MCU Closure Q&A

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Why is MCU permanently closing?
MCU has struggled financially in recent years amid declining enrollments and rising costs, a pandemic and now the termination of a merger agreement with Saint Leo University. Despite the efforts of the board of trustees and senior leadership to find another alternative in a workable timeframe, the university was unable to secure the capital to fund a viable path forward. We informed our campus community immediately, as we know time is of the essence for students, faculty and staff to begin immediately reviewing transition plans. 

Whose decision was it to close MCU?
After a comprehensive review of options that could potentially address MCU’s critical financial shortfall, the MCU Board of Trustees determined it was in the best interest of the university and its constituents to close.  

When was this decision made?
The board of trustees voted on April 21 to close the institution. The university immediately notified faculty, staff and students on April 22 to give everyone as much time as possible to work on a transition plans.

Is there any chance this decision could be reconsidered?
No, the decision to close MCU on Aug. 31, 2022, is final. 

What other options were explored to keep MCU open and why were they rejected?
MCU’s board and senior leadership extensively pursued and prepared multiple scenarios, including partnerships and mergers with other universities, selling real estate and taking a more phased closure approach, all of which proved to be unworkable.

Does MCU own the land? What happens with the money from the sale of the land?
Marymount owns the ocean-view campus without any debt on the property. Assuming we sell the land, we will use the proceeds for closing costs for the university, and the residual, which we expect to be substantial, is anticipated to be rolled into a Marymount educational foundation that will administer educational scholarships, programs and project needs in higher education under a separate board and director(s). Our desire is to continue the mission of the Religious Sacred Heart of Mary. More details will be shared at a later date.

What will happen to the MCU Villas? Will they be sold as well?
While MCU has title to the Villas under a quitclaim deed, there are restrictions on the use of the property until September 2028. Among the stipulations is that the property be used for educational purposes. We are working on a solution to meet the restrictions and maximize the value to MCU either now or in the future.

Who will be in charge of selling the MCU property?
The MCU Board of Trustees has the final approval on any disposal of assets. Our board vice chairman is a real estate expert, and he has been advising and coordinating with MCU president Brian Marcotte on a pro bono basis the procedures and options. MCU is currently receiving proposals for agents who can help us bring maximum benefit to Marymount and any surviving foundation. We have given tours of the campuses to these competing groups and will be evaluating shortly.

Will I still be able to graduate?
Seniors on track to graduate or walk this May will still be able to graduate from Marymount California University as planned if they complete all their degree requirements by August.

If I complete all credits needed to graduate at the end of spring or summer, will my diploma still say Marymount California University?
Yes.

Will my degree still be from an accredited university?
Yes, MCU is an accredited institution, and we will remain an accredited institution through the closing date of Aug. 31, 2022.

Will there be a graduation ceremony for students completing their degree at the end of summer?
No. Students who anticipate being able to complete their degree requirements by the end of summer 2022 should make plans to walk in the May graduation ceremonies. 

What happens to recently admitted students for fall?
MCU has notified admitted students that we are no longer accepting a fall class.

Where can I get additional information?
This list of colleges and universities are those with which MCU is in the process of negotiating transfer agreements. It will be updated regularly as transfer agreements are confirmed with MCU. Other questions can be emailed to PresidentsOffice@MarymountCalifornia.edu. We will attempt to respond to all questions received, but we ask you in advance for your patience. 

Admission deadlines at many schools have passed for the 2022-23 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 institutions that will make special accommodations for impacted MCU students. Your academic advisor can assist you in finding the best option.

What colleges and universities have transfer agreements with MCU?
This is a list of colleges and universities that are offering to help MCU’s students. Many of them are also working with us and preparing transfer agreements. We will update this page with more details and contact information as transfer agreements are confirmed with MCU, so please check it regularly. 

How do I start the transfer process to a new school?
You must apply to the school(s) you are interested in. You will still need to be accepted by the institution(s) of choice. MCU is working with multiple schools to help expedite the application review process and negotiate terms that will benefit you with regard to credits accepted, time to degree, and in some cases costs, housing or other considerations. We will update this list with contact information as agreements are confirmed. 

