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The health, wellbeing, and safety of our students and the broader Loyola community are our highest priorities. Our goal is to ensure your academic progress is uninterrupted while taking precautions on campus for the greater good of our community.

Given these unprecedented and evolving circumstances, you may have questions about classes, tuition, registration, commencement, residence life, available resources, and many other facets of campus life impacted by these changes. FAQs surrounding these topics are updated frequently as new information becomes available and additional needs are surfaced. If you have questions or comments not addressed here, please email COVID-19support@LUC.edu. We want to address your specific concerns, which helps this site become as informative as possible.

While we are saddened by the disruption COVID-19 precautions are having on our campus and everyday lives, we are first and foremost persons for others. Your cooperation and patience are greatly appreciated.

If you are having a medical problem, or have a medical question, please call Dial a Nurse at 773.508.8883 during regular business hours. If you are having a mental health problem that you do not considered urgent, please call the Wellness Center at 773.508.2530 during regular business hours. If this is medical or mental health emergency, please call 911, or Campus Safety dispatch at 773.508.SAFE, to summon paramedics or go to the nearest emergency room. If you are experiencing mental or emotional distress beyond your ability to manage safely right now, call 773.508.2530, Option 3 after hours, weekends and holidays, to speak with Wellness Center after hours counselors.

Frequently Asked Questions

Student

How long are in person classes suspended? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)

All in-person, face-to-face classes are suspended for the Spring 2020 semester and Summer 2020.

What about final exams?  (03/11/20 12:00 AM)

Final exams will be handled remotely according to the regularly scheduled exam period.

Can I access campus for study, research, and meeting with my professors and advisers?  (03/20/20 12:00 AM)

While the University remains open and will continue to offer online instruction and essential services, we have closed nearly all University buildings as of 5 p.m. Friday, March 20. All current ID card access to buildings will be revoked during the duration of the COVID-19 Emergency Response. ONLY essential personnel—such as life, safety, plant, and animal care personnel, among select others—will be able to access buildings.

Can I get back into my dorm after I’ve left campus?  (03/11/20 12:00 AM)

No. Students must return their keys when checking out, and once they have checked out, their ID access to the residence hall will be turned off.

Will the dining halls remain open? (03/18/20 12:00 AM)

Damen Student Center will be closed until further notice. All dining halls on Lake Shore campus—except de Nobili Dining Hall and Lu’s Deli—will be closed for the remainder of the semester. Cuneo Center Dining Hall and the MNSON café on Health Sciences Campus will close Friday at the end of the regular business hours. All open dining locations will offer meal plan service but all meals will be served carry-out style. Each day at both locations, breakfast will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

How will classes that require specific facilities such as labs or studios continue online?  (03/11/20 12:00 AM)

You can discuss this with your professor. Individual instructors will be working with their classes to find alternatives to in-person lab or studio components.

Will there be summer courses? Are they online? (03/30/20 12:00 AM)

Yes! Loyola is offering two summer sessions as originally scheduled. All summer courses will be delivered online, given the current public health crisis. See the Academic Calendar for the summer session dates and the Summer 2020 Registration Access Schedule for when students can register for summer sessions.

Who can I turn to if I am feeling anxious and depressed?  (03/11/20 12:00 AM)

Please visit our resource at the Wellness Center online for information on getting started finding help.

Are there study abroad programs for summer?

All summer international and study-abroad programs have been cancelled. Applications are being accepted for the JFRC fall session, which is scheduled to proceed unless circumstances change.

How will this affect my client-facing placement, such as clinical placements and internships? (03/17/20 12:00 AM)

The following guidelines will assist in advising students currently participating in clinicals, internships, and other placement-based courses, such as service-learning, research, and fieldwork.If placement-based sites are open and running, and students will still be in the Chicago-area, placements can proceed as usual. Academic units may also make decisions regarding students’ participation in these learning activities.

If placement sites are open but students are being sent home from campus, faculty are encouraged to move to alternative activities/assessments as posted on the Academic Continuity/Engaged Learning webpage. Alternatively, faculty can make the decision that work already completed by students satisfies the requirements for credit. Faculty should be flexible in their expectations and give high priority to seniors completing their degree requirements in the Spring 2020 semester.

If placement sites have been closed, faculty are encouraged to move to alternative activities/assessments as posted on the Academic Continuity/Engaged Learning webpage. Alternatively, faculty can make the decision that work already completed by students satisfies the requirements for credit. Faculty should be flexible in their expectations and give high priority to seniors completing their degree requirements in the Spring 2020 semester.

Will the Information Commons and campus libraries still be open and available to students? (04/22/20 12:00 AM)

No, all libraries, including the Information Commons, will be closed at the Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences campuses.

Even though all library buildings at the Lake Shore, Water Tower, and Health Sciences campuses are physically closed, the library services continue to be available online at libraries.luc.edu/continuity. For additional help, contact our librarians at libraries.luc.edu/ask.

