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The Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information for Students

Resources for Students

As you have questions and need support, rely on the following:

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COVID-19 Student Instruction Resources

Know what actions to take before returning to campus for the fall semester.

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Virtual Academic Support and Resources for Students

As SDSU is in virtual adoption, this page has resources and other information.

Support for Students

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SDSU Library Information for Fall 2020

The SDSU Library is committed to providing students and faculty the services they require for coursework and research in a safe environment. Please note that all hours and procedures are subject to change based on campus, county health department, state and federal guidelines, and the needs of the SDSU community.

Always check the SDSU Library website for the most up-to-date information.

Fall 2020 Library Information

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Mental Health Resources for Students

As students are coping with changes to the learning environment and other issues related to COVID 19, Counseling & Psychological Services remains open virtually to support students during this transition and beyond.

Counseling & Psychological Services

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Contact Study Abroad if:

  • You are returning from an affected country
  • You are a returning study abroad student
  • Your questions about study abroad and COVID-19 are not answered here
  • You have plans to study abroad

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If you are ill call: 1 (619) 594-4325

If you think you were exposed to COVID-19, complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for SDSU and Auxiliary Faculty, Staff, and Students.

COVID-19 Reporting Form

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In Need of Academic Support?

Contact your instructor and see course, advising, tutoring, and other resources on the Virtual Academic Support and Resources for Students page, or call New Student and Parent Programs at 619-594-1607.

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Parent Hotline

Contact the Parent Hotline by calling 619-594-1653 or email.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please Note: On Sept. 29, SDSU announced that the majority of instruction would occur virtually, with limited exceptions. The university is also now requiring testing for all students taking in-person courses, in addition to all students living in on-campus housing. 

Yes, testing is available for all currently enrolled students through Student Health Services and COVID-19 testing information for students is online. Testing is available by appointment only. Students can schedule appointments by calling Student Health Services at 619-594-4325. Students can schedule appointments online through HealtheConnect, our secure online health portal. Students can also call Student Health Services at 619-594-4325 for more information. 

Additionally, SDSU is still hosting a County of San Diego-operated, walk-up coronavirus testing site. On Sept. 14, the site moved from SDSU Parking Lot 17B to the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at 5250 55th St, across from Viejas Arena. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency testing website for more information about the testing site locations offered.

Please note: all students living on campus and all students enrolled in an in-person course are required to get tested.

 

Testing is available for all currently enrolled students through Student Health Services and COVID-19 testing information for students is online. Testing is available by appointment only. Students can schedule appointments by calling Student Health Services at 619-594-4325. Students can schedule appointments online through HealtheConnect, our secure online health portal. Students can also call Student Health Services at 619-594-4325 for more information. 

Additionally, SDSU is still hosting a County of San Diego-operated, walk-up coronavirus testing site. On Sept. 14, the site moved from SDSU Parking Lot 17B to the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at 5250 55th St, across from Viejas Arena. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency testing website for more information about the testing site locations offered. 

However, children and families at the Children's Center should seek care from their medical provider or other health facility. 

Yes, Student Health Services is in walking distance from campus housing.

Students will not be charged for COVID-19 testing. The turnaround time for results varies, but we generally expect results within a few business days.

You should seek testing when you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms. Testing is also recommended for those who have been exposed to an infected individual.  Students who wish to get tested but are asymptomatic and do not have an exposure, may also do so at Student Health Services.

The facial covering mandate is part of the student code of conduct and requires anyone on campus -- indoors and outdoors -- to wear a facial covering at all times with very limited exceptions. The university asks that any community member who becomes aware of a potential violation among students report the situation using the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form. Consequences of COVID-19 policy violations range from an official warning to, in an extreme case, expulsion. 

With the fall 2020 semester underway, SDSU will pursue disciplinary actions related to both organizational and individual violations should these policies not be followed. 

In regards to the facial covering mandate, which requires anyone on campus -- indoors and outdoors -- to wear a facial covering at all times with very limited exceptions, students in violation of this policy are subject to individual student code of conduct violations. 

For any off-campus gathering, both organizational violations as well as individual violations may be issued. The university takes any violation extremely seriously. Consequences range from an official warning to expulsion. The university asks that any community member who becomes aware of a potential violation among students report the situation using the COVID-19 Incident Reporting Form

For those living on-campus, the university has put into place an extensive range of proactive measures. If violated, these are also subject to student disciplinary action, as noted above.

Yes, individuals can report non-compliance:

You may also report non-compliance by contacting 211, a local nonprofit operating 24 hours a day, 365 days each year providing access to community, health, social, and disaster services. By simply dialing 211 in the San Diego and Imperial counties, the call is free, confidential and available in more than 200 languages. 

SDSU is following the guidance of public health officials, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC is authorized to detain, medically examine, and release persons arriving into the United States and traveling between states who are suspected of carrying these communicable diseases. Therefore, SDSU places high priority on sharing with its campus guidance that the CDC is sharing.

Since January 2020, SDSU has shared in its communications -- online, via email, through social media and in person -- that all members of its community should follow established guidelines, including: healthy habits to avoid the transmission of illness; travel advisories; and what to do when returning to the United States from countries affected by COVID-19.

Just as each of us has individual rights, each of us holds a responsibility to both personal and community health. SDSU continues to highly encourage returning students and employees to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to self-quarantine for 14 days after leaving a country affected by COVID-19. Further, returning students are told to return to their permanent homes, not SDSU, upon their return to the U.S.

SDSU identifies all campus community members known to have come into contact with the students who tested positive for COVID-19. Following County guidance, those who had prolonged contact will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine. If you believe you came into contact with the individual, please complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form for SDSU and Auxiliary Faculty, Staff, and Students. If you become ill, please contact your primary health care provider or visit a medical facility.

Please call a medical professional if, in the last 14 days, you:

  • Have traveled to an affected geographic area and have a fever and signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath), or
  • Have a fever with a severe acute lower respiratory illness that requires hospitalization and doesn't have an alternative explanatory diagnosis (e.g., influenza) and no known source of your exposure, or
  • Were in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 and have a fever or signs or symptoms of a lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath)

When you call, please inform your medical professional of your symptoms and/or recent travel or potential exposure before going to the health facility.

Anyone sick and believed to be at risk for COVID-19 infection should follow the CDC recommendations:

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
    Separate yourself from other people in your home.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Wear a facemask. Please note, beginning Friday, May 1, all County residents will be required to cover their face while they are out in public and within six feet of someone that is not a household member.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean your hands often.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces every day.
  • Monitor your symptoms and seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening.

If you are placed under active monitoring, or facilitated self-monitoring, follow the instructions provided by your medical provider or local health department.

Consult with your health care provider before discontinuing home isolation.

SDSU has increased both frequency and intensity of sanitizing and disinfecting across campus, and with special focus on currently populated areas. Further, community members will be provided with appropriate resources and educational materials to allow them to disinfect spaces before and after use.

The Health Services fee provides funding to support the operations for four campus departments: Student Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Ability Success Center and Well-being & Health Promotion.  
 
Services are being maintained virtually in Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Ability Success Center and Well-being & Health Promotion. While Student Health Services is providing on-site and virtual services.

Contact information for the departments are as follows:

Counseling & Psychological Services
Email: [email protected]
Call: 619-594-5220
Instagram: SDSUCounseling

Well-being & Health Promotion
Email: [email protected]
Call: 619-594-4133
Instagram: SDSUWellbeinghealthpromotion

Student Ability Success Center
Email: [email protected]
Call: 619-594-6473
Instagram: SDSU_SASC

Student Health Services:
Email: [email protected]
Online health portal: https://healtheconnect.sdsu.edu/
Call: 619-594-4325 (after hours you will be forwarded to a 24-hour nurse care line)

Please note: Those who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate. Those who have had an exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual are required to quarantine.

Consistent with requirements from the San Diego County Health & Human Services Agency, students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to isolate. Close contacts will also need to quarantine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide specific guidelines for isolation (what to do if you are sick) and quarantine (what to do to help prevent becoming sick and if you believe you may have come into contact with someone with the virus). Specific quarantine and isolation information for SDSU residents is available on the SDSU Housing and Residential Education site.

SDSU has developed plans to respond to any cases of COVID-19 in our campus community, including isolation and quarantine protocols. This includes identification of spaces set aside to support this need and close partnership with our local health agency.

Yes quarantine space and beds will be provided for students who test positive or believe they have been exposed.
Students in housing should contact their student leader, Residence Hall Coordinator or the Office of Housing Administration at [email protected] to report student policy violations so they may be addressed. Specific quarantine and isolation information for SDSU residents is available on the SDSU Housing and Residential Education site.
If someone is positive for COVID-19 they need to isolate:
  • For 10 days from the first time you experienced any symptoms
  • Or 10 days from the date of your test if you did not experience any symptoms 
At the end of this period, it is safe for an COVID-19 positive individual to return to their living situation as long as:
  • They have gone 24 hours hours with no fever without the use of fever reducing medication
  • AND other symptoms are of COVID-19 are improving 

* This does not include loss of taste of smell which may linger for weeks or months and need not delay the end of isolation

However, you should still practice preventative measures like wearing a facial covering and maintaining 6 ft of physical distance whenever possible. 

Be aware that it is SDSU Policy that you are participating in these behaviors outside of your home and avoiding any gatherings. 

An individual who has COVID-19 will no longer have a viral load large enough to continue infecting others after the 10 day isolation period.

At the end of this period, it is safe to exit isolation. 

An individual who has COVID-19 will no longer have a viral load large enough to continue infecting others after the 10 day isolation period.

However, you should still practice preventative measures like wearing a facial covering and maintaining 6 ft of physical distance whenever possible. 

Be aware that it is SDSU Policy that you are participating in these behaviors outside of your home and avoiding any gatherings. 

 If someone has come in contact with a COVID-19 positive individual they need to quarantine for 14 days after the last prolonged contact (15 minutes or more of close exposure). 

You should only leave your house for essential reasons -- like getting food, medication, or seeking medical attention, including COVID-19 testing. 

Wear a facial covering whenever outside of your home, maintain 6 ft physical distance, make any interaction as brief as possible, and practice excellent hand washing/sanitizer, are paramount to successfully avoiding getting others sick. 

You can also order food or groceries to be delivered and order medication from CVS.  

At the end of this period, it is safe to exit quarantine. 

However, you should still practice preventative measures like wearing a facial covering and maintaining 6 ft of physical distance whenever possible. 

Be aware that it is SDSU Policy that you are participating in these behaviors outside of your home and avoiding any gatherings.

An individual who has COVID-19 will no longer have a viral load large enough to continue infecting others after the 10 day isolation period. 
While it may seem unfair and counterintuitive that an exposed individual is being asked to quarantine longer than a friend or roommate who tested positive, exposed individuals are asked to quarantine for a full fourteen days after their exposure in order to ensure that they do not acquire COVID-19.  We know that COVID can onset at any point between two and fourteen days, so the best way to prevent the spread of COVID and protect others from exposure is to quarantine for the full incubation period.   

Speak directly with your faculty members about any of their classes and their virtual adoption plans.

Also, SDSU offers a number of resources:

SDSU understands that COVID-19 prevention and precautionary measures may impact some students and their families in an economic or financial capacity. We would like to assure students that the Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) will remain available to support students who request assistance with basic needs, such as food and housing, and other economic crises as identified by the student.

The ECRT works with students individually to best understand their unique crisis, help bridge gaps in resources, and support through the crisis. Through a case management process, the ECRT Coordinators will continue to support students after the initial crisis is resolved, working with the student to identify goals and solutions that will return the student to a place of stability. The resources the ECRT can provide to students include, but are not limited to food resources, housing assistance, assistance with connecting to community organizations, and navigating other basic needs resources both on and off campus. ECRT will also support virtual meetings via Zoom, phone call, or email, and will remain open on campus for one-on-one meetings.

Students can connect with an ECRT Coordinator without being on campus through a simple online submission, which can be found here: sdsu.edu/ecrt. Students may submit a request for themselves or on behalf of another student. Faculty, staff, or concerned family/friends can also refer students to ECRT through this form. An ECRT coordinator will contact the student directly, proceed with an assessment intake via phone or email and determine next steps and the appropriate resources to help the student.

Additional Resources:

FCC agreement stating that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots.

Spectrum is offering free home internet for 60 days.

Cox is offering a free month of internet.

Comcast is offering two months of free WiFi.

Altice USA is offering Altice Advantage 30 Mbps broadband solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint.

AT&T is offering open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families.

Charter Free Internet offers 2 free months of internet service.

Sprint is offering unlimited data to existing customers, and, starting Tuesday, 3/17/2020, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

T-Mobile is offering unlimited data to existing customers, and, coming soon, will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge.

Verizon is following the FCC agreement.

Lyft

Lyft has provided SDSU with code for students needing transportation assistance from campus for up to $30 of credit. Please reach out to [email protected] to request the Lyft code.

Enterprise

In response to COVID-19 concerns, Enterprise is reducing the. age minimum and waiving the young renter fees for rentals through May 31, 2020: https://www.enterprise.com/en/car-rental/deals/young-driver.html

Students Fly Free Program with Frontier Airlines

For a limited time, students can fly free on Frontier Airlines to nearly 100 destinations. One student can fly free for every round-trip Discount Den Fare purchased on qualifying flights and dates. Purchase must be made before March 20, 2020.

https://www.flyfrontier.com/students-fly-free/?mobile=true

U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities.

The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability. Click on uhaul.com/storage to find the store nearest you. Contact the store by phone or visit in person to take advantage of the offer.

SDSU Food Pantry

The SDSU campus food pantry will continue to operate Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the 2nd floor of the Aztec Student Union.

Neighborhood distribution is free food distribution though the San Diego Food Bank and still has operations open as of 3/13/2020. https://sandiegofoodbank.org/programs/neighborhood-distribution-program/

State benefits for reduced hours, laid off, sick, or caregiving.

https://www.edd.ca.gov/about_edd/coronavirus-2019.htm

Short term loans are available through SDSU’s Student Account Services for up to $1000.

Hotel Palomar

Hotel Palomar would like to offer discounted group rates of (10) rooms or more to any students or visiting faculty that may require housing in the upcoming weeks or months. Contact: [email protected]

Hilton hotels- special student health rate

Discounted rates for 5 hotels close to SDSU contact [email protected]

Please note: On Sept. 29, SDSU announced that the majority of instruction would occur virtually, with limited exceptions. Always check the Library website or social media (@SDSULibrary) for current hours before you plan to visit the library.

As of Sept. 3, the Library's 24/7 space is closed to the public. 

The "Domeside Pickup" service remains available for those looking to access materials from our collections and technology equipment.

All Library online services remain available, including access to digital collections, online research assistance, IT help, and remote access to licensed software.

Finally, members of the SDSU community can use the Love Library Patio to connect to the campus wireless network.

Circulating books, DVDs and government publications can be requested using Dome-side Pickup. Find directions at https://library.sdsu.edu/domeside-pickup. Plan ahead -- after you request a book, it can take 48 hours (longer on weekends) before it is ready for pickup. You will receive an email when your materials are ready, then go to the Library Dome during pickup hours of Monday-Thursday 9-11 a.m. and noon-2 p.m. to retrieve your item.

Return materials in the return bins, located in front of each library entrance, in College of Arts and Letters, or the drive-up one in front of the Gateway Center at the corner of Hardy and Campanile Drive. Details at https://library.sdsu.edu/borrowing/returns

Even when the library building is closed, there are still people to help! Depending on what you need, you can reach any of these groups by email, chat, or text:

General library questions and research help is available around the clock. Our online librarian chat is available around the clock to answer your library questions and provide research assistance. In addition to chat, they can also be reached by text or email. How-To Research Tutorials are also available online. Finally, our subject specialists can help with research and you can find your librarian here.

Online computer hub support is available Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday Noon-6 p.m. They can help with your questions about SDSU software as well as other computer issues. They can be reached by chat, text or email.

Visit our website at library.sdsu.edu, our dedicated COVID-19 page, and follow us on social media @SDSUlibrary and @SDSU.librarians.

The website has research guides, access to streaming media, information about our many collections and too many other things to list. Of course, the website is also the place to search our catalog for books, journal articles, government publications, streaming media, DVDs and so many more materials!

Following guidance from the State of California, on Tuesday, March 17, SDSU announced the closing of all residential communities and asked students to expedite their move-out plans.

Exceptions were made for those who could not go home, those with known health or safety risks, and for
those students who did not have an alternate residence to return to.

Residents will be reimbursed for the remainder of their contract for both housing and unused meal plan amounts starting March 17.

For more information, please review our FAQs on housing.

Yes. Students who have checked out of on-campus housing on or after March 12 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic are eligible for reimbursement. Reimbursements will be handled in two different ways:

  • A credit will be provided for any paid rent and unused meal plan paid beyond the move-out date.
  • Or a bill for outstanding prorated rent and meal plan usage will be provided.
Any credit due will apply toward outstanding university debt and, if applicable, a refund will be processed by Student Account Services. See the refund policy on the housing website for details.

We continue to enhance our student support services, facilities and program offerings with you in mind. Our primary responsibility is to provide a safe and welcoming environment to all student residents. For those who are living on campus, you will have access to inclusive living communities and the kinds of learning opportunities that will support your holistic growth. Full-time staff including Residence Halls Coordinators, RAs/CAs, and Front Desk Assistants are available in the on-campus communities to support student success as well as safety.

 

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed the House of Representatives, and was then signed into law by the president. The act provides federal government support in the wake of the coronavirus public health crisis and associated economic fallout. One section of the CARES Act established the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund and is providing the nation’s colleges and universities funding to then provide grants to students. This funding also covers a portion of unbudgeted costs and lost revenue due to the disruption of campus activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CSU Cares Program offers emergency grants for CSU students experiencing financial hardships directly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is made possible through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the recent CARES Act, as well as existing CSU campus-based resources. Each CSU campus will distribute grants based on three shared CSU principles: Student Success, Equity, and also Timeliness and Administrative Simplicity. 

SDSU applied for funding from the federal CARES Act. The university received that funding from the U.S. Department of Education. SDSU then began to quickly distribute grants to students based on their documented financial need. Recipients were notified via their campus email addresses, text and phone calls.

 

No, only those students who are eligible to file a FAFSA and have a verified FAFSA on file are eligible to receive federal funding through CARES. That includes undergraduate and graduate students. Eligible students are those currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are eligible to receive federal financial aid and were not enrolled in a completely online program as of March 13, 2020. All other currently enrolled students may receive emergency grants supported by other sources of institutional funding. Grants may be pro-rated for part-time students. Even if students have current financial holds or owe the campus fees or fines, they are still eligible to receive funding. 

SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley graduate students who are eligible to file a FAFSA and have a verified FAFSA on file are eligible to receive federal funding through CARES. If you have not filed a FAFSA, you are encouraged to do so immediately to determine eligibility for the funds.
No, you do not qualify for CARES funding. The U.S. The Department of Education establishes eligibility requirements, one of which is that all students who receive CARES Act funding must be a U.S. citizen or have eligible noncitizen status. SDSU will, however, provide financial support relying on other, non-federal funding sources. SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley students may also request assistance through the Economic Crisis Response Team by filling out the online form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SanDiegoStateUniv&layout_id=19.

No, you do not qualify for CARES funding. The U.S. The Department of Education establishes eligibility requirements, one of which is that all students who receive CARES Act funding must be a U.S. citizen or have eligible noncitizen status. SDSU is, however, offering funding to international students. SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley students may also request assistance through the Economic Crisis Response Team by filling out the online form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SanDiegoStateUniv&layout_id=19

No, you do not qualify for CARES funding. The U.S. The Department of Education establishes eligibility requirements, one of which is that all students who receive CARES Act funding must be making satisfactory progress towards their degree completion. SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley students may also request assistance through the Economic Crisis Response Team by filling out the online form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SanDiegoStateUniv&layout_id=19.

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, SDSU is not able to provide parents and families with information about student records, including a student’s eligibility status for  CARES funding or funding disbursement amount. SDSU’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships has disbursed CARES Act funds to eligible students. Students who file the FASFSA will need to check their AidLink account for information regarding their eligibility. 

SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley students who require financial or other assistance may seek support through the Economic Crisis Response Team by filling out the online form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SanDiegoStateUniv&layout_id=19

 
SDSU received $29 million as part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act in support of students. Of the $29 million awarded, at least 50% will be available for students to support food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care needs. The funding is prorated based on the student's documented financial need and enrollment. Eligible undergraduate students will receive between $250 and $800. Grants will be based on Spring 2020 enrollment. Eligible students enrolled: full-time will receive $800; enrolled ¾ time will receive $600; half-time will get $400; and less than half time will receive $250. Eligible graduate students will receive up to $800.
Yes, in addition to providing federal funding to students with financial need as a result of COVID-19, the remaining funds will cover a portion of SDSU’s COVID-19-related expenses and lost revenue.
 
