We will continue to add additional FAQs to this page as they are developed.

What is the College doing to support students with financial needs?

Students will receive their full financial aid award, even though the total cost for Spring Term 2020 is reduced. Room and board fees will be reduced, based on the time a student is on campus during the amended term. Student activity fees also will be reduced.

Student employment awards, like financial aid, will not change. Students who have remained on campus can arrange their work hours with their supervisor as normal or take advantage of other job postings. Students who are not living on campus may be able to work remotely if their positions allow.

Carleton has met emergency funding requests from students to cover many needs, including:

  • Transportation to their home or other safe place
  • Funding to address food insecurity
  • Funds for wifi or other technical assistance to assure access to remote learning
  • Funds to address ongoing medical and mental health needs.

Students may continue to request emergency funding through the Dean of Students Office.

How are we supporting students who don’t have a safe home to return to? Or those with food security issues?

Nearly 260 students remain on campus in Northfield. These students petitioned to remain on campus by sharing their circumstances with the Dean of Students Office. The ability to depart campus for a safe home was among the factors considered.

Students remaining on campus during spring break have access to meals as part of their daily room and board fee. For additional food options during break, the Carleton Cupboard is a source for free food.

How can I help?

Make a gift to the Alumni Annual Fund, which provides approximately $10 million each year to the college budget and provides maximum flexibility for the College as we look to support our students and faculty. The Alumni Annual Fund directly supports the additional dollars being spent to assist students now and in Spring Term.

The College, through Student Financial Services, meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for all students enrolled. This calculation is made equitably for all students by using data submitted through the FAFSA form.

Every year, a student’s financial aid package is reassessed based on the financial circumstances for each family. It is likely the financial aid budget for returning students next fall will increase, reflecting the severe economic disruption currently underway.

We are also exploring ways to create a virtual support network for students and alumni so that the connection to campus remains. We will have more information about this soon.

What are we doing to support seniors with their upcoming transition to the workplace?

Plans are currently being developed, and updates will be posted here when finalized.

What about Reunion?

Amidst the uncertainty surrounding the impact of COVID-19, Carleton’s Office of Alumni Relations is still planning for Reunion 2020 in June. We know the situation is constantly evolving, and we are monitoring it closely. As we get closer to June and have more information, we will continue to update alumni (via the Reunion website and email) about any changes for Reunion. Currently, refunds for Reunion will be issued if we receive notice of cancellation before 5 p.m. central time on June 1. We encourage all alumni to make flexible travel plans, and we hope to see everyone back on campus in June.