With plans for reopening its campus later this year underway, the University of Guam has introduced an initiative that would help students reach their academic goals even in the midst of COVID-19.
Although plans for the next school year are still undetermined, the University of Guam has launched an initiative that would help make higher education accessible even in these unprecedented times.
The UOG Cares initiative focuses on providing students with financial relief, academic support, as well as health and wellness resources.
Regarding financial aid, UOG President Dr. Thomas Krise says that would involve a 5 percent tuition rebate for the upcoming semester in August as well as a reduction of more than 60 percent of fees for those taking summer classes.
“We’re providing a rebate of 5 percent for new and returning students for the Fanuchanan semester that starts in August. We’ve reduced some fees for the summer session that we call Finakpo’ and we’re discussing further reductions for the Fanuchanan semester. So part of the issues is finding out what things are available – what’s available online and what must be in person – to figure out what we can refund,” Krise said.
The university is also considering reducing fees for the recently completed FANOMNAKAN semester.
As for academic support, UOG has partnered with Docomo Pacific on a home internet plan for students and staff that will provide service at nearly 40 percent off regular rates.
And to help students save even more money, the university’s Triton Store will offer digital versions of textbooks and course materials for the upcoming semester.
UOG also plans to provide face masks for students once they come back to campus, provide health screenings, and conduct frequent sanitation.
But as for what the new school year will look like in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it may involve a mix of in-person, hybrid, and online courses. Dr. Krise says that a plan has not yet been finalized and that the university is still discussing how to accommodate its students and their needs.
“So we don’t have a firm date on that. Various committees and colleges and schools are all working to figure out these things and it varies a lot depending on what courses they are. If it’s a wet chemistry lab, it’s going to be different from a history lecture. We hope soon, but we don’t have a firm date yet,” Krise said.
For more information about the initiative, visit UOG.EDU/UOG-CARES.