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Aug 1

Special Notice Regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic

Roaring Return

For important updates on Lindenwood University campus safety precautions and associated information from public health officials, please visit our Roaring Return page and the CDC's COVID-19 site. Resources for faculty preparing courses for the Roaring Return can be located at www.lindenwood.edu/teaching-online-or-hybrid.

Roaring Return FAQs

With Lindenwood University’s announcement regarding the Roaring Return to campus this Fall, we are committed to providing prospective students and their families opportunities to connect with our campus community. Lindenwood University’s Admissions team remains committed to helping you navigate your college search during this time.  Below you will find helpful information as you continue to move through this process.

General Admissions FAQs

How has Lindenwood University responded to COVID-19?

Lindenwood University remains committed to the health and safety of our faculty, staff, and students during this pandemic while continuing to provide a high-quality education and experience. For more information regarding our plan for the fall term, please visit www.lindenwood.edu/roaring-return.

Can I visit campus?

Yes! Effective July 15, Lindenwood is accepting campus visitors. We are excited to showcase all of the great things our campus community has to offer.

Please understand due to the high volume of requests, tours must be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance, and opportunities may be limited due to updated tour protocol and staffing. We hope to give all Fall 2020 applicants top priority, as they attempt to finalize their college search in July and August.

If you are interested in scheduling a campus tour, please email LUTour@lindenwood.edu for available options!

I have questions about my admissions file, whom should I contact?

Our University Admissions staff remains available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (CDT). If you have not yet applied or have questions regarding your application, feel free to reach out to our office for assistance. 

We can be reached by phone at (636) 949-4949, email at admissions@lindenwood.edu, or via chat on our admissions page during business hours listed above. We are also scheduling video conferencing options during this time. We look forward to connecting!

Will you accept unofficial transcripts or test scores if I cannot obtain official copies?

Lindenwood University has adjusted our transcript policy to accommodate you during this time. Please work with your admissions counselor to have a copy of your current transcript and/or test scores submitted.  We encourage all students to submit electronic documents via our secure file transfer for security purposes.

Are you a transfer or graduate student? If so, we are still processing electronic transcripts sent from former institutions as well as accepting official mailed copies.  Our mailing address is:

Lindenwood University
Attn: University Admissions
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301

Official transcripts will be required prior to move-in, as well as the start of classes for all students. Final acceptance is also contingent on receiving these documents.

Will these changes delay my application?

Simply put, no! Our team has the tools and resources to continue to serve you at the highest level during this time. Our Admissions staff will continue to connect with all applicants regarding next steps via phone, email, and text. You will hear from us just as you always have and can expect timely and informative responses through this outreach.

Is Lindenwood still accepting students for the fall term?

Yes, yes, and YES! We are still actively working with applicants for our fall term, which begins Monday, August 24. We strongly encourage all students considering enrolling for the fall term to connect with our office to discuss next steps. Our fall admissions deadline is August 19; however, some programs have deadlines prior to this date. For a full understanding of these deadlines, please contact our office at (636) 949-4949.

I have a question about my financial aid, whom can I contact?

Our Student Financial Services (SFS) team is ready to assist with all of your FAFSA and aid related questions. They are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by email (sfs@lindenwood.edu) or by phone at (636)-949-4923.

My financial situation has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, is there anything Lindenwood can do to assist?

We understand and we are committed to exploring additional options that may be available to you and your family. Our Student Financial Services (SFS) office is ready to assist you in navigating this challenging time. Contact them today at sfs@lindenwood.edu or by phone at (636) 949-4923.

Has anything changed for New Student Orientation or move-in?

We remain committed to delivering an unforgettable welcome for our incoming class this fall. Be on the lookout for all the details from our Residential Life and First Year Program teams. New student move-in will be August 17-19, 2020 and each student will be provided a dedicated time slot for move-in.

What do I need to complete to be eligible for move-in?

We try to make this simple! In order to meet our ‘pre-cleared’ status for move-in, you will need to have a funding plan in place for your fall charges. Complete this step by visiting our payment plan options page or by connecting with our Business Office at (636) 949-4650.

We also encourage all students to submit information for their Student ID card, as well as have final official transcripts on file with the University prior to move-in.

I am a rising senior; will you have any recruitment events on campus this fall?

We are actively working on the development of both on-campus and virtual opportunities for the fall. Events will be available to help introduce you and your support system to our campus community. Stay tuned to this page for more information in the coming months.

The Office of University Admissions looks forward to continuing to partner with you!

International Student FAQs

U.S. Government Questions

Are the U.S. government offices open?

Government services have had interruptions in service due to COVID-19, and information regarding those services is changing daily. As of July 27, 2020:  

  • The Department of State announced it is doing a phased approach to resume routine visa services, which will occur on a post-by-post basis. DOS did not give specific dates and advised to check individual embassies or consulates for information. Contact information is available at www.usembassy.gov. Obtaining a visa does not supersede a travel ban. In order to travel, you will need an active I-20 visa and live in a country that is allowing F-1 students to travel to the U.S.
  • The Social Security Administration has closed their offices temporarily.

Are there travel restrictions in place?

Yes, several presidential proclamations are still in effect and apply to those physically present in those countries during the 14-day period preceding their arrival into the U.S. The link below contains information on the current travel restrictions. 

Some embassies and the Department of State have posted information that students from the Schengen Area, the U.K., and Ireland on a valid F-1 visa will be exempt from the travel ban. However, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not acknowledged this exception, so please contact your local embassy for country specific information. If you are receiving conflicting information, please reach out to OASIS for assistance. Lindenwood is monitoring the situation closely and will notify students if we hear anything official from CBP. 

 

For up to date information on travel bans, please visit the CDC’s information page.

 

Do I have to file my U.S. income taxes by April 15, 2020?

The Federal and Missouri state tax deadline have both been extended until July 15, 2020.

General Student Questions

How can I access the International Student Town Hall?

The town hall can be viewed by visiting the Roaring Return web page. Click on the three bars at the upper right corner of the embedded YouTube video to see the town hall playlist. The International Town Hall is second on the list.

 

Are international students required to quarantine?

No, we do not require any students to quarantine upon arrival.

 

If we decide to take classes online from our home country, how will this affect our scholarships and financial awards at Lindenwood?

 

If you remain in your current hybrid class, your tuition and financial aid will not change. You will receive your aid, up to the cost of tuition. Because you will not be living on campus, you will not be charged for room and board.

 

 

If I already paid for a fall residence hall, will I be refunded in full?

 

Yes, as long as you do not take possession of the room.

 

 

How can I meet with an Office of Admissions and Services for International Students (OASIS) advisor?

 

OASIS is scheduling virtual appointments via Microsoft Teams. Please email InternationalServices@lindenwood.edu to schedule an appointment.  

 

 

How can I get a travel signature?

 

You only need a travel signature to reenter, not to leave the U.S. We have confirmation that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), the Department of State, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will accept electronic signed I-20s. Students outside the U.S. and need a travel signature can request an electronic I-20 by emailing InternationalServices@lindenwod.edu. We will email you with more information once the request is received.  

 

Am I able to take online courses and maintain my F-1 visa status? 

 

Under normal regulations, F-1 students can only take one online course towards the full-time enrollment (1 online course for undergraduate students in 12 hours for the semester). However, in response to COVID-19, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has extended the March guidance allowing students to temporarily engage in distance-learning, either from within the U.S. or outside the country. Therefore, as long as you maintain a full-time course of study at Lindenwood this fall, regardless of delivery, your F-1 status will remain active.  

 

 

What should I do if I am unable or choose to remain in my home country to take online coursework due to COVID-1? Will this impact my visa status? 

  

It's unclear how long travel bans or other global travel restrictions may remain in effect for entry to the U.S. If you are currently outside of the U.S. and cannot enter the country to begin in-person instruction, please notify OASIS at the email addresses below to discuss your situation. We will work with you to determine the best path forward. The most recent guidance from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement allows you to maintain F-1 visa status while participating in coursework outside the U.S.

 

Please remain in your current course schedule regardless of travel plans. Your academic advisor can assist with making adjustments if you are in any courses that require a physical presence on campus. However, most courses are hybrid and allow students to participate virtually. 

 

Continuing Students: InternationalServices@lindenwood.edu 

New Students: InternationalAdmissions@lindenwood.edu 

 

 

Will my insurance cover COVID-19 related expenses?

 

Coverage is dependent on the insurance provider. We do know of several international health plans who have confirmed COVID-19 related expenses are covered. Your health insurance provider will be able to give you information on the level of coverage for your specific plan. While Lindenwood does not officially endorse a specific plan, we do know of some trusted providers. If you are looking for a referral, please contact InternationalServices@lindenwood.edu

 

New International Students

Will you accept unofficial transcripts or test scores if I cannot obtain official copies?

 

Lindenwood University has adjusted our transcript policy to accommodate you during this time. Please send a copy of your current transcript and/or test scores submitted. We encourage all students to submit electronic documents via our secure file transfer for security purposes.

