FAQ Regarding Closure
Does closure mean I won’t be able to complete my degree at MacMurray?
Students who are able to complete all degree requirements by the end of Spring 2020 should be eligible to complete their degree at MacMurray. Students who will not be completed by then will be referred to a partner institution for completion. Students may also choose to transfer to another school of their choice and MacMurray will help our students make a smooth transition.
Each student's situation is unique and requires thoughtful consideration. Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisors to schedule an appointment to discuss their options.
Please view The Maggie Student Handbook for additional information.
Where can I complete my degree?
Each situation is unique, and our advising team is available to ensure your transition is supported. We are creating partnerships with local institutions to provide options for impacted students.
What happens to the credits I have taken at MacMurray?
All credits earned at MacMurray are valid even after the College has closed. MacMurray is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and credits will be considered for transfer by any other regionally accredited institution.
Will other colleges accept MacMurray credits?
The institution you transfer to will determine which MacMurray credits are accepted.
MyCreditsTransfer is a statewide initiative designed to facilitate transfer within Illinois using the nationally available tool, Transferology. Within Transferology find the courses that transfer between institutions, degree requirements your courses satisfy and different majors that institutions offer. Many Illinois institutions participate in Transferology and it is free for anyone to use.
Are my credits considered regionally accredited, even if the college is closed?
Will my degree from MacMurray still be considered valuable?
Yes, your degree from MacMurray is still valuable! It will be recognized by employers and other colleges/universities as a valid degree with full regional accreditation.
What will happen to my academic records after closure?
Academic records will be preserved and accessible after MacMurray College closes. Records will be transferred to a custodian institution which is still to be determined.
How will I be able to obtain an official transcript?
The current process to request transcripts has not changed. Students and alumni can order official transcripts online. Official transcripts can be ordered directly through the Parchment electronic service.
- Set up an account at the Parchment website.
- Follow the on-site directions to submit orders.
Your legal signature is required to release a transcript which is collected by Parchment, so MacMurray cannot accept requests by phone. Ordering in person or by mail, fax, or email also is no longer available. You must submit a Parchment request, pay the transcript fee and resolve any outstanding holds at MacMurray before we can release transcripts to Parchment for delivery.
All transcripts, including those sent directly to you, require the same processing. Transcripts through Parchment are a total of $15 including their fee. Additional delivery options through Parchment are ordered and paid through them.
For further information or in case of problems, please contact the Registrar's Office at 217-479-7017 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will the college still hold commencement ceremonies for those students finishing prior to formal closure?
May 2020 commencement activities have been postponed due to COVID-19 and the State of Illinois "stay at home" order by the Governor.
I have a scholarship. Will I still continue to have that scholarship as I complete my degree at MacMurray? What if I transfer elsewhere?
Yes, your scholarship will still be valid at MacMurray through Spring 2020, however, a MacMurray scholarship will not transfer to another college. Each student has a unique situation and the College will be providing financial and academic counseling to all impacted students on an individual basis.
Will student services be available to me, such as academic advising or career services?
The college is working hard to support all impacted students. Academic advising, career services, and financial counseling will be staffed through Spring term 2020 to ensure that you have time to make all necessary arrangements.
I have disability accommodations at MacMurray. Do I have to go through the same application process when I transfer to another institution?
Because each institution has different processes in place, it will be up to that institution to guide you on specifics. You may request copies of your disability accommodations at MacMurray if you require that information.
Admission deadlines at many schools have passed for the 2019-20 academic year. Did I miss the window to enroll somewhere else this fall?
No — many schools are still accepting applications, and we are creating partnerships with several local institutions who will make special accommodations for impacted MacMurray students. Your academic advisor can assist you in finding the best option.
If I finish my degree after Spring 2020, what will my diploma say? Who will my degree be from?
After Spring 2020 you will need to transfer to another institution to finish your degree, therefore, the diploma will be awarded by the institution where you have completed your requirements.
What is MacMurray College required to do to help students complete their programs? What is its "teach-out plan"?
The College will cease enrollment at the end of the 2020 Spring Semester, MacMurray College will work diligently with each student to make sure their transfer process is as smooth as possible.
When and how do I return my textbooks?
Textbooks are due back the last day of finals on May 4. Since many students will have to mail their books back, having it postmarked May 4 will suffice.
Students should receive an email 14 days before the due date. Reminder emails will be sent 7 days out, 3 days out and the day of. The email will contain a link to generate a free return shipping label and packing slip. Or you can immediately generate a free return shipping label by signing into your account on the bookstore website.
If you are still in the area, you can drop off your books in person on May 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your books to the outside door of the bookstore but be aware that social distancing protocols will be in place. Bookstore staff will be taking the appropriate precautions during this time.
Any rentals not shipped or returned by May 4 will be billed back to your student account.
Federal Student Loan Information
I have federal student loans and my school is closing. What happens next?
There are many issues involving student loans if a student's school closes before they complete their degree. First, it is important to know about all of your student loans, including your loan debt, which schools the loans were borrowed from, and who your current loan servicer is (the agency that is responsible for collecting payments on your loans).
You can find all your federal student loan information by accessing the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) at www.nslds.ed.gov. You can access the site using your Federal Student Aid (FSA) User ID and qualifying personal identification information.
Who is my loan servicer? How do I find that out?
When you log into NSLDS, you will see a list of every federal loan you have received. Each loan will be assigned to a loan servicer. Usually they try to keep all of your loans with one servicer. If you click on the "servicer" link, the website will bring up the contact information for that servicer.
Where can I find more information on the terms of my loans and repayment options?
Go to the federal student loans website at by visiting https://studentloans.gov/myDirectLoan/index.action.
At this site, you can complete "loan exit counseling" and view "repayment calculators."
Can I transfer my financial aid from the closed school to another school?
No, financial aid does not transfer from one school to another. However, you can apply for financial aid at another school by adding the new school to your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, and they can determine what aid you will qualify for at their school.
If my school closes do I have to repay the loans I borrowed while at that school?
It depends. There are many different criteria including if you transfer credits to another school to complete your degree, and if you were enrolled at the closed school within 120 days of its closure. Here is a link to the federal student aid site with all sorts of good information for students. It answers many different questions a student may have: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/closed-school
If you have any questions, please contact Student Financial Services.