How Do We Handle Changes To an Educational Program Format or Overlapping Terms Due To Coronavirus?
Scenario: Due to COVID-19, we will now offer courses outside of our normal standard term format. We want to offer courses to students on a schedule which now changes our program format to nonstandard terms. The March 5, 2020 Electronic Announcement indicates we will may continue to offer Title IV aid using a standard term academic calendar. These new courses will overlap courses in our summer term without causing our programs to be treated as nonterm programs?
Answer: Yes. According to the U.S Department of Education (ED), "[T]he Department is extending the flexibility described in the electronic announcement to schedules that would otherwise be nonterm as well; for example, an extended spring term that will overlap with a summer term. If an institution extends the length of a term to respond to COVID-19, causing the term to overlap a subsequent term, in this limited circumstance the institution may continue to consider its terms to be standard terms, allowing both the use of a scheduled academic year (SAY) for Direct Loan funds and Pell Grant Formula 1."
The above guidance has been excerpted from the COVID-19 FAQs document attached to ED's March 5, 2020 Electronic Announcement.
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Publication Date: 3/20/2020