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Q&A regarding college closure and changes in program delivery

Updated Friday, May 29, 2020

If you have a question that is not answered here, please email us at student-inquiries@hollandcollege.com

Are students eligible for financial assistance through the Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program?
Yes, all students, including international students with legal status to work, who are employed and have experienced an 8-hour or more reduction in their work weeks are eligible for assistance. For more information, visit the Province of Prince Edward Island's Emergency Relief - Worker Assistance Program webpage.

Are there other financial supports?
The Province of Prince Edward Island is offering financial supports. To be eligible for any provincial supports for students impacted by COVID-19, a student must be residing in Prince Edward Island. There is help available to students that are from out-of-province, including international students who are living on PEI. Find out more here.

I have been accepted to Holland College for September, can I extend the deadline to pay my confirmation fee?
Yes, the deadline for the confirmation fee has been extended to May 31, 2020. If the deadline needs to be extended further, we will provide updated information on the college web site.

I have been accepted to Residence for September, can I extend the deadline to pay my confirmation fee?
Yes, the deadline for the confirmation fee has been extended to May 31, 2020. If the deadline needs to be extended further, we will provide updated information on the college web site.

Are you still accepting applications for the fall semester?
Yes! Program delivery will be different, though. You can see a list of programs and how we intend to delivery them on this page.

The following questions relate to the delivery of full-time programs for the 2020-2021 school year. For a detailed list of programs and their respective delivery models, check here.

How did the college decide how each program would be delivered? 
Programs with courses, or components of courses, that are theory based were identified to use distance delivery to avoid large numbers of people on campus to allow us to adhere to the guidelines from the Chief Public Health Office. For programs where students need to be on site to acquire the skills they need, we are ensuring that they can do so safely. 

The plan shows that the college plans to be able to have all students back on site in January, what would change that?
Our intention is to resume face to face classes in January. This could change according to the direction of the Chief Public Health Office. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the school year and will adjust the plan as required. 
Will International students be able to attend face to face classes if their program is being delivered in a blended model?
At this point, we are waiting for direction from the Chief Public Health Office regarding whether International students will be permitted to enter the province to attend school in the fall. Many of our current International students who have remained on the Island will be able to attend classes. 

If International students are not permitted to return, will their international fees and health plan fees be reduced accordingly?
The international student differential fee is based on the cost to deliver courses to international students and is not impacted if the international student is completing courses via distance or blended delivery. The Health Plan fees are set by the Holland College Student Union, which is an organization separate from Holland College. Questions about those fees should be directed to the Student Union. 
If students want to delay attending the college until September 2021 and had been awarded scholarships, will the scholarships be deferred until then? 
Unfortunately, this is not possible. All awards are presented annually, so if a student decides not to attend Holland College this school year, the award will be presented to the next shortlisted applicant for that particular award. The student would be welcome to apply for the award the following year, but since the applicant pool would be different, there may be other students who are more closely aligned with the criteria for that award.  

Will residences be open in September? 
The college is planning to re-open residences in September and is working on its operational plan for ensuring our residence operations open safely and comply with all directives from the Chief Public Health Officer. 

Will varsity sports be happening? 
The college is working with provincial, regional and national sporting organizations in which we have membership to determine the best approach to resuming varsity sports in a safe manner. The situation continues to evolve, and the college will reach out to all returning and potential student athletes with updates as they become available. 

Will food services be offered? 
The college is working with its food service provider on the Prince of Wales Campus to determine its re-opening plan for September. An operational plan has not yet been finalized. The food service provider at the Summerside Waterfront Campus is prepared to operate as soon as the campus is open and will be implementing all required health and safety protocols. Food services at the Tourism and Culinary Centre will re-open based upon the program delivery plans of the Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts, and International Hospitality Management programs. 

Will there be orientation activities in September? 
Right now, our plan is to hold our new student orientation online to provide students with the essential information they need as they start their Holland College program.