If I apply to a school on the transfer list, is acceptance guaranteed?
Acceptance decisions are made by the receiving institution, not MCU.

What if I want to apply to a school not on the MCU list of possible transfer schools?
You are not obligated to apply to only the schools on the MCU transfer list. However, these schools are working with MCU to create transfer agreements with terms that may be favorable to you and expedite the process. 

The school I’m interested in doesn’t show a confirmed transfer agreement with MCU yet. Should I wait to apply?
You should apply to the school(s) you are interested in. In addition, you can also let your advisor know. MCU may be able to contact the school to discuss a possible transfer agreement. 

Will new schools be added to the list of possible transfer agreement schools?
MCU is in contact with multiple California, out-of-state and online institutions about transfer agreements for MCU students. Please check the MCU transfer list for schools in process and those with confirmed agreements. 

Will the tuition I pay at MCU be the same at the transfer schools under agreement? Will the transfer schools waive deposit fees?
Tuition, credits accepted, time to degree and other factors are decisions made by the receiving institutions, not MCU. Some transfer agreements may specify favorable terms. Please read the agreement terms carefully and discuss these questions with the receiving institution. 

Will all my credits transfer to my new school?
Credits accepted will likely be different under each institution’s transfer agreement with MCU, but we expect other institutions to be generous in their acceptance of credits. Please read the agreement terms carefully. 

Are you offering fee waivers for student applications for transfers?
That is up to the receiving institution. 

What are the transfer options for MBA students? Will these students get to choose where to transfer?
MCU is in dialogue with several MBA programs for teach-out options that would maximize the transferability of MCU MBA courses. Provost Schauer will be meeting with MBA students to discuss updates and potential options. 

Will acceptance at transfer agreement schools be based on GPA?
Acceptance decisions are made by the receiving institution, not MCU. Factors for acceptance will likely be different under each institution’s transfer agreement with MCU. 

Do I have to continue the same program at the school to which I transfer?
Many institutions have a wider range of programs than MCU, so changing majors may be a possibility. You may discuss that with the receiving institution. However, the most efficient path to degree completion will likely be in a comparable program.  

When I transfer to a public university from Marymount, will religion courses count toward other requirements?
Some MCU courses may transfer for units and elective credit if they don’t map to a specific requirement. There may be limits to how many units and which courses transfer. That should be discussed case by case with the receiving institution. 

Will someone at MCU be willing to write letters of recommendations for students wanting to attend a college not on the transfer list?
It is appropriate to ask your faculty members for a letter of recommendation as needed. 

What will happen at the transfer fair organized by MCU on May 19?
MCU has invited several colleges and universities to meet with students at the transfer fair on Thursday, May 19, from 3pm-7pm on campus. This event will give you a chance to talk to school representatives in person. Some may be able to offer immediate admission, so plan to bring your transcripts. 

I can’t attend the transfer fair. What are my options?
If you can’t attend the fair, you can still contact the institutions directly. We will post contact information on the MCU website for the colleges and universities with transfer agreements.

Can I get a copy of my medical records?
Should you need to transfer your medical records to another institution, including immunization and clinical/mental health records, please email a request along with a copy of your ID to wellness@marymountcalifornia.edu, in addition to completing this form. You may also mail a request or visit us on campus. Requests after August 31 may require additional fees.

When does the summer term begin?
The first term is 12 weeks and begins May 23. The second session is eight weeks and begins June 21.

How many classes will you offer this summer?
The current summer courses are available through the Student Portal. We will be updating the course schedule and adding more classes over the next two weeks as we evaluate course needs. 

When will the list of classes for the 8-week summer term be available? How soon can I register for those classes?
Classes will be added to the summer schedule in the next two weeks. If you have specific course needs, please discuss with your academic advisor as soon as possible so they can relay that information to department chairs for consideration. 

What if the classes I need to graduate are not offered this summer?
If you are within a couple of courses of completing your degree requirements, please discuss those needs with your academic advisor. We will then review to see whether the courses or appropriate substitutions can be offered at MCU in summer or whether you may be able to take approved options somewhere else in summer. Either way, courses must be completed by August 12, 2022, to be recorded for MCU credit. 

Will summer classes be in person or remote?
Summer classes will be online. 

I do not live in Southern California during the summer. Will I be able to take all summer courses remotely?
Yes, summer classes will be online.

Will you be more flexible in accepting other MCU courses or courses from another college to help me graduate this summer?
Yes, we will review these on a case-by-case basis through the petition process. Please discuss with your academic advisor as soon as possible. 

Is there a maximum number of classes I can take this summer?
Your goal will be to successfully pass whatever courses you sign up for. Please review with your academic advisor.  

If my financial aid doesn’t cover summer, how do I pay for classes?
Students are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services to set up a special payment plan for the summer term. Summer tuition and fees will be due May 23, 2022 for the first term and June 15, 2022 for the second term. However, for those in need, MCU will offer a payment plan of three payments due May 23, July 1 and August 1 for the first term and payment due dates of June 15, July 1 and August 1 for the second term.

If I’m taking summer classes, can I extend my lease at the Villas?
If you need to stay in the Villas longer, please submit a request to Dean of Residential Campus Chad Fehr at cfehr@marymountcalifornia.edu. We will review all requests on a case-by-case basis.  

Can I pick up my transcript at school at the end of the semester?
No. Transcripts can be mailed or delivered electronically.

How soon will alumni be able to get transcripts? 
Spring 2022 grades will be posted starting May 11. For students earning degrees in May, please allow a minimum of two weeks from that date for degree conferral.

Will transcripts be available after the school closes?
Yes, you will always have access to your transcripts. MCU is making arrangements for all student records to be housed in permanent storage. As we near the closure date, we will provide information regarding where records will be stored and how you should request transcripts and other records.

Will there still be a charge to get my official MCU transcripts?
MCU has waived its transcript fee for students who were enrolled as of Spring 2022; however, the National Student Clearinghouse still charges a nominal processing fee depending on delivery method.

How long will our transcripts be available through National Student Clearinghouse?
At least through the closure date. As we near the closure date, we will provide information regarding how to request transcripts going forward.

How will transcript information be communicated to previous students or alumni?
MCU will post information on the homepage of the website, which will remain up, and/or on the transcript page of the MCU website.

Will I get a refund since MCU is closing?
No. There will be no refunds for spring. Students will finish the spring semester as normal. Only students who made a deposit for fall and beyond will receive a refund for money they advanced.

Does closure mean my student debt or loans will be relieved?
No. Spring classes will finish as normal. How students financed their spring semester is not affected by the MCU decision to close.

Do I still need to pay back loans or other aid incurred while at MCU?
Yes.

Will MCU offer financial aid for summer courses?
Summer courses will be offered at the reduced rate of $412 per unit for domestic students and $489 per unit for international students. Student Financial Services will work with you to award the maximum amount of federal aid, including the Pell Grant and federal student loans for those that qualify. However, institutional aid will not be offered.

If my financial aid doesn’t cover summer, how do I pay for classes?
Students are encouraged to contact Student Financial Services to set up a special payment plan for the summer term. Summer tuition and fees will be due May 23, 2022 for the first term and June 15, 2022 for the second term. However, for those in need, MCU will offer a payment plan of three payments due May 23, July 1 and August 1 for the first term and payment due dates of June 15, July 1 and August 1 for the second term.

Will the accepting universities honor MCU scholarships?
The scholarships offered to MCU students by transfer institutions will vary, depending on the transfer agreement. Some universities are honoring students’ current out-of-pocket cost that they are currently paying at MCU. We encourage you to explore the various transfer agreements to find a fit for your specific financial needs.

I am on a payment plan. So, what happens now?
You are still responsible for the payments owed to MCU through spring and summer.

What about deposits made for the fall?
Deposits made for fall will be refunded, including payments you made toward housing.

Schools will likely require a deposit for transfer students. Will MCU pay for that deposit?
No.

On the Studentaid.gov website, there is a section talking about loan forgiveness for when schools close while enrolled. Does that apply to MCU’s situation?
Criteria to qualify for federal student loan discharge due to closure is dependent on several factors.  Students who graduated prior to MCU’s closure are responsible for the repayment of federal student loans.  More information can be found at: https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/closed-school

Can Student Financial Services assist me with the financial aid process at other institutions?
Student Financial Services will be available to answer your FAFSA and financial aid-related questions until MCU’s closure on August 31.

How does the closure impact international students and their visa status?
Students who transfer to a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-approved school will have no interruption to their visa status. As with all students, our focus will be assisting our international students to find a suitable institution for them to transfer to.

What if I don’t find a school I want to transfer to?
International students who don’t transfer or who take no action to indicate their future plans will have their immigration record ended near the closure date. With an inactive record, the student is obliged to plan for an immediate return to their home country.

Will I still be able to play my sport?

The athletic program will end with the spring 2022 semester.

How does the closure affect my athletic eligibility?
The announcement does not affect eligibility for our student athletes. All levels of collegiate competition evaluate the seasons of competition used and credits earned, along with your GPA. It is crucial that all student athletes finish strong to maintain academic eligibility.

How will you help athletes transfer to other programs? The Department of Athletics has launched an information portal for student athletes to help answer questions regarding the transfer process.

Who can I contact in the MCU Athletic Office about my personal situation?
Questions regarding transferring can be directed to Director of Athletics Jonathan Harper at jharper@marymountcalifornia.edu or 310-303-7325.

What are my best transfer options?
We recommend Mount Saint Mary’s University, which has agreed to teach out Marymount’s curriculum, or Concordia University Irvine, which has agreed to accept up to 30 MCU units. Depending on your needs, you might also consider Antioch University, California Lutheran University, Hope International University, University of La Verne, Newman University or Westcliff University. Find the most current information and additional details about transfer opportunities.

Will these schools offer guaranteed admission?
Acceptance decisions are made by the receiving institution, not MCU.

Will I need to take the GMAT?
None of our transfer agreements specify GMAT requirements.

What universities offer an online MBA? Are they accredited?
For an online MBA, you might want to consider Antioch, Newman or Westcliff. However, for the most current information, please continue to check our website.  MCU is only working with accredited programs.

Will transfer schools waive application fees?
In most cases, yes.

How do I apply?
You must apply directly to the school(s) you are interested in. You will still need to be accepted by the institution(s) of choice. We recommend you review the transfer agreements posted on our website for contact information or specific instructions.

Is there a deadline to apply?
No, but we’d recommend reaching out soon. Allow yourself plenty of time.

Will the tuition I pay at MCU be the same at the transfer schools under agreement? 
Tuition, credits accepted, time to degree and other factors are decisions made by the receiving institutions, not MCU. Some transfer agreements may specify favorable terms, including honoring or beating your out-of-pocket cost. Please read the agreement terms carefully and discuss with the receiving institution.

Do these institutions offer financial aid or scholarships? 
Financial aid and scholarships offered to MCU students by transfer institutions will vary, depending on the transfer agreement. We encourage you to explore the various transfer agreements to find a fit for your specific financial needs.

Can I change majors?
Our efforts are focused on the MBA. However, please feel free to apply to other graduate programs.

Can I defer until spring?
That will be up to the receiving institution, but we recommend you reach out now to start the conversation.

Should I try to finish this summer?|
If you are close to finishing, yes, you can try to complete the MBA this summer. However, if that does not seem practical, you can continue and complete the MCU MBA program with Mount Saint Mary’s University next year. MSMU will honor the MCU rate for the 2022-23 academic year. If you are thinking of transferring to Concordia University Irvine, keep in mind the capstone will need to be completed there. In that case, we recommend you not take the capstone at MCU this summer, but complete other MBA courses here instead.

Will there be a tuition discount for the summer term?
MCU’s MBA is a year-round program, so the MBA summer rate is the same as the per unit rate in fall and spring. You can discuss loan eligibility with Student Financial Services.

Will there be a transfer fair for MBA students?
Mount Saint Mary’s and Concordia will attend the May 19 transfer fair.

Will MCU provide any leniency during finals?
You’re welcome to explore this with your faculty members.

Will MCU offer any refund?
No.

Will I be reimbursed for units that don’t transfer?
No.