FIDM LA Campus Building

Summer 2021 FAQs

We have updated answers for the most Frequently Asked Questions we’ve received from you as a student community. Please read further for persons to contact should you have additional questions.

COVID-19 Vaccination

Are students required to get the COVID-19 vaccination?

By 2021 fall quarter, all students will be required to be fully vaccinated if they wish to participate in an in-classroom teaching environment, live in FIDM housing, or participate in on-campus events. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Kim Wetzel at kwetzel@fidm.edu or ext. 3530.

General Questions

1. When does the Summer Quarter begin and end?

The quarter begins on Thursday, July 8 and ends Monday, September 20.

2. Will there be a difference in the online classes available to students depending on campus?

No, there will be no difference.

3. How can I get tutoring help with my classes?

The IDEA Center is excited to offer in-person tutoring at the LA Campus in addition to our Zoom tutoring sessions!

In-person tutoring will be by appointment only; please e-mail IDEACenter@fidm.edu or call 213-624-1200 x4558 or x4554. A limited number of appointments, for up to 2-hours each, are available each day.

  • All students will need to check-in at the Security Desk, fill out the COVID questionnaire, and have their temperatures taken
  • All students will be escorted by an IDEA Center staff from the security desk to a designated classroom for tutoring
  • All students will be escorted back to the Security Desk at the end of their appointment.

Quick Path to a Zoom Tutoring Session

(English, Math, Merch Math, Financial Accounting, Illustrator, Photoshop, Intro to Adobe, Computer Sketching, Portfolio Prep, etc.)

Go to Canvas

Click on Courses or Dashboard on the left side

Click on IDEA Center

Quick Path to a Zoom Tutoring Session

(Sewing, Pattern Drafting/ Draping, Computer Grading, Pattern Making etc.)

Go to Canvas

Click on Courses or Dashboard on the left side

Click on FIDM Student Hub in Canvas

Click on Lab Schedule

You can then see the Summer 2021 schedule and Zoom invitation link to the tutoring session that you wish to join.

We look forward to seeing you!

Online Learning, eLearning, Hybrid, and On-Campus and/or Remote Classes

1. What is the difference between a remote class, an eLearning (online) class, hybrid, and on-campus and/or remote class?

FIDM Students will have three different types of courses available this quarter: Remote, eLearning, and Hybrid. FIDM has offered pure eLearning courses for more than 15 years and these online courses are designed to allow students flexibility in scheduling. Assignments and work are due each week at the same time, but can be done at any time during that week. These courses use online tools such as the discussion board and chat rooms to promote interaction with the instructor and peers while allowing students to access and do work at their own pace and time. Some of these classes will have live online web meetings one or two times during a quarter for presentations, but there are not scheduled required times each week.

Remote classes are classes that will be taught live at the same time and day each week as if in a classroom. Students access the class by entering through the Canvas course site and then clicking on a posted link for a Zoom meeting. The instructor and students will be online together and meet in real time. Each instructor will have live meetings throughout the quarter and will run the class as if it were in a classroom. Students should schedule a remote class as if it were on campus and be mindful of potential schedule conflicts.

Hybrid classes are Remote classes that also include some on-campus classroom meetings or labs, in accordance with public health guidelines.

On-Campus and/or Remote classes, which are classes that will be available as both on-campus and/or remote for each class session.

Registration/Adding and Dropping a Class

1. When will Web Registration be available on the FIDM Portal?

Registration for current and returning students is only through the FIDM Portal. Dates apply to all campuses.

Hours are 6:00am until 9:00 pm unless otherwise noted:

  • Wednesday, June 2 - Professional Designation, Advanced Study, Bachelors, Masters (or any day below)
  • Thursday, June 3 - Two Year whose ‘Units for Web Registration’ are at least 71
  • Friday, June 4 - Two Year whose ‘Units for Web Registration’ are at least 52
  • Monday, June 7 - Two Year whose ‘Units for Web Registration’ are at least 32
  • Tuesday, June 8 - Two Year whose ‘Units for Web Registration’ are at least 16
  • Wednesday, June 9 - Open to all, including Two Year whose ‘Units for Web Registration’ are less than 16
  • Thursday, June 10 - Open to all
  • Friday, June 11 - Open to all

‘Units for Web Registration’ = units completed + units in process + units incomplete + units transferred in

2. I just don't know what courses I should register for and I can't find my advisement sheet?

  • PLEASE contact your Department Advisor, Department Chair or Department Director. Registering incorrectly can affect your graduation date and financial aid.

3. What if it's the first day of class and I have not registered for ANY of my classes?

  • If you are financially cleared, you will be able to access Web Registration; if not financially cleared, contact the Student Advisement Office.

4. If I want to ADD another class to my schedule once the quarter starts, what should I do?

  • If you are financially cleared, you will be able to register for the class through Web Registration. You will see a message if the section is closed or you have not met the prerequisite. If you have any questions about what to add, be sure to contact your Department Advisor, Department Chair or Department Director first.
  • Deadline to add a class: The second-class meeting (first class meeting if Saturday 5-week/6-hour class or one-unit MFTG elective).

5. How do I DROP a class?

  • It is the student’s responsibility to DROP the class through Web Registration. If you have any questions, be sure to contact your Department Advisor, Department Chair or Department Director first.
  • Deadline to drop a class: Third week of classes (second week if Saturday 5-week/6-hour or one- unit MFTG elective).

6. What if I'm having trouble getting into the FIDM Portal to ADD or DROP a class?

  • Please contact your Student Advisor and they will assist you.

Online Learning Technology Requirements

1. What are the Recommended Computer Specifications for All Majors?

View computer specifications for your major.

Financial Aid

1. What happens to my financial aid to pay for housing?

Students who are eligible to receive financial aid to help with their Summer 2021 housing costs will receive their overage check during the first week of the Summer quarter which starts on July 8, 2021. Please contact FIDM’s Fiscal Operations staff if you have any concerns regarding your coverage at fiscaloperations@fidm.com.

2. I want to take a Leave of Absence. Can I do that? How will that affect my financial aid?

A student can take a leave of absence as normal by initiating the process by contacting their Student Advisor. Financial Aid staff will then work with the student to determine their financial aid eligibility for their return.

Student Accounts/Tuition Payment

1. Will refunds or discounts be issued for Summer 2021 since we have moved from on-campus to online learning?

Although we have no plans for refunding tuition at this time, all students have different financial arrangements and they should contact their Financial Services Advisor or their Student Advisor directly. Any decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, with attempts to accommodate students with course extensions or curriculum modifications.

2. How do I make a payment?

Although you will not be able to pay at the cashier, there are several methods of payment that can be used.

  • Checks or Bill Pay from your bank can be mailed to the following address. Please make sure to include the student name and identification number in the memo section.

    FIDM
    919 S Grand Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90015
    ATTN: Cashier office.

  • Credit card payments through the portal. There is a fee for this service.

    º Electronic check through the portal.
    º You cannot have more than $2499 in one transaction.
    º The only field that is optional is the check number.
    º The Driver’s License has to be entered exactly as the example on the form below the DL box. EX: TX1234567(No spaces)

  • Wire transfer. There is a $25 fee for this service. Please contact us at fiscaloperations@fidm.com for instructions on how to use this.

3. How will I be able to clear for Summer registration?

If you have a hold on your account, please send an email to fiscaloperations@fidm.com, or call 213-624-1200 ext. 4210.

Graduation

1. When and where will the graduation ceremony take place?

2021 Graduation will take place on Thursday, September 2 at 6pm at Staples Center. Graduates must arrive by 3pm. More details in the Graduation Handbook found on the website and Student Portal. Please view/download the Safety at STAPLES (pdf) and Bags at STAPLES (pdf) prior to the event.

2. What if I graduated last quarter? Will I still receive a diploma?

Yes, if you are Financially Cleared and have completed the online "Apply for Degree" that can be found under Graduating Soon on the Portal, you will receive your diploma within 4-6 months.

3. Will course availability impact my graduation date?

All students must complete all graduation requirements in order to graduate. If your required courses are not taught this quarter, it is important to contact your Department Chairperson to see if another course has been approved as a substitution or if you will need to take any remaining units in the Summer quarter.

Orientation

How and when will Summer Orientation be conducted?

We will be conducting orientation online for new students starting Summer 2021 on Tuesday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 7. Important details will be posted on the Portal. Any questions should be directed to your Admissions Advisor.

Books & Supplies

1. How will I get my books and supplies?

FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO GET YOUR BOOKS & SUPPLIES: 

  1. Once you have registered, fill out the “Book & Supply Request Form”. This is a FILLABLE PDF.
  2. Email completed form to collegeservices@fidm.edu.
  3. Wait for email confirmation. Please allow 48 hours for email confirmation. Please check junk and spam as we may require additional information from you.

Shipping: Book & Supply shipping will start on June 21. Students who are within 30 miles of the FIDM LA and OC campuses will be responsible for shipping charges. For out of state/country: the first $25.00 in shipping fees is waived, anything over $25.00 will be charged to the student’s FIDM account.

Los Angeles Campus: Fill out the Campus Book & Supply Request Form and email to collegeservices@fidm.edu. Book & Supply distribution Drive-Thru will start on June 28th. Bookroom open hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Holidays.

Orange County Campus: Fill out the Campus Book & Supply Request Form and email to collegeservices@fidm.edu. Book & Supply distribution Drive-Thru will start on June 28th. Please allow 48 hours to process and to make sure supplies are available for distribution. Bookroom open hours are Monday through Friday 10 am to 2 pm. Closed Saturdays and Sundays. Closed on Holidays.

Digital textbooks access: Access to Digital content starts on the first day of classes July 8th.
Please follow instructions in your course in Canvas, on how to access digital content. Please use your FIDM email address when setting up your digital accounts.

2. Want to sell back your old textbooks?

Buyback will be open from June 28th – July 21st at the LA Drive-thru Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Veteran Student Benefits

1. How will Veteran students be affected?

Students receiving VA education benefits can check for the latest program updates at the va.gov website, or by calling the GI Bill number at (888) 442-4551 to speak to a VA Education Counselor.

For questions regarding your VA education benefits at FIDM, please contact one of FIDM’s Certifying School Officials: Patricia Martinez, Coordinator, VA Education Benefits at pmartinez@fidm.edu, or Lynne Stroner, School Certifying Official at lstroner@fidm.edu. Please allow 24 to 48 hours for a reply to your questions, and please include your student ID number on the subject line.

International Student Instructions

1. Since FIDM plans to provide hybrid courses, or even face to face courses for the Summer 2021 quarter, as an F-1 student, can I continue to take all my classes online and remain in status with legal presence in the US?

Nonimmigrant students who are continuing to pursue studies in the United States for the Summer 2021 school term may remain in the United States whether their educational institution switches to a hybrid program or to fully online instruction. The students will maintain their nonimmigrant status in this scenario and would not be subject to initiation of removal proceedings based on their online studies. If a student violates U.S. laws or regulations, they could potentially be subject to removal. This is true of continuing (those who were already in status BEFORE the Fall 2020 quarter) students or those who transferred to FIDM from another U.S. institution and did not leave the U.S. before starting their program at FIDM. New initial students or transfer students who returned home before starting at FIDM for the Summer 2021 term cannot be issued an I-20, re-enter the U.S., or retain legal status unless they are specifically enrolled in face-to-face courses or a hybrid mode of instruction. This may change for the Fall 2021 quarter if FIDM reverts back to normal operating procedures.

2. As a continuing F-1 student being permitted to stay in status while taking all courses online during the Summer 2021 quarter, do I still have to maintain minimum unit requirements to stay in status?

Yes, you should take at least four courses (12 units) online during the Summer 2021 quarter if you are able, so that you can continue to make normal progress toward degree completion and retain your non-immigrant status.

3. Normally for an F-1 student, any absence from my program of study or from the U.S., that exceeds five months makes my I-20 invalid. If I take courses online from my home country, but am gone from the U.S. for more than five months, will I need a new I-20?

If F-1 students in "continuing F-1 student status (in status prior to the Fall 2020 quarter) are taking courses completely online, whether done from within the U.S. or their home country and maintaining their F-1 status for the Summer 2021 quarter, an absence of five months or more from the U.S. will not invalidate their I-20 if they were taking classes on-line from their home country at the time (since their absence from the US is still connected to study).

4. What if I need longer to graduate now because I cannot take the same number of courses that I had planned, since everything is online now?

If you maintain your F-1 status, your I-20 can be extended to give you more time to complete your program. Make sure you notify FIDM's International Student's Office that you need your I-20 extended BEFORE it expires (prior to the program end date currently listed on your I-20).

5. Can I still be approved for CPT during the Summer 2021 quarter if FIDM has reverted to a pure online or hybrid mode of instruction?

If within the U.S., and employers are willing and able to keep you employed during the Summer 2021 quarter then you are eligible. Make sure you submit the offer letters and have FIDM Internship approval noted on your I-20 before starting the employment. If you are taking courses online from your home country, you may be authorized to engage in CPT if either the U.S. employer has an office outside the United States, or the employer can assess student engagement and attainment of learning objectives electronically. Work done through CPT for the Summer 2021 quarter may be done remotely if authorized by your employer and approved by FIDM (As evidenced by a notation on your I-20).

6. If I finish my last quarter online from my home country can I still apply for OPT?

As of now to apply for OPT you must re-enter the U.S. BEFORE your program end date and submit your I-765 application to the USCIS to request work authorization for OPT. You are still eligible, but you must file from within the U.S. and you have to be able to re-enter the U.S. before the program end date listed on your I-20 even though you have up to 60 days after your program end date for the USCIS to receive your application.

7. Must students cease engaging in OPT if they are now working fewer than 20 hours a week due to the economic impacts of COVID-19?

For the duration of the COVID - 19 emergency, SEVP considers students who are working in their OPT opportunities fewer than 20 hours a week as engaged in OPT employment, even if less than minimum hours that would normally be required.

8. If I finish my last quarter from my home country will I still be able to re-enter the U.S.?

Students who continue to make normal progress in their course of study remain eligible for admission into the United States. However, because of the changing array of travel restrictions, students should refer to their local embassy’s website through the U.S. Department of State for any updates about visa issuance. Also, DHS and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) websites provide information about current travel restrictions to the United States. If re-entry is possible, students should be able to re-enter the U.S. in F-1 status before the program end date listed on their I-20 (for those who complete their program during the Summer 2021 quarter that would be before September 20, 2021).

9. If I need to re-enter the U.S. but my travel endorsement on my I-20 is older than six months (if you are on OPT) or one year (if you are a current student) or I never got one before I left how do I get a new signature?

If the travel endorsement section of your I-20 has been signed before then it is valid for six months for those on OPT and one year for those who are current students. The SEVP has stated that electronic signatures may be issued to facilitate travel endorsements. FIDM will utilize the method of emailing a scanned version of the physically signed Form I-20.

10. If I am a brand new (initial) F-1 student at FIDM for the Summer 2021 quarter, can I enter the U.S.?

In accordance with current guidance, F and M students in new or initial status after March 9, 2020, will not be able to enter the United States to enroll in a U.S. school as a nonimmigrant student for the Summer 2021 term to pursue a full course of study that is 100 percent online. If you have hybrid courses for the Summer 2021 quarter, you can qualify to apply for an F-1 visa and enter the U.S. to begin study.

Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for SEVP Stakeholders About COVID-19 located at: https://www.ice.gov/coronavirus under the Nonimmigrant Students & SEVP-Certified Schools, Frequently Asked Questions section you can download the applicable PDF form.

Disability Accommodations

1. I have a condition that may require me to have accommodations, is that possible if I'm taking classes online?

Yes, for students who already have approved reasonable accommodation(s), many of the accommodations will be available for the online classes. Others may not be needed. Your instructors will receive notification regarding your approved accommodation(s). Please contact Kim Wetzel, ADA 504 Compliance Coordinator at kwetzel@fidm.edu for further information.

2. How do I apply for disability accommodations for FIDM's online classes?

Visit the link available on our website FIDM.edu, under Student Services and Student Policies for FIDM’s Disabilities Accommodation & Grievance Policy.

Personal Counseling

1. Will students still be able to make an appointment with a Personal Counselor when attending classes online?

Yes, students may email Personal Counselors Kristina Nakamura, knakamura@fidm.edu, or Lora Caldwell, lcaldwell@fidm.edu, or Katherine Besignano, kbesignano@fidm.edu to schedule a confidential phone or video counseling session.

2. How will the Personal Counseling Department offer mental health workshops online?

The Personal Counseling Department will offer mental health workshops accessible through Zoom throughout the quarter. All workshops will be pre-recorded.

3. Where can I find off-campus resources related to health and mental health service online?

Counseling and safety resources, including a self-care list are available on the Student Portal under Student Services/Counseling & Safety. Currently, the Personal Counselors are working with FIDM Social Media and Student Activities to post wellness and support tips, tools, and resources on Instagram @FIDM.

Housing

1. May I live in FIDM Housing and take my courses online?

Yes, as long as you are enrolled and remain in a minimum of two classes for the Summer 2021 quarter, you may remain in FIDM Housing.

Library

1. Is the Library open?

Yes! The Library is open by appointment. To request an appointment, you may email library@fidm.edu or call 213-486-2009 at least 24-hours in advance. A limited number of appointments, for up to 2-hours each, are available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

2. Can students still get help from a librarian?

Absolutely, we're here to help you wherever you are! For research help, questions about using any of our resources, or any other Library-related questions, please email us at library@fidm.edu. You may also call 213-486-2009 and leave a voicemail. If there’s no answer, please leave us a voicemail and we will return your call shortly.

3. Can I access library resources online?

Yes! We have a wide range of resources available online. Find the Library on the student portal by clicking on Student Services, then Library Services. For databases, select Research and Trend databases from the left-hand menu to access trend forecasts, business and market research information, and magazine and journal articles.

4. What about ebooks?

The library has a large collection of ebooks available to read on your device. Many ebooks can be found right in the catalog; limit your search to Format: ebooks. For specialized ebook collections, check out the Library eBooks page under Library Services, or get detailed information from our ebook guide at https://fidm.libguides.com/ebooks.

5. Are there other online library resources?

Our Library Research Guides are easy to use and provide overviews of our best bet resources for your subject. Find the Library Research Guides link with others on the Library Services tab.

6. Do I have access to the Library’s DVD Collection or streaming video?

You have access to more than 66,000 streaming video titles spanning the widest range of subject areas including business, fashion, film, health, history, music, science, and more. The widest variety of titles is available through Academic Video Online, a select collection of documentaries can be found on Docuseek, and a small curated selection of recent feature films and documentaries can be found on Kanopy. All of these services are available from the Research & Trend Databases list on the portal. Or, to check out DVDs from the Library collection, you may make an appointment.

7. Are there Library resources available to me on Canvas?

Yes! Navigate to the courses you're enrolled in, and click on the Library Resources course for information about how to get access to our digital collections.

8. If I have books checked out, what should I do with them?

You may keep them, fine-free, until you are able to return to campus, or mail them to FIDM Library, 919 South Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90015. If you mail your books to us, please email us at library@fidm.edu with the tracking number.

9. If I have Library fines, how can I take care of those?

Please contact us at library@fidm.edu. We will waive most fines accrued until we are operating normally. Any fines associated with overdue materials will be waived upon return of the materials.

Visiting LA Campus

LIBRARY

To request an appointment to visit the Library, students must email library@fidm.edu or call 213-486-2009 at least 24-hours in advance. A limited number of appointments, for up to 2-hours each, are available Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m and Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • All students will need to check in at the Security Desk, fill out the COVID questionnaire, and have their temperatures taken.
  • All students will be escorted to the Library to receive further instruction from Library staff regarding protocols for using the Library resources.
  • All students will be escorted to the Security Desk at the end of their appointment.

IDEA CENTER

To request a tutoring appointment to visit the IDEA Center, students must email ideacenter@fidm.edu or call 213-624-1200 (x4558 or x4554). A limited number of appointments, for up to 2-hours each, are available each day.

On-campus, in-person tutoring subjects, days & times will be posted on the Canvas-IDEA Center Home page

  • All students will need to check-in at the Security Desk, fill out the COVID questionnaire, and have their temperatures taken.
  • All students will be escorted by an IDEA Center staff from the security desk to a designated classroom for tutoring.
  • All students will be escorted back to the Security Desk at the end of their appointment.

STUDENT FINANCIAL SERVICES

To request an appointment to visit the Student Financial Services Office, students must email financialaid@fidm.com, fiscaloperations@fidm.com, or call 213-624-1200 ext. 4210 at least 24-hours in advance. A limited number of appointments are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

CAREER CENTER

To request an appointment with the Career Center, students must go to the Career Network online and schedule an appointment with one of the on-campus advisors. Select “On-Campus” as your advisor availability option. The Career Center is only taking in-person appointments on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

LABS

Student Labs will be scheduled by major. Labs will begin on July 20th and Lab information will be available by class in the announcement section of the Student Portal.