To the Saint Anselm Community,
The decision to close campus and move all classes to remote learning is something we hardly could have imagined, and certainly never wanted to make. Yet, you responded with grace and a determined spirit. We cannot thank you enough for the support you have given us while we made these many difficult decisions. There is no modern-day precedent for what we are facing, so we have been guided by our core principles to keep the community safe; do what is right for our students, their parents and families, faculty, staff and members of the monastery; and maintain the perpetuity of Saint Anselm College.
Now fully transitioned to a remote learning environment, we have turned our attention to the many important issues remaining. Today, we offer a few answers to your questions.
WILL I RECEIVE A REFUND OR A CREDIT FOR THIS SEMESTER?
Most residential students will receive a refund or a credit for a portion of their room-and-board charges. The details of this refund plan were carefully considered by senior leadership in consultation with a group of parents and has been unanimously supported and approved by the Board of Trustees. Seniors will be receiving a refund; all other returning students will receive a credit.
HOW MUCH WILL BE RETURNED IN THE FORM OF A REFUND OR CREDIT?
Refunds and/or credits will be provided in the amount of 25 percent of each student’s room charges, less a fixed cost assessment of $250 to cover a portion of the full cleaning and annual operating costs of campus housing. Students will receive a refund or credit equaling 100 percent of their remaining meal plan balance. Total refunds/credits will not exceed the amount a student paid for room and board.
HOW WAS THIS AMOUNT CALCULATED?
This calculation closely aligns with the College’s housing refund policy, which states that students who leave the College, “either through official withdrawal procedures or otherwise,” will receive a 25-percent rebate within the third four-week period of the semester. While no one could predict a pandemic would force the closure of the entire College, we seek to be fair and equitable with our students and parents, while balancing the necessity of covering the fixed costs associated with maintaining our residence halls. Questions may be referred to FinancialServices@Anselm.Edu.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE THIS REFUND?
Credits for returning students will by posted to accounts on July 1, 2020 as a credit towards next semester’s room and board. Credits for graduating seniors will be posted on their student account by April 3. For seniors, if the refund results in a total credit balance on their account, refund checks will be processed automatically by April 10.
WHAT IF I WANT TO HELP THE COLLEGE?
We have heard from a number of parents that they would like to know how they could help the College. In lieu of a refund, students and families will also have the option to apply their credit to the newly established Anselmian Student Relief Fund (see below) as a charitable contribution for tax reporting purposes
WHAT ABOUT TUITION?
There will be no tuition refund. Although students are not on campus, we have fully transitioned to a remote-learning environment and classes will continue on schedule this spring. All students will be positioned to successfully complete the semester and continue to progress toward graduation.
ANSELMIAN STUDENT RELIEF FUND
We understand students and families may be facing serious financial hardship and the College Advancement team, together with the full support of the Board of Trustees, established the Anselmian Student Relief Fund. With the generosity of our alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the College, the Anselmian Student Relief Fund will assist students whose ability to complete the current academic term would be at risk. More details can be found here.
HOW CAN WE STAY CONNECTED?
We are developing a wide range of “virtual” campus events as a way for you to stay engaged and enriched. Some events already have been announced, and more will be forthcoming soon. Watch www.anselm.edu and our social media channels for more information.
As we all know, there is yet a great deal of uncertainty about the duration and full impact of this global health crisis in this country, a crisis that forced us to close Saint Anselm for the first time in more than 100 years. We assure you that we will continue to share updates as they unfold. As we navigate these uncharted waters, we are guided by a desire to treat our entire community fairly and with Anselmian values. We steadfastly hold to our commitment to maintain our mission and identity.
As always, I sincerely appreciate your forbearance during this difficult time. You and your family are in our prayers for good health and well-being.
Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.