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Will tuition be different for students who choose the hybrid approach as opposed to those who choose to go fully online?

No. Tuition for the spring 2021 semester will be the same for all full-time students.

Why is the tuition the same for hybrid students and online students? 

Whether a full-time student chooses the hybrid approach or chooses to go fully online for spring 2021, they are still a full-time student, and as such they have access to the complete, full-service educational experience offered by MCPHS. These are the same opportunities for engagement that all students will have when they return to campus.

Students opting for either learning modality continue to receive instruction from the same highly qualified faculty. They receive all the same course materials and can access the same enhanced learning management system and library resources. The University has made significant new investments in enhancing virtual labs and demonstrations, as well as remote access to academic success and support staff, counseling, student access and accommodation, and more to give every MCPHS student the richest possible learning experience and to keep them on track with their program progression.

Most MCPHS undergraduate and graduate full-time programs are not available as traditional online programs. Students taking traditional MCPHS online programs are part-time students and have a different tuition structure. They generally are working professionals and do not take advantage of the many services and resources that full-time on-campus students engage in on a regular basis. 

Is insurance available through the University?

The Business office will take a lead role in planning for student insurance coverage for COVID-19 related expenses and care. We will ensure that University insurance coverages are reviewed and updated regularly regarding potential COVID-19 claims and risks.

Will counseling be available through the University?

The counseling department will continue to use Telehealth, provided by our clinicians from their homes, whenever possible, to replace face-to-face meetings on campus. Counseling will provide outreach modules that address the needs of our students in the current environment. Additionally, virtual programming will be continued on health and wellness throughout the academic year.

Will general health services be available?

Optum Health Services (Boston) will maintain telemedicine access throughout the spring semester. There will be flexible staffing (on- vs. off-site) to best manage clinical space and patient needs.

If I elect the online option, is my Massachusetts Health Insurance still required?

No. Students in this situation will be soon sent a special waiver to waive health insurance if they are choosing the online option and do not plan to be on campus.

Will the libraries be open?

The Division of Library and Learning Resources will continue to provide comprehensive support to students remotely. Specific plans will be outlined for the following: Reference Services and Research Consultations, Course Reserve Collection, Information Literacy Instruction, and Interlibrary Loan Services. For students attending classes on our campuses, to ensure low population density, only students, faculty, and staff scheduled for a particular day will be able to access their respective campus libraries.

What academic support resources will be available?

The Center for Academic Success and Enrichment (CASE) will continue to provide outreach and academic support services online; this includes academic coaching, tutoring, study strategies, development of Academic Success Plans (ASP), peer mentor support for the ITM courses, and more.

Peer and specialized tutoring will be provided online by the Writing Center, the English Language Resource Center, and the Math/Physics Center. Individual faculty will be engaged to offer discipline-specific tutoring as needed.

Are there any changes to tuition or financial aid?

We will bill students commensurate with changing academic plans and modified auxiliary services as applicable, including housing and other services. A primary goal will be providing students with affordability counseling, and we will administer the CARES Act in accordance with government guidelines. We will monitor evolving financial aid regulations as they pertain to all aspects of student financial aid including online learning provisions, extended aid periods, and loan administrative forbearance programs, in order that we may provide optimal assistance to our students.

Flexplan 2021

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Our plan for the safe reopening in the spring.

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