Fall 2020 Frequently Asked Questions for Graduate Students
Frequently Asked Questions
The information on the page linked below identifies Grainger Engineering courses (by rubric, e.g., ECE, TE, PHYS) scheduled for Fall 2020 and our current understanding as whether these can be completed entirely online and/or are also anticipated to be available through a mixture or online and in-person delivery: https://go.engineering.illinois.edu/Fall2020Courses.
Yes, with possible exceptions. For further information please visit: https://new.grad.illinois.edu/tigsf/faq.
Please speak with your department to determine your funding options.
For students who were offered an assistantship and/or fellowship and are unable to hold this appointment while enrolled remotely, stand-alone tuition waivers will be issued. Please contact your department to verify that you will be receiving a stand-alone tuition waiver.
Information regarding campus fees provided in the Grainger Engineering Town Hall on July 27 has since been revised by campus and is no longer current. For up-to-date information about fees, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s website.
The Graduate College needs to be notified of your decision by your department no later than August 14, 2020. If you have not yet notified your department of your enrollment decision, you should contact them urgently to explore your options.
If you defer your enrollment to Spring 2021, your previously offered funding will be deferred as well.
Graduate programs may provide students the option to defer admission up to Fall 2021 at their discretion. Please discuss your enrollment decision with your department.
For this information please visit: https://isss.illinois.edu/updates/coronavirus.html.
Incoming (new) students remaining in their home country for Fall 2020, will not have F-1 status, as they would need to first arrive in the US and check in with ISSS to activate that status. They can still take courses online, but their Fall 2020 semester would not count towards CPT/OPT eligibility.
Returning (continuing) students who are already in F-1 status would be able to maintain their F-1 status by taking online courses abroad and the Fall 2020 semester would count towards CPT/OPT as long as the status is maintained through full-time registration.
For the most up-to-date information visit University’s main page for COVID-19 updates and resources: https://covid19.illinois.edu.
Many campus orientations and other student events are moving to virtual format for Fall 2020. For example, International Student and Scholar Services’ (ISSS) Fall 2020 Graduate Orientation will be held virtually on Monday, August 17, 2020 from 10:00am to 2:00pm CDT.
Campus-wide Fall 2020 Graduate Assistant Orientation is still tentatively scheduled to be held in-person at the Illini Union, but that is subject to change. The tentative dates and locations are:
- Thursday, September 10th from 3 – 4:30 p.m. at the Illini Union in Room 314 B
- Tuesday, September 15th from 9 – 10:30 at the Illini Union in Illini Room A.
If you are a new graduate assistant, please view an example of "Graduate Assistant Orientation Presentation" from prior years.
Information regarding individual academic program orientations will be communicated directly by your program.
Health and Well-being Resources
Our number one priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and greater community. Please take advantage of these resources if you need assistance.
The Mental Health unit at McKinley Health Center (McKinley) provides assessment and recommendations for subsequent treatment for a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties. To schedule an initial appointment, please dial 217-333-2700 during normal business hours, Monday through Friday.
To schedule an initial consultation with the Counseling Center clinician, please call 217-333-3704. Students who have United Healthcare through the university may also access online counseling via http://telehelp4students.com. If you access this site through your UnitedHealthcare app, you can bypass the necessary insurance information requirement. If you need help, contact customer service at 217-333-0165 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit https://counselingcenter.illinois.edu/emergency/covid-19-resources for useful links and information.
For emergency services after-hours, please call the Campus Counseling Center Crisis Line at 217-359-4141 (TTY: 217-352-4217).
Crisis Text Line is a national mental health resource that serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support and information via text. Simply text 741-741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis. A live, trained crisis counselor receives the text and responds quickly.
Contact the Office of Graduate, Professional & Online Programs