Message from the Office of the President
SEPTEMBER 23 · 1:15 P.M.
September 23, 2020
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.
Thomas M. Kelly
Sr Vice President, Administrative Services
Office of the President
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