 

Are you a transfer or graduate student? If so, we are still processing electronic transcripts sent from former institutions and accepting official mailed copies. Our mailing address is:

 

Lindenwood University

Attn: University Admissions

209 S. Kingshighway

St. Charles, MO 63301

 

Official transcripts will be required before move-in, as well as the start of classes for all students. Final acceptance is also contingent on receiving these documents.

 

Will these changes delay my application?

 

Simply put, no! Our team has the tools and resources to continue to serve you at the highest level during this time. Our Admissions staff will continue to connect with all applicants regarding the next steps via phone, email, and text. You will hear from us just as you always have and can expect timely and informative responses through this outreach.

 

When will I receive my I-20?

 

Lindenwood University is processing new i-20s as students become eligible. Once accepted, you will receive an email with detailed instructions to follow for the Office of Admissions and Services for International Students (OASIS) to generate an admission letter and i-20 document. You will then receive direct communication on the next steps from your admissions counselor. This communication will provide information that will allow you to start the visa appointment process.

Will these changes delay my application?

Simply put, no! Our team has the tools and resources to continue to serve you at the highest level during this time. Our Admissions staff will continue to connect with all applicants regarding next steps via phone, email, and text. You will hear from us just as you always have and can expect timely and informative responses through this outreach.

When will I receive my I-20?

Lindenwood University is processing new I-20s as students become eligible. Once accepted, you will receive an email with detailed instructions to follow for the Office of Admissions and Services (OASIS) to generate an admission letter and I-20 document. You will then receive direct communication on the next steps from your admissions counselor. This communication will provide information that will allow you to start the visa appointment process.

I have a question about my financial aid, whom can I contact?

Our Student Financial Services (SFS) team is ready to assist with all of your FAFSA and aid related questions. They are available Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. by email (sfs@lindenwood.edu) or by phone at (636) 949-4923.

My financial situation has been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Is there anything Lindenwood can do to assist?

We understand, and we are committed to exploring additional options available to you and your family. Our Student Financial Services office stands ready to assist you in navigating this challenging time. Contact them today at sfs@lindenwood.edu or by phone at (636) 949-4923.

Will I still be able to attend Lindenwood University for the fall semester?

It's unclear how long travel bans or other global travel restrictions may remain in effect and when individual visa offices will be opening. If you are currently outside of the U.S. and unable to enter the country to begin in-person instruction, please notify your recruiter. We will work with you and your advisor to determine the best path forward and adjust your I-20 start date accordingly.  

If you are currently registered, please remain in your current schedule. Your academic advisor will work with you to make any necessary adjustments. Keep in mind that you are free to begin remote instruction from abroad. As of July 27, 2020, the following restrictions are in place.  

Can I transfer to Lindenwood from another institution for fall semester?

At this time, the current COVID-19 DHS guidance through Summer 2020 allows remote instruction for students who choose to transfer their I-20. However, current guidance does not allow new transfer I-20s to be activated if the student is not present inside the U.S. If you are not able to enter the U.S. to begin your coursework for Fall 2020, we encourage you to consider online coursework. If you are a new student who is transferring your I-20 to Lindenwood and you are not present in the U.S. at the start of Fall 2020, your transfer I-20 start date and entry date to the U.S. will need to be adjusted to a future semester that includes in-person instruction.

  • The Department of State announced it is doing a phased approach to resume routine visa services, which will occur on a post-by-post basis. DOS did not give specific dates and advised to check individual embassies or consulates for information. Contact information is available at www.usembassy.gov. Obtaining a visa does not supersede a travel ban. In order to travel, you will need an active I-20 visa and live in a country that is allowing F-1 students to travel to the U.S.
  • There are travel bans in place for some countries. Updated information can be found on the CDC website.
  • Some embassies, as well as the Department of State have posted information that students from the Schengen Area, the U.K., and Ireland on a valid F-1 visa will be exempt from the travel ban. However, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has not acknowledged this exception, so please contact your local embassy for country specific information. If you are receiving conflicting information, please reach out to OASIS for assistance. Lindenwood is monitoring the situation closely and will notify students if we hear anything official from CBP. 

Has anything changed for New Student Orientation or move-in?

We remain committed to delivering an unforgettable welcome for our incoming class this fall. Be on the lookout for all the details from our Residential Life and First-Year Program teams. New student move-in will be August 17-19, 2020, and each student will be provided a dedicated time slot for move-in.

What do I need to complete to be eligible for move-in?

