Coronavirus Information 2021-22

Learn about Fitchburg State's ongoing efforts to keep the campus community safe.

General information and news is below. Click the following links to read communications directed to specific segments of the campus community:

Poster illustrating COVID vaccination

Note: This page reflects news and information for the 2021-22 academic year. To learn about the university's response in 2020-21, and to see an archive of communications and data related to the first 18 months of the pandemic, please visit our earlier COVID information archive.

Latest Developments

  • Read an updated campus guide to the university's COVID-19 response efforts, including information about testing and vaccine protocols.
  • Students and employees must be vaccinated with an approved vaccine unless granted medical or religious exemptions. Those granted exemptions will be required to submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.
  • Employees and visitors to campus are required to wear a face covering indoors, except in private office or work spaces. Students must wear face coverings indoors except in their residence hall units. 
  • Read answers to frequently asked questions about the employee vaccination and mask requirements.
  • Find answers to questions about the student vaccination requirement.
  • Visitors to on-campus events are asked to complete this attestation form to show they are asymptomatic and have not been exposed to COVID-19.
  • See the university's COVID-19 testing results and vaccination rates on this dashboard, that will be updated weekly.
  • The state has created a webpage listing COVID-19 vaccination locations. Local options include:
  • Read a matrix of definitions and procedures describing the university's management of COVID cases this semester.
  • In addition to testing administered on campus each week, Community Health Connections also offers testing. The on-campus testing this fall will take place in Hammond Hall Room G-01 from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday; and 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
  • Read the details about the university's dissemination of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Assistance.
  • Please direct any inquiries about the campus response to COVID-19 to coronavirus@fitchburgstate.edu.

Resources

Bulletins for Campus Community

Fitchburg State Community,

Earlier today, the following email was sent individually to students who have not yet resolved the COVID vaccination mandate. There is a change in the consequences for non-compliance. I'm passing it along to you because we wanted to be sure the Fitchburg State community members know.

Laura Bayless

As you are aware, a COVID-19 vaccination is required for all students and employees on our campus. You are receiving this message because our records show you have not provided proof of COVID-19 vaccination nor applied for an exemption.

If we do not receive this information from you by Friday, Oct. 15, you will be disenrolled from Fitchburg State University and barred from the campus effective Monday, Oct. 18. Failure to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. No refunds of any type are issued when students are removed from campus for disciplinary reasons.

We do not take this step lightly. Vaccination is our best defense against the spread of COVID-19 and it is imperative we act to preserve the health and safety of our community. With the support of our employee unions, all of our faculty, librarians and staff members have also been required to submit proof of vaccination or apply for a religious or medical exemption as a condition of their continued employment.

Please provide an electronic copy of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to immunizations@fitchburgstate.edu immediately, and be sure to include your student ID number.

  • Students seeking a religious exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine should make a personal attestation, including your student ID number and date of birth, dated and signed by the student to immunizations@fitchburgstate.edu

  • Students seeking a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine should send information dated and signed by your medical provider, including your student ID number and birth date, to immunizations@fitchburgstate.edu.

These actions are crucial to protecting the health of our community and preserving the on-campus experience we value. 

Laura Bayless
Vice President for Student Affairs

Good Afternoon,

We are writing to let you know that on-campus COVID-19 testing continues to be available for all members of our campus community. While in accordance with CDC guidelines, Fitchburg State University no longer requires testing for individuals who are fully vaccinated, you are welcome to continue to test if you are fully vaccinated. (Individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an exemption are required to continue to test each week.) There is no fee for this service.  

Below is the updated testing schedule for the next two weeks. Please note changes for location and hours.

Week of August 30

Special testing hours have been scheduled for the week of August 30 to accommodate students returning to campus. Below are the locations and hours.

Landry Arena

  • Tuesday, August 31, noon-4:30pm
  • Wednesday, September 1, 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Testing is walk-in on these days.  You do not need an appointment.  

Hammond Hall G01

This will be the new site for testing.  (Testing will no longer take place in the Antonucci Science Complex or the Rec Center.)

  • Thursday, September 2, 10:00am-noon; 1:00pm-6:00pm

To schedule an appointment at Hammond, click on this link https://fsuitscheduling.as.me/HammondG01CovidTest or feel free to walk in during testing hours.  

Week of September 6 

Below is our new fall schedule, beginning the week of September 6. Please note that we will be closed Monday, September 6 for Labor Day.

Days/Times: Mondays through Thursdays 10:00am-noon; 1:00pm-6:00pm

Fridays, 10:00am-noon; 1:00pm-3:00pm

Location: Hammond Hall G01

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Sincerely,

Mary S. O'Friel
COVID Testing Manager

Bulletins for Students

Dear students,

I hope that you are having a good summer, staying safe, and are looking forward to coming to campus this fall with some sense of normalcy, even as our global community continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. I write to you today to share our current plans for safe campus operations in the coming semester. Our approach is focused on best meeting our educational mission while at the same time instituting strategies designed to mitigate viral spread.  

With all aspects of an in-person experience as a priority, it will be necessary that all members of our campus community receive a COVID-19 vaccine (except those individuals with valid medical or religious exemptions) as has been previously communicated. Our health provider Community Health Connections stands ready to provide vaccinations to all members of our community on a walk-in basis at no charge at their Nichols Road location. In addition, they will be conducting COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus: 

  • Monday, Aug. 30, for new residential students, as part of move-in;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1, for returning residential students;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, for all students and employees.

There will be a follow-up clinic at the end of September for those receiving their second vaccine doses.

Further, we will continue to provide a layered viral mitigation strategy of face covering, testing, cleaning, contact tracing, and dedicating space on campus for residential students who need to isolate and quarantine as necessary in order to achieve the healthy and robust experience that we all desire. 

As you are likely aware, in recent weeks the U.S. has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. The data indicates that individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can still transmit it and become infected. The data also shows that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in reducing serious illness and death. It is therefore important to emphasize that despite our health and safety precautions, the complete elimination of the virus in our community will not be possible. I cannot stress enough that health and safety is everyone’s responsibility and that compliance with policies and protocols are a necessity to safeguarding the wellbeing of our campus community. I am proud of the way our campus responded last year to the pandemic. Because of our collective vigilance, we concluded the academic year with a positivity rate of approximately 0.5%, even as the region surrounding campus in the same time frame hovered near 14%. We know the protocols work if everyone does their part.

With the above considerations as context, we will begin the fall semester with the following policies and protocols in place. We will, of course, be vigilant with our monitoring and responsive in the adjustment of our policies and protocols as circumstances dictate both on our campus and with guidance from appropriate public health agencies. Changes to our policies will be communicated to the campus in a timely fashion via university email and posted online at fitchburgstate.edu/coronavirus.  

Face Coverings:

Effective Monday, Aug. 23, face coverings will be required indoors. This is consistent with the CDC’s recommendation and the City of Fitchburg and its Board of Health mandate that face coverings be worn by all in municipal buildings, including all K-12 schools. Face coverings will not be required in a private space (such as a residence hall room or individualized workspace) or when you are actively eating or drinking. All guests visiting campus will be subject to university policy. Face coverings will be available at designated locations for those that need one. At this time, face coverings will not be required outdoors or in outdoor athletic practices and competitions. This policy will be reviewed after the first few weeks of school to assess prevailing conditions at the time.  

Testing:  

All individuals not vaccinated will be required to test once per week. This process will begin at check-in for all residential students. All other students will begin testing during the first full week of the semester. Arrangements have been made for testing five days a week, including some evening hours, to accommodate varying schedules. For those identified to be tested, this is not optional, and failure to comply will be addressed through our student conduct protocols. Testing will continue to use the PCR process that is considered the “gold standard.” Similar to last academic year, the Broad Institute will be processing our samples, typically producing test results in 24 hours or less. Results are sent directly to the individual electronically and remain confidential unless a positive result is identified at which time the tracing process must be initiated. All individuals that live off-campus that are experiencing or suspecting COVID-19 symptoms should contact their health provider immediately for diagnosis. Do not come to campus if you are not feeling well.

Tracing:

Those identified as testing positive will be asked to provide information regarding close contacts to facilitate and expedite notification to others. The university has contracted with additional personnel to manage contact tracing and COVID case management. This is a critical part of the mitigation plan and cooperation is expected from all individuals involved.

Isolation and Quarantine:

Residential students found to have contracted COVID-19, or deemed to have been in close contact with someone who has, will have the opportunity to either be housed in a separate designated area on campus or return home. The Office of Student Affairs will assist with notifying the faculty of these student absences. Chartwells, our dining services partner, will be the sole provider of meals to individuals in isolation or quarantine on campus. 

Cleaning:

Over the last 18 months it has been established that COVID-19 is transmitted through the air rather than hard surfaces. The university will reestablish its standard cleaning protocols although higher touch areas will still remain a focus. Hand sanitizing stations will remain throughout campus. Bathrooms will continue to use paper towels rather than air dryers.

Dining Services:

Normal dining will resume with self-serve options, salad bar, and multiple stations available for customized meals. Students will be required to wear face coverings in dining areas except for when actively eating or drinking. Chartwells will also have a take-out option. Reusable containers will be available so that food options can be selected and transported outside the dining hall. Containers may be purchased for $5, and upon return of the container, a clean one will be provided for the next meal at no additional cost.

Athletics:

We are planning for a full athletic season, with schedules built and opposing teams ready and eager to play this fall. Protocols for indoor athletic practices and competitions will be communicated in advance based on Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA guidance and other appropriate state and federal guidelines.

Day-to-Day Experiences/Operations 

All common areas will be open, consistent with policies and practices prior to COVID-19. It is our expectation that students will be able to participate fully in on-campus activities, but the university reserves the right to amend and adjust these policies and operations if the situation changes. 

Although the year ahead is sure to present some unforeseen challenges, I am excited to welcome our students back to campus for a much more traditional collegiate experience. Students with questions or concerns should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 978-665-3130.

We are confident these measures, and the collective commitment to shared responsibility and compliance, will let us achieve the experience we all desire for the coming academic year. I look forward to seeing you on campus in a few short weeks.

Best,

Richard S. Lapidus
President

Bulletins for Faculty and Staff

Good morning,
 
Please find attached to this email the Fitchburg State University Covid-19 Campus Guide for review. The guide provides information related to vaccinations, masks, Covid Testing, quarantine and isolation procedures and more.
 
The guide will be placed on the website at Coronavirus Information 2021 - 22 under Latest Developments.
 
If you should have any questions please contact Human Resources or the appropriate Covid Team Member as noted in the guide. Thank you to the campus community for your continued efforts to maintain a healthy and safe campus environment.
 
Sincerely,
 
Jessica Murdoch
Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Payroll Services

Good afternoon to the Campus Community,

We are so excited for the fall semester to begin, and to welcome faculty and students back to campus. Our administrative and academic offices have been busy preparing for the opening of the 2021- 2022 academic year. As we prepare for the start of classes, I have information to share as it relates to our fall opening.

The university continues to monitor the health and safety of our campus and we have prepared an Employer Guide: Transitioning back to Campus. The guide was shared in June with staff and will be sent out with updates included in this notice next week. The guide includes our policies and guidelines related to face coverings, hygiene, disinfecting and sanitizing, etc. as well as what to do if you or a family member is ill. The document will be updated as necessary.

We ask all staff and faculty who are exhibiting COVID symptoms to stay at home and contact a medical provider. Members of the campus who test positive should notify their supervisors and contact Human Resources. Employees may be contacted by our contact tracers and or COVID case manager as it relates to quarantine and or isolation procedures. 

The university will require all students to wear a face covering indoors; new signage will be placed on the entrance doors of campus and residential buildings with this requirement. All APA, Non-Unit full time, part time non-benefited, DGCE faculty and MSCA employees are also required to wear a face covering indoors. If an employee is in a private office or space they may remove their face covering, however, if another person enters that space the employee must put their face covering on.

All visitors and guests should be notified that they are required to adhere to our face covering policy. Departments may wish to share this information in their correspondence with visitors, guests and or vendors they work with. The CDC guidelines does state that unvaccinated people should wear a face covering indoors and outdoors. Staff and faculty may remind these campus visitors about our policy and share that we are following CDC guidance related to unvaccinated people and they should wear the face coverings on campus in all spaces.

Staff and faculty in the APA and MSCA unions have been notified by their union leadership that they have reached an agreement related to face coverings and vaccination requirements. Each respective union has a signed Memorandum of Agreement. All students are required to be vaccinated.

The university will have masks available in Human Resources for employees should your mask be damaged, lost or forgotten. We will designate other locations where employees can get a mask if needed, we will send further notice of the locations in email next week.

The AFSCME union will begin their conversations related to face coverings and vaccinations in the coming week, unit members are not required to wear face coverings but are strongly encouraged to wear them indoors. 

MSCA

Faculty, librarians and part time day adjunct faculty must complete the vaccination attestation form found here by September 1, 2021. If you have not been vaccinated you must have your first dose of a vaccination by September 1, 2021. The second dose, if required as part of the vaccine regimen, must be completed by October 1, 2021. Please attach a copy of your vaccination card to the attestation. Members of the MSCA who may require an exemption for either medical or religious beliefs will complete the same attestation form and complete the appropriate section. A medical note from a medical professional should accompany the request for a medical exemption, or if requesting a religious exemption, a statement due to a sincerely religious belief must attest that the vaccination conflicts with such belief.

APA

Employees in the APA union must complete the vaccination attestation form found here by September 7, 2021. If you have not been vaccinated you must have your first dose of a vaccination by September 7, 2021. The second dose, if required as part of the vaccine regimen, must be completed within four weeks of the first dose. Please attach a copy of your vaccination card to the attestation. Members of the APA who may require an exemption for either medical or religious beliefs will complete the same attestation form and complete the appropriate section. A medical note from a medical professional should accompany the request for a medical exemption, or if requesting a religious exemption, a statement due to a sincerely religious belief must attest that the vaccination conflicts with such belief.

Non-Unit & Part Time non-benefited

Non-Unit and part time non-benefited employees are reminded to complete the vaccination attestation form found here by September 7, 2021. If you have not been vaccinated you must have your first dose of a vaccination by September 7, 2021. The second dose, if required as part of the vaccine regimen, must be completed within four weeks of the first dose. Please attach a copy of your vaccination card to the attestation. Employees who may require an exemption for either medical or religious beliefs will complete the same attestation form and complete the appropriate section. A medical note from a medical professional should accompany the request for a medical exemption, or if requesting a religious exemption, a statement due to a sincerely religious belief must attest that the vaccination conflicts with such belief. If you have completed the non-unit attestation form already, you may submit a new attestation form and or send a copy of  your vaccination card to hrcovid@fitchburgstate.edu. For employees who have requested a religious belief exemption, please resubmit the attestation with a statement due to a sincerely religious belief attesting that the vaccination conflicts with such belief.

Employees that completed the Non-Unit attestation form that are covered by the APA and MSCA union contracts, please complete the attestation form specific to your union status.

Employees who are approved for an exemption, will be required to be tested for COVID-19 weekly and are required to wear a face covering in all campus spaces (indoors and outdoors). Employees may be tested on campus, if tested on campus, weekly results will be provided to Human Resource for compliance review. If an employee is tested outside of the campus they must provide the test results obtained within the previous 48 hours of arrival to campus. Employees who do not adhere to these requirements will not be permitted to work or have access to the campus facilities. Employees may be placed on unpaid leave as prescribed in the respective Memorandum of Agreements and or discharged from their position. Please refer to the MOA’s for full language. The Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) documents for both requirements are posted on the APA website.  Click here for the mask mandate and here for the vaccine mandate.  Please find the MOA’s for MSCA attached to this communication.

I would like to extend my appreciation to all of you for your continued support and patience during these times. Please contact Human Resources with any questions at hrcovid@fitchburgstate.edu.

Best regards,

Jessica Murdoch
Associate Vice President, Human Resources & Payroll Services/ Affirmative Action Officer

Dear colleagues,

I hope that you are having a good summer, staying safe, and are looking forward to returning back to campus this fall with some sense of normalcy even as our global community continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. I write to you today to share our current plans for safe campus operations in the coming semester. Our approach is focused on best meeting our educational mission while at the same time instituting strategies designed to mitigate viral spread.  

With all aspects of an in-person experience as a priority, it will be necessary that all members of our campus community receive a COVID-19 vaccine (except those individuals with valid medical or religious exemptions) as has been previously communicated. Our health provider Community Health Connections stands ready to provide vaccinations to all members of our community on a walk-in basis at no charge at their Nichols Road location. In addition, they will be conducting COVID-19 vaccination clinics on campus:

  • Monday, Aug. 30, for new residential students, as part of move-in;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 1, for returning residential students;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 7, for all students and employees.

There will be a follow-up clinic at the end of September for those receiving their second vaccine doses.

Further, we will continue to provide a layered viral mitigation strategy of face covering, testing, cleaning, contact tracing, and student isolating and quarantining spaces for residential students as necessary in order to achieve the healthy and robust experience that we all desire. 

All non-unit members have been required to be vaccinated and must wear face coverings indoors effective Monday, Aug. 23. We are currently in discussion with our three unions about extending those masking and vaccination requirements to all employees. Consequently, compliance on these issues will not be enforced until resolved. However, for the safety of all members of our campus community, I strongly encourage everyone to wear a face covering indoors while on campus and to become fully vaccinated if you have not already done so. 

As you are likely aware, in recent weeks the U.S. has seen a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by the highly contagious Delta variant. The data indicates that individuals who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can still transmit it and become infected. The data also shows that COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in reducing serious illness and death. It is therefore important to emphasize that despite our health and safety precautions, the complete elimination of the virus in our community will not be possible. I cannot stress enough that health and safety is everyone’s responsibility and that compliance with policies and protocols are a necessity to safeguarding the wellbeing of our campus community. I am proud of the way our campus responded last year to the pandemic. Because of our collective vigilance, we concluded the academic year with a positivity rate of approximately 0.5%, even as the region surrounding campus in the same time frame hovered near 14%. We know the protocols work if everyone does their part.

With the above considerations as context, we will begin the fall semester with the following policies and protocols in place. We will, of course, be vigilant with our monitoring and responsive in the adjustment of our policies and protocols as circumstances dictate both on our campus and with guidance from appropriate public health agencies. Changes to our policies will be communicated to the campus in a timely fashion via university email and posted online at fitchburgstate.edu/coronavirus.  

Face Coverings:

Effective Monday, Aug. 23, all non-unit members of the campus community are to wear face coverings indoors. This is consistent with the CDC’s recommendation and the City of Fitchburg and its Board of Health mandate that face coverings be worn by all in municipal buildings, including all K-12 schools. Face coverings will not be required in private spaces or when you are actively eating or drinking. All guests and contractors visiting campus will be subject to university policy. Face coverings will be available at designated locations for those that need one. This policy will be reviewed after the first few weeks of school to assess prevailing conditions at the time.  

