April 10, 2020

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SIU Students,

We know that many students and families are facing financial challenges due to the state’s “stay-at-home” order and our shared efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. Our goal is to minimize the impact of these challenges on your ability to continue your education.

Effective immediately, we are increasing the amount you can carry on your bursar account in order to be able to register for summer and fall 2020 classes. Previously, if you owed more than $200 on your account you would not be able to register. We are raising that amount to $1,500 to minimize barriers to registration. In other words, as long as you owe no more than $1,500 on your account, you will be able to register for summer and fall 2020 classes. This is a temporary measure in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances caused by the pandemic. Please email the bursar’s office at bursar@siu.edu or call 618-453-2221 with questions.

On a related note, we have shared plans for room and board reimbursement and payment for student employees. We continue to receive questions about partial reimbursement of fees; we are working through this complex question and will notify you as soon as we have it resolved. In all of these cases, our goal is to be as fair and reasonable as possible.

The faculty and staff of SIU Carbondale are here for you as you navigate these challenging times. Here are some ways you can reach out to us for assistance:

  • Dean of Students office: 1-877-725-0006 or 618-453-4846
  • Saluki Cares: mail siucares@siu.edu, fill out a referral form or call 618-453-2461
  • Student Health Services: 618-453-3311 or email shcinfo@siu.edu
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 618-453-5371
  • University Housing: 618-453-2301

As always, you may also email pandemicinfo@siu.edu with questions on any subject.

Thank you, and stay safe.

John M. Dunn
Chancellor