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FAQs on Mercy College and The College of New Rochelle's Agreement:

Q: What has happened at The College of New Rochelle (CNR)?

A: In late August 2016, the Executive Committee of CNR’s Board of Trustees learned of significant unmet financial obligations. These financial irregularities began to be discovered after CNR’s controller retired in early July 2016, after 37 years of employment at the College. Shortly after the controller’s retirement, it was discovered that approximately $20 million in state and federal payroll taxes had not been filed or paid by CNR for eight quarters, beginning with the quarter ending September 30, 2014 through the quarter ending June 30, 2016. Beyond this, the investigation revealed significant vendor payables, significant depletion of endowment assets, and drawing down on lines of credit.

Although the Board of Trustees and administration have worked tirelessly to stabilize the College’s short-term finances while exploring various approaches for long-term stability and direction since 2016, in February, CNR determined that it lacked sufficient resources to continue going forward on its own and in February 2019, CNR announced that it will be ceasing educational operations on August 10, 2019. The last CNR class graduation will take place on August 20, 2019


Q: How is Mercy College involved?

A: In January, CNR and Mercy signed a Teach-Out arrangement, and in early March, CNR and Mercy reached a definitive agreement that provides continuing educational opportunities for former CNR students at Mercy and preserves the legacy of CNR into the future. Mercy has worked alongside CNR to ensure a smooth transition takes place for the CNR students who come over to Mercy. 


Q: Why should I continue my education at Mercy College?  

A: Mercy College is providing a seamless pathway for former CNR students to continue their education without losing time or credits for their major. Mercy College was able to secure leases at three CNR locations including New Rochelle, Brooklyn and Harlem and has retained a number of former CNR faculty and staff to ensure instructional continuity. Mercy’s goal is to provide former CNR students who choose to attend Mercy College with a comparable high-quality liberal arts education and is working to ensure tuition will likely be the same or in many cases less. Mercy and CNR share a similar heritage and legacy and Mercy will work to keep the legacy of CNR alive well into the future. Mercy College offers a personalized learning experience that includes the College’s Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. PACT is a nationally recognized mentoring program that helps students navigate through their college career.


Q:Will I be able to take classes at the current CNR locations?

A: Mercy College has signed leases for CNR’s former New Rochelle, Brooklyn and Rosa Parks locations for the 2019 academic year. Mercy College will continue to serve many former CNR students at some of the same locations where CNR students are currently taught.


Q: Will I have to pay more at Mercy than what I’m paying at CNR?

A: Mercy’s goal is to provide former CNR students who choose to attend Mercy College with a comparable high-quality liberal arts education and is working to ensure tuition will likely be the same or in many cases less.


Q: Does Mercy College offer all the degree programs CNR offered?

A: Almost every former CNR student in good standing will be provided with a pathway to complete their degree. CNR and Mercy College share many complementary degree programs and it is expected that most former CNR students will be able to complete their degrees at Mercy through the comprehensive agreement between the two colleges. Mercy is actively working with the respective agencies and expect to have the appropriate approvals in place for programs and sites for the fall 2019 term.


Q: Where would I find information about Mercy’s programs?

A: All program information is available at https://www.mercy.edu/academics/


Q: Where is Mercy College located?

A: Mercy College has four campuses and online programs. Our campuses include Dobbs Ferry, Bronx (at the Hutch Metro Center), Manhattan (at Herald Square) and Yorktown Heights. Mercy has also leased three former CNR locations including New Rochelle, Brooklyn (Restoration Plaza) and Harlem (Rosa Parks) for the coming academic year.


Q: Is this a merger or acquisition?

A: This is not a merger or acquisition. It is an agreement between CNR and Mercy College to continue the educational needs of former CNR students at Mercy.


Q: Is there somewhere I can call for more information?  

A: Contacts have been established to help you in the following areas.


Q: Is there somewhere I can call for more information?  

A: Contacts have been established to help you in the following areas.

Financial Aid and Bursar Question:  Vincent Tunstall via email:  vtunstall@cnr.edu or 914 240 8618 Registrar Questions:  Diane Luisi dluisi@cnr.edu or 914.240.8618

Transcripts: Diane Luisi dluisi@cnr.edu or 914.240.8618

 

At Mercy College:

Admissions:

Student Affairs:

Financial Aid:

Athletics:


Q: Is Mercy College a non-profit organization?