We try to make this simple! To meet our ‘pre-cleared’ status for move-in, you will need to have successfully put a funding plan in place for your fall charges. You can complete this step by visiting our payment plan options page or by connecting with our Business Office at (636) 949-4650. 

We also encourage all students to submit information for their Student ID card and have final official transcripts on file with the University before move-in.

If I’m unable to attend Lindenwood University this upcoming fall, can I defer my attendance?

Yes. Lindenwood will defer your admission for up to one year before a new application and admission documents will need to be provided. If you do not attend another university during that time, your admission, financial aid, and/or scholarship award should remain the same. 

If I can’t enter the U.S. to begin in-person coursework for Fall 2020, will this impact CPT or OPT qualifications?

Curricular Practical Training (CPT) is used for internships during your degree program, and Optional Practical Training (OPT) is used for employment after degree completion. Yes, if you cannot enter the U.S. to begin in-person coursework for Fall 2020, it could impact CPT or OPT employment eligibility. This information is based on the current Department of Homeland Security guidance and current F-1 regulations and is subject to change.

 

F-1 CPT or OPT Eligibility

To be eligible for F-1 CPT or OPT authorization, students must have been enrolled continuously for one academic year in Active F-1 status. Current guidance has clarified that an F-1 student accrues Practical Training eligibility only if they are in “Active” status in SEVIS. Before entry in the U.S., the I-20 and SEVIS record are in “Initial” status. The SEVIS record cannot be made “Active” “until after entry to the U.S. for the first time in F-1 status. 

CPT Example: You are in a program starting August 24, 2020 (1 academic year = 2 semesters: Fall 2020 + Spring 2021). If Fall 2020 instruction is all remote OR if you cannot enter the U.S. to begin your program for Fall 2020, your I-20 start date will be January 2021, the start of Spring 2021. You can begin online coursework for Fall 2020, but your F-1 record will only be made Active once you arrive in January and therefore, will only be active for one semester. You would qualify for CPT starting after the end of Fall 2021. 

OPT Example: You are in a one year program from August 24, 2020–May 14, 2021 (one academic year = two semesters: Fall 2020 + Spring 2021). If Fall 2020 instruction is all remote OR if you are unable to enter the U.S. to begin your program for Fall 2020, your I-20 start date will be January 2021, the start of Spring 2021. You can begin online coursework for Fall 2020, but your F-1 record will be made Active once you arrive in January. You would not qualify for OPT. 

Will extensions be allowed for final transcripts?

OASIS will be flexible during this timeframe. Please work closely with your admissions counselor to communicate issues or delays. Your admission counselor will work with you to ensure we receive the appropriate documents in a timely and stress-free manner.  

 

 

Student Financial Services FAQs

When is the fall 2020 bill due?

Fall 2020 bills are to be paid by August 1, 2020. There are many payment options available, including one time e-payments or recurring monthly payments. The billing statement, financial aid awards, access to e-payments, and payment plan enrollment is available via the Student Portal. In addition, financial aid can be used to cover a bill due. More information on additional aid options is available via the SFS website. If you need additional information on payment options, the due date, or financial aid please contact SFS at sfs@lindenwood.edu.

Is there additional financial aid for financial hardships?

Students can work with their SFS representative to identify what options may be available. Although not a guarantee, the SFS office will review what has changed, and may request additional information to assess all options. SFS can be reached via email at sfs@lindenwood.edu

If I decide not to enroll, can I get a refund of my payments made? Will tuition be adjusted?

Lindenwood University offers tuition adjustments based on the date of drop or withdrawal from classes. If payment has been made it will be applied to any remaining balance due, and the remainder refunded to the form or payment given to Lindenwood. For the full refund calendar please visit the Business Office Withdrawals/Refund site, or contact them via email at businessoffice@lindenwood.edu

Will students receive pro-rated tuition for the Fall 2020 term?

The modality for the final few weeks is simply shifting from hybrid to fully virtual after November 20. Course content and credit hours will not be impacted. Therefore, we do not have plans for pro-rating fall tuition as the level of engagement from faculty and students will not change. It’s important to us that our students receive the same quality education we’ve promised throughout the entire semester.

Will students who choose to remain home after November 20 receive pro-rated room & board?

Campus residences and dining facilities will remain open for all students who wish or need to return to campus, through the end of the semester. We do not plan to pro-rate room and board as all students have the option to remain on campus beyond November 20th, should they choose to return following the Thanksgiving break.

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Lindenwood University
209 S. Kingshighway
St. Charles, MO 63301