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The past several months have been trying for us all, but with summer fast approaching, we are making plans to get the College off to a good start in the fall.  First, let me express my gratitude to the leadership of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston for managing the COVID-19 pandemic promptly and appropriately.  Fisher will continue to follow best practices and guidelines recommended by the CDC and our government officials.

Consistent with those guidelines, after much reflection on the part of College leadership, and with the understanding that all our decisions are to some extent impacted by external circumstances beyond our control, we have decided that Fisher College will plan to return to in-person instruction in early September.

The College is currently crafting a plan of risk mitigation that includes several adjustments to our usual campus experience on Beacon Street. We still have many details that need to be addressed over the coming weeks. We will continue to keep the College community updated on our planning throughout the summer months. Be sure to check our COVID-19 information page off the Fisher College homepage for the most recent information.

On behalf of everyone at Fisher College, stay safe, and thank you for your cooperation.  Working together, we can make Fall 2020 a semester of excitement and academic accomplishment for our students.

After considering advice from local, state, and federal health guidelines, Fisher College will re-open its campus on Monday, May 18. We do request that all staff and visitors adhere to the following rules in order to maintain a safe campus. 

1. ALL STAFF AND VISITORS MUST WEAR A CLOTH MASK OR FACE COVERING AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN ANY FISHER COLLEGE BUILDING PUBLIC AREA

2. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE SICK!

3. YOUR TEMPERATURE WILL BE TAKEN UPON ARRIVAL AT THE COLLEGE. PLEASE CHECK IN WITH CAMPUS POLICE UPON ARRIVAL

4. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN. USE HAND SANITIZER WHEN YOU CANNOT WASH YOUR HANDS

5. OUR COMMUNITY HEALTH IS IN YOUR HANDS!

6. ANY QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT: Chief Brian Perrin at bperrin@fisher.edu Dean Shiela Lally at slally@fisher.edu Richard Potter, GPS Director of Enrollment and Operations, at rpotter@fisher.edu Ellen Lyons, Director of HR, at elyons@fisher.edu.

Dear Fisher College Community,

I know everyone is asking when and how the College will start classes for the 2020-2021 academic year.  The situation is complex with many shifting variables--medical, financial, and logistical. Beyond our own campus, we are looking closely at what our regional peer schools are doing, and why, and listening carefully to the advice and instructions of government and medical leaders.  But ultimately, we will make plans based on our own evaluation as to what is best for the College and our Fisher community.  

After consulting with Cabinet members and other senior staff, I can inform you that at this time we are planning to open for on-ground Boston campus classes in Fall 2020, but will make no final decision until July 1 at the earliest, after we assess the risk of infection and other contextual factors.  Be assured we will inform you of our final Fall plans as soon as we responsibly can.  In any event, be assured that Fisher College will continue to be here for you—whether on-ground, online, or in hybrid instructional format, whether on the Boston campus or through the division of Graduate and Professional Studies.

In troubling times such as these, our primary concern remains all of you, our faculty, staff and students.  You’re going a great job of modeling what it means to be a dedicated, hard-working member of the Fisher community.  Thank you for everything you are doing to keep Fisher College moving forward.  Please stay safe, and stay in touch.

Best regards,

Alan

In light of the many challenges presented by COVID-19 for students and families, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has chosen to extend its 2020-2021 FAFSA filing priority deadline date from May 1 to July 1. This change in policy will largely impact students who are applying for the MASSGrant program.  The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, along with its Office of Student Financial Assistance will continue to monitor and analyze 2020-2021 FAFSA filing data for Massachusetts resident students and further inform institutions of any other policy changes that may ensue. Please contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at 617.391.6070 if you have any questions.

In addition to an extended FAFSA deadline, current Fisher Resident day students who have experienced financial hardships due to COVID-19 can fill out a financial hardship form regarding the Room & Board refunds that will be submitted to and reviewed by the Bursar's office. Note, this only applies to undergraduates Residents on the Boston campus

Frequently Asked Questions And Policy Announcements

Community Guidelines and Policies 

COVID-19 Financial Hardship Declaration Form

Fill out this form if you are a residential/day student who has suffered from financial hardships due to COVID-19.

About COVID-19

Sources: www.cdc.gov and www.who.int