International Boarding Students
What happens to my F-1 status if I am not studying in the U.S. during part of the spring semester?
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and to adjust its guidance as needed. On March 13, SEVP issued the following statement, which is relevant for Maharishi international students who have returned home:
If a school closes temporarily but offers online instruction or another alternative learning procedure, nonimmigrant students should participate in online or other alternate learning procedures and remain in active status in SEVIS. Given the extraordinary nature of the COVID-19 emergency, SEVP will allow F-1 students to temporarily count online classes towards a full course of study, even if they have left the United States and are taking the online classes from elsewhere.
How will my I-20 be updated?
Our Designated School Official will update the I-20, if necessary, and will send the updated I-20 by email to the student (with a copy to their parent).
What should I do if I am graduating and need to transfer my I-20 to a US college or university?
Graduating students must send Maharishi School a copy of their college acceptance letter and a transfer request form from the college/university. Our DSO will transfer your SEVIS record to the college/university after this information is received. This must be done before the students’ graduation date.
What is open and what is closed on campus?
The Maharishi School dorm and Fieldhouse is open only to current boarding students. Visitors and faculty are not allowed to enter.
The academic and administrative buildings are open to faculty/staff only. Visitors and students are not allowed to enter for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.
Will Maharishi School resume in-class learning for Fall 2020?
We are currently committed to resume in-class learning for Fall 2020. However, given the fluid nature of the COVID-19 situation, we will evaluate our plans regularly and alter our plan as needed. We will communicate directly with new and returning students and their families if changes are made to our plan.
In the meantime, if you have specific questions regarding your enrollment for Fall 2020, please contact Carol Chesnutt, Enrollment Management Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Springli Johnson, Admissions Director (email@example.com).
Will Maharishi refund tuition in full or in part due to the change in learning programs?
At this time, Maharishi School is focusing its efforts on the safety and security of its faculty, staff, students, and families. The School, supported by the Board of Directors, will retain all faculty and staff on payroll.
The academic program continues for PreK-12th grade through remote learning and the residential program is fully operational for boarding students so the full tuition amount will continue to go towards operational costs and no refunds will be offered for the 2019-20 school year.
When are enrollment deposits due for the 2020-21 school year?
June 1, 2020
What if there are travel bans in August, 2020 that prevent international students from arriving on campus?
For 2020-21, Maharishi School is exploring the possibility of providing an online option for international students with high English language proficiency in the event there are travel bans. This could include supplementary 3rd party classes that Maharishi School would arrange, facilitate, and pay for. As soon as the travel bans are lifted, we expect students to arrive on campus in a timely manner. Depending on the 3rd party course requirements, the student will either continue with the 3rd party class until it is completed or transition into a Maharishi School course.
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