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General Next Steps for Deposited Students

Congratulations on joining MCPHS! Now that you have submitted your enrollment (and, if applicable, housing) deposit, get started on your next steps below.

Haven’t yet submitted your deposit? Use the information to better understand what to expect, then submit your deposit today!

Before the start of classes, you’ll need to complete our virtual Orientation, accessed through the MCPHS Blackboard system. Orientation will provide important information regarding your academic program, introduce you to your peer mentor and classmates, and provide information on academic and support services.

Participation is strongly encouraged. Spring 2021 entrants will soon receive information on the launch date through their MCPHS email account.

More information on Orientation for Fall 2021 entrants will come in late spring

A few months prior to the start of your term, you will receive an email with your MCPHS login credentials (username and password). This will give you access to our current student portal, as well as your MCPHS email account.

Please check your MCPHS email regularly. Important communications are sent to that address by MCPHS as you approach your start term that could impact your attendance at MCPHS if not seen.

We recommend setting a weekly calendar reminder to ensure you see all communications to your MCPHS email.

Housing is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis based on your preferences and unit availability. The unit will be yours for the entire year (fall, spring, summer semesters) once your spot is secured and the assignment agreed upon.

Explore all of the housing opportunities available on campus.

Spring 2021

To secure a spot in University-sponsored housing, spring 2021 incoming students must complete the 2020-2021 Housing Contract and submit a $300 non-refundable Housing Deposit.

Move-in dates for the spring 2021 semester have been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021, through Friday, January 15, 2021. Residence Life will soon reach out to all incoming residents and ask them to sign up for a specific time slot on either date to complete the move-in process.

Fall 2021

To secure a spot in University-sponsored housing, fall 2021 incoming students must complete the 2021-2022 Housing Contract and submit a $300 non-refundable Housing Deposit.

Please check back at a later date for information regarding move-in dates.

If you would like more information, contact the Office of Operations at 508.373.5754 or email margaret.hillard@mcphs.edu.

MCPHS parking is available to residential and commuter students.

Parking is limited and assigned on a first come, first serve basis. The parking application deadline is August 1 for fall starts and December 1 for spring starts.

To reserve parking, please complete the parking reservation form. Incoming students who have paid for a parking pass will receive their assignments at orientation.

For questions on parking options in the area or any questions related to parking, please contact the Office of Operations at 508.373.5754 or via email.

Tuition Payment

Once your first semester tuition bill has been posted, you will receive an email to your MCPHS email account. To access your student payment account, or to submit your payment, visit the MCPHS payment gateway.

Payment is due by August 1 for Fall enrollment and December 1 for Spring enrollment.

Apply for Financial Aid

Students may complete the 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid online to be considered for aid for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters. For students beginning in the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters, the 2021-2022 FAFSA will become available October 1, 2020.

If you have questions about financing your education or the aid application process, please contact the Student Financial Services Office for assistance.

Nathan Foor
Senior Associate Director
508.373.5648
nathan.foor@mcphs.edu
Programs: Acupuncture, PharmD

Lynn D. Berry Jr.
Associate Director
508.373.5633
lynn.berry@mcphs.edu
Programs: Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Nursing, Optometry, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant Studies

Affordability Appointments 

Let us help create a financial plan that works for you and your family. In a one-on-one phone conversation, a knowledgeable Student Financial Services counselor will break down the numbers for you, show you all of your available options, and give you a clear picture of how to make your education happen. Recommended for students who have already received their financial aid package from us.

Register for an Appointment (Acupuncture, PharmD)

Register for an Appointment (All Other Programs)

MCPHS requires an official transcript showing all final grades from all colleges/universities you attended in order to complete your admission record.

You must send in final transcripts by the below deadline in order to begin your time at MCPHS. If transcripts are not received by these dates, a hold will be placed on your account that will prevent class registration.

