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College of Southern Idaho prepares for COVID-19 financial impacts

Posted at 8:34 PM, Apr 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-28 10:05:25-04

TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Many schools across the country are being hit economically as COVID-19 continues to spread. The College of Southern Idaho, however, is seeming to power through the pandemic as the school has yet to encounter any financial issues.

Despite the fact the college is sustaining itself, CSI is still taking the necessary precautions in the event of a worst case scenario. An emergency team made up of staff members meets almost every day to analyze the school's budget to see how they can save money.

Some key differences from CSI and other larger universities is that the school is not as dependent on athletic revenue from games or other big events. CSI is also primarily a commuter school, which results in less money being spent towards dormitories for students.

Despite this, there are still some students who rely on the school for housing. While many were encouraged to return home, others were not able to and are now staying in university apartments.

Those students who lived in the dorms were also given a refund by the school. Their fees were prorated up until the day that they moved out. A majority of students were also refunded for their meal plans.

So what are the effects on tuition and financial aid for the school? Both this and next semester's tuition costs will stay the same, and as of now, it appears financial aid will remain unaffected.

"Federal financial aid is still in place, students will be eligible this summer and fall just like normal," said Kimberlee LaPray, CSI's public information officer. "That hasn’t been taken away or changed at this point.”

Due to the ever-changing situation that is COVID-19, professors and other staff may be wondering about the potential implications this could have on them. Layoffs are a possibility further down the line, but for now, the school is continuing to analyze the situation: Is the job essential? Is the job they're doing for the college still in progress? Do they need to be working right now?

Advisors and department chairs consistently meet to thoroughly evaluate all the positions within in the school. In the event the pandemic continues for a much longer time than anticipated, CSI expects action will have to be taken.

CSI is still on schedule to continue operating for the upcoming summer and fall courses. For the latest updates, click here.