Testing:  

All individuals not vaccinated for any reason will be required to test once per week.  This process will begin at check-in for all residential students. All other students will begin testing during the first full week of the semester. Pending the outcome of union discussions/negotiations it is strongly encouraged for faculty and staff not vaccinated to test weekly for your safety and that of the community. Arrangements have been made for testing five days a week, including some evening hours, to accommodate varying schedules. For those identified to be tested, this is not optional and failure to comply may lead to disciplinary action. Testing will continue to use the PCR process that is considered to be the “gold standard.” Similar to last academic year, the Broad Institute will be processing our samples, typically producing test results in 24 hours or less. Results are sent directly to the individual electronically and remain confidential unless a positive result is identified at which time the tracing process must be initiated. All individuals experiencing or suspecting COVID-19 symptoms must not come to campus, and it is recommended that they visit their doctor immediately for diagnosis.  

Tracing:

Those identified as testing positive will be asked to provide information regarding close contacts to facilitate and expedite notification to others. The university has contracted with additional personnel to manage contact tracing and COVID case management. This is a critical part of the mitigation plan and cooperation is expected from all individuals involved. 

Isolation and Quarantine:

Residential students found to have contracted COVID-19, or deemed to have been in close contact with someone who has, will have the opportunity to either be housed in a separate designated area on campus or return home. The Office of Student Affairs will assist with notifying the faculty of these student absences. Chartwells, our dining services partner, will be the sole provider of meals to students in isolation or quarantine on campus. Employees who may have symptoms and or test positive for COVID-19 should contact Human Resources, contact their medical provider and remain home.

Cleaning:

Over the last 18 months it has been established that COVID-19 is transmitted through the air rather than hard surfaces. The university will reestablish its standard cleaning protocols although higher touch areas will still remain a focus. Hand sanitizing stations will remain throughout campus. Bathrooms will continue to use paper towels rather than air dryers. For those offices wishing to do their own additional cleaning, supplies are available by contacting Capital Planning and Maintenance.   

Dining Services:

Normal dining will resume with self-serve options, salad bar, and multiple stations available for customized meals. Students will be required to wear face coverings in dining areas except for when actively eating or drinking. Chartwells will also have a take-out option. Reusable containers will be available so that food options can be selected and transported outside the dining hall. Containers may be purchased for $5, and upon return of the container, a clean one will be provided for the next meal at no additional cost.

Athletics:

We are planning for a full athletic season, with schedules built and opposing teams ready and eager to play this fall. Protocols for indoor athletic practices and competitions will be communicated in advance based on Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference and NCAA guidance and other appropriate state and federal guidelines.

Day-to-Day Experiences/Operations 

All common areas will be open, consistent with policies and practices prior to COVID-19. It is our expectation that all members of our campus community will be able to participate fully in on-campus activities, but the university reserves the right to amend and adjust these policies and operations if the situation changes. 

Although the year ahead is sure to present some unforeseen challenges, I am excited to welcome our students back to campus for a much more traditional collegiate experience. Faculty or staff with questions should contact Human Resources at 978-665-3172.

I look forward to seeing you on campus in a few short weeks.

Best,

Richard S. Lapidus
President

HEERF Funding Information

This section contains information about Fitchburg State's dissemination of Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) assistance.

Read the CRRSSA Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for September 30, 2021

CRRSSA Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report (edited) June 30, 2021

Read the CRRSSA Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for Quarter II.

Read the CRRSAA Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Report for June 24, 2021.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

Emergency Financial Aid Grant for Students under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

On December 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) was signed into law.  Section 3144(a)(1) of the CRRSAA and (a)(4) of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Pub. L. No. 116-260 (December 27, 2020), provided an additional $22.7 billion for the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).  The Department of Education has disbursed these funds to the Universities and as a result, Fitchburg State University has been allocated $4,899,039.  Of this allocation, Fitchburg State is required to award $1,955,463 in direct student aid to students.

Fitchburg State University is committed to getting funds to students as quickly as possible.  The University has decided to award block grants to students in order to expedite the process.

As of March 31, 2021, Fitchburg State University has paid $1,756,679 to 2791 registered undergraduate students for the Spring 2021 semester (as of 2/23/21) in the form of Block Grants under the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Additionally another $205,050 to 294 registered undergraduate students for the Spring 2021 semester were paid. For a total of $1,935,750 to 2799 UG students for the Spring 2021 semester.

Block Grants

Undergraduate students will receive the following block grants based on the following priority of exceptional need and criteria; prior receipt of federal CARES Act funding (or institutional funding if deemed ineligible for CARES monies), Federal Pell Grant recipient, non Pell recipient, Full-time, and part-time status.

Students will receive block grants according to the following breakdown: 

  • Prior Receipt of Federal Cares Act Funding (or Institutional funding)
  • Pell recipient (full time 12+ credits)= $700 
  • Pell recipient (part time 6-11credits= $225
  • Non Pell recipient (full time 12+ credits)= $450
  • Non Pell recipient (part time 6-11credits)= $125
  • No prior federal CAREs Act (or Institutional funding)
  • Pell recipient (full time 12+ credits)= $1,700 
  • Pell recipient (part time 6-11credits= $1,025
  • Non Pell recipient (full time 12+ credits)= $950
  • Non Pell recipient (part time 6-11credits)= $525

Read the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure report covering the quarter ending March 31, 2021.

Read the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure report covering the quarter ending Dec. 31, 2020.

Read the Quarterly Budget and Expenditure report covering the quarter ending Sept. 30, 2020.

Earlier this spring, the federal government passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.  One of the provisions of this act included providing relief to college students whose educational experience was disrupted as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.  Through the CARES Act, Fitchburg State University is receiving funds that will be disbursed directly to eligible undergraduate students who were enrolled in the spring 2020 semester.

The CARES Act funding is one of a series of ways Fitchburg State University is addressing the financial needs of students during the global COVID-19 public health crisis. The university’s efforts to assist students have included housing and dining adjustments, continued payment of Federal Work Study wages, and combined with donations to the Student Emergency Relief Fund, is contributing approximately $300,000 toward the creation of the “Falcon CARES Fund” for otherwise ineligible students.

Fitchburg State University will use the $1.9 million it receives in CARES Act funding to directly support eligible students who are facing significant financial challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Through the federal CARES Act funding and the university Falcon CARES Fund, nearly all undergraduate students will be receiving a payment. Approximately 75 percent of Fitchburg State undergraduate students will receive the federal CARES Act funds. Undergraduate students may receive up to $1,000.  Funds will disburse to qualifying students through the normal process via Student Accounts in the coming days.

Students who have expenses that have not been covered already can appeal for an individual review directly to the Office of Student Financial Aid for additional assistance at finaid@fitchburgstate.edu.

CARES Act Update

Fitchburg State University has submitted the certification and agreement form to access Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) and intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of $1,955,463 in emergency grants to students.  Fitchburg State University made the decision to award these grants to undergraduate, degree-seeking students, who were eligible to receive Title IV funding based on FAFSA results, who were enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester as of March 16, 2020.

Eligible students were notified of these grants the week of May 18th and funds were released the week of May 25, 2020, by Fitchburg State, to 2284 eligible students.  These funds are to be used to assist with the costs of attendance for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

CARES ACT REQUIREMENTS

  • An acknowledgment that the institution signed and returned the certification and agreement form and that the institution has used, or intends to use the funds to provide the mandated amount of at least 50% of the emergency financial aid grants to students.
  • The total amount of funds that the institution will receive, or has received under the HEERF student portion.
  • Of those funds, the total amount that has been distributed to students as of the date of reporting (i.e. the first 30-day deadline, and then every 45 days thereafter).
  • The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and therefore eligible to receive an emergency financial aid grant.
  • The total number of students who have received an emergency financial aid grant.
  • How the institution determined which students did, or will receive emergency financial aid grants and how much funding they did, or will receive.
  • Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the emergency financial aid grants.