  • Fall Enrollment: August 15
  • Spring Enrollment: December 15

Please note that failure to successfully complete coursework with a C or higher may result in a change in your starting academic year or rescinding our offer of admission.

If you are enrolled in late prerequisites, proof of registration in these courses must be sent in by the below deadline.

  • Fall Enrollment: July 15 (for summer prerequisites)
  • Spring Enrollment: November 15 (for fall prerequisites)

Final transcripts should be mailed directly from your institution in a sealed, signed envelope to:

MCPHS Worcester
Admission Office
19 Foster Street
Worcester, MA 01608

You may also email your transcript to admissions.worcester@mcphs.edu.

A few months before the start of your term, you will receive instructions to your MCPHS email on how to submit immunization paperwork.

Before you arrive on campus you must demonstrate compliance with the MCPHS Immunization Policy by uploading records of all required immunizations to CastleBranch.

To ensure your own health and safety, as well as the health and safety of those around you, your required immunizations and titers must be completed prior to your first academic term. The easiest way to become compliant with MCPHS and state immunization requirements is to complete your immunizations through your primary care provider before you arrive at school.

To track your immunization records and compliance, the University works with CastleBranch, a confidential health information service. MCPHS will send you an email with instructions on how to set up an account with CastleBranch. Once you successfully create your profile, you will be prompted to upload the completed form.

Please be aware of the following:

  • You will pay a one-time fee of $25 to CastleBranch to create your CastleBranch account. Instructions about payment will be provided on the payment step of the online order process. You will have direct access to your account to monitor your own personal immunization compliance in conjunction with the company's tracking.
  • It is strongly recommended that you save a copy of your completed immunization form and your immunization records. Should any compliance questions arise, it is important to have your records immediately accessible to you.
  • Students who are not compliant with University immunization requirements may be subject to administrative withdrawal from MCPHS.
  • Authorized officials at MCPHS have access to student immunization records in order to monitor compliance.

Any questions about immunization records or requirements should be directed to CastleBranch at customerservice@castlebranch.com or 888.723.4263. All immunization records must be received by CastleBranch, a confidential health information service before the student begins moves into University housing or begins classes.

If you have any questions about this process, please email immunization@mcphs.edu.

Please note: Students who are not in compliance with the MCPHS and state immunization requirements before the start of classes may not be allowed to move into MCPHS-sponsored housing. Additionally, failure to comply may result in a delay in your beginning classes and a hold being placed on your student account.

According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and MCPHS policy, all students (regardless of enrollment) must be covered by a comprehensive health insurance program. The University makes available a general policy, provided by an independent insurance carrier, which meets these standards. Students will be automatically enrolled in this plan unless a waiver (which must be renewed annually) is completed and received by Student Financial Services. The health insurance waiver form will be available at the following times:

  • Fall Incoming Students: June
  • Spring Incoming Students: November
  • Summer Incoming Students: April

To fill out the waiver, visit University Health Plans. If you need assistance, please call 1.800.437.6448.

All international students must enroll in the plan with the exception of:

  1. Those international students whose sponsoring institutions have a signed agreement with MCPHS that complies with the University’s health insurance waiver requirements.
  2. International students with a plan for which their health insurance company’s primary home office is based in the United States AND the policy provides comparable coverage to the University's student health insurance plan.

International students who do not fall under conditions 1 or 2 above MUST purchase the University’s student health insurance plan and therefore are not eligible for a waiver.

All campus-based students receive an MCPHS Student ID card, which is required to be worn when you're on campus. Please follow all guidelines on the submission form to ensure your ID photo is not rejected. Be sure that the filename of your photo is your MCPHS ID #, i.e. 0456789.jpg. When you're ready, submit your ID photo using our ID Photo Submission form.

For more information on getting set up with your technology-related needs, visit Information Services’ New Student Information page.

MCPHS has a vibrant international student community of more than 1000 international students from 100+ countries around the world. We’re confident that as an international MCPHS student, you’ll find a welcoming, dynamic environment in which to make your health science career goals a reality.