CARES Act funding must be used for specific purposes. It may only be used to help eligible students with food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. The funding will also cover a portion of SDSU’s COVID-19-related expenses and lost revenue.

Yes, students may only use CARES Act funding for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

 

No, students who receive CARES Act funding will not have to return the funds. 

We recognize that the funding provided through the CARES Act may only cover a portion of financial need for some students. Other help is available to you, and you will not have to pay back the funding you receive through the CARES Act. SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley students who require financial or other assistance may seek support through the Economic Crisis Response Team by filling out the online form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SanDiegoStateUniv&layout_id=19

Yes, that is a possibility. All returning students are asked to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 school year online at www.fafsa.gov. SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley who require additional assistance are asked to reach out to the Economic Crisis Response Team by filling out the online form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SanDiegoStateUniv&layout_id=19.

Given the shortened residential experience, and with the greatest concern for students and their families impacted by COVID-19 disruptions, SDSU opted to provide students with prorated refunds for housing and meal plans. In addition, SDSU students are able to request prorated reimbursements for semester parking passes. The university, through a fundraising initiative, has also raised tens of thousands of emergency funding for students experiencing crises. 

No. The IRS reports that emergency financial aid grants under the CARES Act for unexpected expenses, unmet financial need, or expenses related to the disruption of campus operations on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as unexpected expenses for food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare, are qualified disaster relief payments under section 139 of the Internal Revenue Code.

No. The IRS reports that because the emergency financial aid grant is not includible in your gross income, you cannot claim any deduction or credit for expenses paid with the grant including the tuition and fees deduction, the American Opportunity Credit, or the Lifetime Learning Credit.

Based on current guidance from the California State University (CSU) system, tuition and mandatory campus fees will not be refunded. However, certain payments for direct services will be refunded or waived.

Tuition

Tuition fees are not assessed at a campus-level, but at the CSU level. In line with the CSU, all campuses plan to continue for the foreseeable future to provide academic credit for courses taken and delivered by alternative means (i.e. virtual instruction). It is important to understand that tuition largely funds faculty and staff costs and all support of academics. It also funds campus infrastructure and fixed costs for facilities debt and maintenance. As the university is continuing academic and other supports, refunds of tuition fees are not warranted. 

Based on current guidance from the California State University (CSU) system, tuition and mandatory campus fees will not be refunded. However, certain payments for direct services will be refunded or waived.

Mandatory Fees

Mandatory fees differ from campus to campus within the CSU system. Mandatory fees are assessed on all students largely based on the approval process involving earlier groups of students, and the funding supports programs, services and facilities unique to each campus. As with tuition, the expenses related to these initiatives, such as full-time staff and part-time staff and student employee expenses, bond payments on buildings, and other costs to operate programs, are largely still occurring this semester. Many programs and services have been converted to virtual environments and are continuing. 

These mandatory campus fees include:

Student Success Fee (SSF)

90% of SSF funds are used to increase tenure-track faculty and course sections. These faculty salaries and benefits expenses continue to be paid for the portion of Spring 2020 that entails virtual instruction. Since the SSF was implemented in Fall 2014, SDSU has added 80 tenure-track faculty and 463 additional course sections. For more information, visit the Student Success Fee website.

10% of the SSF is allocated annually to students for academic related programs. Many of these programs occurred prior to the current events and travel being cancelled. Unused fees from this year will be transferred into next year which will increase program funds available for next year. 

Any student out-of-pocket expenses for Spring 2020 approved events will be reimbursed whether or not the event occurred. For more information, visit the Student Success Fee - Academic Related Programs webpage

Instructionally Related Activities Fee (IRA)

The IRA fee funds numerous activities including intercollegiate athletics, intramural sports, student colloquiums, lecture series, seminars, student projects, student conferences, student competitions, student forums, student exhibitions, student productions, and student performances and student participation at professional conferences.

The majority of these expenses were incurred this year and continue through the end of the year. Revenues from conference titles and ad revenue were much lower and this was partially offset by lower travel expenses related to conference playoffs. 