For students who moved off campus, how will housing and meal fees be adjusted and when will any resulting refunds be available? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)

Adjustments to prorate housing and meal plans are now on your student LOCUS account and will be reflected on your April 15 e-bill. Any resulting refunds will be issued during the month of April. The following is additional detail concerning specific fees and how adjustments will be calculated for students who moved off campus:

  • Housing charges have been prorated with an effective date of Sunday, March 15.
  • Five- and Seven-day All Access Meal Plans have been prorated with an effective date of Sunday, March 15. Dining dollars, that are a part of these meal plans, have been refunded the remaining balance as of March 19.
  • Block Meal Plans have been refunded the remaining balance with an effective date of Thursday, March 19.
  • Declining Balance Meal Plans have been refunded the balance remaining on the student ID as of March 19.
  • All commuter meal plans (All-Access, Block and Declining Balance) have been prorated. The following is additional detail concerning specific fees and how adjustments will be calculated for students who moved off campus:

  • Housing charges will be prorated with an effective date of Sunday, March 15, 2020.
  • Five- and Seven-day All Access Meal Plans will be prorated with an effective date of Sunday, March 15, 2020. Dining dollars that are a part of these meal plans will be refunded the remaining balance as of March 19, 2020.
  • Block Meal Plans will be refunded the remaining balance with an effective date of Thursday, March 19, 2020.
  • Declining Balance Meal Plans will be refunded the balance remaining on the student ID as of March 19, 2020.
  • All commuter meal plans (All-Access, Block and Declining Balance) will be prorated, UNLESS students contacted Campus Card Office (at campuscard@LUC.edu) by March 19, 2020, to request that the meal plan continue.

  • I live off campus and have a commuter meal plan (All-Access, Block and Declining Balance) will I receive any financial credit? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)

    All commuter meal plans (All-Access, Block and Declining Balance) have been prorated, UNLESS students contacted the Campus Card Office (at campuscard@luc.edu ) by Thursday, March 19 to request that the meal plan continue.

    If I was one of the students who received an exception to remain on campus, how will my housing or meal plans be adjusted? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)

    For those students who received an exception to remain on campus, you were likely required to relocate to another building on campus. This allows the University to provide the most efficient services and help keep you and others who remain on campus safe and healthy.

  • Your original housing charges have been prorated through March 15. Housing charges for the new accommodations began on March 16. If your new housing charge is less than your original housing charge, you have been charged at the lower rate. If your new housing charge is more than your original housing charge, you will continue to be charged at your original rate.

  • Will any other fees be prorated? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)

    Yes, the Student Development Fee has been adjusted for all students as follows: Undergraduate Student Development Fees

  • Enrolled 12 or more credit hours: $419 fee with $183 credit applied
  • Enrolled 6 – 11 credit hours: $110 fee with $48 credit applied
  • Enrolled 1 – 5 credit hours: $85 fee with $37 credit applied Graduate Student Development Fees
  • Enrolled 6 or more credit hours: $172 fee with $75 credit applied
  • Enrolled 1 – 5 credit hours: $85 fee with $37 credit applied
  • Graduate Business Student Development Fees: $110 fee with $78 credit applied
  • Tuition, Technology, and Course Fees will not be prorated.

  • Will I receive a credit for my CTA-UPASS? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)

    U-Passes for the Spring 2020 Semester will remain active per the dates found on the U-Pass webpage (www.luc.edu/upass/activation/dates/). Because U-Passes will remain active, refunds cannot be issued to any eligible student per our contract with the CTA. A FAQ page will be updated and linked here as soon as possible. For now, reach out to upass@luc.edu for any questions. You can also visit Loyola’s U-Pass webpage for additional information (www.luc.edu/upass/).

    I am on a Loyola Installment Plan (iPlan). How will the adjustments to housing, meal plans and other fees affect my payment? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)

    All installment plan budgets have been adjusted to reflect the credits. The final two monthly payments for April 5 and May 5 were automatically reduced.

    If you have any questions, please contact iplan@luc.edu.

    How will students return their textbooks rented from the Loyola bookstore?

    Follett has provided students with a pre-paid FedEx label and instruction for online check-in of rented books.

    What are athletes supposed to do if they are competing and live out of state?  Can they still live on campus? (03/15/20 12:00 AM)

    Residence Life recommends connecting with coaches to understand expectations and then (potentially) seek an exception.

    What will happen to my Rambler Bucks during this time? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)

    Rambler Bucks remain on your Loyola ID card as long as you are at Loyola. All Rambler Bucks funds will be available for use when you return to campus. Locations that currently accept Rambler Bucks will continue to accept these funds as long as their restaurant remains open.

    Are the Wellness Centers open? (03/27/20 12:00 AM)

    The Wellness Centers at LSC and HSC are closed, but are currently working to make telehealth services available. Students also have access to virtual health and counseling services via the Wellness Center website.

    Is the intercampus shuttle running? (03/19/20 12:00 AM)

    Beginning March 19 at 7 p.m., intercampus shuttle service between LSC and WTC will cease operations. Chicago Transit Authority service continues to operate.

    Is 8-RIDE service still available? (03/19/20 12:00 AM)

    For those few students staying in residence halls or near Lake Shore Campus, 8-RIDE will continue limited service through Friday, April 3. Two vans will run from noon to 6 p.m., limiting the number of students per van according to social distancing guidelines. Visit the campus transportation website for additional details.

    I understand that going to online is the right decision to protect the students during this unprecedented global health crisis. Will there be any tuition reductions since face-to-face instruction is no longer an option? (04/06/20 12:00 AM)

    Loyola's commitment to education will ensure that the same quality will be available in an online teaching environment during these uncertain times. Faculty at Loyola have extensive academic experience, familiarity with online teaching, and with delivering high quality instruction via online platforms to our students. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous University faculty completed a rigorous online training to prepare them to excel at online teaching. Now that social distancing and school closures are government mandates, Loyola is well-prepared to continue to deliver an excellent education that will prepare students for the future, earn them the credits and degrees they’ve been working toward, and maintain academic continuity even amidst a global pandemic. The University’s Office of Online Learning has continued to work closely with all faculty, including those who have transitioned their classes to online platforms in the wake of this global health crisis, so that online teaching and learning is as seamless as possible for our students.

    Other Chicagoland universities and colleges are offering tuition rebates, what is Loyola’s position on this? (03/24/20 12:00 AM)

    With such an unprecedented situation, all higher education institutions need to approach this transition period based on their individual academic calendars and circumstances. The University has taken many factors under consideration and decided to reconcile all students’ housing and meal plan costs, as well as student activity fees. All prorated amounts will appear on student LOCUS accounts no later than the end of March 2020. These adjustments will be reflected on student’s April 15 e-bills and any resulting refunds will be issued in April 2020. Tuition, technology, and course fees are the exception; these fees will not be prorated because students will have the opportunity to continue their education through online learning this semester.

    What is Loyola's policy on Pass/No Pass and Withdrawal in Spring 2020? (03/27/20 12:00 AM)

    Loyola is maximizing students' ability to choose the best course for themselves. The deadline for students to request the pass/no pass option for Spring 2020 was extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Please contact your academic advisor to discuss this option, as each school has developed its own requirements that are sensitive to the possible future paths that their students may take. As an additional option, the deadline for deciding to withdraw from a class with a W has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Please talk to your academic advisor about this decision and its implications.

    When can I register for summer courses? (03/30/20 12:00 AM)

    Registration for many classes have already begun; please see the Summer 2020 Registration Access Schedule.

    Will there be a tuition reduction for summer courses? (03/30/20 12:00 AM)

    The tuition at Loyola is already competitively priced. In addition, the tuition supports the excellent education at Loyola, including its top faculty and many support services. The Office of Online Learning at the university has continued to work closely with faculty to craft effective learning experiences for all Loyola students. Because our summer courses will be online, students can continue or begin earning credits towards their degrees even during the current public health crisis.

    I hear that Universities are receiving money for emergency grants to be paid directly to students. Can you tell me more about this program? (05/15/00 12:00 AM)

    On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). The CARES Act includes several sources of funds for institutions of higher education, including a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (“HEERF”) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding to higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis (“HEERF Student Share Grant Funds”).

    On April 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) published a list of individual institutional allocations, a certification form that must be signed and returned in order to access the funds, and a letter from the ED Secretary outlining ED's implementation of the CARES Act program.

    Loyola University of Chicago (the “University”) is included in the list of higher education institutions eligible to apply for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. The University submitted the certification form on April 17, 2020.

    On April 21, 2020, ED released additional clarification on student eligibility and allowable uses of HEERF Student Share Grant Funds including:

  • Students must meet Title IV eligibility requirements in order to receive HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. These awards are not limited to undergraduate students.
  • HEERF Student Share Grant Funds are to aid students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.
  • Institutions must pay HEERF Student Share Grant Funds directly to students and may not apply the grants toward outstanding institutional charges.

  • How will Loyola University Chicago distribute the HEERF student share grants? (05/15/20 12:00 AM)

    The University has decided to prioritize students with the greatest need, but at the same time establish a maximum funding threshold for each student to ensure that these funds are distributed as widely as possible.

    The University’s HEERF Student Share Grant Funds policy outlines the process by which students will be able to apply for the grants and how they will be awarded and paid.

    We recognize the importance of these emergency grants to our students and are working diligently to keep you updated regarding the application process and disbursement of funds. Additional information will be posted to LUC.edu/heerf as soon as it is available.

    Will Loyola have in-person classes in fall 2020? (04/28/20 12:00 AM)

    We are hopeful that we will be able to welcome students back to campus this fall. Please understand that such a decision will be determined by the best science available and guidance from elected officials coupled with our highest priority--the health and well being of our entire community.

    Loyola University Chicago is in the same position as all other institutions of higher education in the United States; at this point no one knows what the exact public health situation will be in the fall or what public health officials will recommend for schools and businesses. Based on recent comments by Dr. Anthony Fauci and state and city officials, we are hopeful that we will be able to welcome our students, faculty, and staff back to campus in the fall. Given that there is some encouraging news from across the country, we will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as soon as they become available.

    Regardless of the different recovery scenarios proposed for the country, Loyola will be prepared and moving forward to ensure our students remain on track with their academic goals. At present, we are preparing for many scenarios to ensure that Loyola's quality education and student services continue without interruption. Our top priority, of course, is the health, safety, well-being and academic success of each of our students–current and prospective.

    When will a decision be made about the status of fall courses? (04/28/20 12:00 AM)

    While we cannot provide a definitive answer now, we will have more specific information no later than the end of June. We will communicate this with our entire community as soon as we have made these decisions and you can find our latest information on our COVID-19 website

    Does the money for the paychecks of Federal Work Study students come from the federal government or does from the universities internal funds or somewhere else? If the money comes from the federal government, how often does Loyola receive the funds to pay Federal Work Study students? (04/27/00 12:00 AM)

    Federal Work Study (FWS) is an optional component of a financial aid award given to students, on an annual basis, per completion of the FAFSA, earned through part-time employment on campus or in the Community-Based Federal Work Study Program.

    Federal Work Study is a program of the federal government allocating funds to colleges and universities. For Loyola University Chicago, federal funds generally subsidize 60 percent of students' wages and Loyola funds the remaining portion. The FWS payroll is paid to the students by Loyola and then the federal portion is reimbursed to Loyola by the federal government twice a month.

    What was the reasoning behind Loyola’s decision to allow workers to use their sick pay shifts as way to get paid by the university? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)

    Certain student worker positions do not lend themselves to working remotely from campus. Certain other student worker positions may not have sufficient work to fill their work schedule. Therefore, in an effort to maximize pay continuity for student workers, those who worked during the spring semester, but are not working during this time, were allowed to use their sick accruals.

    How does the university respond to some students claiming that this option doesn’t go far enough to help student workers who rely on their paychecks to bill their cost of living bills? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)

    The University is making every effort to keep as many students working remotely as possible, if they are able to perform their duties remotely. Those student worker positions that were able to work remotely continue to be paid.

    In addition students may be eligible to receive emergency grants under the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) funds under the CARES Act to offset expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis

    Are graduate students also eligible for this financial assistance under the CARES Act? (05/15/00 12:00 AM)

    Yes, graduate and professional students are eligible as long as they meet the Title IV requirements and certain other criteria for HEERF Student Share Grant Funds as outlined by ED. More information about eligibility criteria is included in the University’s HEERF Student Share Grant Funds policy.

    Does Loyola have any idea the number of awards that will be given out? Or when students who qualify could expect to receive them? (04/27/20 12:00 AM)

    In preparation for receipt of the HEERF-student share grant funds, Loyola is carefully considering how to distribute these limited funds to undergraduate and graduate students in an equitable and efficient manner. Additional information will be posted to LUC.edu/coronavirus as soon as it is available. We recognize the importance of these emergency grants to our students and are working diligently to keep you updated regarding their availability.

    Will summer courses be offered as Pass/No Pass? (05/12/20 12:00 AM)

    The option to take a course Pass/No Pass (P/NP) has existed for many years. This past spring semester, several changes were made because of the extraordinary nature of this past term. We extended the deadline for opting for a P/NP grade, and many schools lifted the restrictions on the P/NP option in recognition of the disruption to students' lives. These conditions will not apply for the summer, so we will revert to the deadlines and policies that were in place prior to the spring semester. You can see the deadlines for requesting P/NP at the summer sessions calendar and review the policies surrounding this option in our online university catalog.

    When will the Virtual Commencement 2020 be held? (05/20/20 12:00 AM)

    We will soon email graduating students with the full event details. Many details are still being finalized.

    When will I officially receive my degree? (05/20/20 12:00 AM)

    All degrees will be conferred in May or June as previously scheduled, and diplomas will be mailed. In other words, graduating students are officially Loyola alumni in May or June.

    Can I get a refund on my cap and gown? (05/20/20 12:00 AM)

    Purchased Regalia (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialists, and non-Law Certificate programs)

    For students who pre-ordered their caps and gowns for a May ceremony, Jostens, our regalia vendor, is waiving its no-refund policy. For a refund, please email office.scinto@jostens.com with your name and order number by Friday, May 29. You will receive an automatic response that acknowledges your request and states that all requests will be honored if received by Friday, May 29.

