Like other industries, higher education has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Below, SCHEV offers the following information to assist students, parents, colleges and universities navigate through these challenging times. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.
For current information related to activities at an institution, current students and parents should refer to the COVID-specific websites of your institution. See list below.
In light of the daily impact of COVID-19, the Student Loan Advocate posted guidance for student loan borrowers weighing their options for repayment in light of an uncertain financial future. Guidance to Virginians with Student Loan Debt in Light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis.
In addition, Secretary DeVos announced that “Federal Student Aid (FSA) is executing on the President’s promise to provide student loan relief to tens of millions of borrowers during the national emergency. All borrowers with federally held student loans will automatically have their interest rates set to 0% for a period of at least 60 days. In addition, each of these borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments for at least two months to allow them greater flexibility during the national emergency. This will allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest.”
The Federal Student Aid office also offers Coronavirus and Forbearance Information for Students, Borrowers, and Parents.
The Virginia Department of Health Professions issued temporary waivers related to clinical hours for those in nursing education programs.
College students, while you may feel that you are the only one trying to figure out how to pay bills, how to relocate and store your things, how to take care of your health, and how to manage emotionally... you are not alone. Others are experiencing the same challenges. The following guides provide resources that show that the community cares about you and your needs:
Beyond the Food Pantry [pdf]
The COVID outbreak poses difficulties in serving the GEAR UP cohort of 2020 students as they graduate from high school and transition to postsecondary. Read more in this newsletter from Gear Up Virginia.
Targeted and compassionate decision-making is needed to ensure that our most vulnerable populations stay engaged and supported. Students that were already on the margins across our college communities have the greatest tendency to fall off during disasters. Ethnic minority and low-income students may face the biggest impacts, which increases the need for equity-minded supports and investments.
SCHEV offers the following resource links to help guide equity-minded decision making that directly impacts students: