The Loyola Commitment
May 15, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
From its founding in 1870, Loyola University Chicago has provided a rigorous, affordable Jesuit education to students from all backgrounds. In our sesquicentennial year, COVID-19 has presented enormous challenges. It required our students, faculty, and staff to adapt to profound changes not only in their academic programs and personal lives, but in the lives of their families and communities.
In this message, we are announcing the Loyola Commitment. It addresses the unforeseen hardships faced by our current and prospective students. The Loyola Commitment will help resource additional aid for direct educational costs for graduate and undergraduate students whose personal and/or family contribution to their educations has been severely compromised. This Commitment is funded by the University and fortified by the generosity of Loyola alumni and donors.
As unemployment rises along with uncertainty about our economic outlook, we will see a sharp increase in students and families whose plans about attending Loyola might be hindered. Dreams are being crushed by diminished family finances. The scale of this crisis and its financial impact on families will have a profound effect on many students from various backgrounds. In particular, it is expected to impact enrollment and our desire for a vibrant and diverse community as a place of growth, experience, and opportunity.
In the coming days, we will provide more information on the Loyola Commitment as we develop policies and plan outreach to students and families. We will carefully safeguard and allocate these critical resources. Discretionary scholarship funds and endowed funds will be targeted to those students who have the greatest financial need. Schools will work closely with the Financial Aid Office when making any award decisions. This close coordination will ensure that Loyola Commitment dollars are targeted to our most vulnerable students. We are deeply grateful to alumni and supporters who are stepping forward to build on Loyola funding to preserve the educations of new generations of Ramblers.
As we make plans to address the continuation of the educational mission of Loyola this coming fall, we are evaluating approaches that prioritize the health and safety of our community. To achieve these priorities, we seek ongoing guidance from our federal, state, and local authorities. With these priorities in mind, our hope is to provide students with an on-campus experience. This goal includes a combination of in-person and online classes. For those students who would prefer a fully online experience, our expectation is to provide that option as well.
While the world is different from when Loyola first opened its doors, what has not changed is our commitment to providing a high-quality Jesuit education to talented students. We call them to serve humanity through learning, justice, and faith.
Together in Loyola,
Norberto M. Grzywacz, PhD
Provost and Chief Academic Officer