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Welcome

To all entering students, welcome to Princeton Seminary! To returning students, welcome back!

2020 has been a tumultuous and challenging year in so many ways. . The administrative offices of PTS are working diligently to prepare for the return of students to campus, and to do so in the safest way possible. To make your return to campus as streamlined as possible, this page has been set up as a repository of information you can access on demand still doing our best to assist you in planning. 

We will update this page regularly, as more information becomes available. For additional information, please see the individual pages associated with our campus offices, or contact Student Administrative Services at sas@pts.edu. 

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Advising Day

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FALL 2020 Orientation Schedule:

Please click here to view the Fall 2020 Orientation schedule. Orientation is from August 30 - September 2.

New Health and Safety Documents

Student Community Contract: https://ptsem.formstack.com/forms/student_community_contract

Housing Liability Waiver: https://ptsem.formstack.com/forms/waiver_of_liability_relating_to_coronavirus_covid_19

July 27 Announcement from President Barnes

Dear Seminary Community,
In the six weeks since I last wrote to you in June about our planning for the fall semester, much has changed with the trajectory of the virus.  While the rates of infection in central New Jersey are currently promising, the virus is escalating rapidly around the rest of the country.  The majority of states are experiencing a significant spread of COVID-19, and travelers from these states must self-quarantine for two weeks upon entry to New Jersey.  Although we had hoped that the virus would slow during the summer months, the truth is that we are still very much in an active and unpredictable global health crisis.  This pressing reality must guide an adjustment to our plans for the coming academic year.
Because of the high rates of virus transmission around the country, we encourage all students not to come to campus this year if they can make alternative living arrangementsFor the safety of our entire community, we need to reduce the density of our student residences in order to further mitigate the chances of spreading the virus, and we also do not want students to put themselves or others at risk by traveling to campus at a time when the national transmission rates are so high. 
No one who needs campus housing will be turned away. If an apartment on campus is your only home or the safest option for your health, you are welcome to return to it. But we strongly encourage everyone who is able to reconsider their plans, for the sake of their own health and the health of the community.  There will be no change to students’ PTS scholarships or grants if they choose to live off campus next year.  Alternatively, returning students may choose to take a leave of absence, and incoming students may choose to defer.  We want every student to make the choice that is in the best interests of their own health and well-being.
Students will hear from the Dean of Student Life this afternoon with more information for making decisions about residency this year.
Academics
All courses will be online for the 2020-21 academic year. We had hoped to incorporate some in-person elements within certain courses this fall, but unfortunately the advancing state of the virus makes it difficult to plan safely for organized face-to-face gatherings at this time. 
The faculty have been hard at work this summer to prepare their courses for digital learning. While this will be a different mode of teaching than we have come to cherish, it can nonetheless provide an excellent, meaningful learning experience.  I am grateful for the time and creativity that faculty are investing in reinventing their courses, and we are all indebted to the Office of Digital Learning for the tireless work they are doing in supporting innovative digital pedagogy.
Campus Life in the Fall
For those who do return to campus, we are instituting rigorous health and wellness guidelines for our life together.  They have been developed with care by a team of staff and students and reviewed by public health experts. I encourage you to study them closely.
There will be mandatory training on these protocols before classes begin, and all students in residence will be asked to sign a contract to uphold them.  The health of our entire community is at stake in holding each other accountable to these practices. All students choosing to live in seminary housing next year will also be required to sign a legal waiver of liability. While the Seminary will do everything possible to ensure a healthy and safe environment, there is an inherent risk to living in residential community while a highly transmissible virus is circulating.  
Campus services and any in-person elements of community life will be very limited this fall. 
      • The library building will remain closed to patrons through the fall semester, while digital access and curbside pickup services will continue.
      • There will be no dining services on campus, and the Brick Café will remain closed.
      • In-person gatherings will be limited to no more than 10 people and should take place outdoors.  Indoor gatherings of any kind should be the rare exception.
      • All students traveling from states with significant spread of COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.
In recognition of the limited in-person experiences we will be able to offer on campus this year, we will waive the comprehensive fee ($1,460) for all students.  Students who live on campus will be charged the basic fee ($730) for services related to our health protocols, including enhanced cleaning measures and health screening, and limited campus services.
This is not the news we had hoped to deliver, and I know that it is not the experience anyone desires for their seminary education.  However, our faculty is prepared to offer a meaningful year of academic inquiry whether students are on campus next year or in a different part of the world. And we will still have intentional ways to stay connected to one another as a community of faith and learning, even if our physical distance is measured by many miles in these extraordinary circumstances. 
These realities are painful because we yearn to be together.  God created us for community. And yet as an act of faithfulness and love for our neighbors, and out of regard for the preservation of human life, we must adopt very different practices for this season. But in all the changing circumstances of our days and years, we can remain confident that Christ holds us fast and continues to bind us to one another.
Faithfully,
M. Craig Barnes

whatever ways we can.

New Office

The Office of Student Administrative Services is a new venture that combines the offices of Housing and Financial Aid (which includes Health Insurance and Student Employment) in one location. It is hoped that this will make your experience with these offices more streamlined and simpler. Please contact our office, using fin-aid@ptsem.edu or housing@ptsem.edu with any questions or problems. 

Financial Aid Available

We understand the financial difficulties presented by the COVID-19 crisis. PTS wants to help you navigate these tough times. As such, we want to make you aware of financial opportunities for you.

COVID-19 Donors Relief Fund: 

Gracious and generous donors have made funds available for PTS students who have been impacted by COVID-19 and the financial problems it has caused. We are so grateful for their faithful kindness, and encourage all affected students to apply. Please go to https://inside.ptsem.edu/Community/Bursar/Content.aspx and click on CARES Act and COVID-19 Donors Fund Application on the left side bar to apply for funding from this donor-provided fund. Application The application for this funding is due by July 24September 25

CARES Act Funding:

PTS has received some money through the Federal CARES Act to assist students who have been affected by COVID-19 personally and financially. Please go to https://inside.ptsem.edu/Community/Bursar/Content.aspx and click on CARES Act and COVID-19 Donors Fund Application on the left side bar to apply for funding from the Federal Cares Act. Application The application for this funding is due by July 24September 25

Additionally, there are academic year institutional funding opportunities of which to be aware:

The Thomas W. Gillespie Grant Program   This need-based program helps our M.Div, MACEF, MATS, and Dual degree candidates by providing eligible candidates who currently owe over $20,000 in federal student loans with additional grant aid to assist them in meeting their educational costs. Recipients must work part time, at last 10 hours per week-time (or document an inability to work), and attempt to raise funding from outside sources in order to be eligible. Award maxima are $2,000 for students who are single or married without dependents and $4,000 for students with dependents. Application The application deadline is November 1.

PTS Presbyterian Loan Program - The Seminary offers eligible PC(USA) students a low-interest loan that has the potential to be forgiven if the recipient serves as an ordained minister in the PC(USA). Only full-time M.Div. and M.Div./MACEF students who demonstrate need in excess of our maximum PTS grant may qualify for this loan program. Award maxima for this forgivable loan program are currently $4,000. Application The application deadline is November 1.

Federal student loans are also available for those who need them during the academic year. More information is available at https://inside.ptsem.edu/Community/FinancialAid/Content.aspx?id=3638201

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PTS is currently working with local health officials, and with the State of New Jersey to make sure that we meet or exceed all health and safety requirements in order to reopen our campus.

Housing Information

Academic Year 2020-2021 - Entering and Returning Students

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Housing Information

This year we will only offer apartment-style housing at CRW/Witherspoon and Tennent/Roberts.  We will not offer housing in Alexander, Brown or Hodge Halls in 2020-2021.   While we understand that closing the residence halls may cause some inconvenience, it is for the health and well-being of residents.  We will be prepared to continue social distancing practices next year and want to ensure that residents have personal space for restrooms and kitchens. 

For more information about Housing, please visit: https://inside.ptsem.edu/Community/Housing.

Bursar

Each student is responsible for viewing his/her student account online, and keeping it up-to-date. You can pay your bill online, or your Housing deposit at https://inside.ptsem.edu/Community/Bursar.

You can also sign up for our payment installment plan. The Tuition Installment Plan for fall 2020 will be managed through Cashnet. It will consist of 5 monthly payments beginning on August 15th and ending on December 1, 2020. Enrollment will begin in July once charges for the spring term have been assessed. More information is available by following the link: https://commerce.cashnet.com/ptsempay

Information from Summer

New Health and Safety Documents

Student Community Contract: https://ptsem.formstack.com/forms/student_community_contract

Housing Liability Waiver: https://ptsem.formstack.com/forms/waiver_of_liability_relating_to_coronavirus_covid_19

Student Life - Entering Student Checklist

If you have not done so already:

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For more information about Student Life, please visit: https://inside.ptsem.edu/Community/StudentLife

Bursar

Each student is responsible for viewing his/her student account online, and keeping it up-to-date. You can pay your bill online, or your Housing deposit at https://inside.ptsem.edu/Community/Bursar.

You can also sign up for our payment installment plan. The Tuition Installment Plan for fall 2020 will be managed through Cashnet. It will consist of 5 monthly payments beginning on August 15th and ending on December 1, 2020. Enrollment will begin in July once charges for the spring term have been assessed. More information is available by following the link: https://commerce.cashnet.com/ptsempay