Please refer to the list below for answers to common questions regarding how Saint Anselm College is responding to the Coronavirus.
Assistance & Financial Aid
I'm a student in need of financial assistance, can the College help?
Students facing serious financial hardship are encouraged to apply to the Anselmian Student Relief Fund by completing an application and submitting it to email@example.com. The Anselmian Student Relief Fund Committee will review all applications and funding shall be awarded based on the severity of the situation. You can read more information about the type of support you can get on the More information about the fund is available on the Anselmian Student Relief Fund webpage.
How has Saint Anselm College used CARES act funds for eligible students?
Please refer to CARES Act Reporting »
How are federal financial aid and VA benefits affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?
Federal Financial Aid and Veteran’s Benefits both require a student to be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Therefore, the Pass grades need to be counted in the SAP calculation.
The Pass equivalency for SAP is a B-. Therefore, if you opt for P/NP for all your classes for the Spring semester, your semester GPA for SAP will be 2.67. We will combine this GPA with your other semester GPAs to arrive at your cumulative GPA (CGPA).
For the purposes of eligibility for SAP, your CGPA must meet the minimum standard: 2.4 for Nurses and for Non-Nurses: 1.8 for freshmen and 2.0 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors. If your cumulative GPA is currently higher than a 2.67, choosing the P option for grades will lower your CGPA for SAP calculation. This may or may not affect your federal eligibility this year or in future years. If you opt to take some classes as P/NP and others with grades, the classes in which you receive grades will be calculated into you cumulative GPA.
How is athletic aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?
Renewal for Athletic aid requires a 2.0 cumulative GPA (determined using the cumulative GPA from the Registrar’s Office). You must be in good academic standing with the Dean’s Office to be eligible to participate in athletics in Fall 2020. Please reach out to your Head Coach for more information or if you have questions about your eligibility.
How is institutional aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?
Institutional grant/scholarship and tuition remission eligibility renewal will be determined using the GPA from the Registrar’s Office. For example, if your cumulative GPA was a 3.0 after Fall 2019 and you elect to earn all Ps for Spring 2020, your scholarship eligibility will be determined based on a 3.0 cumulative GPA. You can find your required cumulative GPA for your merit scholarship on your Net Partner financial aid portal accessed via myAnselm (click on My Finances, then My Financial Aid, and finally My Financial Aid Information-Net Partner). Choose “Required Documents & Critical Messages” from the Main Menu. You can also find more information regarding our aid policies in our Consumer Information Brochure found at www.anselm.edu/aid-offer.
How is other aid affected by choosing to receive P/NP grades?
Any aid for outside sources will use the Registrar’s cumulative GPA to determine eligibility unless a SAP calculation is mandated by the outside source.
Health & Wellness
Is Saint Anselm College screening students?
Currently, all testing for COVID-19 is going through the State of New Hampshire. If a student, faculty, or staff member were to fit the testing criteria, Health Services would work with the State to conduct testing.
What is Health Services doing in response to the outbreak?
The medical staff in Health Services will be wearing protective equipment including respirator masks in order to protect our Health Care Providers so that we can stay healthy and continue to care for you.
How can I access Health Services?
Health services will be open to students residing on campus, but requires that students call Health Services at 603-641-7000 to speak with staff prior to visiting the office. In the coming weeks, they will continue their normal hours of operation.
Students at home can access support services 24/7 by calling 603-641-7000.
Will I be able to access the Geisel Library/Career Development Center/Academic Advising/the Academic Resource Center?
College offices are available to serve and assist students while they are off campus.
How can I access the Bookstore?
Access the online Bookstore at www.anselmshop.com.
How can I access library resources and help from off-campus?
The Geisel Library has created a helpful resource to walk students through the process. For additional assistance, you can call 603-641-7306 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How will I receive information about my coursework?
Professors will communicate directly with their students via their @anselm.edu email, and will provide information about requirements in that way.
- I have concerns about accessibility or connectivity. Who can I work with?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Prevention
What is Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Here is information from the CDC (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/)
How is it transmitted?
The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html
What are the symptoms?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness. Common symptoms include: fever, fatigue, weakness, and a cough.
What health precautions can I take to avoid getting the coronavirus?
Current recommendations include: wash your hands, disinfect surfaces, stay home if you are sick, limit travel, practice social distancing by 6 feet, and do not share drinks or utensils.
- Where can I get the most up-to-date information about the status of coronavirus/COVID-19?
Should I wear a facemask to prevent myself from catching coronavirus, the flu or other illnesses?
CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19. The use of facemasks is crucial for reducing spread of infection in health care settings and for people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
If someone is wearing a facemask, does it mean they are sick?
No, wearing a facemask does not mean someone is sick. While in the United States, facemasks or surgical masks are typically worn and seen primarily in healthcare settings, in many countries and cultures, people wear facemasks in public, particularly in the winter. Wearing a mask is something many people have done throughout their lives and it makes them feel safer.
I’m feeling anxious. Who can I talk to?
Health Services is available to answer any questions, provide reassurance, or connect you with additional resources.