Benchmarks in Planning our Spring Return

We will continue to monitor Massachusetts' COVID trends and make adjustments as appropriate to our Spring Term starting February 8th, 2021.

IF COVID cases in Massachusetts average <3,500/day, Massachusetts 7-day positivity rate is <3.5%, and the trend is flat or declining:
We will use the current plan of double occupancy in the dorm and use the schedules posted currently to Self Service. 

IF COVID cases in Massachusetts average >3500/day but <6500/day and MA positivity rate is >3.5% but <6.5% and the trend is flat or declining:
Current plan will be modified to prioritize on campus work for lab-based programs that do not have viable online delivery alternatives.

IF COVID cases in Massachusetts average >6500 and/or positivity rate is >6.5%:
The Academy will consider beginning the semester in a fully remote mode (and adjust when conditions allow)


Q:  I have all online classes, do I have to live in the dorms?  
A:  If all of your classes in Self Service are “online,” please complete the online student petition prior to Sunday, 17 January at 1600. 
 

Q: Can you tell me why I am assigned to housing?
A: If you have an in-person component to your 2021SP educational plan, you are required to live in the dorms.
 

Q:  How can I apply to be a Regimental Commuter?
A:  The deadline to apply for a housing waiver based on distance from the Academy or as a traditional Regimental Commuter was 20 November 2020 per Captain Rozak’s email to students dated 09 November 2020.  No requests will be accepted for these reasons.
 

Q:  When will cadets hear if the online petition has been accepted?
A: We are working as quickly as possible to review all student petitions. Since each situation is different, the review takes some time.  We hope to complete the reviews and respond to waiver requests by January 21st.
 

Q: What are the regimental commuter standards and regulations?
A: The standards and regulations are still being developed and will be emailed to all students granted Regimental Commuter status for the 2021SP term.

 

Q:  What if I choose to take the semester off and return to the academy when I have the opportunity to be on campus?
A:  Use the Academy Withdrawal form to initiate the process. Make sure to indicate you are withdrawing due to pandemic related concerns.  While readmission is guaranteed, you will need to apply for readmission when you are ready to return. Contain Joanne Robertson (jrobertson@maritime.edu) for more information on the readmission process. If you are a first year student, you can defer your acceptance through Admissions by contacting Josh Tefft (jtefft@maritime.edu) to hold a place in the Class of 2025.  If you have borrowed any federal or private loans prior to now, you will enter your grace period as of the last day that you attended classes. Contact Marissa Barros (508-830-5222) with any questions about your loans.


Q:  When am I supposed to report and how do I find this information?
A:  Report dates and times were emailed to students on 31 December 2020.  The 4-page email by Captain Rozak also spelled out cadet expectations prior to reporting to campus.  Captain Rozak's Return to Campus Plan_31Dec20

 


Q:  I have questions about my personal situation and my return to campus.  Who should I contact?
A:  Please contact our Health Services staff at nurse@maritime.edu


Q:  I can’t find a testing center for the COVID test required to return to campus.
A:  You should email nurse@maritime for help with questions on Testing and the 14 day quarantine. If you live in Massachusetts please see the MA Stop the Spread website for locations of testing. 
 


Q:  When will I know if my classes will be online or in-person?
A: Self Service is being updated as we receive information from faculty. Any course listed as TBA Hybrid or in-person will have some portion of an in-person component.
 

Q:  I have hybrid classes on my schedule. What does that mean?
A:  Your individual faculty will let you know what components are online and what days and times you are required to be in the classroom.


Q: Can I take a hybrid class in a completely online format. 
A: No. The class is designed to have an in-person component.


Q: If I can create a 100% online schedule am I eligible to apply for online student status.
A: Students can use Self Service to register for classes that have open seats and to create an online schedule. To qualify for the housing waiver, schedule modifications need to be made before Sunday, January 17th at 1600


Q: I am trying to get into an online class, but it’s full. How can I get added to the class so that I can qualify for the housing waiver?
A: You are welcome to add yourself to the waitlist, but we cannot guarantee that you will get into that section.


Q:  What if I choose to take the semester off and return to the academy when I have the opportunity to be on campus?
A:  Use the Academy Withdrawal form to initiate the process.   Make sure to indicate you are withdrawing due to pandemic related concerns.  While readmission is guaranteed, you will need to apply for readmission when you are ready to return. Contain Joanne Robertson (jrobertson@maritime.edu) for more information on the readmission process.  If you have borrowed any federal or private loans prior to now, you will enter your grace period as of the last day that you attended classes. Contact Marissa Barros at (508-830-5222) with any questions.


