department. Any student athlete who tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovered will be required to go through a specific on boarding protocol.
Will there be any overnight travel for athletes?
Overnight stays for athletic travel will not take place at this time.
What steps will the college take to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in the athletic facilities?
Athletics will follow sanitization protocols using guidelines from the campus health and safety plan, CDC, state, and local health officials for all facilities including the weight room, athletic training room, Sports Center, McPherson Stadium, Bulldog Park, and the tennis courts.

The KCAC and NAIA has provided each member institution with guidelines to return to Campus, Sport and Conference Competition that we will be following and will be housed in the Athletic Safety and Contingency Plan. Our coaching staff has adapted and adjusted practice plans to mitigate the risk of exposure.

KCAC Sport Guidelines: https://www.kcacsports.com/covid19-information

Will fans be allowed on campus for McPherson College athletic events?
In compliance with the current local and state guidelines, fan attendance to sporting events at McPherson College has been suspended. Bulldog Athletics statement:

Guidance for Automotive Restoration Students
Will the shop facilities remain open to students?
All classrooms, labs, studios, shops, and other campus facilities will be accessible to students provided there are no mandates from local health officials. In the event of a health restriction, the college is prepared to implement social distancing measures in these spaces.
What steps will the college take to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in the restoration facilities?
Automotive Restoration program will follow sanitization protocols using guidelines from the campus health and safety plan, CDC, state, and local health officials for all facilities.
Will there be opportunities for students to travel this interterm or spring?
No interterm or spring travel opportunities are planned at this time. Administration will continue to monitor the situation and resume travel when safe.
What are the plans for open shop time? CARS Club?
Activities will continue with participants following the campus health and safety guidelines.
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.
  • Social distancing of six feet
  • Fill out questionnaire at time of registration and at campus check-in
  • Tour guides will wear face masks and are required of our guests.  If you forget yours, don’t worry, we will provide one.
  • Campus will follow the travel-related quarantine guidelines put forth by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment
  • Visitors and tour guides will cleanse hands before entering and exiting every building
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

Campus Health & Safety
What steps has the college taken to reduce the risk of the virus?
The college has developed a health and safety plan to guide students and staff. The college continues to follow guidance from national, state, and local health officials. Additionally, four physicians on the college’s board of trustees, including a public health expert, are supporting planning efforts, and the campus health clinic, Partners in Family Care, is actively involved in the health and safety of the campus.
Will I be required to wear a face mask on campus?
Yes. Masks will be required on campus. This applies to indoor and outdoor situations. Plan on carrying a mask with you. The college will provide a cloth mask to all students and employees and disposable masks will be available in classrooms and other facilities for guests and those who might forget to bring their own.
Will I be required to wear a face mask outside of campus?
Yes. A city-wide mask ordinance was adopted by the City of McPherson effective on October 28, 2020. It requires a face mask covering the nose and mouth in all indoor and outdoor public spaces.
What responsibilities do I have to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19?
While McPherson College follows sanitizing guidelines from state and local authorities, students must follow personal hygiene procedures such as:

  • Wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose
  • Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with the inside of your elbow
  • Sanitize high-touch areas as lights switches, desks, handles or knobs, and tables
  • Avoid hugging others or shaking hands
  • Don’t share personal items such as mobile phones, clothing, headphones/ear buds, writing utensils, sunglasses, and cups or mugs
  • Washing your clothing frequently
  • Shower daily
What cleaning and sanitizing precautions does the college take?
Custodial crews daily clean and sanitize public areas in residential halls, classrooms, labs, athletic facilities, the dining hall, and administrative offices using guidelines from the CDC, state, and local health officials.
Is the campus health clinic open?
Yes. The clinic has a separate waiting area available for people who have symptoms including a fever, and ask that if you are not feeling well, please call the campus health clinic at (620) 242-0404. Office visits are free to full-time students.
Will testing for COVID-19 be available on campus?
Yes. Currently, the on-campus health clinic can perform both antigen and PCR tests for the virus and provide results typically within 48 hours. The clinic plans to offer same-day testing before the end of the fall semester. Office visits are free to full-time students. Fees for lab and other services are submitted to insurance.
What if somebody tests positive for COVID-19?
In the event of a positive test, the local health department will follow up with anyone identified as a close contact of the infected individual. No student testing positive for COVID-19 will stay on campus. Students who test positive will recover off-campus either at home or in isolation at a campus owned residence.
What should I do if somebody I know tests positive for COVID-19?
When somebody you know tests positive for COVID-19, contact the residential life office, your RA/RD, or a faculty member to report the possible exposure. You will receive direction based on your contact history with the individual, which may include a 14-day quarantine.
What is social distancing and will I be required to comply?
Social distancing is the practice of keeping six feet between you and anyone around you where possible. Also, avoid shaking hands and close physical contact. McPherson College strongly encourages social distancing but also allows infrequent or incidental moments of closer proximity when masks are used.
Will I be allowed to leave campus?
The college will follow the Kansas Department of Health and Environment recommendations on travel. Students, faculty, and staff are advised not to travel to areas known for widespread community transmission. Students traveling outside of McPherson County are asked to report travel to Student Affairs. More information on the KDHE travel guidelines can be found at https://www.coronavirus.kdheks.gov/175/Travel-Exposure-Related-Isolation-Quaran.
Are mental health services available to students?
Yes. The counselors at Client Centered Counseling are available, either in person or remotely, to students, faculty, and staff of McPherson College. Please call (620) 241-2300 to make an appointment and mention you are a student. Services are free to full-time students.
CARES/HEERF Emergency Grants
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 been allocated $397,688 to provide emergency grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are intended to help with academically related expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
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?
Students need to apply at https://mcstudentlife.formstack.com/forms/covid19. Funds are limited. Please apply as soon as possible.
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 Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion, 18004(a)(2), and 18004(a)(3), if applicable

Quarterly Report for Quarter Ended September 30, 2020
Updated October 1, 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 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
  • Wear a face mask that covers your nose and mouth both indoors and outdoors on campus
  • Follow the City of McPherson ordinance requiring face masks for indoor and outdoor public spaces

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