    Refunds are currently being processed and will take approximately 6 weeks.

    If you have previously submitted a refund request, it is currently being processed. You do not need to submit an additional request.

    Please note that refund requests after Friday, May 29 will not be accepted, and your regalia will be mailed to the permanent address on file with the University. If you still wish to receive a refund, you will need to send the regalia back to the address provided by Jostens with the regalia in the unopened package.

    Rental Regalia (Doctoral Students – EdD, PhD, DNP, DBe)

    For doctoral students who ordered caps and gowns for a May ceremony, Jostens, our regalia vendor, is waiving its no-refund policy. For a refund, please email office.scinto@jostens.com with your name and order number by Friday, May 29.

    Refunds are currently being processed and will take approximately 6 weeks.

    Please note that refund requests after Friday, May 29 will not be accepted, and your regalia will be mailed to the permanent address on file with the University.

    If I pre-ordered purchased regalia (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist’s, and non-Law Certificate programs), how will I receive my cap and gown for the Virtual Ceremony? (05/20/20 12:00 AM)

    All regalia will be mailed to the permanent address on file with the University from Jostens at no charge in time for the August virtual ceremony. Caps and gowns will not be available for pick up.

    Address Changes

    Please login into your LOCUS student account to access the permanent address on file with the University and make updates by Friday, May 29.

    International Students

    Unfortunately, Jostens cannot ship internationally. If you will be in the United States through the end of July, please provide an address within the United States via email to office.scinto@jostens.com by Friday, May 29 with your name and order number.

    If you will be or are currently outside of the United States and pre-ordered regalia, your regalia will be sent directly to the Loyola Bookstore. The Loyola University Bookstore can ship internationally; you will be responsible for all international rates and all applicable taxes and fees.

    Can I still order a cap and gown for the Virtual Ceremony? (05/20/20 12:00 AM)

    Purchased Regalia (Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialists, and non-Law Certificate programs)

    Graduating students in Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist’s, and Non-Law Certificate programs who did not pre-order their regalia can order through the Loyola Bookstore to have their cap and gown shipped.

    To order and ship your regalia, please visit loyolachishop.com to order your regalia between July 6 – 17. Students will be charged based on the shipping speed they select: Ground (7-10 business days): Free; 2nd Day Air: $13.50; Next Day Air: $18.00.

    Rental Regalia (Doctoral Students – EdD, PhD, DNP, DBe, and School of Law Students)

    Graduating students in other programs should look for further communication from their specific schools regarding the ordering and shipping process for your regalia.

    I am an international student, what are my options for regalia? (05/20/20 12:00 AM)

    If you pre-ordered your regalia and you will be in the United States through the end of July, please provide an address within the United States via email to office.scinto@jostens.com with your name and order number by Friday, May 29.

    If you pre-ordered your regalia and will be or are currently outside of the United States, your regalia will be sent directly to the Loyola Bookstore. The Loyola University Bookstore can ship internationally; you will be responsible for all international rates and all applicable taxes and fees. Please call the Loyola Bookstore at 773.508.7350 to coordinate your regalia shipment.

    If you have not yet ordered regalia, but would like to, you can order through the Loyola Bookstore from July 6 through July 17 by calling 773.508.7350. International students will be charged for international rates and all applicable taxes and fees.

    What about my honor cords? (05/20/20 12:00 AM)

    If you are eligible for individual school honor cords, those will be mailed to the address on file with the University or the address provided either to Jostens or the Bookstore.

    When will CARES Act/HEERF grants be available? (05/29/20 12:00 AM)

    The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Student Share Grant online application is now available at forms.LUC.edu/heerf.

    To log on to the online application, you will need your student UVID and password. Once logged in, you will be asked to provide receipts or documentation supporting your expenses. If you do not have supporting documentation, you will need to provide a statement regarding the expense.

    Students must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. If you will be interested in completing an application and have not filed a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 Aid Year, you can do so at StudentAid.gov. Please acquaint yourself with the policy and other information that can be found on our coronavirus website.

    What is the Loyola Commitment? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    The Loyola Commitment provides help with direct educational costs for students whose personal and/or family contribution to their education has been severely compromised. Discretionary scholarship funds and endowed funds will be targeted to those students who have the greatest financial need. This commitment is funded by the University and fortified by the generosity of Loyola alumni and donors.

    For more information on the Loyola Commitment, please visit LUC.edu/LoyolaCommitment.

    Who can apply to the Loyola Commitment? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    Graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, including those within Arrupe College, who have experienced a significant reduction in household income causing financial hardship may apply for assistance through the Loyola Commitment. Eligibility and priority will be given to those who have utilized all existing financial aid options, including loans.

    How do I apply for the Loyola Commitment? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    To apply for the Loyola Commitment, we ask that students begin the process by filling out the 2020-2021 Special Circumstances form on our Financial Aid site.

