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Capella University's response to the Coronavirus

Our top priority at Capella University is the health and well-being of our learners, faculty, staff, and the communities in which we live and work.

Capella University remains open and available to serve our learners, support our alumni, and welcome new learners, even as we take precautionary measures during these unprecedented times.

We are fortunate that 100% of Capella learners already take classes online, and much of our staff and faculty work remotely or are very accustomed to working remotely.

To provide greater peace of mind during these unprecedented circumstances, the University has taken several steps to help support you through this challenging time.

Financial Flexibility

  • Scholarship stability. Learners with a Capella University scholarship that includes a continuous enrollment requirement now have the option to take time off as necessary during the next three quarters, through Q4 2020, without disrupting their scholarship eligibility. 
  • Maintaining tuition levels. As a part of our commitment to make college more accessible we will not increase tuition rates through June 2021. 

Enrollment and Academic Support

  • Access to no-cost, online general education-level courses. Through July 31, 2020, our affiliate, Sophia Learning, is offering free general education-level courses to everyone, including to Capella University GuidedPath learners. 
  • Assignment flexibility. Faculty have been asked to work with learners who may be going through hardships or are having difficulty with coursework assignments to provide accommodations wherever possible.


  • While Capella staff will be working from home, they remain fully available to support learners. Learners can contact staff via email or phone during normal operating hours.
  • All Capella Campus Centers will be closed until further notice.
  • We are postponing in-person learner events – including restructuring Capella University residencies to an online or hybrid format for the Spring 2020 term, with any in-person components postponed to a later date.
  • We have implemented enhanced work from home policies for all employees, including modified paid-time-off benefits.

As the COVID-19 global health situation continues to evolve, Capella University is closely monitoring the latest COVID-19 guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the guidance of local and state public health authorities, and is committed to keeping the Capella community abreast of the proactive measures taken by the University to safeguard the health and well-being of all parties.

We want to remind learners that additional resources are available through LifeWorks. (Call 877-234-5151 or visit:

Updated as of April 22, 2020