Elon announces process for students to receive credits for pre-semester COVID-19 testing fees

All students will be able to request and receive credits for up to $129 in testing fees from the university’s requirement that students be tested for COVID-19 before the start of semester.

Find instructions for requesting a credit here and a list of frequently asked questions about the process here

Beginning Monday, Oct. 19, all Elon students will be able to request and receive a credit for up to $129 for required pre-semester COVID-19 testing that was part of the university’s Ready & Resilient plan for the 2020-21 academic year. The credit is available to both students who took the LabCorp test offered through the university as well as those who chose to take a different approved test.

Students and families will receive emails on Monday with more information about the quick process of requesting and receiving a credit for the $129 charge for the COVID-19 PCR test offered through Elon or a credit of up to $129 for unreimbursed costs from a separate PCR test they took on their own to meet pre-semester testing requirement.

“We have designed a simple and quick process for students to request and receive credits. We understand this is a challenging time for many students and their families, and we hope offering credits for these costs will provide some relief,” said Jeff Stein, vice president for strategic initiatives and chair of the university’s Ready & Resilient Committee. “The university continues to work with federal and state officials to encourage additional financial support for colleges and university as they make concerted efforts to provide quality education in a healthy and safe environment.”

Students will make the request through OnTrack, and it should take no more than five to 10 minutes to complete. The credit request process allows the university to better track expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Students will need to submit the credit request by Friday, Nov. 13. Review of the requests will begin by Tuesday, Dec. 1 and credits will be applied to student accounts by Friday, Dec. 18. The charge for pre-semester tests administered through Elon will be placed on student accounts on Monday, Oct. 19.

Students and families will receive more information about the process as well as links to instructions and frequently asked questions by email on Monday.

Elon required pre-semester COVID-19 testing as part of its Ready & Resilient efforts to support a safe and healthy academic year on campus. Along with the required testing before the start of the fall semester, the university has been conducting random testing throughout the academic year. Students, faculty and staff participating in surveillance testing do not have to pay for their tests.

Results of the pre-semester and ongoing surveillance testing as well as other metrics related to the COVID-19 pandemic are available here.