    What student expenses are covered under the Loyola Commitment? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    Funding provided by the Loyola Commitment will assist students with amounts owed to Loyola University Chicago, including tuition, fees, housing, and meal plans.

    Is the Loyola Commitment the same financial assistance program as the CARES Act and HEERF grants? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    No. The Loyola Commitment is a University-funded effort established by Loyola to serve the financial needs of our students. The University will assess eligibility based on financial need and award direct assistance to eligible students to cover expenses owed to Loyola.

    The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted by the U.S. government and includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). Under the CARES Act, a portion of HEERF funds must go directly to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Am I eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    Students enrolled in associate's, bachelor's, graduate, professional, and certificate programs during the spring 2020 semester may apply for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds.

    The Department of Education has outlined a number of eligibility criteria for the HEERF Student Share Grants, including the requirement that students must be Title IV eligible. Completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) provides information to evaluate this eligibility requirement. If you did not file a FAFSA for the 2019-2020 Aid Year, you can do so at www.studentaid.gov. Once Financial Aid certifies you have a valid FAFSA, you can submit your HEERF Grant application.

    To view Loyola’s HEERF policy, which includes additional information on eligibility, please visit LUC.edu/heerf.

    How can I apply for a HEERF Student Share Grant Fund? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    Students can access the HEERF Student Share Grant Fund online application here. Applications submitted through June 10 will be included in the Priority Application Period.

    To log on to the online application, you will need your student UVID and password. Once logged in, you will be asked to provide receipts or documentation supporting your expenses. If you do not have supporting documentation, you will need to provide a statement regarding the expense.

    What expenses are eligible under the HEERF Student Share Grant Fund? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    According to the federal government, expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care are considered eligible expenses. Expenses must have been incurred on or after March 13, 2020. Lost wages are not considered an eligible expense.

    How is Loyola prioritizing distribution of the HEERF student grants? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    Loyola is prioritizing students with the greatest need, but we are establishing a maximum fund threshold to ensure these funds are distributed as widely as possible.

    When will HEERF student grant payments be made? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    We anticipate that payments will be made later in June.

    What other measures is Loyola taking to help students complete their degrees beyond providing financial assistance? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    In addition to the financial commitments to support students, Loyola has made additional adjustments to help students and their families achieve the goal of completing a Loyola degree.

    In some cases, a student who is not on track to graduate on time and is facing financial difficulties may need to make the difficult decision to step out of Loyola University Chicago and attend another college or university. Students in this situation are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to discuss what courses can be taken elsewhere that will transfer back to Loyola Chicago. Upon returning to Loyola, approved students will have their merit award reinstated and be eligible to apply for institutional support. Students must work with their academic advisor in these specific cases.

    In some circumstances, we understand it is not possible to continue pursuing an education full-time. If circumstances require a student to drop below full-time status to reduce your expenses, your merit award and Loyola Grant will be prorated to the part-time rate and will be honored for an additional year (nineth and tenth semesters of enrollment). These students will also be allowed to remain in their Loyola residence hall if that is where they currently reside.

    What resources are available to students who have a financial need not covered by aid provided through The Loyola Commitment or HEERF Student Share Grant Funds? (06/01/20 12:00 AM)

    We understand that some students may face financial or other hardships that are not directly covered by the parameters of the CARES Act or The Loyola Commitment. For such situations, Loyola’s Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy (CSAA) is designed to address student needs and help students find additional resources and support.

    Under the Office of the Dean of Students, the CSAA provides support, coordination, case management, and resource referrals for student concerns across the University. Students can visit the CSAA website for existing resources on financial wellness and food/housing security, or contact the CSAA directly with specific student concerns.

    Prospective Students

    When will campus visits resume? (03/17/20 12:00 AM)

    The admissions office is closed from March 17 through April 20, though the situation is being closely monitored. Prospective students will be able to come to campus as soon as it is safe to do so.

    Will undergraduate admission deposits for Fall 2020 still be expected by May 1? (03/16/20 12:00 AM)

    The deadline for undergraduate admission deposits for Fall 2020 will be extended to June 1.

    General

    What is social distancing, and can it help prevent the spread of coronavirus? (03/11/20 12:00 AM)

    The CDC encourages implementing social distancing measures as a preventive practice. We again follow the public health guidelines in assisting us to determine best practices for the current situation. These measures include:

  • Increase the space between you and others;
  • Refrain from gathering in breakrooms;
  • Utilize Zoom, conference call, and related technologies for meetings.

  • How do I know if I was exposed? (03/26/20 12:00 AM)

    You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact includes:

  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19,
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19,
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes, OR
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.).

  • How is Facilities making sure that buildings are maintained and any emergencies are addressed during the campus closure? (03/27/20 12:00 AM)

    The facilities department has implemented the following practices at all our Chicagoland campuses during COVID-19 campus closure.

  • Ongoing monitoring of the Facilities work order system and call center requests for students, essential staff/faculty, residence directors, and Jesuits on campus.
  • Daily rounds of grounds, visual audits of leak prone areas, and humidity monitoring of basements with elevated humidity issues.
  • Weather monitoring and weather driven preventative care for grounds and buildings.
  • Monitoring of building automation systems to ensure stability of buildings in hibernation mode.
  • Ongoing preventative maintenance for building critical systems.
  • Deep cleaning and disinfection of high touch points throughout all campus buildings as recommended by CDC and by the Millard Group.

  • Is Loyola ensuring that sustainability measures are put in place while the campus is closed? (03/27/20 12:00 AM)

    Yes, the following sustainable measures are being implemented during the campus closure:

  • Wherever possible, lighting control systems were set to unoccupied mode and buildings are defaulting to occupancy sensors for general lighting
  • All buildings with centralized building automation controls will be set to unoccupied mode to maintain minimum temperatures
  • Wherever possible, boiler set points were raised to reduce natural gas usage
  • We have coordinated with Aramark to turn off all empty/unused coolers and freezers in dining halls and cafes

  • Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment opportunities, what are Loyola’s thoughts on requests for it to compensate Aramark employees who have worked on the University's premises? (04/05/20 12:00 AM)

    Our thoughts continue to be with those impacted by the spread of COVID-19, including those who have experienced a reduction in hours or layoffs from their jobs. We appreciate the dedication of the Aramark employees who have worked on our campus. As those individuals are employed and paid by Aramark, and not Loyola University Chicago, compensation questions should be directed to Aramark.

    Can Loyola do anything to lessen the financial hardships of contract hospitality employees during this economic downturn? (04/05/20 12:00 AM)

    This unprecedented pandemic has created much hardship on a broad spectrum of society all across the globe. Its impact is felt by individuals, communities, government, institutions, and businesses. Like other institutions of higher education who have had to repatriate students and refund housing and meal plans, Loyola University Chicago is no different in experiencing diminished revenue and continued expenditures. The impact on Loyola, our students, faculty, staff, campus partners, and the surrounding neighborhood businesses and people during this pandemic is significant.

    It is at a time like this that we focus our limited resources to support employees–both faculty and staff–until we are able to resume routine campus operations. We must also anticipate the financial needs of returning students whose families are impacted. These areas are of highest concern and priority for Loyola. These are tough times requiring tough decisions on many issues. Loyola will be guided by our mission and values as we continue to make decisions that are in the best interests of our students, faculty, and staff so that we can emerge from this current crisis and continue forward as strong as possible.

    What is Loyola's position on unions? (04/05/20 12:00 AM)

    Loyola University Chicago is pro-social justice and recognizes Catholic Social Teaching, which respects and promotes the rights of individuals to organize. Unions are one such way they may organize. Loyola has a longstanding relationship with maintenance employee unions and respects our employees and their decision to be represented by them. Separately, the University has positive relationships with unionized part-time and full-time non-tenure track faculty in the College of Arts and Sciences and the English Language Learning Program.

    How has Loyola responded to questions by Unite Here, Local 1, about compensation to Aramark employees? (04/14/20 12:00 AM)

    Please click here to read the letter sent by Wayne Magdziarz, Sr. Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, to Unite Here, Local 1, regarding Aramark employees.

    Will the university cut administration costs at this time? What cuts are being made? (05/07/20 12:00 AM)

    Our strong fiscal stewardship and discipline implemented in recent years have served us well. We were fortunate to be better positioned than some other institutions going into this unprecedented pandemic and the economic turmoil it has created. This pre-COVID-19 financial position enabled Loyola to take a more measured and methodical approach to cost containment unlike peer institutions that were forced to immediately undertake dramatic cuts in personnel and programming. However, Loyola is not immune to the upcoming financial challenges that our students and their families are already facing.

    A number of reductions in administration costs are being implemented at this time, including:

  • A reduction in compensation for all University officers, deans, and senior administrators ranging from 15 percent for the president, 10 percent for the vice presidents, 5 percent for the deans, and between 2.5 and 3 percent for other senior administrators across the University
  • The elimination of nearly all open and funded staff positions across the University and a freeze on hiring for any staff positions that become vacant unless they are essential to sustain campus operations for the fall
  • A slowing of any new faculty hires for the fall to be done at the discretion of the Provost and Deans
  • Suspension of salary increases for all Loyola employees beginning January 2021
  • The partial elimination of the provost’s funded faculty reserve funds and unfilled faculty lines across the University
  • The elimination of 50 percent of the salary control pools across all divisions. These funds would typically be available for mid-year equity adjustments or for other salary increases.
  • At the suggestion of the Provost and with the support of the deans, a 50 percent reduction in PhD admits over the next two years
  • A reduction in discretionary spending across all areas of the University including but not limited to travel, purchasing, and consulting services

  • Previous Messages

    Below is a list of previous messages sent to Students.

    Mon, June 1, 2020 10:05 PM CDT Valuable Assistance for Loyola Students Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Fri, May 29, 2020 08:57 PM CDT Preliminary Scenario Planning for Fall Semester 2020 Message from the Office of the President All Students View Message
    Thu, May 28, 2020 08:55 AM CDT Now Available: HEERF Student Share Grant Online Application Message from the Office of the President All Students View Message
    Wed, May 27, 2020 05:12 PM CDT HEERF Student Share Grant Online Application Message from the Office of the President All Students View Message
    Wed, May 20, 2020 03:36 PM CDT Update on Commencement 2020 Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Wed, May 20, 2020 11:28 AM CDT The Loyola Commitment Process Message from the Office of Financial Aid All Students View Message
    Sat, May 16, 2020 12:20 PM CDT CARES Act / HEERF Student Share Grant Funds Message from the Office of the President All Students View Message
    Fri, May 15, 2020 02:20 PM CDT The Loyola Commitment Message from the Office of the Provost All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Thu, May 14, 2020 01:35 PM CDT One Hundred Days at Loyola Message from the Office of the Provost All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Thu, May 7, 2020 04:30 PM CDT University update and financial impact Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Sat, May 2, 2020 09:15 AM CDT Thank You, Ramblers Message from the Office of the President All Students View Message
    Mon, April 20, 2020 10:23 AM CDT Reflection on the Semester: Why I Came to Loyola Message from the Office of the Provost All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Fri, April 17, 2020 10:13 AM CDT Our Resilience Message from Dr. Rooney All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Tue, April 14, 2020 02:53 PM CDT A prayer for finals from Sister Jean Message from Sister Jean All Students View Message
    Tue, April 14, 2020 08:18 AM CDT Support Resources for Faculty, Staff, and Students Message from Human Resources, Message from the Wellness Center All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Tue, April 7, 2020 11:59 AM CDT Finding Meaning in Change Message from Dr. Rooney All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Fri, April 3, 2020 08:40 AM CDT Connected In Community Message from Dr. Rooney All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Mon, March 30, 2020 01:40 PM CDT Update on Summer Sessions I & II Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Sat, March 28, 2020 04:22 PM CDT Addressing Students’ Financial Concerns Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Thu, March 26, 2020 11:10 AM CDT Updates to Grading: Pass/No Pass and Withdrawal Message from the Office of the Provost All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Thu, March 26, 2020 08:00 AM CDT Sister Jean's message of hope and unity Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students, Parents of all Undergraduate Students View Message
    Tue, March 24, 2020 08:30 AM CDT The Power Within Message from the Office of the Provost All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Sat, March 21, 2020 02:15 PM CDT COVID-19: Community Update Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Fri, March 20, 2020 06:45 PM CDT Commencement 2020 Update Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Thu, March 19, 2020 03:15 PM CDT Campus Changes and Closures: COVID-19 Response Update Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Wed, March 18, 2020 09:25 AM CDT We are called to care and be community Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Tue, March 17, 2020 11:00 AM CDT Updates to the Academic Calendar Message from the Office of the Provost All Students View Message
    Fri, March 13, 2020 10:20 PM CDT Housing and Meal Plan Considerations Message from the Office of the Bursar All Students View Message
    Fri, March 13, 2020 12:35 PM CDT Clarification of the start of online instruction Message from the Office of the Provost All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Thu, March 12, 2020 08:24 AM CDT Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Tue, March 10, 2020 05:39 PM CDT Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: 5:35 p.m. Message from the Wellness Center All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Tue, March 10, 2020 04:19 PM CDT John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) Fall 2020 Semester Update Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Tue, March 10, 2020 01:21 PM CDT Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Fri, March 6, 2020 03:35 PM CST Summer and Fall Program Decisions due to coronavirus in Italy Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Thu, March 5, 2020 04:53 PM CST COVID-19 Update: CDC & Travel Updates Message from the Office of the President All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Sat, February 29, 2020 03:44 PM CST Loyola Rome Center Update Message from the Office of the Provost All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Fri, February 28, 2020 04:32 PM CST Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update Message from the Wellness Center All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Thu, January 30, 2020 06:25 PM CST Wellness Center Update on Coronavirus Message from the Wellness Center All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    Fri, January 24, 2020 03:35 PM CST Guidance on Coronavirus Message from the Wellness Center All Faculty, All Staff, All Students View Message
    CONTACT

    To inquire about general Loyola information related to COVID-19, please email COVID-19support@luc.edu

    The CARES Act & HEERF Student Share Grant Funds

    On March 27, 2020, the federal government enacted the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The CARES Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). A portion of HEERF funds must go directly to eligible students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. LEARN MORE