A: Mercy College is a private, non-profit institution.


Q: What governing bodies accredit Mercy College?

A: Mercy College is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. To learn more please visit https://www.mercy.edu/about-mercy/accreditations


Q: Do I need to worry about Mercy College experiencing similar difficulties as CNR in the future?

A: No. Mercy College is in very strong financial shape and is taking a leadership role in the New York higher education landscape. Our strong foundation has allowed us to create uninterrupted educational pathways for former CNR students and significantly upgrade our Manhattan campus, among other exciting projects.


Q: How do I obtain a transcript?

A: Presently, students will obtain transcripts through the regular CNR process through August 31st.  Mercy College will generate CNR transcripts starting September 1st.  Information on how to obtain a transcript through Mercy College will be provided at a later date.


Q: Who will maintain my educational records?

A: It is expected that Mercy College will become the repository of CNR documents starting September 1st. 


Q: If I graduate in May, where will my diploma be from?

A.  If you are graduating in the summer of 2019, or have graduated prior to the summer of 2019, your diploma will be from CNR.


Q. How do I obtain my diploma?

A. All CNR students will obtain their diploma through the regular CNR processes through August 31st.

Q: I’m a current Mercy student.  How will this change impact me?

A: There will be no changes to Mercy students.  Through this partnership, Mercy expects to offer new programs which will provide more options for students and make Mercy stronger.


Q: I am in the process of applying to Mercy.  How will this change impact my chances of being accepted?

A: There will be no change for students applying to Mercy College.


Q: Will my PACT mentor have more students?

A: We are committed to a personalized experience for all students and will adjust staff accordingly.


Q: How will this impact the Mercy’s shuttle services?  

A: There will be no anticipated impact on Mercy’s shuttle services. 


Q: If I am on a waitlist for a residential spot, will I lose this to accommodate a CNR student?

A: No. Your place on the waitlist is secured.


Q: How do I register to receive Emergency Alerts and severe weather notifications from Mercy College?

A: Go to: https://mercy.regroup.com:

  • Log in using your current Mercy Connect user name & password
  • Update how you would like to be alerted with email, text and phone/fax numbers.
  • Click “Save” and exit the application
  • Email Campus Safety at safety@mercy.edu if you encounter any issues.

Q: If I am a former CNR student, why should I continue my education at Mercy College?

Mercy College is providing a seamless pathway for former CNR students to continue their education without losing time or credits for their major. Mercy College was able to secure leases at three CNR locations including New Rochelle, Brooklyn and Harlem and has retained a number of existing CNR faculty and staff to ensure instructional continuity. Mercy’s goal is to provide CNR students who choose to attend Mercy College with a comparable high-quality liberal arts education and is working to ensure tuition will likely be the same or in many cases less. Mercy and CNR share a similar heritage and legacy and Mercy will work to keep the legacy of CNR alive well into the future. Mercy College offers a personalized learning experience that includes the College’s Personalized Achievement Contract (PACT) program. PACT is a nationally recognized mentoring program that helps students navigate through their college career.


Q: Will former CNR students need to apply for Mercy admission?

A: No. Former students of CNR in good standing in programs in which Mercy received regulatory approval to teach who wish to continue at Mercy College may become students of Mercy College. The College is offering former CNR students a chance to complete their college education on time and uninterrupted by the closing of CNR. CNR transcripts and records will be automatically transferred to Mercy College.


Q. If I graduate in August, where will my diploma be from?

A.  If you are graduating in the summer of 2019, or have graduated prior to the summer of 2019, your diploma will be from CNR.


Q. How do I obtain my diploma?

A. All former CNR students will obtain their diploma through the regular CNR processes through August 31st.


Q: Will former CNR students lose credits?

A: Mercy College is working very carefully to ensure that former CNR students won’t lose any time, or any credits earned so far. The goal is for students to move forward in a seamless way.


Q. What is full-time attendance?

A. Full-time attendance for an undergraduate student is minimally twelve credits per semester.


Q: Are there other options available besides Mercy?

A: Students are certainly free to transfer elsewhere.  However, through the agreement worked out between CNR and Mercy, students will be provided with a seamless pathway to complete their degree.


Q: Does Mercy College offer all the degree programs that CNR offered?

A: Every former CNR student in good standing will be provided with a pathway to complete their degree. CNR and Mercy College share many complementary degree programs and it is expected that most CNR students will be able to complete their degrees at Mercy through the comprehensive agreement between the two colleges. Mercy is actively working with the accrediting bodies to make sure that appropriate approvals are in place for programs and sites for fall 2019. 


Q: Will CNR students be able to graduate from CNR in May 2019?

A: Yes, if students complete all the requirements for their degree this semester, they will graduate in May when CNR holds its commencement ceremony, as scheduled.


Q: If I graduate in May 2019, where will my diploma be from?

A: If you are graduating in the spring of 2019, or have graduated prior to the spring 2019, your diploma will be from CNR.


Q: What will happen to those students who haven’t finished their programs this semester?

A: A smooth transition for former CNR students is a primary goal of the agreement between CNR and Mercy. To that end, CNR and Mercy College are working collaboratively on a plan for each of CNR’s former students to provide a pathway to complete the degrees that they were previously seeking from CNR. Mercy College is committed to making the transition as seamless as possible for students and questions can be directed to the following:

At Mercy College:

Student Affairs:

Financial Aid:

Athletics:


Q: Is the curriculum going to be the same for my program at Mercy?

A: In most instances, yes, the program will be the same at Mercy.


Q: Will there be an appeal option for students who are not in good academic standing?

A: Former CNR students who are not in good academic standing should speak with their academic advisor immediately at CNR to determine their pathway forward.


Q: Will credits for all courses taken at CNR transfer to Mercy College?

A: Credits for all courses taken at CNR  will be honored by Mercy.


Q: Will Mercy honor more than 6 transfer credits into a graduate program?

A: Yes; all former CNR students in good academic standing are eligible to transfer their completed coursework during this teach-out phase.


Q: Will my CNR grade point average be calculated into the grade point average I earn at Mercy?

A: No. Your CNR grade point average will display on your CNR transcript only. Your Mercy College grade point average will be calculated based on Mercy College coursework only. 


Q: Will former CNR students who matriculate at Mercy be able to change their major?

A: Yes. Beginning in the fall 2019, students in good standing at CNR will become Mercy students and thus will be able to change their major consistent with Mercy academic policies.


Q: How do I obtain a transcript?

A: Presently, students will obtain transcripts through the regular CNR process through August 31st.  Mercy will generate CNR transcripts as of September 1st.  Information on how to obtain a transcript through Mercy College will be provided at a later date.


Q: I created a student organization at CNR and am currently the president. Will I have an opportunity to bring my student organization to Mercy?

A: Yes. To see Mercy's Student Life Handbook click here.


Q: What is the process for receiving reasonable accommodations at Mercy?

A: The Office of ACCESSibility provides Accommodations, Collaboration, Consultation, and Educational Support Services for students with disabilities. The office works to collaborate with and empower students who have disabilities to enable equal access to an education and college life. ACCESS provides opportunities and resources that will facilitate the development of self-advocacy, self-efficacy, and adaptive skills in students to overcome barriers a disability may present. To learn more contact, accessibility@mercy.edu.


Q: Will there be a mandatory New Student Orientation?

A: Yes. New Student Orientations are popular and well attended at Mercy. Multiple sessions are offered and provide a fun and informative experience.


Q: How do I determine which New Student Orientation I should register for?

A: New students should register for the orientation where they are taking the majority of their classes. At Mercy, we call this the “home campus.” However, you are welcome to attend any of the New Student Orientations.


Q: I will be a junior next fall. It is important that I get an internship in my field. Will Mercy help me find an internship?

A: As a Mercy student, you will have access to all the Mercy College Career resources, including Career Maverick.  Career Maverick is Mercy’s online internship and job board, where employers post open internship and job opportunities targeting Mercy College students and alumni. The Career team will invite you to engage and prepare for these opportunities through participation in career communities, programs, and events, many of which include employers looking to connect with students, as well as through individual career coaching.  Learn more on our website, at https://career.mercy.edu/


Q: Internships in my field are unpaid and I can’t afford to do an unpaid internship.  Can you help me?

A: Mercy College has an Internship Grant program offered in the fall and spring semesters to help students complete unpaid internships, while completing a three-credit internship course.  As a Mercy student, you will receive communication each semester from the Career team about this program, with important information such as deadlines, requirements, etc.  The information is listed on our website, at  https://career.mercy.edu/channels/internship-grant/

  • You may also reach out to CPD@mercy.edu with any questions regarding the Internship Grant program.

Q: I work full time and am not able to attend career events or meetings during the day.  May I meet with a Career Coach during evening hours?

A: Yes. Mercy’s Career Coaches are available for evening appointments with students.  Students may schedule appointments in person on one of our campuses, on the phone, or virtually through Zoom or Skype.  If you would like to schedule an appointment, please email CPD@mercy.edu, or call 914-674-7203.  In addition, the Career website has a wealth of information for students, accessible 24/7 for your convenience:  https://career.mercy.edu/


Q: Can a minor in general (chemistry specifically) be conferred at Mercy if the student is has taken the required courses for the CNR minor?

A: Current student academic data will be imported into the Mercy College system.  All minors will need to be reviewed on a student by student basis with advisors.


Q: Can I take courses at another institution over the summer that will transfer back to Mercy College?  

A: CNR academic policies apply and require pre-approval. Transcripts must be sent to Mercy College.


Q Will Mercy College students be attending classes at CNR locations?

A No. 


Q What happens if I repeat a class that I took at CNR for a better grade at Mercy College? 

A: Credits, not grades, will be included on the Mercy College transcript for all  former CNR students.  The Mercy College grade suppression policy will continue for courses (grades) earned as a Mercy College students.  As long as a student has a passing grade in the course, the credits will transfer to Mercy College. 

Q: I have been accepted to CNR, can I now attend Mercy College?

A: Yes. Mercy College is committed to honoring acceptances at CNR for the summer and fall 2019 start terms. If you were admitted to CNR, you should have received a formal acceptance letter from Adam Castro, Vice President of Admissions at Mercy College, via standard mail and email with specific information about transitioning your application to Mercy College. If you did not receive this communication, please contact Mercy Admissions at admissions@mercy.edu or 1-877-MERCY-GO.


Q: How can I visit Mercy College?

A: There are several ways to visit Mercy College. You can set up an individual campus tour at any of our four campuses. Mercy also offers one-on-one appointments with an Admission Counselor. You can schedule any type of campus visitation by calling 877-MERCY-GO or by emailing admissons@mercy.edu. Mercy College is also planning on hosting information sessions at CNR sites in the very near future.


Q: How do I register for fall classes at Mercy?

A: Fall registration is now underway. PACT is Mercy’s flagship program focused on student success. Each former CNR student will be paired with a PACT mentor who will reach out to them and work closely with them to map their individual path to graduation and career success. To learn more contact pact@mercy.edu or visit this link to schedule a phone registration appointment with a PACT Mentor. https://www.mercy.edu/student-affairs/registration-appointment


Q: Where will I take my classes starting in fall 2019?

A: A: To help minimize disruption to former CNR students, Mercy has leased the three CNR locations including New Rochelle, Brooklyn and the Harlem-Rosa Parks for the 2019-2020 academic year. 


Q: How do I register to receive Emergency Alerts and severe weather notifications from Mercy College?

A: Go to: https://mercy.regroup.com

  • Log in using your current Mercy Connect user name & password
  • Update how you would like to be alerted with email, text and phone/fax numbers.
  • Click “Save” and exit the application
  • Email Campus Safety at safety@mercy.edu if you encounter any issues.

 

Q: What is the Mercy College Global Honors Program?

A: The Global Honors Program is a special academic program whose mission is to transform highly motivated and talented students into intellectually sophisticated and civically-minded college graduates through an integrated curricular and co-curricular program that emphasizes interdisciplinary, collaborative, experiential, and self-directed learning.

Q: What are the benefits of being in the Global Honors Program?

A: Primary benefits of being in the Global Honors Program include (1) small, seminar-style General Education classes that promote close interaction with exceptional faculty members and other highly motivated students; (2) priority registration each semester; (3) opportunities to participate in unique learning experiences, including Summer Reads, Learning Communities, Study Abroad, independent research, and attendance at undergraduate conferences; (4) opportunities to attend a variety of extracurricular activities like special receptions, invited speakers, and trips to local cultural and historical attractions; (5) special recognition at Commencement and on your transcript.  

Q: What are the Expectations for Global Honors Program students each semester?

A: Global Honors Program students are expected to meet certain curricular and co-curricular requirements in order to remain in good standing with the program. This includes maintaining at least a 3.2 GPA, and taking at least one honors course (or honors contract, see below) each semester. Students must also attend at least two honors-approved events and complete at least twenty hours of community service each year.  


Admission to the Mercy College Global Honors Program for College of New Rochelle (CNR) Students

Q: What do former CNR honors students need to do in order to join the Mercy College Global Honors Program?

A: Former CNR honors students need to send an email to honors@mercy.edu expressing their interest in joining the Global Honors Program. No separate application is necessary: former CNR honors students expressing interest will join the Mercy program and enjoy the benefits of being an honors student in the first semester at Mercy. 

Q: What curricular requirements will former CNR honors students have to complete in order to graduate with honors distinction at Mercy?

A: Former CNR honors students who become Global Honors Program students just need to finish whatever curricular requirements remain from their enrollment at CNR. For example, if a student has already completed five of eight required honors courses/projects at CNR, that students would need to take three more honors courses or “contracts” (similar to CNR honors projects -- see below) at Mercy. Once a student is accepted into the Global Honors Program, Mercy will review transcripts to determine how many additional honors credits need to be completed. Additionally, all Mercy Global Honors Program students need to maintain an overall and honors GPA of at least 3.2.       

Q: What are the co-curricular requirements for former CNR honors students who become part of the Global Honors Program?

A: Former Honors students from CNR are expected to complete the same co-curricular requirements as all Global Honors Program students: attend two honors-approved events on campus each semester and complete 20 hours of community service per year.

Q: Will my Honors Scholarship from CNR transfer to Mercy?

A: Since CNR and Mercy have significantly different tuition rates, all former CNR students who confirm their intent to enroll at Mercy will be given new financial aid packages. So while former CNR honors students may receive scholarships upon their admission to Mercy, none would be specifically tied to participation in the Global Honors Program.

Q: Can students who were not in the CNR Honors Program apply to the Mercy Global Honors Program?

A: Yes! Any former CNR student continuing their studies at Mercy who has at least a 3.2 GPA and enough remaining General Education requirements or electives to fulfill the honors curriculum is welcome to apply to the Global Honors Program. The online application can be found at: www.mercy.edu/honors-app.

Q: What majors are allowed to participate in the Global Honors Program?

A: Students from any major across the college can potentially join the Global Honors Program at Mercy, as long as they have sufficient room remaining in their coursework to complete the honors curriculum. 


The Honors Curriculum

Q: What kinds of honors courses are offered?
A: The honors curriculum parallels the General Education curriculum at Mercy, so that students can minimize the number of extra courses they must take to graduate with an Honors Certificate. Honors courses that fulfill disciplinary General Education requirements are also offered every semester; these include, but are not limited to, Honors Topics in History, Religion, Philosophy, Economics, History of Art, Biology, Psychology, Music, and Spanish. Finally, upper-level honors students are expected to take the Capstone sequence, which includes Honors Junior Seminar and Capstone. 

Q: At which campuses are honors offered?
A: Currently, the majority of honors courses are offered at the Dobbs Ferry campus. However, given sufficient student demand, honors courses can also be offered at the Manhattan, Bronx, or New Rochelle campuses. 

Q: How are honors courses different from other courses at Mercy?
A: Honors courses are distinctive from other General Education courses at Mercy in three ways. First, they tend to be significantly smaller (capped at 16 students); second, they tend to be more challenging and rigorous; third, they all include elements of interdisciplinary, collaborative, and experiential learning.

Q: What is an Honors Contract?
A: If a student cannot fit an honors course into their schedule in a particular semester, they should consider taking an “honors contract”, which involves doing an extra project in a non-honors class in order to earn 3 honors credits. Students must meet all the appropriate deadlines and present their projects at the Honors Symposium in order to earn these credits. Honors students can only apply up to 6 honors credits earned through contracts towards their curricular requirement.

Q: What is the Honors Capstone course?
A: Honors Capstone (HONR 490) is an opportunity for Global Honors Program students to engage in independent research by exploring a topic of intellectual or social significance under the guidance of a faculty member. Capstone projects can take many forms (research paper, creative work, lab experiment, community-based project, etc.) but must be interdisciplinary and involve a significant degree of research and writing, along with a public presentation. Topics may, but do not have to, be related to a student’s major course of study. Students can also work collaboratively on a single project, with the expectation that the product will be more detailed and expansive. Honors Capstone fulfills an open elective.  


To Learn More

Q: Who should I contact with further questions?
A: Please send any questions or concerns to the Honors Co-Directors, Dr. Irina Ellison and Dr. Patrick Fazioli, at honors@mercy.edu.
Q: Can I get in touch with current Mercy honors students?
A: Mercy Global Honors Program students are available to speak to former CNR students. Please contact Cassie Rando (cassierando@gmail.com) and Brigitte DeSane (brigittedesane@gmail.com), the Co-Presidents of the Honors Student Association. 

 

Q: What are the procedures for studying abroad through a Mercy College exchange program? 

A: Please consult the information and to-do list at https://www.mercy.edu/global-engagement/study-abroad/do-list.


Q: Where can I find information about Mercy College’s study abroad exchange programs and Mercy’s overseas partner universities? 

A: Please visit https://www.mercy.edu/global-engagement/study-abroad/programs-offered.


Q: Will my new financial aid package at Mercy College allow me to study abroad? 

A: Yes, your Financial Aid package with Mercy College will be available for study abroad as long as the approved plan for study is arranged with one of Mercy’s overseas partner universities.


Q: Will CNR Study Abroad Scholarships be available at Mercy College?

A: While this will not be an option, there are other sources of support for study abroad.  Please contact Dr. Sheila Gersh at sgersh@mercy.edu or (914) 874-9743.


Q: How many credits may I take while studying abroad on a Mercy exchange program?  May I take an online class while studying abroad? 
A: Mercy College will accept up to 15 credits; special permission is required to take an online course while studying abroad.


Q: What short-term study abroad programs are available to former CNR students continuing at Mercy?

A: There is a winter-term program at the Universidad de Alicante, in Alicante, Spain, that offers three credits. There are summer programs at the following universities, that offer six credits: London South Bank University and Roehampton University in London, UK; Deree—The American College of Greece, in Athens, Greece; and the American Business School of Paris, in Paris, France. A large number of classes available will meet General Education, open electives, or major requirements.


Q: May I speak with Mercy students who have studied abroad to learn about their experiences?

A: Yes. Mercy College will arrange for former CNR students to speak with Mercy students who have studied abroad.


Q: Who is the Mercy College contact person for learning about study abroad? 

A: Please contact Dr. Sheila Gersh at sgersh@mercy.edu or (914) 874-9743.

Q: Will there be housing in New Rochelle?

A: Housing will be available a the CNR Main Campus starting this Fall 2019. For more details email residentiallife@mercy.edu


Q: If I want to be a resident at the Mercy Dobbs Ferry Campus, is that an option?

A: Yes, Mercy College offers residential life options at the Dobbs Ferry Campus.  To learn more, please contact Residential Life at residentiallife@mercy.edu, or (914) 674-7277.


Q: Can I apply to be a Resident Advisor?

A: Yes, Mercy College will continue to need and hire Resident Advisors.  To learn more, please contact

Residential Life at residentiallife@mercy.edu, or (914) 674-7277.


Q: Are you making sure that the residential students at New Rochelle have access to services including cafeteria, library, transportation and security?

A: The College will be working to obtain leases to continue to house students in New Rochelle on the CNR Campus. Mercy College plans to provide access to similar services that were provided while students were enrolled at CNR.

Q: Does Mercy College have F-1 international students?  

A: Yes. Mercy College is home to over 100 F-1 international students and 40 students on the OPT work authorization. Mercy has a globally diverse student community with over 55 countries represented. Many international students live in the residence halls at the Dobbs Ferry Campus.  Mercy does not sponsor the J-1 visa at this time.


Q: Is Mercy’s tuition different for international students?

A: There is no difference in the tuition rate for international students (from their domestic student counterparts).


Q: What does an international student need to do in order to attend Mercy College?

A: Prospective F-1 international students should contact International Student Services (ISS) at international@mercy.edu or 914-674-7284 with any questions regarding transferring to Mercy.  ISS is prepared to provide transfer students with a seamless transition to Mercy and will issue the Form I-20 to all eligible students.  Contact International Student Services as soon as possible for details regarding SEVIS record transfer and I-20 issuance so that your F-1 status may be uninterrupted. 


Q: What actions are taking place to assist international students at CNR?

A: CNR and Mercy College will continue to work with regulatory bodies that handle visas for international students. At CNR you may contact Vincent Tunstall, vtunstall@cnr.edu , (914) 654-5466 or Carmen Rosa, crosa@cnr.edu, (914) 654-5543 to determine your pathway forward.

Q: Is Mercy College more expensive than CNR? Will I qualify for the same financial aid or scholarships?

A: Mercy College is one of the most affordable private colleges in New York. Undergraduate tuition will be $18,933 for the 2019-20 academic year. Federal and state aid is supplemented by a generous package of merit and need-based institutional aid. Former CNR students can expect to be packaged for the 2019-20 academic year with financial aid on a rolling basis upon receipt of both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and academic information from CNR. To start the process, students should add the Mercy College Federal School Code of 002772 to their FAFSA application via www.fafsa.gov.  


Q: What happens to the loans I took out while I was a CNR student?

A: Prior federal student loans will remain in deferment while enrolled minimally half time at Mercy College.


Q. How much financial aid will I receive at Mercy College?

A. The Office of Enrollment Services generates a comprehensive Financial Aid package for each student upon receipt of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The initial financial aid package assumes full-time enrollment. Any changes to the student status or information on the FAFSA application may change the amount of aid the student may receive.


Q. Does my financial aid cover the year or one semester?

A. Financial aid packages are usually offered for an academic year with equal distributions for the fall and spring terms.


Q. What is full-time attendance?

A. Full-time attendance for an undergraduate student is minimally twelve credits per semester.


Q. Why do I get so many bills?

A.  Billing Statements are sent monthly from the Office of Student Accounts.  Any change to registration or financial aid will result in a weekly electronic statement.


Q. Why is my bill so high; I am being covered by financial aid?

A. If you have pending financial aid on your bill (noted by an asterisk “*”), you may subtract the total amount of aid from the Total Term Charges to determine the net balance.


Q. What do I actually have to pay?

A. If there is an amount remaining (once you subtract pending financial aid), you are responsible to pay that amount or you may arrange a payment plan by the due date.  If there is no amount remaining after you subtract the pending financial aid, no payment is needed.


Q. When is the bill due?

A. The bill is due three weeks prior to the start of the term.  The due date is listed on the billing statement.  Once the due date has passed, the statement will show that you bill is due “upon receipt.”


Q: Will my current scholarship be honored?

A:  Former CNR students will receive a comprehensive financial aid package from Mercy College upon receipt of FAFSA application data, including federal, state and institutional aid from Mercy.

Mercy College is one of the most affordable private colleges in New York.  Undergraduate tuition will be $18,933 for the 2019-20 academic year.  Federal and state aid is supplemented by a generous package of merit and need-based institutional aid.  Current CNR students can expect to be packaged for the 2019-20 academic year with financial aid on a rolling basis upon receipt of both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and academic information from CNR.  To start the process, students should add the Mercy College Federal School Code of 002772 to their FAFSA application via www.fafsa.gov.  


Q: How do I find out what scholarships are available to me at Mercy?

A: Mercy College offers numerous scholarships.  Please visit our website for more information https://www.mercy.edu/admissions/financial-aid/scholarships-and-grants


Q: When will I receive my financial aid packet from Mercy? 

A: Former CNR students can expect to be packaged for the 2019-20 academic year with financial aid on a rolling basis upon receipt of both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application and academic information from CNR.  To start the process, students should add the Mercy College Federal School Code of 002772 to their FAFSA application via www.fafsa.gov.


Q: Does Mercy College offer the private college version (Excelsior) of the Governor’s Free College Program?

A: Mercy College participates in the NYS ETA (Enhanced Tuition Award) program.

Q: What will be done to preserve the CNR’s history and legacy?

A: Mercy College recognizes the importance of preserving the legacy of CNR to its alumni through events such as reunions, social media and other means, and looks forward to working with its alumni and other members of its community to accomplish this. As Mercy College and CNR move forward they will look for the most impactful ways to keep CNR traditions alive.


Q: Does CNR and Mercy have similar cultures?

A: Mercy College and CNR share similar heritages and missions. The Ursuline sisters who founded The College of New Rochelle had as their motto serviam, which means “I will serve.” The Sisters of Mercy established Mercy College with a very similar motto, inserviendo consumere, which means “To be consumed in service.” Like CNR, Mercy shares a rich tradition of community service and providing educational access to both traditional and non-traditional students, as well as an emphasis on academic excellence.


Q: I’m a CNR alumni, how do I obtain a transcript?

A: Presently, alumni will obtain transcripts through the regular CNR process through August 31st by contacting Diane Luisi at dluisi@cnr.edu or the general number at 914.240.8618.

Mercy College will generate CNR transcripts starting September 1st.  Information on how to obtain a transcript through Mercy College will be provided at a later date.


Q: Will there be CNR Alumni Committee to continue CNR traditions?

A: Mercy College will work closely with CNR alumni to develop programs, events and communications to keep the CNR traditions alive. 


Q: What role can CNR alumni play in the transition of students?

A: The CNR alumni  may be actively engaged in working with students to understand their options.

Q:  How can I learn about parking at Mercy College Campuses and Locations?
A: Click here for the latest communication to the Mercy College Community.

 

Q: I have more questions about parking. How can I get more information about parking?

A: Click here for more information about parking.

 

Q: How can I learn more about transportation options between campuses and locations?
A: Click here for more information about transportation.

Q: What is happening to CNR’s campus and buildings?

A: Much of CNR’s property is subject to creditors’ claims and Mercy will not be assuming those liabilities. Mercy is focused on what CNR students need – a pathway to uninterrupted education – and will let NR handle its business affairs. Mercy is hoping to obtain leases on CNR’s New Rochelle campus.  


Q: Where is Mercy College located?

A: Mercy College has four campuses and online programs. Our campuses include Dobbs Ferry, Bronx (at the Hutch Metro Center), Manhattan (at Herald Square) and Yorktown Heights.  Mercy has also leased three former CNR locations including New Rochelle, Brooklyn (Restoration Plaza) and Harlem (Rosa Parks) for the coming academic year.

Q: What will happen to CNR Athletics?

Mercy was unable to apply for Division 3 status due to the shortened timeframe for which we were under with respect to have leasing and other relevant information to the NCAA.  Former CNR students have been encouraged to try out for Mercy’s Division 2 teams, and Mercy is creating a club sports program at CNR. If you have questions please contact: studentaffairs@mercy.edu.

Q: What will happen with existing CNR federal and state grants?

A: Anyone who is managing a federal or state grant is asked to contact to Dominic Esposito at CNR.  Other details will be determined in the future. 

Q: I’m a member of the faculty and staff at CNR, will there be layoffs as a result of this?

A: In all likelihood there will be lay-offs as a result of the announced closing of CNR. Mercy College expects to be able to offer employment to some former CNR faculty and staff in the weeks ahead, though we don’t yet know whom or how many. Discussions regarding program offerings are still underway, and the impact on faculty and staff needs is being determined as quickly as possible.


Q: What documents are necessary for employment at Mercy College?

A: All employment is contingent on a satisfactory background check and the submission of the required 1-9 paperwork. Faculty may also be asked for a copy of an official transcript supporting their highest degree attained unless one is provided with their CNR personnel records

Disclaimer: The above FAQs are anticipated answers and subject to change, they are not  intended as legal advice.