Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Student FAQ

For vaccine questions, visit our vaccinations page or email

For information on testing, incident reporting, isolation and quarantine protocols, visit our mitigation page.

Fall 2021

Where can I find updated information on the Fall 2021 semester? (8/13/21)

**This is a very fluid, dynamic situation, so please understand that the university’s circumstances could change at any time. We deeply appreciate your patience and adaptability as we work to respond to this evolving situation.

Are vaccinations required at USF? (8/9/21)

The Board of Governors and USF strongly urge all members of our community to get fully vaccinated. If an individual is fully vaccinated, the chance of developing symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 infection and/or spreading it to others is markedly reduced, and the individual may not need to self-isolate following COVID-19 exposure. Vaccines are widely available to everyone medically eligible. View more vaccine information.

Will USF still offer online or hybrid classes if I am not ready to come to campus? (5/11/21)

Yes, there will be online and hybrid courses available however you should check with your academic advisor to see what options are available to you for your program of study.

Are you planning for full room capacity or COVID capacity or something in-between? (5/6/21)

We are planning on full room capacity beginning June 28.

If there is a significant spike in COVID-19 cases at some point during the semester, will face-to-face courses shift online? (8/9/21)

In accordance with Board of Governors’ guidance, USF continues to plan for a return to in-person classes and activities in the fall. Any decisions to pivot to temporary remote course instruction will be made under direction from the Board of Governors. 

What if I get sick and can’t attend class? (7/8/21)

Notify your instructor and seek medical treatment from Student Health Services/Wellness Center on campus or your personal medical provider. If you are able to continue the coursework and/or have an online option, do so. If you are too ill to continue the coursework, you will need to discuss your options with your instructor.

Will residence halls be open in the fall? (8/9/21)

Yes. Residence halls will be open on the Tampa and St. Petersburg campuses. You can read more about plans related to housing on their websites

>> Visit our Returning to Campus section for additional resources.

Financial Aid

What COVID-19 relief funding has the university received in 2021 to assist students? (3/15/21)

As of March 2021, USF has received $17.4 million in emergency student funding from the U.S. Department of Education as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA).  

President Biden recently signed the American Rescue Plan, which may provide additional emergency funding for students. The university will be monitoring the plan’s progress and will provide information in the event funding is made available.

How and when will the CRRSAA funding be distributed to USF students? (3/15/21)

The funds will be distributed in the form of emergency financial aid grants to students. The funds will be provided directly to the student as a cash grant unless the student provides written authorization allowing the funds to be deposited to their university account.
USF’s Office of Financial Aid will begin the grant distribution process starting Monday, March 15, 2021, and will continue through summer and fall of 2021. 

What can a CRRSAA grant be used for? (3/15/21)

These funds, ranging from $1,000 - $2,500, can be used for emergency expenses for any component of a student’s cost of attendance that arise due to COVID-19.  Students can opt in to have their award applied to their university account. 

Who is eligible to receive the CRRSAA grants? (3/15/21)

Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with exceptional financial need as confirmed by filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They must be enrolled at least half-time as a degree seeking student at USF in spring 2021, and have exhausted all other financial aid options.  Students who already received CARES Act funding in fall 2020 and/or spring 2021 may be eligible for this additional grant in spring 2021.  Continuing students enrolled in summer 2021 and/or fall 2021, who meet the criteria above, will also be considered for an award for those semesters. 

How can a student apply for an emergency financial aid grant?  (3/15/21)

There is no application process other than having a 2020-21 FAFSA on file. USF will contact eligible students via their USF email address. Students will need to certify that they have emergency costs due to the pandemic before an award will be made. To be considered for a grant in fall 2021, a 2021-22 FAFSA will be required. 

If a student is not eligible for a CRRSAA grant, are there other financial resources available? (3/15/21)

Students should visit the Office of Financial Aid to explore the types of aid available, including scholarships, grants, loans and work study. Contact information for each campus can also be found there.

If a student is not offered a CRRSAA grant yet believes they are eligible, who can they contact? (3/15/21)

Students should contact the Office of Financial Aid. This webpage offers contact information for each campus. 


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