Fall 2020


December Edition
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This Parent e-Newsletter is published monthly during the academic year for parents of current New York University undergraduate students studying in New York by the NYU Center for Student Life.


Dear Parents --

The November and December Newsletter has been combined due to the numerous communications that went out in November. In case you missed them, I'm sharing links below.

This month's newsletter contains helpful reminders regarding safety and health, updates on the Spring Calendar, housing, dining, flu shots, wellness, financial aid, the winter break, and more. I also want to welcome the parents of our new students who will be starting classes in the spring (see Next Stop NYU section below).

Although this will be the last newsletter for 2020, we will continue to provide as needed updates.  Have a wonderful and safe holiday season! -- David Vogelsang, Parent Resources

Safety and Health Communications

In case you missed a recent communication, you can find them on our NYU Returns page at www.nyu.edu/coronavirusAs always, you should rely on your student to share more specific communications relative to housing and academics. 

Ongoing Testing & Winter Break Reminder

The University continues to conduct routine mandatory testing to detect the presence of Coronavirus in our community and to respond quickly. Our positivity rate is consistently lower than the city as a whole, and the surrounding neighborhoods. For a day-by-day summary of the University's COVID-19 testing and findings, please see the NYU Returns Testing Dashboard

Final Exams

The final exam period for students in New York runs from December 15-21 with exams held by class day and time. Be sure to check with your student regarding their schedule -- they may be finished early! Grades will be available on Albert (the NYU student information website) at the end of the term and as they are received from the instructor. Note that some grades may take longer to post due to the type of final exam and the winter break schedule. Your student should direct any questions regarding final grades to their respective professor when the University opens in January. As a reminder, your student may grant you guest access through Albert Mobile to view grades and other information. Global Site calendars may vary by location.

Spring Housing

Housing applications for Spring 2021 continue to be available for new and returning undergraduate students via the NYU Home housing portal. Updates to a student's housing application will be communicated in December for most. For further questions, students should contact the Office of Residential Life and Housing Services at 212-998-4600 or housing@nyu.edu (9am-5pm, M-F, ET).

  • Roommates: Students wishing to room together must each notify housing@nyu.edu of this request.

Campus Dining

As a reminder, NYU requires all first-year students, transfer and visiting students living in NYU housing to participate in the NYU Dining meal plan for two terms. Meal plans can be used at any of NYU Dining's fourteen locations across campus. Unused meals expire at the end of each semester, however, for active spring meal plan members, unused Dining Dollars carry over from fall to spring semester but expire at the end of the spring semester. Note that students may donate meal swipes at the following locations: NYU Eats at Weinstein Hall -- Downstein, Sidestein and the Kosher Eatery; as well as the Palladium, and the Marketplace at Kimmel.

For students staying in New York over the break, hours of operation for January Term are posted on the Dining website.

Free Flu Shots

The Student Health Center continues to provide free flu shots by appointment for NYU students in New York who are cleared for campus access at the NYU Flu Clinic located at 726 Broadway.  Appointments are available online or by phone.  Flu shots are also may also be available in residence halls (for residential students) or at local clinics or pharmacies.

Spring Calendar Updates

At the November meeting, the University Senate passed calendar updates for the New York 2021 Spring Semester which included a later start to the spring semester and the week of Spring Break being replaced by three-day weekends during the semester due to safety precautions.

  • January 28:; Spring Classes Begin
  • February 15: President's Day; No Classes Scheduled / University Offices Closed
  • March 19: Spring Break. No Classes Scheduled / University Open
  • April 19: Spring Break. No Classes Scheduled / University Open

7-Days A Week / 24 Hours A Day Wellness

The NYU Wellness Exchange is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for students to talk with licensed professionals about day-to-day challenges like stress, anxiety, making friends, adjusting to NYU, and other health-related concerns. Students (and parents) may call 212-443-9999 (the number is conveniently located on the back of a student's NYU ID).

Insurance for December Graduates

Does your student have health insurance through the NYU-sponsored Student Health Insurance Program? If so, their health insurance plan coverage will end on January 8, 2021 unless they are enrolled in the annual plan. Learn about their options upon graduation.

Spring Tuition Bill

Spring tuition bills are now available by logging into NYU eSuite and due by January 7, 2021. If you do not already have access, parents may be invited by their student as an "Authorized User." Note that staff from the Bursar (212-998-2806) and Financial Aid Office (212-998-4444) will be available during extended hours in December and January to answer questions and provide assistance. Visit www.nyu.edu/studentlink for extended Winter Break hours.

Financial Aid Application for 2020-2021

Most students do not need to reapply to renew NYU scholarships, however, New York and Shanghai: U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and eligible non-citizens must file the FAFSA to determine annual federal financial aid eligibility. For additional frequently asked questions, visit the Financial Aid website or call 212-998-4444 to speak with a counselor

Financial Education

NYU Financial Education is committed to providing a variety of resources to help current and prospective students expand their skills and knowledge of personal finance and empower them to effectively manage their finances every day. They offer free online courses, one-on-one coaching, fun presentations, and more to support current and prospective students. Find more information at nyu.edu/financial-ed.

Alumni and Parents Weekend Recap

Thank you to those of you who were able to participate in our "virtual weekend" in October.  We had close to 3000 parents and guests who logged in over the three days of programming. For anyone unable to participate, some of our most popular presentations are available on-demand.

Next Stop NYU for Parents of New Spring 2021 Students

Welcome to our new NYU Parents.  We have launched our Next Stop NYU website which will provide you with important dates and deadlines to help you and your student plan for the start of the spring semester.  By receipt of this newsletter, you have also been added to our monthly newsletter so that you stay connected throughout the semester.  Welcome to NYU!

University Operations During Break

The following information is for New York. Please visit the separate Global Academic Center calendars, for other NYU locations.

  • Winter Break for students runs from December 22, 2020 to January 27, 2021, unless a student is enrolled in the optional January Session, which runs January 4 to 22, 2021.
  • All residence halls will remain open and staffed (including 24/7 security) during the break Additional details about returning to residence halls or move-in, will come separately from Housing.
  • Some University facilities and services may operate on a limited schedule; however Public Safety is present on campus throughout the break (212-998-2222).
  • NYU administrative offices, including the Parent Helpline, will close at 4pm on December 21, 2020 and reopen on January 4, 2021. 
  • University Offices will also be closed on January 18, 2021 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.
  • Spring classes begin Thursday, January 28, 2021

Emergency and After-Hours Contacts

Throughout the year, including all University breaks, the professionals from the Department of Public Safety (212-998-2222) and the Wellness Exchange (212-443-9999) are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to assist students (and parents). Both numbers are available on the back of all student IDs. Note that the Parent Helpline and emails are not emergency contacts.

Newsletter Migration

We will be migrating our newsletter and member lists to a new system in January.  Be on the look out for this update. 

office  Kimmel Center, 7th Floor   |     phone  212.998.4219  |     email  parents@nyu.edu   |     web  nyu.edu/parents

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