Partial Credit for Spring 2020 Room and Board FAQs

Will Aquinas make financial adjustments for room and board now that the residence halls are closed?

Yes. We have taken time to fully understand the impact on you, your families and the College. We do not know the future of this public health situation, but we want to provide you and your families with some answers, information and support. 

Therefore, Aquinas will offer an approximately 44% reduction of the total room and board charges for the Spring 2020 semester for students who moved out of campus housing by 9 p.m. on March 24, 2020. This amount will be applied as a credit to the 2020-2021 academic year.

Students and families with urgent and immediate financial need may apply for the credit to be issued in the form of a refund.

I am a graduating student. Can I receive a refund?

Graduating students will have credits applied to their student accounts at this time. Upon earning their degrees in May, refunds will be issued on June 1, 2020. 

What if I am not a residential student, but I have a campus dining plan?

If you are a student that lives off-campus, but participated in a campus dining plan, the College is offering an approximate 44% reduction of the total board charges for the Spring 2020 semester. Student Accounts will post a credit to your account for the Spring 2020 semester and then transfer the same amount to the Fall 2020 semester in the form of a deposit.

Does this affect my financial aid (federal aid and/or scholarships)?

No. The financial adjustment will not affect the amount of federal aid that you received for Spring 2020. It also will not negatively affect your future financial aid eligibility.

Students who receive scholarships that include the cost of room and board are not eligible for the financial adjustment. Their scholarships will be reduced accordingly for the Spring 2020 semester.

What is the process for getting a financial adjustment for room and board?

The financial adjustment for room and board will be processed by the Student Accounts Office. For students who have already paid Aquinas in full for Spring 2020, we will post a credit to your account for the Spring 2020 semester and then transfer the same amount to the Fall 2020 semester in the form of a deposit.

For students who have not yet paid Aquinas in full for the Spring 2020 semester, the credit will be processed the exact same way. We will create a credit to your account for the Spring 2020 semester and transfer the same amount to the Fall 2020 semester.

If you are a student with an urgent and immediate financial need and would like to request a refund instead of the credit, please submit your completed refund request form after April 1, 2020, to request the refund. Your refund request form will be reviewed by a committee, and you may be contacted for further discussion. We expect to respond to your request within three weeks from the date of submission.

Was Aquinas College required to offer a financial adjustment?

No, the College was not required by any contractual obligation to offer a financial adjustment. However, after assessing the impact to our students, their families and the College, as an institution, we felt strongly that providing a financial adjustment to room and board for those who have left campus aligned directly with the mission and values of our institution and demonstrates the care and concern that we have for every Saint.

How was the percentage for the financial adjustment determined?

We determined the number of weeks in the academic year subsequent to spring break and the revenue associated with that portion of the academic year during which room and board services would normally be provided. We considered the credit methodologies proposed in our region and the costs incurred by Aquinas College.

Students who have moved out of campus housing but will need to return to retrieve their belongings at a later date -- when it is determined to be safe for them to return -- will be considered “moved out” for the purposes of issuing the credit. Additionally, we obtained an understanding of the potential impact to those who receive federal financial aid to ensure we did not negatively affect future financial aid eligibility. 

In summary: students leaving campus housing by March 24, 2020, will receive a 44% credit for room and board charges.

Will there be tuition adjustments for Spring 2020?

Aquinas will not be issuing tuition refunds for Spring 2020, as classes are still being held through distance learning and credits are still being earned.

What is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the College?

As we are seeing, this public health situation is having a historic impact on the global economy. Businesses, organizations and institutions are dealing with uncertainty and have had to make difficult decisions in order to practice social distancing and help mitigate the spread of the disease.

To do this, we have shifted to distance learning and telecommuting arrangements (where possible) in order to ensure that we continue to fulfill our mission as a higher-ed institution in the Catholic and Dominican tradition and provide our students with the same high-quality education, but through different modalities.

Although our campus community is far apart, we hold each other close in our hearts. As an institution, we feel strongly that providing a financial adjustment to room and board for those who have left campus aligned directly with the mission and values of our institution and demonstrates the care and concern that we have for every Saint.

Will I still receive a financial adjustment to room and board if I left campus but still have belongings in my room and did not return my room key?

Yes. Students who have moved out of campus housing but will need to return to retrieve their belongings at a later date -- when it is determined to be safe for them to return -- will be considered “moved out” for the purposes of issuing the credit.

What if I am staying in the residence halls for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester? 

Students who have been granted permission to remain in the residence halls due to extreme hardship will not receive a financial adjustment for room and board. The College will continue to care and provide for students who need room and board and infrastructure to continue their distance learning for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester. We will continue to do this in a way that practices social distancing in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to the Aquinas community and the broader community.