How will housing and dining costs be impacted by MTU Flex?
If the COVID-19 situation prevents students from living in campus housing for any or all of the fall semester, they will only be charged for the amount of time they were in residence. For students who are unable to live in campus housing at all during the semester, no housing costs will be charged. Any financial aid remaining after being applied toward tuition, any campus room and board costs, and other charges, will be disbursed to the student to be used for housing, meals, and other necessary expenses.
The timing of potential disbursement of financial aid balances will depend on whether any disruption to on-campus housing occurs. Regardless, students can be assured that disbursements will be timely, allowing them to access funds when needed.
MTU Flex is intended to give students and families greater flexibility in planning for potential disruption to on-campus learning. This way, planning can take place simultaneously at the University and individual levels.
For example, a student without reliable internet access at their permanent residence could utilize their financial aid to purchase high speed internet for their permanent residence, make a plan to temporarily relocate to an area with better access should they need to do so, or explore other options that would work well for that student's specific situation.
What is the difference between the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund (HEAF) and the CARES Act?
The HEAF is supported by private donations raised by Michigan Tech's Advancement Office to assist students and employees during emergency situations. The fund was set up in response to the COVID-19 crisis and will remain as a source of emergency assistance in the future.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is an economic relief package from the federal government. A portion of the relief package was distributed to qualifying universities as a form of temporary financial assistance to students and to cover the costs of university operations. See Michigan Tech's CARES Act web page for more information.
In order to expedite the distribution of funds, requests for funds from both the HEAF and CARES Act are processed through the HEAF application. Applications are reviewed for eligibility and funded from the appropriate sources.
Am I going to lose my academic scholarship if I can't live on campus?
No. For existing scholarships, the University will waive any requirement that a student live on campus for any period of time if that student is prohibited from doing so by COVID-19.
All other requirements of scholarships will still apply (minimum required cumulative GPA, full-time enrollment, acceptable social behavior, completion of a FAFSA, etc.). For specifics regarding your own financial aid conditions, contact the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com.
What about athletic scholarships that provide room and board?
Student athletes should contact Rhys Edwards, Director of NCAA Compliance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
What about ROTC scholarships?
Students receiving ROTC scholarships should consult with staff in their respective ROTC departments to determine any impact on their academic scholarship. Any room and board scholarships approved by ROTC leadership and funded by Michigan Tech would still be awarded if students are unable to live on campus due to COVID-19.
What if I don't have reliable access to high-speed internet or technology at my permanent residence?
If reliable access to a computer and/or high-speed internet would be a concern if you were prevented from living on campus by COVID-19, you can contact email@example.com to request a cost of attendance increase. In most cases, this will allow your loan eligibility for private loans to be increased in order to assist with the purchase of a new computer and/or high-speed internet.
For Graduate Students
I need emergency financial assistance. What do I do?
Will campus employment be available in the fall?
Will I lose my teaching/research/administrative assistantship if there are disruptions in the fall?
The Graduate School cares about your success and financial security. Once a contract for an assistantship has been signed by all parties, the assistantship cannot be canceled without going through a formal termination process.