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May 11, 2020

On this first day of our summer classes, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and in good health. Whether this is your first day at UCF or you’re returning, we are so proud of you for continuing your studies this semester.

We know the past several months have been challenging, and we want to make sure you are provided with the resources to help you be successful during this time of remote learning and social distancing.

Virtual Services and Learning Resources

Many of our student support services are available remotely. From virtual advising and career coaching, to telehealth visits with physicians and telecounseling visits with counselors, to online workouts and virtual student organization meetings, these are services frequently paid for by your student fees, and we highly encourage you to use them to assist you on your path to reaching your academic, professional and personal goals.

UCF also has created several resources to help students with the transition to remote learning, including our Keep Learning website and these tips from a success coach about managing online courses and other tools that can help with your classwork.

If you need additional help in your courses, UCF’s Student Academic Resource Center is offering supplemental instruction, peer tutoring and academic coaching online.

May 19 CARES Deadline

We also understand that you and your families may have faced unexpected financial difficulties due to COVID-19, and UCF is here to support you. Starting in early June, UCF will distribute more than $25 million in aid to our eligible students who need it most thanks to federal funding from the “CARES” Act.

The aid is designed to help eligible students with the most urgent needs created by financial implications of the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

Students have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, to apply for the aid here: https://tinyurl.com/UCF-CARES-ACT-Funding.

Students who do not meet the eligibility requirement for CARES Act funding may be eligible for other assistance and are encouraged to contact Student Care Services by emailing [email protected].

Planning for the Fall

UCF continues to make plans for how we would welcome back students this fall, knowing that the ways we teach and interact will be different with social distancing and other protective measures that prioritize our university community’s safety.

We know you have many questions about what campus life will look like in the fall, and while we don’t have all of those answers right now, we are engaged in discussions about those services and activities, as well as what steps we will be taking to help keep our entire university community safe and to help you be the most successful in and outside the classroom.

In the weeks ahead, we will continue to share updates on the UCF coronavirus website. We encourage you to check this site — and your Knights email — frequently for new information.

Through it all, we remain committed to your well-being and success. We will continue to get through this together, and we wish you the very best this semester.

Charge On!

Maribeth Ehasz, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Development and Enrollment Services