Columbia College Hollywood’s COVID-19 FAQs

We compiled the following questions to provide answers to your concerns relating to Columbia College Hollywood, Flashpoint Chicago, and the coronavirus. We will keep this updated, and it will be accessible online on our homepage. Please email covid19response@columbiacollege.edu with additional questions.

Access to Campus

The summer quarter is scheduled to start on July 6. The majority of summer quarter courses will be taught remotely, but midway through the quarter, we plan to offer workshops, labs, and provide access to the facilities for production. We are also offering a carefully curated selection of special classes that lend themselves to online learning.

Our first priority is your safety and following the state and city’s directives.

Summer Quarter will start as scheduled on  Monday, July 6th virtually. Midway through the quarter, we plan to offer workshops, labs, and provide access to the facilities for production. We are also offering a carefully curated selection of special classes that lend themselves to online learning.

Midway through the summer quarter, we plan to offer workshops, labs, and provide access to the facilities for production. We are also offering a carefully curated selection of special classes that lend themselves to online learning.

Educational Continuity

Final exams for the Summer Quarter will be administered online according to the regularly scheduled exam period.

We understand it may be frustrating during this global pandemic to not have access to all of the tools and resources you are accustomed to having on CCH campus. Arrangements are in place to give students access to the required software or an equivalent needed in each course. Alternative curriculum has been developed to teach techniques and equipment remotely. Please discuss further questions and concerns about best practices for adapting to virtual study with your instructors and department chairs. Additionally, CCH will begin to host small size workshops and access to production areas.  Your faculty is working hard to provide the most appropriate solutions for your academic needs to ensure educational continuity.

We do not recommend that seniors take time off from completing their degree.

For Seniors working on their Thesis Projects, your department chairs have created alternate paths for you to complete your thesis projects in order to keep you progressing towards your degree as planned.

The summer quarter is scheduled to start on July 6. The majority of summer quarter courses will be taught remotely, but we will use Curbside Equipment Checkout  to enable students access to gear and to allow small groups of students on campus for instruction or production. Our first priority is your safety and following the state and city’s directives.

If any CCH community member tests positive for COVID-19, please alert us by emailing covid19response@columbiacollege.edu. In accordance with HIPPA law, we will not disclose the identity of the community member. We will simply report the possible exposure to anyone who may have had contact in the past two weeks.

ICE for F/M Visa Holders

Yes you can. For all continuing students enrolled in on ground degrees, if you are in the U.S. you can take in person and online glasses as required by SEVP to meet F-1 status requirements.

No, you do not as long as you plan to enroll in on-ground courses for Fall 2020.  You are still able to take online courses, but must take the minimum number required to still make normal progress in your degree program. We will work with you individually on your schedule to ensure that these criteria are met.

The current guidance from SEVP issued on July 6th states that continuing F-1 students have to limit their online classes. Students who elect to take all their classes online and do not enroll in on ground classes for the fall will need to consult the academic advisor.

  • If you have a valid visa and travel signature, you can return to campus and enroll in on ground and online courses. Please ensure there are no travel restrictions limiting your arrival to the U.S. OR
  • You may enroll in classes remotely in Fall 2020. Per the FAQs dated July 7, 2020, your SEVIS record will be kept “Active” and you will continue to accrue the benefits of your F-1 status.

We are aware of student concerns and travel restrictions. Your safety and wellbeing will be prioritized when decisions are made. 

Events

None. In order to comply with local and state authorities, all on campus events have been temporarily cancelled.  We will reschedule events as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Based on the advice of public health officials and the restrictions put in place by city and state authorities in addition to our duty to prioritize the safety of our community, we regret to inform you that the Commencement ceremony scheduled for June has been postponed to December 2020.

Be assured, however, that once we are on the other side of this difficult and extraordinary time, we will celebrate together and hold an in-person graduation ceremony to properly recognize the Class of 2020. We will continue to provide the latest information as it becomes available. Please continue to check your CCH email inbox, the college website, and social media to stay most up to date on campus developments.

Finances

No. Despite all of the adapting we are doing as a community, the operating costs for CCH will remain the same and the College will continue to incur the same expenses. For example, CCH instructors must continue to be paid, and they are putting in the same, if not more, work to maintain academic continuity for our students.

We know not being on campus is an adjustment. We are ensuring that the required educational outcomes are achieved regardless of modality. As outlined in the Student Handbook, if any student chooses to stay enrolled past add/drop for Summer Quarter, they will be responsible for tuition for the entire quarter. This policy remains in effect. As stated above, the operating costs for CCH will remain the same and the College will continue to incur the same expenses.

