Information for students and families
Emergency grants for students impacted by COVID-19
May 27, 2020: UPDATE REGARDING EMERGENCY GRANTS
Additional applications for Student Emergency Grants resulting from COVID-19 impacts have been suspended. We are currently prioritizing and processing our existing backlog of applicants. Approved applicants will be notified during the first week of June 2020. If you have special circumstances, please contact Financial Aid (email@example.com) to discuss alternative aid programs that may be available. If additional funding for Student Emergency Grants becomes available through legislative or other sources, this program may be resumed.
This page will be updated as new information becomes available. As of May 27, 2020, Linfield has approved grants to approximately 500 students totaling almost $640,000.
* as of 5/27/2020
Following mandates from the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission, students living on campus who can return home are required to do so.
- Only students who meet one of the following criteria may remain on campus:
- Students who are at risk to become homeless if they are required to leave their residence hall or apartment;
- Students for whom travel restrictions, travel safety, or cost would prevent them from traveling home;
- Students who would face greater health risk at home than in the residence hall or apartment.
The housing and residence life office has contacted all students who indicated that they meet one of the criteria identified by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.
Recommendation for homemade masks when around people on campus:
In accordance with current CDC recommendations, Linfield is recommending that our faculty, staff and students wear a homemade or non-medical grade mask any time that you are likely to interact with other people on campus. This does not include while alone in your office or while outside (unless the outside activity requires being in close proximity to other people). There are options for making these masks on the CDC website or on other websites.
We understand this is a time of increased uncertainty, grief, and loss for students and families. Our Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center recommends these resources for supporting mental health. Find out more information about SHWCC's counseling services during COVID-19.
Linfield resources available to you online:
- Learning Support Services
- Writing Center
- Career Development
- Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional applications for Student Emergency Grants resulting from COVID-19 impacts have been suspended at this time. We are currently prioritizing and processing our existing backlog of applicants. Approved applicants will be notified during the first week of June 2020. If you have special circumstances, please contact Financial Aid (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss alternative aid programs that may be available. If additional funding for Student Emergency Grants becomes available through legislative or other sources, this program may be resumed.
Updates will be made here as new information becomes available. As of May 27, 2020, Linfield has approved grants to approximately 500 students totaling almost $640,000.
Yes. Student Accounts will use the direct deposit information you have set up on your Nelnet-TMS student account center to deposit money directly in your account. Please make sure you have your direct deposit set as your “Refund Preference” in your student account center.
No. Grants provided under the CARES Act will not be taxable income (see IRS FAQs: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and Emergency Financial Aid Grants under the CARES Act).
Due to COVID-19 and Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s plans to reopen the state, it is with heavy heart that Linfield cancels the 2020 Commencement weekend. It was originally scheduled for May 31, then rescheduled for July 25-26 due to the pandemic. In-person gatherings of more than 25 are prohibited at least through September.
Please visit to our Commencement page for updates on future celebrations for the Class of 2020.
Any changes in Commencement Celebration do not delay the actual Graduation Date for students who complete all requirements at the end of spring semester. The degrees for spring semester will still be conferred as planned effective on May 29, 2020, which is the last day of spring semester. May 29, 2020 is the date that will appear on your transcript and diploma. Your official transcript is always considered the proof of your degree.
If you need an official transcript, please order through the registrar.
Students who checked out of college housing (either in-person or remotely) by March 30, 2020, will be issued a refund or credit for the remainder of the semester (nine weeks; beginning from Monday, March 30). We are diligently working on applying the credit to the student’s account.
- The credit generated will first be applied to any outstanding balance the student has on their Linfield student account.
- Any remaining credit balance will be refunded if it is determined that the funds are directly related to Federal Financial Aid sources or if the student is a graduating senior.
- If the credit is not directly related to Federal Financial Aid or the student is not a graduating senior, the student will have the option of requesting a refund or allowing the credit to be applied to Fall 2020 charges. Instruction to make this choice will be included in an email sent by the Student Accounts Office.
