The goal of this page is to address any questions or concerns the HILS Students may have regarding their academics and COVID-19. For any additional questions, feel free to reach out to the HILS Team at 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Will Fall 2020 courses be administered in-person or online? 

The University of Michigan has not yet determined if fall courses will be in-person or online. We are monitoring this daily and will update you with additional information as it becomes available. 

Will my funding for the HILS Program be impacted? 

Regardless of how courses are administered, funding for the HILS Program will not be impacted.

Will I still have a Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) position and funding? 

HILS will fulfill the specific commitments made in each admissions offer letters. For those accepting Graduate Student Research Assistant (GSRA) positions, your appointments will begin effective September 1, 2020.

Will the COVID-19 outbreak affect my F-1 visa?

If COVID-19 impacts issuance of visas or entry into the U.S., we work with students to determine if updating to a later term is appropriate.


Is emergency financial relief available? 

Rackham does have funding to support students during emergencies. Information and criteria can be found here. 

What health services are available to me at this time? 

University Health Services remain open during normal business hours. Additionally, students are able to request appointments with the Rackham's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) counselor, Laura Monschau, or Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' counselor, Kate Hagadone.

How will COVID-19 impact international and domestic travel? 

At this time the University of Michigan is restricting all international travel. Domestic travel is strong discouraged and we are recommending seeking virtual alternatives.