Submit Your I-20 Application Materials

After MCPHS receives your enrollment deposit, you will receive an email with important information regarding the process for obtaining an I-20. MCPHS will ship your I-20 Form to you once it is issued and provide you with further instructions based upon your particular circumstances. If you have any questions regarding your immigration paperwork, please contact 617.732.2195 or international.admission@mcphs.edu. Your Form I-20 certifies that:

  • You have met all requirements of admission to MCPHS
    You intend to matriculate in a full-time program of study at MCPHS
  • You possess adequate English proficiency to live and study in the U.S.
  • You possess adequate financial support for tuition, fees, and living expenses for the duration of your stay in the U.S.
  • You may apply for admission to the U.S. in F-1 status.

All incoming international students who are applying for a Form I-20 have to submit certain documentation. To learn more about the Form I-20 and the documents that you must submit, please thoroughly read the Form I-20 Information Packet:

For an I-20 to be issued, all students need to show proof of funds for one academic year. This is called the Total Estimated Annual Budget. To learn what your program’s Total Estimated Annual Budget is, please follow this link.

If a sponsor is funding your education, they will need to complete the Financial Sponsorship Certification form to accompany your proof of funds.

If you are currently studying in the United States as an F-1 and have an active SEVIS record, please work with your current institution’s International Office to complete this form and have your SEVIS record transferred to MCPHS.

After You Arrive in the U.S. as an F-1 Student

All incoming F-1 students are required to complete SEVIS check-in with Immigration Services. You are required to bring the following documents:

  • Passport
  • F-1 Visa (not applicable to Canadian citizens)
  • I-94
  • Your local address and phone number in the U.S.
  • MCPHS I-20

Please monitor your MCPHS email closely for information regarding SEVIS check-in and other important information from Immigration and International Support Services. You can contact Immigration & International Support Services with any questions at internationalservices@mcphs.edu.

International Student Health Insurance Information

According to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and MCPHS policy, all students (regardless of enrollment) must be covered by a comprehensive health insurance program. The University makes available a general policy, provided by an independent insurance carrier, which meets these standards.

All international students must enroll in the plan with the exception of:

  1. Those international students whose sponsoring institutions have a signed agreement with MCPHS that complies with the University’s health insurance waiver requirements.
  2. International students with a plan for which their health insurance company’s primary home office is based in the United States AND the policy provides comparable coverage to the University's student health insurance plan.

International students who do not fall under conditions 1 or 2 above MUST purchase the University’s student health insurance plan and therefore are not eligible for a waiver.

MCPHS University and the Office of Student Access and Accommodations (OSAA) are committed to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal, effective, and meaningful access to educational opportunities and programs.

You can reach OSAA at OSAA@mcphs.edu, or at 508.373.5877 for the Worcester office.

Students are encouraged to meet with OSAA to discuss reasonable accommodations on the basis of disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that limits a major life activity.

Determination of reasonable accommodations is a deliberative and collaborative process between the student and OSAA. MCPHS University will consider the student’s disability, history, experience, request, and the unique characteristics of the course, program, or requirement, in order to determine if a specific accommodation is reasonable.

Requesting Services

Deposited students who have received their MCPHS student ID and email address can complete the OSAA Student Request for Services Form (SRS). Requests can be completed online, mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the OSAA office.

Then, submit supporting, current, clinical documentation from a qualified professional which may include past 504 plans, IEP's, psychoeducational evaluations, and/or letters from physicians, psychologists, or a licensed mental health professional. Documentation can be uploaded to the SRS Form, mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered to the OSAA office.

MCPHS University ensures FERPA compliance and therefore all information submitted OSAA will remain confidential.

Students will then be invited through your MCPHS email to an intake appointment to discuss your request. If you are found eligible, you will be responsible for communicating your accommodations to each professor and manage your service requests within appropriate timeframes.

The most recent Academic Calendar can be found on the Registrar's Office page

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