Yes. All buildings, including Christ Chapel, the Weeks Center, Rather House, Booher Library, the McDonald Building, the Diocesan Center, the Weeks Center and all classrooms are closed until further notice.
Outdoor areas are accessible, but we ask you observe Social Distancing if you gather in these areas.
Will Southwest be open in the fall?
Yes. While we cannot predict what the accessibility to buildings and restrictions around gatherings will be, Seminary of the Southwest will begin the fall semester as regularly scheduled. Seminary of the Southwest is actively enrolling students for Fall 2020, and we are anticipating a robust entering class who will join us in August. The enrollment department and admissions committees are reviewing applications for Academic Year 2020-2021. Please check your email and Populi for information about the Fall registration period which will open June 1st.
What changes to registration timelines have been made?
Fall term registration will be delayed until Monday, June 1st, and continue through Friday, August 21st. There will be no pre-registration, and no late fees for registration this year.
Registration packets will be made available through Populi on May 25th.
Returning student financial aid applications will be available no later than May 1, and everyone who returns their application by May 31 can expect a response no later than June 15.
I’m experiencing financial distress due to the pandemic; what resources are available to me?
Eligible taxpayers who filed tax returns for either 2019 or 2018 will automatically receive an economic impact payment of up to $1,200 for individuals or $2,400 for married couples and up to $500 for each qualifying child.
Tax filers with adjusted gross income up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns will receive the full payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced by $5 for each $100 above the $75,000/$150,000 thresholds. Single filers with income exceeding $99,000 and $198,000 for joint filers with no children are not eligible. Social Security recipients and railroad retirees who are otherwise not required to file a tax return are also eligible and will not be required to file a return.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers assistance and loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the COVID-19 crisis.
Also the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) may be available for displaced workers not normally eligible for regular or extended benefits. Workers whose hours have been reduced due to the COVID-19 slowdown may qualify for Work Share, a federal Short-Term Compensation program.
Employees whose work has been impacted by COVID-19, whether by a reduction in hours or a loss of their job, are encouraged to apply for unemployment benefits online or call 1-800-939-6631.
Federal Student Loans
If you have not already done so and you are enrolled in at least 6 credit hours (2 classes) for spring, you may borrow up to $10,250 though the federal student loan program. These funds can be used for expenses related to school including on or off campus housing, food, and supplies.
To access these funds, please email Hope (email@example.com). We are usually able to have funds to you within two weeks of your request. In order to access any needed funds before the end of the semester, please make your request no later than May 1, 2020.
Even if you have previously said you do not wish to borrow or borrowed only a small amount, you can request funds at any time this semester.
The recently passed economic stimulus package included a provision suspending interest all federal student loans until at least September 30, 2020, so any loans you do take now (or have taken in the past) will be interest free until the end of September. The department of education will not add interest to any of your student loans for this six-month period, and the bill provides a provision for extending this interest reprieve longer if it is determined this relief is needed after September. Learn more here.
Am I able to create a tuition payment plan?
Seminary of the Southwest is directing students needing assistance with tuition or basic household living expenses to the federal student aid program. The federal government has suspended payback on student loans through at least September, has reduced interest to zero during this time frame, and is charging no penalty or interest for those who are unable to make payments. Historically the federal government has been flexible with pay-back plans and deferrals. For these reasons, we are encouraging students in need to take advantage of this resource, especially in light of the program’s temporary zero interest rate.
What should I do if I’m experiencing difficulty providing food or basic needs for myself or my family?
The Central Texas Food Bank has a map of locations where you can get hot meals and groceriesin Austin. Enter your location to find what’s available near you.
AISD is also providing meals to families with children. Visit their website to learn more about the details of this program.
If I’ve had direct or indirect contact with a person diagnosed with or under investigation for Covid-19, what should I do?
If you or someone in your household has been knowingly exposed to coronavirus or COVID-19, please contact Austin Public Health immediately at (512) 972-5000, then call your doctor. It may be likely your doctor will not see you until you have been assessed by Austin Public Health.
What if I have questions not answered here?
Please use the intake form hosted on the seminary’s COVID-19 response website: