Covid-19 Updates

Residencies Updates

September 22, 2021
IDSVA is preparing to hold our upcoming New York City residency in person, from Jan 2–9, 2022. The commencement will be held on January 8, at the Morgan Library and Museum.

We will have a vaccine mandate for all participants. Students who are unvaccinated, or are uncomfortable with attending in person, can fulfill the course credit through an alternative program, or can make up the residency at a later date. The alternative program would be arranged in consultation with the Director of the School, and would include museum visits on your own and some video participation with the onsite residency.

As the date comes closer, we will consider additional guidelines for testing and masking, based on current conditions.

We are very excited to contemplate our first in-person residency in almost two years!

April 9, 2021
With the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, all Summer 2021 residencies will be held online. We are currently planning to make up the onsite portion of the summer residencies in Summer 2022.

October 13, 2020
Given the still volatile situation with traveling and gathering in person, we’ve decided to move the January NYC residency online. The first and second year courses will take place in the allocated dates for the NYC residency (January 4-9, 2021), and will follow the model we implemented during last summer’s online residency.

Commencement will not take place online: the ceremony will be postponed to January 2022, in New York City.

The Marfa House self-directed residency is on hold, due to the Covid-19 emergency, until further notice.

March 30, 2020
Following Covid-19 guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, IDSVA will postpone 2020 summer residency programs to summer 2021. In the meantime, IDSVA will offer online instruction during the summer semester.

CARES Act Reporting on Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

July 9, 2021

On March 27, 2020, the Federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Pub L. No. 116-136, providing funds to institutions from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) to make Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including eligible expenses under s student’s cost of attendance, such as food, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. The law requires institutions to report certain information related to the use of these funds. The following information is reported for the period ending March 31, 2021.

I. This statement shall serve to acknowledge that our institution signed and returned to the US Department of Education the Certification and Agreement - Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. We further attest that our institution has used, and/or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

II. The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Student is $14,258.

III. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of December 31, 2020, is $33,558.

IV. The estimated total number of students at our institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 100.

V. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to date is 24.

VI. The following is the method used by our institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much each student will receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act:

IDSVA will reimburse students for any flights purchased for the Summer 2020 Europe residency, which cannot be refunded or re-booked for future use. The student must provide a receipt for the cost of the flight.

In February 2021, IDSVA made grants to students for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or child care. IDSVA prioritized grants to students with exceptional need, as determined by a grant application, and by the student’s most recent FAFSA report (ISIR). Students were notified of the online grant application form on February 12, with a due date of February 21, 2021.

VII. The following instructions were provided by our institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants:

March 26, 2020
As a follow up to the announcement from Simonetta Moro about the postponement of Summer 2020 residencies, we would like to check in with students who have already purchased a flight for the summer residencies. If you have a flight that you will not be using, please contact your airline/issuing agency and request a cancellation. The airline will likely issue a refund or voucher. If your airline offers you a voucher to be used within a certain time-frame, let's make sure that you can use it for your flight to Europe next year. If your airline does not issue a refund or voucher, IDSVA will give you a refund for your ticket. Please contact Molly Davis if this is the case.

February 12, 2021
We are very happy to announce that IDSVA Students are now eligible to receive grants from CARES Act Funds. The Department of Education recently updated their guidelines to include distance education students. We've been given a relatively small pot of funds, but it's great to have something for IDSVA students. The grants are awarded to cover expenses for students' Cost of Attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care (including mental health care), and child care.

The Dept. of Ed guidelines require that we prioritize funding for students with the greatest need. To do this, we are requesting that you report income loss and/or extra expenses incurred due to Covid-19. We will use that info, along with your most recent FAFSA, to determine need. Grants will range from $300 to $1000.

Please fill out this Application by February 21, 2021. We will disburse all available funds at this time, so don't miss this deadline if you are wanting to receive a grant.

You can find our Policies and Procedures for CARES Act Funds, and quarterly reporting for the funds on the Covid-19 Updates page of our website.

At this time, International students, DACA students and undocumented non-citizens continue to be ineligible.

Student Grants - June 30, 2021
Student Grants - March 31, 2021
Student Grants - December 31, 2020
Student Grants - September 30, 2020

CARES Act Quarterly Reporting on Institutional Funds

June 30, 2021
March 31, 2021
December 31, 2020
September 30, 2020

Policy & Procedure for CARES Act Funds