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PLEASE NOTE: As of October 20, Norwich University reports zero active cases of COVID-19 in a total of 1665 students currently in residence on the Northfield campus. The cumulative total of positive cases is six to date. As a precautionary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Norwich campus is closed to the public for the foreseeable future to include all buildings, fields and tracks. Thank you for your understanding.

Update July 15, 2020 found here: News from the Hill – July 15, 2020


On March 27, 2020 the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) was signed into federal law. Included in the Act was the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to support college students whose education was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic with financial grants. These emergency grants are intended to assist students with unanticipated expenses for food, housing, academic course materials, technology, health care and childcare.

Norwich University applied for and received funding under this program and will use no less than half the amount, or $1,002,307, for emergency financial grants to students. Per Department of Education (DOE) guidance, the funds must be direct cash grants to students. Grants are prioritized based on socioeconomic circumstance. Students must meet federal eligibility requirements and cannot have been exclusively enrolled in an online program prior to March 13, 2020 in order to qualify to receive HEERF emergency funds. The university will be distributing $1,007,970 in the next several weeks to 956 students. This represents approximately 46% of the 2,095 CARES eligible students. Students may decline their award by contacting the Bursar’s office via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The funds that are declined will be distributed to another eligible student.

Following the parameters of DOE guidance, Norwich created its eligibility calculation using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Grants will be provided to students who meet federal eligibility criteria and have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $10,972 or less.

Eligible expenses were calculated using the average daily national reimbursement rate as defined by the federal government for room, meals, and incidentals. This total average daily rate of $151 was multiplied by the number of days students were not able to remain on campus for the spring semester (57 days), for a total cost proxy of $8,607. Eligible students will receive a percentage of this proxy in an amount of $880, $1,050, or $1,200 depending on their EFC.

These funds are emergency relief grants provided by the federal government and are not considered to be part of a student’s typical financial aid package. Additionally, per the Internal Revenue Service, these funds are categorized as disaster relief payments under section 130 of the Internal Revenue Code and are excluded from taxable income.

HEERF grants will be provided directly to students through our normal refund system, NUPay. Students who have not already done so can provide direct deposit banking information by logging into their NUPay Account and selecting Manage Refunds. If we do not have direct deposit information for a student, a check will be sent to the mailing address of record.

Every student who was enrolled on March 13, 2020 in a residential program will receive an email notice regarding how the CARES program impacts them. After receiving the email, if you still have questions regarding this grant, please contact the Bursar’s Office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling (802) 485-2634.

We fully intend to resume residential learning in the fall and are working vigorously with the Governor of Vermont to make that happen. Students and families who have experienced financial difficulty due to layoffs, furloughs, or any loss of income, are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at (802) 485-2055.

Norwich University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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