(Last updated May 4, 2022)

 

Vermont College of Fine Arts is planning for full on-campus residencies moving forward, beginning with the April Graphic Design and Film residencies and continuing through the summer. Each program will have the ability for remote participation in the residency for those student unable to attend the on-campus residency. Our guidelines for the on-campus residencies are linked below. Throughout the pandemic the COVID-19 landscape has changed, and our responses have changed, as well. We continue to monitor the guidance from the CDC and Vermont Department of Health. VCFA reserves the right to update our guidelines accordingly given changing information, and always with our focus on the safety and well-being of our whole VCFA community and the broader communities in which we all live. Should we make changes or adjustments to our guidelines, we will inform the college community as necessary.

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Additional Health and Safety Measures

  • Air purifiers/cleaners/scrubbers will be placed in all classrooms, cafeteria, and bathrooms.
  • Housekeeping staff will use appropriate cleaning procedures for bathrooms, high-traffic areas, and high-contact areas and surfaces. Additionally, cleaning supplies will be made available in bathrooms in order for students to use them between housekeepers’ daily shifts.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available across campus, and extra masks are made widely available across campus.
  • The cafeteria will be supplied with hand sanitizer and air purifiers. Cafeteria staff have been vaccinated. To-go containers will be supplied for people to take their meals to their rooms; however, people who feel comfortable eating in the cafeteria will be allowed to do so. High-touch surfaces in the cafeteria will be sanitized regularly.
  • The cafe will be supplied with hand sanitizer and air purifiers. Cafe Anna staff are fully vaccinated. Drinks and pre-packaged food will be available to purchase. High-touch surfaces in the cafe will be sanitized regularly.

HEERF – Emergency Relief Grants

Under the American Rescue Plan (HEERF III)  in June 2021, VCFA became eligible for a third allocation of federal dollars in the amount of $156,620 to provide emergency grants to students. These emergency funds can be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus including eligible expenses under your cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.

VCFA created criteria for eligibility for grant awards based on need and enrollment in degree programs at VCFA in August 2021. Two categories of eligibility were identified which were (1) students with exceptional financial need which is based on Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as reported on their 2021–2022 FAFSAs of 0-999; (2) students who did not meet this criteria, however, had experienced significant financial hardship based on reduced income as a result of the pandemic, could be considered for an emergency grant award by completing a survey requesting their 2020 income and their 2021 projected income. By using the income protection allowance of $57,160 from the 2020–2021 EFC formula for independent students as the proxy for an EFC of 0-999, student requests were evaluated for eligibility for grant awards.

All students were emailed this information about eligibility on September 23, 2021, and, if need be, asked to complete the survey by October 1, 2021. If you are/were a student who was enrolled in August 2021 and had extenuating circumstances that prevented you from acting on the email sent in September, please contact VCFA at [email protected] as soon as possible.

As of October 11, 2021, 94 grants of $1,648.63 each, totaling $154,971, have been issued. As of January 14, 2022, 95 grants of $1,648.63 each, totaling $156,620, have been issued.

As of January 14, 2022, through federal HEERF I, II, and III allocations, 429 emergency grants totaling $298,906 have been issued to VCFA students.

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