COVID-19 Response FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Updated 5/1/20 5:00 p.m. Our prime concern is the health and safety of our students and employees, and we are actively undertaking contingency planning for this disease. Updates will be regularly posted here.
For more information on the disease and its global status please see the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is updating information regularly on webpages devoted to COVID-19 information.
For Current Flagship Students
- Who is eligible for CARES Act Emergency Aid? Flagship students currently registered for the spring 2020 semester who are eligible to file a FAFSA and receive federal financial aid. Distance Education students are not eligible.
- Why am I receiving these funds? These funds were earmarked for students who experienced a disruption to their on campus experience due to Covid-19. The funds are meant to provide support for any expenses incurred to move off-campus and complete the semester remotely.
- How much will I receive? Unity College must review each student’s eligibility. The amounts of each award will depend on the number of eligible students. Pell Grant eligible students will be given first priority.
- When will I receive my funds? The release of these funds has yet to be determined. The goal is to release funds as soon as possible once eligibility has been determined.
- If I owe a past balance or a balance for fall 2020, will these funds cover this balance? No. Federal regulations do not allow us to hold these funds to cover balances even with a student’s permission.
- Unity College CARES Act Disclosure Statement
- What is Unity College’s plan for federal work study for the remainder of the semester?
As we have transitioned to remote learning, Unity College will continue to pay federal work study students who serve as peer tutors and peer mentors through the CLC. All other federal work study positions have been canceled for the remainder of the semester.
- When Unity College made the decision to transition to remote learning, what was the remaining balance of the federal work study money?
The remaining balance available is $13,933.
- How much federal work study has been disbursed, and isn’t Unity College required to match those funds?
As we’re already well into the school year, more than 94 percent of the entire federal work study funds have been disbursed. Because of Unity College’s small size and operating budget, we requested and were approved for a waiver to be exempt from matching the federal funds. In order to keep costs down, we did not budget for that match.
- Why is the remaining balance not being disbursed among all work study students?
By taking the remaining federal work study balance of $13,993 and disbursing it among more than 300 students, each student would receive less than $45. As we transition to remote learning, our goal is to support all students, and maintaining the peer tutor and peer mentor resources in the CLC is vital for many students as they finish this semester. Because of that, we chose to prioritize the peer tutors and mentors with the remaining federal work study balance.
- Are there any changes to my Financial Aid or Work Study?
Financial aid and work study are unique to each student. Contact Student Financial Services.
- Will I receive a housing and meal plan refund?
All Flagship students who left campus in March with unused portions of housing and meal plans remaining may receive a refund of those expenses. The amount of the refund will vary depending on the particular housing and/or meal plan a student selected for the Spring semester.If students have a current outstanding balance with the College, the refund amount will be first applied to the balance, and any remainder distributed to the student.
- What procedure is being used to determine the amount of refund a student will receive?
Unity College is refunding the charges for housing and meal expenses for the final six weeks of our fifteen-week residential spring semester, starting March 23 when Flagship classes resumed. Based on the particular housing and meal packages, we determined a “weekly charge per student,” and multiplied that by the relevant six-week period of remaining classes.
- How will I get my refund?
Payments will be issued via ACH direct deposit if a bank account is on file with the College, otherwise a check will be mailed to the home address on record.
- When will I receive my refund?
In most cases, housing and/or dining refunds will be applied to student accounts by April 30, 2020.
- What if I have additional questions not answered above?
Any questions related to the processing of refunds should be directed to Sherry McCollett, Director of Student Financial Services, at SMcCollett@unity.edu.
Families who used money from a 529 college savings plan to pay for Spring 2020 expenses may wish to consult with a qualified tax adviser regarding any possible tax implications of a cash refund.
- What do housing and meal expenses fund in the Flagship?
Unity College Flagship is a residential campus in the fullest sense of the term. Housing and meal expenses fund not only a student’s room in a residence hall and a plate full of food, they also fund the services that make our campus a vibrant living community. For the Spring semester, we have already incurred most of the costs of providing those services, but we feel it is important during this time of uncertainty for our students and their families that the College absorb these sunk costs and not adjust the refund amount.
- May 8 - Flagship Virtual Awards Recognition on our website Unity.edu at 11:00 a.m.
- May 9 – College-Wide Virtual Recognition on our website Unity.edu at 11:00 a.m.
- August 1 – College-Wide Commencement – at 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity, ME at 11:00 a.m.
- December 18 – College-Wide December Graduation – at 90 Quaker Hill Road, Unity, ME at 6:30 p.m.
- First class mail that’s on campus (along with any mail that comes for the remainder of break) will be forwarded to your home address. During this time, please contact friends/family/credit cards/vendors/banks, etc. and give them your new address.
- Change your Amazon/Chewy/IPSY/Walmart (and anything you get by subscription) shipping address. These items will be returned to sender.
- If you’re living in the area, please have your mail/packages delivered to your apartment, etc. This will ensure you continue to receive mail if the campus closes.
- If you have any questions or concerns, contact Leigh Juskevice at 207-509-7208 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Distance Education Students
For Prospective Flagship Students
- Currently there are no appointments being scheduled.
- If you are a client of Maine Family Planning, you can contact them for prescription refills. They will mail prescriptions upon request.
- Wellness Center staff can support you in referral information for your area and help navigate questions you may have about connecting to counseling, or other services.
- If you have a medical record request, please contact the Wellness Center and we can fax or mail information after you sign a ROI (Release of Information).
- TAO - Therapy Assisted Online is available for students, if you have any questions about signing up please contact us.
- Reach out by phone or email if you have any concerns or questions, we want to hear from you!
- Lydia will contact you by telephone to discuss refills of your medications. If we are unable to reach you by phone, we will contact you at your Unity email address for you to provide a number as Lydia will need to speak to you by telephone.
- Please keep in mind if there are any complications or concerns, she will likely recommend that you follow up with your PCP, or other medical provider.
- You will need to provide information about where you would like your medication refilled so please have the pharmacy name and their phone number available.
- Certain prescriptions have strict state and federal guidelines, Lydia will plan with you regarding these.
- If your medications previously were filled at Unity Pharmacy, they have offered to mail them and cover the postage cost. To arrange this call them at 207-948-3950. Please keep in mind that the mail system may experience some disruption or delay, so switching to a local pharmacy may be best at this time.
- For further information regarding Unity College’s planning efforts contact our Dean of Students.
- For media inquiries, contact the Marketing Department at email@example.com | 207-509-7292
- Campus communications regarding the flu season and COVID-19
- Planning Resources for Teaching Remotely