There will be changes to the comprehensive fee for 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more about how to request emergency relief funds through the CARES Act.
To sustain our transformative liberal arts education, our comprehensive fee for all enrolled full-time students, including those who choose to attend remotely, will increase by 3.75 percent. Students attending remotely will not pay room and board.
|$7,490||Regular Room (Double)|
|$6,470||USA Meal Plan (Unlimited Servo Access)|
|$72,460||Total Comprehensive Fee|
We understand that families may be experiencing financial hardships during this time. Our Financial Aid Office is prepared to work with families to understand their individual circumstances.
Financial aid awards for returning students will be sent in late July. All students will be billed in late July with a payment due date of August 14.
Decision to increase tuition and fees
We understand that the type of personalized academic experience we offer represents a significant investment for our families. We also recognize the disruption caused by COVID-19 to family circumstances and we are working one-on-one with our Gettysburg families to actively support them. The pandemic and economic crisis has resulted in fundamental changes across the American landscape. For Gettysburg College, this means that we are expending substantially more in financial aid than was budgeted. For context, nearly 1 of every 3 dollars we spend as an institution is on financial aid; this now must increase. We are also absorbing considerably more expenditures to provide the many safety measures a return to campus in a COVID-19 environment demands. These unforeseen expenses, coupled with the cost of providing a high-quality and student-centered education, contribute in part to this year’s increase in tuition and fees.
In a circumstance where the College would need to pivot to remote learning during the fall 2020 semester, we would credit student accounts for a portion of their room and board charges, on a pro-rata basis, as we did during the spring 2020 semester. For example, when our students transitioned to remote learning last March—the mid-point of the spring semester—the College issued credit to their student account for 50 percent of the semester cost of their housing and meal plans. The same principles would apply during the 2020-2021 academic year.
On the curricular side, our faculty have proactively developed their courses with the understanding that a move to remote learning—at any point during the academic year—remains a possibility, given the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Equipped with the knowledge gained from the spring 2020 semester, our College will be ready for a quick and robust transition to virtual instruction, if this scenario comes to fruition. Gettysburg College remains committed to providing an education that is as academically rigorous and student-centered within a virtual environment as our community has come to expect on our physical campus.
CARES Act grants
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which was passed by Congress and signed into law in March, provides Gettysburg College with higher education emergency relief funding. The College has signed and returned a certification and agreement to participate in the CARES Act emergency relief funding provided by the Department of Education in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. As part of this agreement, Gettysburg College will distribute at least 50 percent of this funding to students via emergency relief grants for a total amount of at least $828,017. The College was notified on June 16, 2020, that the funds had been awarded to the College.
On Friday, June 19, all currently enrolled students who were also enrolled during spring 2020 received an email with information and instructions regarding how to request funds. The Department of Education guidelines state that a student must be Title IV eligible in order for the College to disburse funds to the student. Students who graduated in May are no longer enrolled at the College and are no longer Title IV eligible, and therefore are not eligible to receive a CARES Act emergency grant.
As required by the CARES Act, more information will be posted within 30 days regarding the calculation of emergency grants and the process used to distribute funds.