With so much changing all around us, and with the unprecedented impacts on our lives caused by the global coronavirus pandemic, Cornish recognizes that the needs of our community have grown and changed. As we prepare to enter the 2020 fall semester together, Cornish faculty and staff are committed to serving your health, wellness, and academic needs to the very best of our ability. Below you will find information about medical and mental health care, advising services, financial supports, and more.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I find help with healthcare and health insurance while at Cornish?

Contact your Student Success Coach for information and guidance:

What is NellieCare?

NellieCare provides 24/7 medical and mental telehealth care for all students at no cost for visits. Whether you’re feeling sick or overwhelmed, the program will connect you to a licensed provider for free from a smartphone or any web-enabled device. Medical providers can diagnose common conditions (e.g. cold, flu, sinus infection), and the TalkNow service gives students a safe space to talk about anything at any time (anxiety surrounding COVID-19, relationships, depression, among other topics). Learn more here >

Can I download the medical telecounseling app to my smartphone?

Yes. You can access NellieCare through your browser or the phone app. Learn more here >

What resources are available for students struggling with their mental health?

Counseling Services counselors will be available to meet with students to support their mental health and wellness. Counselors will use their professional judgement to determine what type of counseling delivery will be used for each student on an individual basis. We also offer telecounseling through NellieCare to supplement those resources. More information will be provided to the campus community for both Cornish Counseling Services and NellieCare by mid August.

What can I do if I am worried about myself, my family, and my friends?

Worry under these circumstances of coping with a pandemic is understandable and normal. However, if you believe your worry has escalated to anxiety, such that you have difficulty coping in healthy ways, please seek out the assistance of a mental health counselor. 

If you would like the assistance of one of our mental health counselors, please contact:

  • Lori Koshork (Director), 206.726.5027 

You can also use our 24/7 telecounseling service, NellieCare. Learn more here >

I am struggling to buy food, can Cornish help?

Nobody can do their best without adequate nutrition. Cornish has several ways to help that respect your privacy, including emergency funds at the Cornish Cafe and donated pantry items through Nellie’s Closet.

Contact your Student Success Coach for a confidential conversation:

You can also directly schedule an appointment with your SSC with our online scheduler. Links to our appointment calendars are in our bios in Compass in the Student Life section.

For students who experience long-term food insecurity, we want to adjust your financial aid to ensure that you have money each month to buy nourishing food. Your Student Success Coach can guide you through the confidential process to work with Financial Aid.

Want to help others? Donate to the Student Emergency Fund, donate unused meal plan dollars, or contact Student Life [206.726.5003] to find out more ways you can help!

What if I need to apply for accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

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During this time of pandemic, Student Life and Student Success Coaches will continue to be assisting students with IEPs and will work directly with the student and faculty based on individual needs. If you have a visual or auditory impairment that may affect your ability to participate in online courses, please contact your Student Success Coach to discuss accessibility and accommodation needs.

Will I have regular access to my Student Success Coach?

Yes. Student Success Coaches work 12 months out of the year and will continue to offer remote services in combination with in-person services as circumstances allow.

You can also directly schedule an appointment with your SSC with our online scheduler. Links to our appointment calendars are in our bios in Compass in the Student Life section.

How do I apply for emergency funds?

To request Emergency Funds please contact the Office of Financial Aid. Limited funds are available for students who have immediate need in buying food, paying for housing, or accessing medical care. If funds are available, you will receive a disbursement to your student account within two days after approval.

How are decisions made about emergency funds?

Requests are considered on the basis of financial need, as demonstrated by the FAFSA, and the urgency of the request. These funds are designed to ensure that you can stay enrolled in college even if you experience unexpected financial hardship. In some cases, other forms of financial aid may be the best solution to get immediate access to funding.

Does Cornish help with travel expenses?

Travel expenses are included in the Cost of Attendance budget, but some students may experience higher costs than normal due to COVID-19. If this is the case for you, contact the Financial Aid office to review your options.

How is the pandemic impacting international students?

Under normal circumstances, international students would need to pay a new I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee if they’re outside of the U.S. for more than five months. However, the US government has recently announced that F1 students can continue to stay enrolled in classes by completing courses online. As long as international students were enrolled through spring 2020 and enroll in the fall 2020 semester, the five month rule will not affect them. International students will be able to return to the US with their current I-20.

The five-month period is not based on the date of the travel signature, it is based on being outside of the US as well as full time enrollment. It is best for international students to have a travel signature on their I-20 when they return to the US; however, Cornish will be able to mail one to international students if they need one before Fall 2020 Semester. 

We will keep our information updated as the situation changes. We recognize that US Embassies have been closed and many students continue to experience travel restrictions.

Contact Megan Mittelstaedt in Registration and Records for all questions related to International Student travel and I-20 processing.

What if I am currently out of the country and cannot get back in time for classes?

Cornish will work with every student to find individual solutions based on your program and the courses for which you are enrolled. Contact Megan Mittelstaedt in Registration and Records to talk through your options.