Frequently Asked Questions
Updates related to COVID-19
Registration and Payment
Summer financial aid is based on your FAFSA and TAP applications for the future academic year so you will need to complete these applications first if you need financial aid to pay for summer courses. Once these applications are completed you may enroll in your summer coursework and the Student Financial Services office will automatically (within 2 business days) determine both the degree applicability of your coursework and your summer financial aid eligibility.
To plan ahead you can see the types of financial aid you can receive based on the degree applicable credits you plan to take on the Student Financial Services website at: https://www.purchase.edu/offices/student-financial-services/credits-and-academic-standards/.keep reading FAQ»
Unfortunately, there is no financial aid for the Winter Session*. If you cannot pay the balance out of pocket and your fall bill is paid in full already you can consider the following:
- If you have not used all of your federal student loans offered for fall, you can request to borrow this funding to help cover the balance for winter.
- If your parent has a Parent PLUS loan, they can request the loan be increased for fall to cover the winter balance, provided there is room in your overall cost of attendance.
- You can pursue a private educational student loan to cover the balance for the Winter Session directly, provided there is room in your overall cost of attendance.
For more information, you may visit Student Financial Services located on the first floor of the Student Services building or contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 914-251-7000, press 2.
*The Winter Session is not long enough to be considered a semester, so we are unable to process federal or state aid towards a winter course.keep reading FAQ»
You should discuss your registration with your advisor.keep reading FAQ»
Most likely the course wasn’t paid or paid in full. Re-register and make sure you follow the payment instructions in the email sent to you by the office of Student Financial Services. You would need to (re)activate and regularly check your Purchase email.keep reading FAQ»
You will get an email in your Purchase email account that you will have a window of 24 hours to register for the course. Make sure you pay in full by the payment deadline notified to you by email to secure the registration.keep reading FAQ»
You can register up to the day the session starts, but we don’t recommend you wait that long. Courses may fill, or conversely get cancelled due to low enrollment. You may still register in the add/drop period, with an additional $40 late fee, if it is your first registration in the semester.keep reading FAQ»
No. You won’t need a PIN to sign up. You can log into MyHeliotrope, do a course search for the term (e.g., Winter 2022), and choose from the course schedule to register.keep reading FAQ»
Plan to dedicate approximately 35 - 45 hours per week for a 3- and 4-credit course in the 4-week sessions. And half that in the 8 week summer courses. Spread multiple registrations as much as possible over the three summer sessions.keep reading FAQ»
The following instructional modalities are scheduled for the summer session:
Traditional: all classes are held on campus. COVID-19 Updates and Plans are regularly updated and should be consulted before the session start to ensure compliance.
Hybrid: classes are partly held on campus and partly online, in any of the modalities below. COVID-19 Updates and Plans are regularly updated and should be consulted before the session start to ensure compliance.
Online asynchronous: course materials and activities are made available in Moodle and you, peers, and your professor will engage in a variety of instructional activities online but do not meet in real time. Sometimes, your professor might make themselves available for check-in meetings and office hours online.
Online synchronous: you, peers, and your professor will be meeting in real time using a webinar platform such as Zoom and Microsoft Team. Check your Student Detailed Schedule on MyHeliotrope and the course syllabus for the session schedule. Look out for a webinar invite from your professor over email or in Moodle.
Synchronous-asynchronous combined: you will have some days meeting with peers and your professor in real time, and on other days you will complete course activities and assignments by accessing Moodle. For the synchronous session schedule, check your Student Detailed Schedule on MyHeliotrope and the course syllabus. Look out for a webinar invite from your professor over email or in Moodle.keep reading FAQ»
You can contact the instructor or write to email@example.com for a sample syllabus.keep reading FAQ»
Tutoring service is available online with our partner Thinking Storm (on-demand 24/7).
- Math – Basic Math through Multivariable Calculus, including Statistics
- Sciences – Biology, Chemistry
- Advanced topics: Human AP, Finance in the Arts, etc. scheduled in advance.
Format: live chat, whiteboard, file upload. Students can access tutoring from Moodle.keep reading FAQ»
If you will be taking an online or hybrid course, log into Purchase College Moodle to view the course. The course page will be available 4 days prior to the start of the session. You can also log into Moodle from the Current Students Portal. Also, you should make sure to (re)activate and regularly check your Purchase email account to communicate with your instructor.keep reading FAQ»