Update: Temporary quiet study spaces available to VC students
April 29, 2020 @ 3:15 p.m.
The VC Library will be available only to current students seeking a quiet study space from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 1 and May 4-7. Students will not be able to use the computer lab or check out materials.
The VC Gonzales Center will also be available only to current students seeking a quiet study space from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on May 1, 4, and 6 and from 8 a.m.-noon on May 5 and 7.
Study areas will be routinely disinfected, and social distancing will be enforced. Students are encouraged to wear a face covering while on camps in accordance with the CDC recommendations.
Update: CARES Act Cash Grants Available for Current VC Students
April 27, 2020 @ 5 a.m.
Victoria College has been awarded $840,453 through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, a federal grant funded by the CARES Act. The funding will provide cash grants for eligible VC students who’ve incurred expenses related to disruptions to their education due to COVID-19.
Who is Eligible?
If you have encountered expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 – such as utilities, Internet, study space, computer, printer, etc. – you may be eligible for a cash grant through the CARES Act. Students must meet the following qualifications under CARES Act guidelines:
- Must have been enrolled in at least ONE face-to-face credit course on March 13, 2020
- Cannot be concurrently enrolled at a 4-year university
- Cannot be a current high school student
- Must have completed a 2019-2020 financial aid application (FAFSA) - Submit the FAFSA now.
- Cannot be on financial aid suspension
How to Apply
To apply for cash grants through the CARES Act, you must first submit the 2019-20 FAFSA if you have not already done so. After you have submitted the FAFSA, you can then submit VC’s Request for Assistance.
Once CARES Act funds are released to Victoria College, we expect to make checks available to eligible students within two weeks of their application being reviewed.
If you are not eligible for assistance through the CARES Act, you may still wish to submit VC’s Request for Assistance if you’re needing academic, mental health, or financial support due to hardships related to COVID-19.
Update: Late Fee Waived + How to Request Assistance
April 9, 2020 @ 8 a.m.
As a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, & Economic Security (CARES) Act, financial assistance may be available for Victoria College students who are facing hardships due to COVID-19. We look forward to sharing details as additional CARES Act information becomes available. In the meantime, Victoria College is taking the following steps to help students who are struggling financially.
- The $25 late fee is being waived for students who have a payment due on Monday, April 13. If you are unable to make a payment, you will not be dropped from Spring 2020 classes, and this will not prevent you from enrolling in Summer and Fall 2020 classes as the Balance Past Due Hold will be temporarily removed from your account.
- If you’re facing hardships due to COVID-19, you can complete the Request for Supports & Referrals to explain your financial challenges or unmet needs and request assistance.
- View the Student FAQs for more info about ways Victoria College is working hard to help students complete a successful semester.
- Questions? Call (361) 573-3291 or live chat with VC’s Call Center.
Update: April 7, 2020 @ 1:30 p.m.
Is assistance available to students facing hardships due to COVID-19?
Yes! Regardless of the hardships you may be facing due to the impact of COVID-19, do not hesitate to reach out for assistance. Please complete the Request for Supports & Referrals to explain any financial challenges or unmet needs such as food, transportation, or childcare issues. We also encourage you to talk to an advisor, counselor, academic coach, or your instructor about challenges you may be facing.
If you have additional questions regarding technology needs, virtual meetings, and more, please view the Student FAQs. You can also call (361) 573-3291 or live chat with us during normal operating hours.
COVID-19 Message from the VC President
Update re: COVID-19, Campus Closure
April 1, 2020 @ 8:30 a.m.
- Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Tuesday, March 31 directing Texans to “minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household” and requiring all schools to “remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance” through May 3.
- In accordance with the governor’s order and guidance from local public health officials, Victoria College will close its campus at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1 while continuing to offer classes and student support services remotely.
- VC facilities will remain closed to students and the general public through the end of the spring semester and until the governor’s executive order is lifted.
- While the great majority of classes can be completed entirely online, there is a small number of classes that require a face-to-face lab or hands-on instruction to meet the course learning objectives. If this applies to you, your instructor will provide details about delaying coursework until it is safe to return to campus.
- Victoria College remains committed to delivering the quality education and training that our students expect while also ensuring the safety and well-being of the VC community.
- Students, please watch this video message from Dr. David Hinds, VC President, and read these updated Student FAQs regarding Victoria College’s altered operations due to the COVID-19 situation.
- For updates regarding COVID-19, visit VictoriaCollege.edu/COVID-19.