|Message Sent To:||All Faculty, All Staff, All Students|
|Message From:||Message from the Office of the President|
|Date Sent:||Wednesday, September 2, 2020 03:20 PM CDT|
Answering Your Questions About Tuition
September 2, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
The resilience and perseverance of our community have served us well during this unprecedented time in our history. We quickly adapted in March to an online learning environment, knowing that we needed to keep our community of students, faculty, and staff safe while caring for the academic continuity of our students. Thank you for your goodwill and patience during that time.
Although we had planned for a “return to normal” for the fall semester, we have been faced with the inevitable conclusion that because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in-person instruction and an on-campus experience are not feasible in our current environment. Therefore, we made the difficult decisions to offer limited face-to-face instruction and keep our residence halls mostly empty. With those decisions, we accepted the responsibility to educate our students online for the fall.
We know that this change has raised questions about tuition. Some students and families have asked whether a reduction in tuition is warranted because of the change in modality and the limited exposure to the campus environment. We are not reducing tuition. Instead, we have invested in additional training and support of our faculty as well as significant technology infrastructure. Through our Office of Online Learning, Instructional Technologies and Research Support, the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, and the Center for Experiential Learning, we have worked hard over the past months to further prepare our faculty to reimagine their courses in an online format and equip them with the latest in remote-learning technology. We are confident that, as a result, our high-quality faculty body will continue to provide students with the same rigorous coursework, thoughtful curriculum, and first-class education that are the hallmarks of the Loyola University Chicago experience, regardless of the mode of instruction. Although different, our online instruction will be as academically rigorous as courses delivered face-to-face and will continue to allow students to progress towards completion of a Loyola degree.
While tuition will not be reduced, Loyola has taken steps to ease the financial burden on students by eliminating the student activity fee for the academic year and eliminating or reducing many course fees for the fall semester. As a result, Loyola has lowered the out-of-pocket cost of attendance by approximately 1.8 percent. Furthermore, Loyola has increased the amount of financial aid given to students in need by developing The Loyola Commitment program, which offers financial assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students.
These are difficult times. All university communities are facing questions of mission, health, safety, cost, student engagement, and different modalities of learning. Here at Loyola, though, the strength of our community, the clarity of our mission, and the dedication of our students and faculty give us reason to be optimistic. We look forward to continuing to provide students the exceptional education that defines the Loyola experience.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Business Officer