Summer and Fall
Will I receive credit for online courses taken during summer 2020?
Since many colleges and universities have moved their summer curriculum online, Barnard is making an exception to our normal policy regarding credit for online classes. We will consider online classes taken in summer 2020 for credit. All summer classes (whether taken at Columbia or elsewhere, on-campus or online) are treated as transfer credit and therefore require approval. Please visit the Registrar's webpage for more information.
If my financial situation has changed due to COVID-19, can I submit a financial aid application at this time?
The deadline for the financial aid application for 2020-2021 has passed. Unfortunately the Financial Aid Office cannot accept applications for institutional need-based financial aid past the deadline. Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents can still apply for federal aid and federal student and parent loans by completing the FAFSA.
Given the potential financial challenges Barnard faces, will Financial Aid awards be changed for enrolled students?
Despite the global pandemic, Barnard remains committed to meeting 100% of demonstrated need for enrolled students who apply for financial aid. Recognizing that many students may not be able to work over the summer to earn funds to contribute to their cost of attendance, Barnard has decided to replace the expected summer earnings student contribution for all incoming and continuing students who will receive need-based Barnard Grant Aid with a one-time Summer Work Exemption Grant.
Please remember that financial need is reassessed every year and students are required to submit the financial aid application and supporting documents annually by the published deadlines.
How is Barnard assisting students receiving financial aid with their summer work expectation?
We recognize that many Barnard students on financial aid rely on the stipends associated with summer programs to fulfill their expected student contribution toward the cost of attending the College, while others rely on earnings from summer jobs.
As part of our commitment to supporting the financial well-being of our students, for the 2020-21 academic year Barnard will replace the expected summer earnings student contribution for all incoming and continuing students who receive need-based Barnard Grant Aid with a one-time Summer Work Exemption Grant, a nearly $3 million new expense for the College. More details can be found in the Financial Aid FAQs.
Will Barnard offer on-campus programs this summer?
As President Beilock announced via email on April 14, 2020, after careful consideration, we will not hold formal or residential classroom programs on campus this summer, including the Summer Research Institute (SRI) and off-campus, faculty-led summer courses. In addition, the Opportunity Programs summer session will be held virtually, and Pre-College Summer Programs will move entirely online for Summer 2020.
If your summer plans have been disrupted, we encourage you to reach out to your academic advisors, faculty, Class Deans, and Beyond Barnard as you consider how to spend the summer months. We are here to support you and to help you do what’s best for yourself during this unconventional time.
Will summer housing be available at Barnard?
No, the residence halls will be closed for the summer. Barnard is not providing summer housing for academic reasons, internships, or other employment opportunities.
A very limited number of exceptions are being made in the case of extreme circumstances as approved by Residential Life & Housing and the Dean of the College. Requests from students were due to firstname.lastname@example.org by May 8. A requirement to quarantine or self-isolate upon returning to one’s home or final destination is not an approved reason to remain on campus. Approvals include students with F-1 or J-1 visas and U.S. passport holders with permanent residence abroad who are unable to return to their home countries due to travel restrictions, closed borders, inability to find flights, or another related reason.
Students are expected to continue actively searching for housing or travel arrangements to meet their extended move-out deadline. Students with approved housing extensions who continue to have exceptional circumstances beyond their move-out deadline can reach out to the Dean’s Office for support in their searches to find non-Barnard housing accommodations.
What happens if a student does not vacate their room by their move-out deadline?
Continuing students will be charged $45/day for any belongings left in the residence halls after their move-out deadline. Belongings that remain in housing beyond the approved deadlines may be discarded by the college.
What Barnard health and wellness services are available during the summer?
Your Aetna student health insurance is valid and will fully cover you, even if you are off campus, through August 21, 2020. More information about Aetna student health insurance can be found on the Student Insurance FAQs on the Primary Health Care Services page.
- The last day for students to be seen at Primary Care Health Service on Barnard’s campus is May 22, 2020.
- As of May 26, 2020, students remaining on campus should visit Columbia Health on the Morningside campus for urgent care appointments only. Students must call ahead first to be triaged by a nurse, and the nurse will decide if the student needs to come in to be seen. The number to call is 212-854-7426. For information about routine visits, please visit the PCHS website.
- The charge for visits to Columbia Health will be $100. If you have the College’s health insurance plan, Aetna Student Health, please fill out the claim form located on the PCHS website, and Aetna will reimburse you for the cost. If you have insurance through other means, you should check with your insurance company to determine whether you will be reimbursed.
- There are two nearby urgent care clinics that take insurance, one on Broadway at West 103rd and the other at Broadway and West 104th.
- Furman Counseling Center will have limited services over the summer for consultation only via telehealth.
Where can I find information about Barnard’s plans for the Fall 2020 semester?
Information about how Barnard is planning for the Fall 2020 semester can be found on the 2020-21 Planning page.
What is the status of Study Abroad for the Fall 2020 semester?
As of May 12, 2020, Study Abroad for the Fall 2020 semester has been canceled for both fall-only and full-year programs. The Barnard Global office can be reached at email@example.com for further information.
Where can I find Student FAQS that were on this website during the Spring 2020 semester?
Spring 2020 FAQS are still available and can be found at Spring 2020 Archive.