Much of the academic IRA funds allocated by each college have already been spent and those unused funds will be rolled into the overall IRA budget to be allocated next year. Any student out of pocket expenses for approved projects will be reimbursed. 

For more information, visit the IRA website.

Health Services Fee 

The Health Services fee provides funding to support the operations for four campus departments: Student Health Services, Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Ability Success Center and Well-being & Health Promotion.  

Services are being maintained virtually in  Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Ability Success Center and Well-being & Health Promotion. While Student Health Services is providing on-site and virtual services.  

Health Facility Fee

The Health Facility Fee funds the bond payments for the Calpulli Center as well as required maintenance for the building. 

Library Fees

Library Student Use fees are used to enhance the library resources, fund staff, replace equipment and provide campus access to electronic journals, books, digital and audio files. The library’s online services, collections and help desks remain available during this time. For more information, visit the Library website.

Associated Students Fees 

Student center fees along with self generated revenues from A.S. programs fund the total A.S. expenses. The largest expenses covered by A.S. fees are the bond payments on the Student Union, Aquaplex, Aztec Recreation Center and Viejas Arena, totaling about $9 million per year. These are 30-year bonds much like a home mortgage loan and the principal payments funded the original constructions of these facilities. After the bond payments, remaining A.S. fees and self generated revenues are used to cover the rest of the costs to operate A.S. facilities, programs and services. These expenses include facility maintenance costs and full-time staff and part-time student staff who operate the facilities, programs and services. 

As with the university, much of A.S.’s expenses have remained intact while some programs and services have transitioned to a virtual environment. A.S. has not laid off employees at this time and continues to employ and pay over 500 students. Students rely on this income for rent, food and tuition.  

A.S. revenues to cover expenses are significantly lower as some refunds were issued for direct services such as the Aztec Recreation Center and Children’s Center. Other revenues were also impacted from various cancellations and postponements of Viejas Arena and Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre concerts and events.

Based on current guidance from the California State University (CSU) system, tuition and mandatory campus fees will not be refunded. However, certain payments for direct services will be refunded or waived.

Aztec Recreation Center Membership

Aztec Rec Center Membership fees were refunded for March. No membership fees are being collected until the facility reopens. A reopening date has not yet been determined.  

Children’s Center Fees

Children’s Center fees were prorated for March and are not being billed until the facility reopens. The Children’s Center has been in contact with all families. A reopening date has not yet been determined.

Residence Halls

Students are being reimbursed for the prorated amount of payments since closure. Visit the SDSU Housing website for more information

Meal Plans 

Students are being reimbursed for the amount of meal plans not used based on the date an individual student left campus. 

Parking Passes 

Students may apply to receive partial reimbursement for semester parking passes. Visit the parking permits website for more information.

For more information and coverage of this topic, view The Daily Aztec’s recent article on the more than $24 million to be reimbursed to SDSU students.

No, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is not offering reimbursements. The Viejas Arena Ticket Office at SDSU sells transportation passes on behalf of MTS for student convenience. MTS acknowledges the difficult times we are all having during this health crisis. At this time, MTS continues to provide public transportation across its service territory. You may still access these services for your transportation needs, therefore MTS is not currently offering refunds for the semester passes.

Following U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) physical distancing guidelines, Parking and Transportation Services will not be utilizing the vans for the Red & Black Shuttle. Rather, carts will be utilized, along with the DoubleMap phone app. This will allow students to see, in real time, where the carts are located on each line. Community Service Officers (CSO) will continue to perform this operation with reduced hours on Monday through Friday, from 6 p.m. to midnight. Each cart will have no more than 2-3 passengers at time and all will be required to wear a facial covering (which will be provided by us should they not have one).  For more information please visit the Red & Black Shuttle website.

Postponing programs has been a thoughtful and difficult decision. Our team has been daily monitoring and evaluating uncertainty about travel restrictions, which include the U.S. Department of State travel advisory “Level 4 - Do Not Travel.” This federal restriction continues to affect essential processes and supports, including:

  • Visas & Consular Services: Consular services worldwide have been temporarily suspended, which impact the ability to secure a student visa in a timely manner.
  • Health & Safety: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and U.S. COVID-19 case status continue to underscore the importance of exercising extreme caution regarding plans for international travel and study abroad.
  • Timing: Suspending programs gives SDSU students time to work with their advisors and to find alternate options and reduce disruptions to their academic progress.
  • Partner University Staffing: Due to the current situation, some partner universities are operating at limited capacity and are unable to offer certainty about availability of admissions and support. 
  • Academic Continuity Challenges: The impact of shifted admissions or processing timelines means that course registration has an additional layer of risk. That means that students may not be able to secure certain classes.

