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April 16, 2020

Dear Undergraduate Students, Parents, and Families,

We hope this finds you and your loved ones well. As Spring 2020 comes to a close, we know that many members of the Tufts community are looking towards next fall, and that new, important questions have begun to arise. Will in-person classes begin as scheduled in September? Will the university be able to support students who might have difficulty traveling back to campus, especially from international locations? How will we ensure that our incoming students have a smooth transition to life at Tufts? If remote learning must continue in some form for a period of time in the fall, how will we prepare for and implement that option?

The simple truth is that we cannot answer many of these questions yet, as they rest upon contingencies outside our current predictive capacities. There are many international, national, local, and personal questions still in flux across the globe, and it would be irresponsible for the university to attempt to answer questions specific to our own community before these wider issues and concerns have been addressed. We want to assure you that faculty and staff are currently working around the clock in order to plan and prepare for a variety of possible scenarios for our fall semester. At the soonest possible moment, we will provide students, parents, and families with complete information. Thank you, again, for your patience and understanding as we seek to make the best, most informed decisions for the Tufts community.

While many things remain uncertain at this time, we can assure you that one thing will not change at Tufts. Regardless of the timeline and circumstances surrounding COVID-19, Tufts is and always will be an institution that meets the “full financial need” of each of our undergraduate students. This is not simply a procedure or consideration at our university, but is a value at the very center of our mission. It will not be changed, amended, or compromised. We are one of only approximately 70 universities and colleges in the United States that has made this kind of commitment, which helps ensure that all our undergraduate students are able to pursue their educations with equal opportunity. This is part of our commitment to diversity and inclusion at Tufts, and it reflects a deeply held belief that our educational mission depends upon a plurality of perspectives, lived experiences, and backgrounds. Meeting students’ “full financial need” is also part of our larger commitment to creating a richer, more socially just society in our host communities in the Greater Boston Area, across the United States, and around the world.

We know financial aid is only one of the many questions about which you and your families are likely concerned at this time, but we hope our answer offers you some assurance as we approach Fall 2020. We also want to make clear that our core principles will be at the center of all our other decision making in the weeks and months ahead. We can promise you that we will be similarly unwavering in our approach, and we assure you that the high-quality and high-touch education that Tufts is known for will be maintained regardless of whether we provide it to you in person or remotely. Thank you for your patience during these uncertain times. Thank you for your feedback and suggestions as we make our way through an unprecedented number of issues and concerns. And know that we are endeavouring to provide you with the best information at the earliest possible hour.

Sincerely,

Tony Monaco
President

Nadine Aubry
Provost and Senior Vice President

Mike Howard
Executive Vice President

James M. Glaser
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Jianmin Qu
Dean, School of Engineering