Q: How can I get real time help with my schedule?
A: The Registrar’s Office is having drop in Zoom office hours. Login to the Academy website at
https://www.maritime.edu/internal-students. Then go to Resources for > Current Students > Academics > Registrar's office to see our schedule. 
 


Q:  When will I see my spring bill?
A:  We will be posting spring bills no later than January 21st.  You will receive an email when the bill has been posted in Self Service.  You will have 30 days to settle your bill either through a lump sum payment or by enrolling in our spring payment plan.  Payment plan information will be available in Self Service once your bill has been posted.
 

Q:  Will I get a refund if I am not living in the Dorm?
A: If you are already coded as a commuter or on line student at the time that bills are posted, you will not see a charge for room and board.  If you are coded as a dorm student, when the bills are posted, your bill will be adjusted to remove the room and board charges once your status changes. Withdrawal from the dorms must happen prior to February 8th.
 

Q: How soon will I get my refund?
A: The quickest way to receive your refund is to set up the Direct Deposit Refund information in the Student Finance section of Self Service.  A link to your profile can be found in the top left corner.  Once on your profile, find the link for Direct Deposit Refund (e-refund).  You will enter your bank’s routing number and your account number and we will directly deposit the refund into your account.  We will be processing these on a weekly basis as soon as we adjust your bill. If you do not set up the direct deposit information, you will receive a check in the mail, but that could take a few weeks. We only print checks every 4 - 6 weeks.  If you paid with a credit card, the refund will go back to your credit card.
 

Q: What happens to my payment plan?
A: If you are enrolled in the monthly payment plan, your future payments will be reduced based on the adjustments to your bill.


Q: Will I receive a room and board refund if we are all sent home mid-semester?
A: Should this happen we will likely give a partial refund on room and board like we did last semester.  The amount of the refund would depend upon the date the campus was closed.


Q: If my bill is going down, will my financial aid go down too?
A: It depends on your original financial aid offer and your adjusted expected expenses.  We will be re-evaluating everyone’s aid applications as soon as student statuses are updated.
 

Q: If I decide to take time off, what happens to my financial aid?
A: Your aid for the spring will be cancelled. Don’t forget to file a 2021-2022 FAFSA for next year. If you are the recipient of a merit scholarship that requires continuous enrollment, you will be allowed to receive the scholarship upon your return, provided you indicate that your withdrawal is due to Covid, you meet the GPA requirements and you return to MMA no later than fall, 2021.  Keep in mind that merit scholarships are awarded for a total of 8 semesters (fall and spring).

If you have borrowed federal or private loans prior to this spring semester, you will enter your 6 month grace period, beginning with the last day that you were enrolled at MMA.  After 6 months your loan(s) will go into repayment.  Should you return to school, you can apply for an in-school deferment on your Federal Loans to put the loans back into deferment.  Upon leaving MMA again, either through graduating or by withdrawing again, repayment for these loans begins immediately.  You are not given an additional grace period. You should check with your private loan lender to learn of their requirements. Questions about loans can be directed to Marissa Barros in Student Financial Services at mbarros@maritime.edu or 508-830-5222.


Q: If I buy a spring parking permit will my parking be refunded if I am an online student?
A: Yes 


Q: Will I have to pay for a parking permit if I become a Regimental Commuter?
A: Yes.  1/c and 2/c cadets will be given priority to park on campus.  3/c will have parking in a satellite lot and shuttle service will be provided.

 

Recent Communication
 

Student Town Hall 

Admiral McDonald held a student town hall meeting on Tuesday, January 19th addressing our return to Spring Term plan and our "Spring Pause" during the first three weeks of the term. 

Watch Recording

Spring Safety Protocols

The January 15th message from the Commandant concerning the safety protocols that will be followed by on-campus cadets, regimental commuters, and remote learners. 

Spring Return Announcement

Based on our experiences from the fall and the continued acceptance and adherence to our COVID health and safety protocols, we feel that based on the metrics outlined in the President’s message dated 15 December 2020, we can return to MMA for the Spring Term with as many “in person” classes and labs as we can safely deliver.