All nominations and accepted students will be withdrawn from fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21 programs. Again, this does not include International students coming to SDSU as part of a full degree program, nor does it include SDSU students considering participation in a study abroad program through a third-party study abroad provider.

Deferrals may be a possibility, and we are evaluating requests on an individual basis. We are asking that affected students make an appointment with a study abroad advisor to map out the best course of action for individual academic, financial, and personal needs, as well as program availability.

If a student plans to go to graduate school, there are opportunities to go abroad as part of graduate studies. Some students also pursue their full graduate degree abroad. There are also special programs with a global focus, such as Fulbright Programs, the Peace Corps, programs sponsored by the Ministry of Education from a variety of countries, to name a few. There are also work-visa programs which provide legal access to work abroad for up to a year in select countries. Students who want to explore options should talk to their home campus study abroad advisor for additional information.

It depends on the program. Independent and ISEP-Direct programs are not run by SDSU. Providers make decisions about continuing or suspending their programs as all fees for these programs are paid directly to the host provider and/or host university. Participants should carefully review suspension, withdrawal and refund policies for those programs as it is possible that providers may decide to suspend their programs at a later date.

Semester at SDSU, an SDSU World Campus program that allows international students to come to study at San Diego State University outside of traditional exchange avenues, is still accepting applications for the Fall 2020 semester. For more information, please e-mail [email protected]

The International Student Center study abroad and exchange advising team will follow up and reach out to students with additional relevant information and updates. We ask that students read those messages carefully and follow up, as needed, to request guidance from an advisor and to further clarify their specific questions.

While the advising team plans to reach out to students directly with additional information and resources, the following contacts are appropriate for additional questions:

  • Outbound Exchange: SDSU students who planned to go abroad this fall term should reach out to [email protected].
  • Inbound Exchange: Students from partner universities abroad who planned to come to SDSU should reach out to staff via [email protected].

All students returning from their disrupted study abroad programs will be treated equally regardless of a country from which they are returning with respect of tuition payment. If returning students enroll in the recently opened 8-week accelerated session, they will not be required to pay tuition.

Yes. Students who are attending a foreign school as part of a study abroad program are permitted to take online classes from the host foreign school or their home U.S. institution. There is no prohibition on utilizing distance education to teach a U.S. student who is enrolled at a U.S. institution, but is participating in a study abroad program at a foreign school where the foreign school is either part of a consortium or has a written agreement with the student’s U.S. institution. In such a case, either the home or host school may offer courses via distance learning.

The statutory prohibition on the use of distance education applies only to eligible foreign schools that enroll U.S. students who intend to earn a degree or certificate from that foreign school and are receiving Title IV, HEA assistance.

As announced in late March, SDSU postponed SDSU and SDSU Imperial Valley May 2020 in-person ceremonies.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the continued public health orders restricting hosting large gatherings, we are unable to move forward with the December 2020 in-person ceremonies.

The university remains committed to providing our graduates the opportunity to participate in a future in-person ceremony. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to resume recognizing our graduates in person in May 2021, and are currently exploring various scheduling and venue options.

Graduates can purchase regalia and other commencement items here

Information on GradFest and tickets will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Please contact [email protected] with questions.

December 2020 graduates were originally invited to participate in the rescheduled May ceremonies in December. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the continued public health orders restricting hosting large gatherings, we are unable to move forward with the December 2020 in-person ceremonies.

The university remains committed to providing our graduates the opportunity to participate in a future in-person ceremony. We are cautiously optimistic that we will be able to resume recognizing our graduates in person in May 2021, and are currently exploring various scheduling and venue options.

December 2020 graduates are invited to participate in the May 2021 ceremonies.

SDSU is offering the majority of courses in the virtual format.

If it is essential that you come to one of the campuses, check the U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Mexico and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security News and Updates for entry and exit requirements and for any changes to the standard requirements.

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