While this is a difficult time with many unknowns, we are committed to doing everything possible to help you achieve your academic goals. You continue to amaze and inspire us with your determination and resiliency and we are here to support you.
Financial Aid & Funding
At this time, your Achieve Atlanta Scholarship will not be impacted because of the campus closures / move to remote learning. However, if you have questions regarding your financial aid please contact your college’s Financial Aid Office.
This will vary by institution. Some institutions are continuing to pay work study wages even if you are not working. Contact your Financial Aid Office for more information.
Yes. Congress has granted permission for the U.S. Department of Education to provide waivers on federal student aid distribution. This flexibility will allow Federal Work-Study (FWS) recipients to receive their wages through the end of the academic year even if they cannot continue working. Additionally, students unable to complete will not have this semester counted toward their Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility Used (LEU) and Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) calculations.
In order to access these supports, students need to take action. Currently enrolled students who are seeking emergency aid, reinstatement of FWS wages, or who need to withdraw for the semester, should contact their school’s financial aid office. Click here to learn more.
My college/university is moving to an online course for the rest of the semester. What should I do to prepare?
In order to be successful in an online course, it is very important that you:
- Manage your time effectively and efficiently;
- Take increased responsibility of your learning;
- Be willing to seek help from your instructor when needed;
- Regularly log into the course platform online;
- Fully engage in the online learning activities;
- Be self-motivated; and
- Be willing to learn independently.
The pace of your course may require you check in on the online platform daily. It is strongly recommended you use a reliable computer when taking tests and completing assignments, not a mobile device or tablet.
You can see other tips and strategies for academic success from our partners at Beyond12.
The following are examples of email etiquette:
- Always include a subject line.
- Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails.
- Address recipient by name/title
- Use standard fonts.
- Proof your work – avoid texting words and phrases (ex. r u)
- Do not send large attachments without permission.
- Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
- Respect the privacy of other class members.
No. All colleges are experiencing disruptions at this moment. We encourage our Scholars to complete the semester at the institution where you are currently enrolled.
Housing & Food
You can text “FINDFOOD” (or COMIDA en Español) to (888) 976-2232 to locate nearby food distribution locations and their contact info. Visit the Atlanta Community Food Bank website for updated food resources.
Call (678) 553-5917 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for help applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), a federal program that helps millions of Americans put food on the table. You can use SNAP to purchase food from your local grocery store and participating farmers’ markets.
Please contact your Office of Student Affairs or Student Life to learn what resources your college has made available. At many colleges, alumni and/or students are establishing systems for alumni and community members to provide emergency housing, storage, and other support. Check your college’s social media accounts to see if this is available at your school. If you cannot get assistance and are experiencing a financial emergency related to housing, you can apply for an Achieve Atlanta Emergency Grant until June 30, 2020.
If you are in Atlanta, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation may be able to assist you with your housing needs or point you to other resources. You can read about their available assistance on their website or you can call (404) 521-0790 between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
The Atlanta Land Trust created a guide with local resources on mortgage/rent assistance and utilities support.
I cannot pay for transportation (and associated costs) to go back to campus and pack up my belongings. What should I do?
Please contact your Office of Student Affairs to let them know about your situation. You can also reach out to your school’s alumni groups – many are providing support.
Health & Wellness
We encourage Scholars to engage in a few protective measures as encouraged by the World Health Organization (WHO):
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water. Hand sanitizer that has an alcohol content of 60% or greater can also be used.
- Maintain social distancing – at least three feet from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
- Practice respiratory hygiene (cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze then discard tissue immediately).
- Keep surfaces frequently touched (sinks, door handles, faucets, desks, etc.) sanitized.
- Do not report to school or work if you are ill.
- If you experience symptoms, get medical care early!
Achieve Atlanta is providing a valuable benefit to all Scholars and their immediate family members known as the Student Assistance Program (SAP). We have partnered with McLaughlin Young Group, an independent provider of SAP services. The SAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation.
To seek assistance through the SAP, simply call (704) 529-1428 or (800) 633-3353.
You can learn more about taking care of your mental health during times of uncertainty by visiting the afsp.org website.