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Caring for the Loyola Community During the Coronavirus Outbreak

Loyola’s COVID-19 website was specifically developed to aid our community and serves as the definitive source for the most current and accurate information. We remain committed to transparent and timely communication. When any decision is made, we communicate it broadly and on this website. Loyola is the school of choice for students seeking new knowledge and pursuing their calling. To inquire about general Loyola information related to COVID-19, please send a message to COVID-19support@LUC.edu.

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible at COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773-508-7707.

Check your symptoms by using the covid symptom checker app.

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SEPTEMBER 23 · 1:15 P.M. · Coming Soon: HEERF Summer and Fall 2020 Application
Students, Parents - Undergraduate Office of the President

Message from the Office of the President
SEPTEMBER 23 · 1:15 P.M.

September 23, 2020

Dear Students,

We hope your fall semester at Loyola University Chicago is going well. We are happy to share with you an update concerning financial assistance for which you may be eligible under the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unforeseen hardships for students, families, and our greater community. Fortunately, the CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides emergency financial aid grants to eligible students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19 (HEERF Student Share Grant Funds). Over the past few months, we disbursed approximately $3.5 million in HEERF grants to our students for eligible expenses incurred this past spring.

Approximately $1.5 million of HEERF grant funds remain available for expenses incurred for the summer and fall 2020 academic terms as a result of the coronavirus-related disruption of campus operations. We expect the online application to request these funds will be accessible during the week of September 28. More information about how to access the online application will follow in an email communication early next week.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to upload supporting documentation (e.g., receipts) for expenses you incurred related to the disruption of campus operations for summer and fall academic terms.

Expenses that may qualify for a HEERF grant include:

  • Housing, including expenses incurred related to breaking a lease or securing last-minute housing
  • Travel, including airline change fees, moving, and storage
  • Technology purchases related to the transition to online learning
  • Other expenses including food, childcare, and health care related to the disruption of campus operations

Lost wages are not considered by the federal government to be an eligible expense.

Students in associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate, professional, and certificate programs may apply for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. Students enrolled in the fall semester must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-2021 Aid Year. If you have not yet filed a FAFSA, you can do so at www.studentaid.gov. Once the Financial Aid Office certifies you have a valid FAFSA, you can submit your HEERF Grant application.

Please refer to the HEERF Policy and Addendum available at LUC.edu/heerf for complete information concerning student and expense eligibility. For any additional questions, please email HEERFGrants@LUC.edu.

Sincerely,

Thomas M. Kelly
Sr Vice President, Administrative Services
Office of the President

NOTE: This message was also shared with the undergraduate students' parents. Click here to view the message.

SEPTEMBER 18 · 10:00 A.M. · University Update and Financial Impact: Phase III
Faculty, Staff Office of the President

SEPTEMBER 10 · 7:24 P.M. · Positive COVID-19 Case at Loyola, New CDPH Guidance
Faculty, Staff, Students Wellness Center

SEPTEMBER 7 · 8:28 A.M. · Positive COVID-19 Case at Loyola
Faculty, Staff, Students Wellness Center

SEPTEMBER 4 · 4:48 P.M. · Water Tower Campus Closing on Weekends
Faculty, Staff, Students Campus Safety

University Preparedness Planning

Loyola University Chicago's emergency response, planning, and decision making which began back in February, has evolved as the pandemic unfolded and is on-going. Our top priority remains Health & Safety, followed by academic continuity (teaching, research and learning) and student recruitment & retention. The emergency response organizational chart depicts our current organization structure. This will continue to evolve—expanding and contracting as needed by our response. There are now nearly 250 faculty, staff and students working daily on our emergency response and planning for a return to the “next normal” of University Operations. Learn more

Reporting Protocol

Loyola's Emergency Response Management team has been working to develop protocols in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that help ensure the health and safety of our community. Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases across our country, students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible. If you have tested positive for the virus, please contact us at COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773-508-7707.  More Information »

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