Center for Advanced STEM Education
Student Loan Repayment Policy
U.S. Department of Education is allowing borrowers to request administrative forbearance to temporarily stop making federal student-loan payments for 60 days without becoming delinquent. Borrowers must contact their loan servicer to request this forbearance.
Contact information: www.StudentAid.gov/login or call the Federal Student Aid system at 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243); TTY: 1-800-730-8913.
As of March 13, the DoE plans to waive all interest on Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans and Federal Family Education Loans held by the Department of Education. Interest rates will automatically be adjusted, and no action is required by borrowers.
Link for additional information https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus#borrower-questions
COVID 19 Testing:
What do I do if I need help finding food?
The Roadrunner Food Pantry is closed at this time; however, we are still here to support you. We understand this is an uncertain time. If you are in need of food assistance or other resources, please contact the Student Care Center to discuss your needs by calling 303-615-0006, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or filing a CARE Referral so that a case manager can follow up with you.
You can connect with 2-1-1 (web-based resources, virtual live-chat or dial 2-1-1 by phone) for additional food resources in your home county, while Hunger Free Colorado is also maintaining an updated list of local community food pantries and K-12 school-based meal programs. Visit hungerfreecolorado.org/covid-19 or call the Food Resource Hotline (855-855-4626), weekdays from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., where bilingual staff are also available to assist.
What if I don’t have internet?
Comcast is offering 60 days of free internet to low-income customers who live in a Comcast service area. Check Comcast’s Internet Essentials program.
What if I don’t have a computer or device?
If you don’t have a personal device other than a cell phone, the hotspot option doesn’t work, and you’ve tried using your cell phone for class but it isn’t working, visit msudenver.edu/technology/hardwareservices or call 303-352-7548 to request use of a loaned device. Note that these resources are limited and will be provided to those in greatest need.
In addition, there are programs available to purchase computers at low-cost based upon income:
What do I do if lose my job?
If you are not able to pay your bills you may be eligible for the Student Emergency Retention Fund. Review the qualifications to receive a stipend, fill out the application, and a case manager from the Student Care Center will follow up to discuss your situation.
Please note we are dispersing funds as funds are available for individuals whose situation meets the fund guidelines. If you would like to discuss your circumstances, please contact the Student Care Center by calling 303-615-0006, emailing email@example.com or filing a CARE Referral
You can connect with 2-1-1 (web-based resources, virtual live-chat or dial 2-1-1 by phone) to discuss available options in your area as well.
The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub is available to support students' job search needs. Staff are working to incorporate new job postings into the Career Link. The Career Lab is also virtual as of March 23. The lab will be open on reduced hours next week (1-3 p.m. Monday, noon-1 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. Thursday), but more information on extended hours will be available March 30. Students can schedule a virtual appointment by emailing C2Hub@msudenver.edu.
I have encountered other problems as a result of the community health crisis. What should I do?
The Student Care Center is here to support you. If you would like to discuss your circumstances, please contact the Student Care Center by calling 303-615-0006, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or filing a CARE Referral so that a case manager can follow up with you.