Stipend amounts will be administered via ACH electronic funds transfers. If stipend amounts are intended for the student, the student must complete a Direct Deposit Form authorizing the college to make a deposit.

If stipend amounts are intended for a parent, guardian or other co-signer, that person must complete a Direct Deposit Form authorizing the college to make a deposit.

To access Direct Deposit Form: https://fs10.formsite.com/columbiacollege/6xcmyibnf1/index.html

CARES ACT

Eligibility requirements for this program include: U.S. citizenship, current eligibility to participate in Title IV loan programs, and enrollment in primarily ground based programs on either the Los Angeles or Chicago campuses prior to the COVID-19 disruption. Students who were enrolled exclusively in an online program are not eligible for emergency financial aid grants.

The CARES Act provides institutions with significant discretion on how to award this emergency assistance to students. This means that each institution may develop its own system and process for determining how to allocate these funds, which may include distributing the funds to all students or only to students who demonstrate significant need. The only statutory requirement is that the funds be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).  CCH is currently evaluating and developing the guidelines that will determine how funds are allocated.  Our objective is to do whatever is possible to support you and your classmates who have the greatest need.

There are 760 eligible students, each of whom should expect to receive $911. CCH has set aside about $10,500 for students who are highly impacted by COVID-19 (e.g. those who require hospitalization) and need additional help above and beyond the one-time distribution. These situations will be examined on a case by case basis as we do our best to help those in our community most impacted by the crisis.

Direct deposit is the fastest method for the distribution of CARES Act funds. To help get money to you, your parents, or your legal guardians as soon as possible, we’re asking all students (or their appropriate recipient) to go to the online portal and update their direct deposit information by the end of the day on Monday, May 25, 2020.

Los Angeles students please click here to update your direct deposit information.
Chicago students please click here to update your direct deposit information.

If you are not able to receive funds via direct deposit, we will mail physical checks to the address in your student account. It will take slightly longer to receive the funds via check.

Distribution of funds will begin Friday, May 29, 2020. Students receiving direct deposit should see funds available between 1-3 days, depending on your financial institution.  Those receiving paper checks should expect to receive them with 7 – 10 working days after May 29th.
More information about the CARES Act can be found on our website or at the Department of Education.
Supplemental CARES Act Assistance:
Columbia College Hollywood disbursed $911 to all eligible Chicago and Los Angeles campus students per the CARES Act legislation. This Department of Education aid was provided to recognize the financial challenges students have experienced due to COVID-19.  For many of our students, this funding should help bridge their college expense gap while getting through this difficult time.  We understand, however, that there will be some CARES Act eligible students in our community that have been hit particularly hard by this pandemic and may still need help managing their expenses.  In an effort to provide additional support, we have set aside a small pool of CARES Act funds to further assist those students that can demonstrate an extreme hardship as a result of the coronavirus.  The following protocol will be adhered to for awarding the remaining allocation:
  • Supplemental CARES Act Assistance requests must be received by June 22nd.
  • Students must be eligible under the CARES Act definition (see CCH CARES Act FAQ #1).
  • Students must complete and submit this form, an official request for additional financial support. 
  • Upon request, students should be prepared to provide documentation as evidence supporting their extenuating circumstances (i.e. letter from employer, medical doctor, etc).
  • A committee will review each application and make a determination who will receive additional funding.
  • All awards are a fixed amount and a finite number will be distributed based on the CARES Act funds set aside for this purpose.
  • All decisions will be final and notification given to students receiving additional benefits within 7 business days of the June 22, 2020 cut-off date.

Housing

Student housing is not contracted directly through CCH. Students needing information regarding contract termination should contact the housing representative.  Contact information can be found here.

Students should contact their housing representative for questions regarding their lease agreement. 

KAPI CONTACT
Kate Savar
Reservation Manager
cch@kapiresidences.com
949-633-0293

The lease agreement is owned and operated by KAPI–not Columbia College Hollywood. CCH works with KAPIto provide housing options for students, but ultimately, the leases are agreements between the students and KAPI.

No. A student’s change in enrollment status with the College does not have any bearing on the fact that they are committed to an active lease with KAPI, a third party, directly. Students should contact KAPI for any questions related to housing leases.

Students should contact the KAPI account manager for questions related to their housing leases.
Kate Savar
Reservation Manager
cch@kapiresidences.com
949-633-0293

Resources

Students currently receiving CCH counseling services will receive an email from their counselor confirming and/or rescheduling appointments that will continue to be offered via Telehealth. Students who are not currently receiving counseling services and need support may contact Laura Kaufman for assistance.

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