- If a student chooses to have the credit applied to Fall 2020, be sure to contact Linfield’s Financial Aid Office to see if this will impact your 20-21 Financial Aid package.
- Students who signed up to remain in college housing, but change their decision after March 30, will not be issued a refund/credit.
Below is a timeline for email notification, posting of credits to student accounts, and the start of sending refunds:
- Notification of potential refund and options: week ending April 10
- Room and Board refunds posted to student accounts: on or about April 15
- Refunds processing: April 17, thereafter
Students are required to check out of the residence halls and apartments, but not required to come and move belongings. If you are currently at home, it may not be feasible for you to return to campus.
If you are unable to return to campus to move out of housing, we have developed a remote online check out form. If it is at all possible to have friends or relatives that live close by come and get your belongings that would be best.
- If this is the case, please e-mail email@example.com to arrange for them to gain access to your housing.
- If you do not have anyone to move out your belongings, you may request to keep your belongings in your room or apartment.
- If you, or someone you know, will be packing your room, you must practice social distancing.
- Please understand that the college may need to pack up your belongings if your space is needed for housing for students or emergency housing for the State of Oregon.
- Students will still be eligible for a refund if they return their room key and complete the online check out process by Friday, March 27 at 12 pm.
The credit for your room and/or meal plan will be applied to your outstanding balance. If the credit covers your outstanding balance, and there is an overpayment, a refund will be generated and issued to the student.
If you are living in college housing and/or on a meal plan, cancel your payment plan with Nelnet-TMS. Once Linfield credits your account for room and/or meal plan, you or your parent(s) can log back into Nelnet-TMS and make a one-time payment at no additional charge for the remainder of your balance owed.
It is important to understand that most cases of COVID-19 are community acquired through an unknown source. Linfield is implementing the following best practices based on guidance from OHA and the governor's office to minimize risk of exposure:
- Our maintenance and cleaning staff are doing a heroic job keeping both of our campuses, including the residence halls, clean.
- Everyone needs to do their part and help clean all personal and common areas as much as possible. Help our staff to help you, and thank them every time you get a chance.
- All students on campus must practice social distancing.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, effective immediately, Linfield has made temporary adjustments to a number of our academic policies including:
- Extending the last day to withdraw from a class
- Extending the deadline for completion of fall semester incompletes
- Placing a moratorium on academic suspensions. Instead, students will be placed on academic probation.
- Providing an option to consider satisfactory/unsatisfactory (S/U) instead of a letter grade for an individual class. (Note this option is not advisable for all courses, including Nursing pre-reqs and NURS classes).
Please read the full descriptions of these policies and what you should know about each.
Linfield is not planning to give refunds for spring-semester tuition. Spring-semester courses have moved to an online modality. The credits will apply toward graduation, and Linfield faculty will continue to provide an outstanding education. In addition to coursework, students continue to have access to support services such as The Writing Center, Learning Support, Tutoring, Academic Advising and Career Development. Though the modality has changed, we are confident that students are still receiving quality care, education and instruction.
Learning Support staff is ready to assist students with any questions they may have about LSS resources (503-883-2562 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org). Our goal is to continue to offer all our current resources, though in a modified way. Approved academic accommodations will continue to apply to an online environment as necessary. Academic supports such as tutoring and academic coaching will be offered remotely. Please refer to the link below for more information. https://www.linfield.edu/learning-support/learning-support-updates.html
The Linfield libraries on both campuses are closed. Most library resources are available online, and we encourage all library patrons to take full advantage of them.
Internet is important for staying connected to your coursework, family, and friends during this period of social distancing. Many internet providers have taken the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Keep Americans Connected Pledge, which states providers will: Not cut off service to resident/small business customers because of lack of payment; Waive late fees; Open Wi-Fi hotspots to any American who needs them.
Some providers are doing even more to help people in this critical time of need. To find out what the internet providers in your area are doing, visit the site for the company serving your area: Comcast/Xfinity, AT&T, Charter/Spectrum, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon.
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