COVID-19 Update

Students who visit any of the PHSC locations are expected to follow social distancing as recommended by the CDC and as outlined in the College Re-Entry Plan. Students who choose not to follow social distancing and college policy will be asked to leave the campus in the interest of safety to others.

Coronavirus Emergency Relief for Students

CARES Act

Funding is no longer available for PHSC students through the CARES Act Emergency Relief Fund Grant.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA)

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) emergency funds for PHSC students are now available! Students who have experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19 and meet the federal emergency fund eligibility requirements should complete the CRRSAA emergency funds application.

What is the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) student emergency fund program?

Under the federal Higher Education Emergency Fund II Appropriations Act, the CRRSAA emergency relief grant program provides colleges and universities with emergency financial aid funds to award to students who have experienced a financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. (Students who have been previously awarded CARES Act emergency funds can also be awarded CRRSAA emergency funds if they meet CRRSAA eligibility requirements.)

Eligible Expenses for Emergency Grant Funds

CRRSAA grant funding includes the following COVID-19 related student emergency costs:

  • Tuition/Technology/Supply Costs
  • Housing
  • Personal Expenses
  • Childcare
  • Medical
  • Food
  • Transportation

How to Apply

Complete the CRRSSA Application in related documents on this page. 

Submit questions regarding CRRSAA Emergency Relief Funding to finaid@phsc.edu.

Once a student applies for CRRSAA Student Emergency Funds:

Students will see the CRRSAA funds request received message on their WISE account and will see the funds on their BankMobile account once they are disbursed to the student.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for CRRSAA student emergency funds, students must complete the PHSC CRRSAA request form, be enrolled in the current semester, have a valid 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, and have experienced a COVID-19 related financial hardship. 

PHSC CRRSAA emergency funds will be awarded to eligible students on a first come-first serve basis with a one-time grant payment.

Single grant payments will be awarded in the amount of either $2500.00 or $1,500.00 as determined by the student’s FAFSA expected family contribution (EFC).

Communications from the President

The President provides frequent updates regarding college operations related to COVID-19, including video messages and written communications. Find the latest communications from the President on the PHSC main Coronavirus web page.

December 12, 2020 - Letter to Students from PHSC President

Pasco-Hernando State College will continue to deliver select courses on campus and virtually (through online/hybrid/remote learning) while maintaining safety procedures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH).

To maximize flexibility for faculty and students, different instructional delivery options will be available for all students. Classes will be taught in multiple formats – face-to-face, hybrid/seated, hybrid/zoom, remote/zoom and online. Safety protocols will be followed for classes taking place on campus. Face-to-face instruction is being reconfigured to include social distancing provisions for certain programs and courses as identified in the schedule. These changes mean that classes may be smaller and may meet in larger spaces. Large classes or programs may be split into smaller sections, receive instruction via face-to-face/hybrid, online or consist of a combination of both. The expectation is that face masks will be worn for face-to-face classes and that social distancing protocols will be followed across all PHSC campuses.

The safety, health and well-being of the campus community will always be PHSC’s highest priority. Strategies are in place to continuously monitor changing healthcare issues and related campus operations. As the pandemic continues to evolve, college administration will determine if or when operational changes may be required.

Description of Modalities

Selected classes will be meeting face-to-face while many classes will be virtual—online, remote or hybrid. Those options are:

Face to Face—the course meets on campus on the days and times listed in the schedule. Hybrid/Seated - the course meets on campus on the day and time listed in the schedule. The remainder of the course is delivered with online assignments and activities. Students may need a webcam and microphone for this class.

Hybrid/Zoom—the course meets remotely on the day and time listed in the schedule by utilizing technology (Zoom) through Canvas. The remainder of the course is delivered with online assignments and activities. Students need a webcam and microphone for this class.

Remote/Zoom—the course meets remotely on the days and times listed in the schedule providing the benefits of face-to-face classes in a live, remote environment by utilizing technology (Zoom) through Canvas. Students need a webcam and microphone for this class.

Online—the course is available through Canvas any time throughout the semester offering a high level of flexibility; no set meeting schedule. Students may need a webcam and microphone for this class.

September 1, 2020 - Letter to Students from PHSC President

Hello Bobcats! Welcome to the new 2020-21 academic year and fall semester at Pasco-Hernando State College! Congratulations on your wise decision to enroll in classes this fall. Your commitment to advance your academic and career goals, despite these challenging times, will serve you well in the future.

Maintaining a safe campus environment is our top priority and a responsibility shared by our entire PHSC community. While on campus, masks are mandatory, social distancing is enforced, and sanitization policies are in place for your protection. For details on PHSC’s safety policies and procedures, please review the College Reentry Plan

When assistance is needed, consider accessing virtual campus services first. If in-person help is required, most on-campus services are available Mondays–Thursdays through September. Stay connected to classmates, instructors, advisors and PHSC staff by communicating often. Any concerns or issues that you have should be addressed as soon as possible to resolve problems more quickly and effectively. Your success is our goal and everyone at PHSC is here to help you.

Students who are engaged in college life are happier, healthier and more likely to complete degrees and certifications. PHSC Student Life hosts opportunities to get involved, even during these unusual times. Explore your extracurricular interests or participate in community service-oriented projects to stay active. Visit our college website, social media platforms and download PHSC’s mobile app to stay informed.

Finally, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or depressed, help is a phone call away. PHSC’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), provides confidential, free one-on-one counseling services to students needing assistance. Information on this resource, and many others, are available at phsc.edu.

Once the pandemic is controlled, PHSC will once again offer a more traditional college experience as well as many virtual opportunities. Better days are on the horizon. Until then, stay healthy, focused and positive. I hope to see you on campus soon!

Sincerely,

Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., President

July 29, 2020 - Letter to Students from PHSC President

Dear PHSC Students:

After more than four months of remote operations during the COVID-19 pandemic, PHSC staff will begin providing on campus services for our students. Evidence indicates that preventative measures greatly reduce the risk of contracting the virus. Implementing rigorous precautionary measures and sanitization policies, sanctioned by the Centers for Disease Control, and as outlined in our College Reentry Plan, will help keep our college community safe. Visit https://phsc.edu/ for COVID-19 and college operations information and to access our comprehensive College Reentry Plan. 

As previously announced, Phase 1 of our College Reentry Plan, initially scheduled to begin on July 6, was delayed due to increases in positive local COVID-19 cases. With extensive safety protocols and sanitization policies in place, we are prepared to begin Phase 2 of our College Reentry Plan.

Beginning Monday, August 3, PHSC Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Affairs Offices, Libraries, College Store and other student services areas will reopen to students collegewide. Please be advised that our compliance to safety measures may mean longer wait times for in-person services.  Returning students are encouraged to continue using online services, accessed via phsc.edu. 

CDC guidelines and college protocols will be strictly enforced, including the following: 

Masks are mandatory: Employees, students and campus visitors must wear masks at all times while on campus. Social distancing enforced:  Prominent signage reinforces safety rules and Plexiglass barriers have been installed in areas with more interaction between staff and students.   Sanitization routine:  Disinfectants will be available and facilities will be sanitized routinely. On campus population reduced:   Most fall term classes will be offered online and events have been cancelled or moved to virtual platforms, greatly reducing the population on our campuses.

My video announcement regarding our plans can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7M5dWVW6Cc&feature=youtu.be

Despite these challenging times, please remain focused on your academic and career goals.  When the pandemic is controlled and the economy recovers, a degree or certification in hand will help you advance your studies or secure a better job in the workforce. For guidance or assistance, please contact our Information Center at 1-855-NOW-PHSC (1-855-669-7472).

Fall term registration is underway and classes begin August 24. Thanks for your patience and your cooperation. We hope to see you on campus soon!

What Students Should Know

Several communications have been distributed to students from college administration, including video updates and Town Hall meetings hosted by Timothy L. Beard, Ph.D., president, regarding the response to Coronavirus activity and college operations. These communications and more can be found on the main PHSC Coronavirus Update web page.

Key Facts
  • College Re-entry Phase Two begins August 3, 2020.
  • College Re-entry Phase Three begins August 10, 2020, but considerations are being reviewed for a possible delay.
  • In-person student services resume August 3, 2020.
  • Faculty/Instructors can find information regarding online instruction in the Academic Continuity Preparation document.
  • New dates for Fall Term I are published in the Academic Calendar
  • Student services are available online. For more information, students may contact the Information Center at 1-855-NOW-PHSC (1-855-669-7472).
  • Updates on all College activity regarding COVID-19 can be found at phsc.edu. Students should continue to monitor the College website, college emails, and social media channels for updates.
  • Student Success Tools are available.
  • The BayCare Student Assistance Program (SAP) is a free, voluntary, and confidential counseling service for students facing personal problems that may interfere with their academic success.