Adams State University is proud to provide a safe return to campus for the start of the Fall 2020 semester. Please review our Safe Return to Campus plan that was developed by the University’s Safe to Return Task Force.

Campus Updates

Campus Contacts

Students

Vice President Student Services
719-587-7221
klmarque@adams.edu

Staff

Human Resources
719-587-7990
tracy_rogers@adams.edu

Faculty

Academic Affairs
719-587-7622
jadickson@adams.edu

Media

Public Relations & Marketing
719-587-7846
chrislopez@adams.edu

Awareness

How to protect yourself from COVID-19 and other respiratory viruses:

If you are healthy

  • Continue your normal daily routine. This means you can continue to participate in public gatherings such as work, school, or social activities.
  • Get your flu shot, and stay up-to-date on other routine childhood and adult immunizations.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, use an alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

If you are sick

    • Stay home
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow shirt sleeve.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water or, at minimum, alcohol-based hand rub, which may be less effective than soap and water.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Avoid close contact with anyone else with cold or flu-like symptoms.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, handrails, etc.

COVID-19 in the community

  • It’s important to remember that the risk to most Coloradans from COVID-19 is low. If an individual does not have a high risk of exposure, it is very unlikely they have novel coronavirus. But anyone who is ill and concerned should contact a health care provider.
  • Colorado state and local public health are working together, following federal guidance, to assess Colorado travelers returning from China to determine the need for monitoring, restriction of movement, quarantine, or other action to prevent the spread of the virus.

HEERF Cares Act Grant Reporting Requirements

The hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt deeply by our students and their families. Like many colleges and universities, Adams State University has requested and received an allocation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. This assistance enables the University to help offset the unexpected expenses some students have experienced related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

The Department of Education’s electronic announcement dated May 6, 2020, and titled “Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Reporting-Emergency Grants to Students” requires the following disclosures in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated 45 days thereafter.” Adams State University acknowledges that President Lovell signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to the Department of Education on April 17, 2020. The university intends to use no less than 50% of the funds received under the Cares Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.  The emergency relief funds were received on April 25, 2020, in the amount of $784,457, and Adams State University notified students of the application process and eligibility requirements immediately. The Director of Financial Aid began posting awards to student accounts on April 27, 2020. As of the date of this posting, (May 17, 2020) $160,750 has been issued directly to students.  The estimated total number of students eligible to participate was determined by the number of students in programs that are not exclusively online. As of the date of this posting, (May 17, 2020) Adams State University has received approximately 500 applications. Adams State University is in the process of determining how the remaining allocation will be spent and is launching a communication campaign that will target students who haven’t applied. Priority will be given to students who demonstrate the greatest amount of financial need, and awards will be determined based on an EFC scale from greatest to lowest need. Students who submit the Grizzly Persistence Adams State University CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Aid Applications acknowledge the following:

You certify that you are requesting emergency funds for expenses you have incurred as a result of campus operations due to the Coronavirus pandemic and that all information is true and complete. You also acknowledge that you may be asked to provide additional statements regarding expenses and will check your campus email for follow-up requests.

Application Process

If you have incurred expenses related to campus disruptions due to the coronavirus, please learn more about the eligibility requirements for the CARES fund below and, if you believe you may be eligible, submit the Grizzly Persistence Adams State University CARES Act COVID-19 Emergency Aid Application.

Eligibility Requirements

The U.S. Department of Education has defined specific eligibility requirements for the CARES fund.

  •  The fund is for students who were enrolled in eligible programs in the spring semester.
  • You must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program that, when the campus is not closed, takes place on-campus or through a hybrid on-campus/online format. Students enrolled exclusively in programs that are always taught entirely online are not eligible for the CARES fund.
  • You must have submitted the 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Unfortunately, federal regulations prohibit us from awarding the CARES fund to international students, DACA/undocumented students, and students enrolled in programs that are always taught entirely online (even when the campus is not closed).

Priority Consideration

The expectation from the U.S. Department of Education is that we prioritize the distribution of our extremely limited funds to students who demonstrate financial need.

  • Technology for online classes
  • Transportation costs
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Moving or storage costs
  • Utilities
  • Personal necessities

Adams State University began sending CARES fund payments to students via BankMobile, the first week in May. The maximum award is $500. Students who borrowed the full amount of their Federal Direct Student loans will receive $500. Students who didn’t borrow all Federal Direct student loans will receive $450.00. Students who received Adams State scholarships that covered tuition and fees for the 2019-2020 academic year will receive $300. These amounts may vary depending on specific student circumstances. Adams State is expected to receive an additional $784,457 through the CARES Act to bring its total allocation of federal aid to $1.5 million. It will be used for institutional COVID-19 expenses.

CARES Act Update: June 25, 2020

To date, ASU has received 651 applications, of which 530 students met eligibility requirements.  ASU has awarded a total of $356,300 in emergency aid by an application process. All students have been notified multiple times via email and telephone to let them know about the availability of funds as well as the steps to apply. Awards range from $500 to $800. The formula used to determine amounts is based on the number of credit hours taken in the Spring semester, demonstrated financial need and enrollment in Summer or Fall courses. Payments continue to go directly to students, bypassing any account balance.

CARES Act Update: August 28, 2020

To date, Adams State has issued 627 awards to students who met eligibility guidelines. Initial awards are based on the receipt of the application, and PJ has been used to assist students with exceptional financial related expenses. All funds have been released directly to the student, bypassing direct account statement payment. Payments made in the fall are for eligible, enrolled students.

CARES Act Update: October 8, 2020

To date, Adams State has spent $730,114 of our HEERF CARES Act funds on students who have experienced financial difficulties due to the Covid19 pandemic. A total of 725 students have qualified for assistance thus far. Awards have been issued directly to students to assist with unpaid balances (the student’s discretion), emergency purposes such as housing, and tuition assistance for students whose educational savings were used to offset unexpected expenses. All FTFY recipients of HEERF funding were enrolled at the time of disbursement which didn’t happen until after Adams State’s September 9, 2020 census date. Awards were primarily made to students who completed an application, and the financial aid staff assisted students with a triage model that allowed for professional judgment without an application. While demonstrating financial need has been a determining factor, students who don’t demonstrate need have also received awards on a case by case basis. Awards range from 200.00 to 6,000 which is below the maximum Pell Grant amount.