Will there be student-worker jobs on campus this fall? (08/13/20 12:00 AM)
Because of the reduced on-campus presence this coming semester, we expect there will be correspondingly fewer opportunities for on-campus student work. Loyola will endeavor to make available as many student-worker positions as possible, as long as the work can either be performed on-campus in a safe manner that is consistent with University and government requirements, or performed remotely in compliance with data security and other requirements. Furthermore, students will have limited off-campus in-person opportunities through the Community-Based Federal Work-Study Program. Community partners are required to comply with University and government requirements to ensure the safety of our students. Please continue to check luc.joinhandshake.com for opportunities.
Will the Information Commons and campus libraries be open and available to students? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
University libraries will be open, but access is restricted to current Loyola students, faculty, and staff; or by appointment. To decrease the handling of physical materials and limit in-person transactions, the library stacks will be closed to patrons during fall 2020; print books, DVDs, and interlibrary loans may be requested and will be delivered by staff to a designated pick-up location. To ensure the safety of the Loyola community, face coverings are required upon entry and in all spaces within library buildings, including classrooms and study rooms. Patrons must socially distance.
For more information on campus libraries, visit our Return to Campus site.
Is the Wellness Center open? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
The Wellness Center will still be open, and numerous resources will continue to be available both in person and remotely. Clinical services for group and individual counseling will continue via telehealth for Illinois residents, and we anticipate being able to offer longer-term care than usual since only Illinois residents are eligible for these services
The Wellness Fair will transition into an online Wellness Conference. Campus and community partners will be encouraged to submit proposals for workshops. A holistic view of wellness will be adopted, along with a commitment to creative and interactive content. Sponsored student organizations (Wellness Advocates, CHANGE, and the Body Project) will continue to meet and hold virtual programming for students. Advocacy services, including The Line, remain operational and virtual, and our Counselor for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice Initiatives will offer several drop-in support hours. For more information visit the Wellness Center website.
Is the intercampus shuttle running? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
No, intercampus shuttle service has been suspended for the fall 2020 semester.
Is 8-RIDE service still available? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Although campus shuttle service is suspended, the University will still operate its 8-RIDE program, with reduced capacity and enhanced cleaning. Masks must be worn to board 8-RIDE. Find more details here.
If most courses are online, will students still be able to live on campus this fall? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Loyola has made the difficult decision to suspend plans to host students in on-campus residence halls until local and national public health conditions are more favorable. Campus facilities will still be open to students living in the community but no housing will be offered in residence halls for the fall semester.
Why did Loyola change its prior decision to host students in residence halls this fall? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
The situation around COVID-19 and its spread continues to evolve. So too has our planning, as we have continued to make decisions that prioritize the health, safety, and well-being of our community while remaining in line with current city, state, and national public health guidance.
We understand that current City of Chicago reopening guidelines do allow residence halls to be open for the time being. However, seeing the rising numbers of cases locally and nationally, we believe that placing students and Residence Life staff in that close of quarters would be irresponsible, especially if an outbreak were to occur. We also understand that the city’s quarantine requirement for people coming to Chicago from hot-spot states would create a challenge for many of our families. And should the city or state revert back to an earlier phase of their reopening guidelines—which would force the University to close down in the same fashion it did in March—or positive case diagnoses on campus become unmanageable, sending on-campus students back home would be extremely disruptive to the academic experience.
Why wasn't the decision to close residence halls communicated to students before they signed housing contracts? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Our plans for the fall semester have continued to evolve due to the unpredictable nature of the spread of COVID-19. At the time housing contracts were signed, we believed we would be able to offer on-campus housing this fall. With conditions having worsened since that time, we have made the difficult decision to not allow students to live in residence halls, which based on current data is the best decision for the health, safety, and well-being of our community based on current data.
What would trigger a repopulation of campus? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
We will more broadly reopen our campus as it is legally allowable and medically advisable. This would mean a continued decrease in the number of reported cases of COVID-19 and a reduced risk for students, faculty, and staff. We will continue to follow advice of the scientific community and public health guidelines in our decision- making.
If it is too dangerous to open residence halls, why keep any of campus open? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Based on our most current knowledge about the transmission of COVID-19, residence halls are a high risk place for the virus to spread. Having students live in close quarters in a dorm setting creates a greater risk than allowing access to other campus facilities (on a limited basis). Therefore, we believe it is possible to open some campus facilities safely but not to allow students to live in residence halls.
Will residence halls be open again for the spring semester? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
We remain hopeful that an on-campus experience will be possible next spring, provided it is legally allowable and medically advisable. We will make decisions with the same framework we currently are— with the safety, health, and well-being of our community as our top priority. At this time, however, it is too early to predict what the situation around COVID-19 will look like in the spring. We will continue to update our community on plans for the spring as they evolve.
Will the Halas Recreation Center be open this fall? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
The Halas Recreation Center at Lake Shore Campus and the Loyola Center For Fitness at Health Sciences Campus will both be open with modified hours of service to provide the Loyola community with safe health and fitness opportunities. (The Water Tower Fitness Studio will be closed during the fall semester.) Building capacities will be monitored based on public health guidelines; reservations will be recommended. Anyone using the fitness centers is expected to follow Loyola’s Required Personal Safety Practices. You can find additional information here.
Will Damen Student Center be open this fall? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Damen will be open beginning August 24. New policies will be implemented to ensure the health and safety of all visitors. Anyone using the student center is expected to follow Loyola’s Required Personal Safety Practices. Study and group project spaces will be available without reservation for drop-in use. Event and social gathering spaces will require approved reservations. All spaces not in use will be locked.
Are the dining halls open? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Dining halls will not be open this fall. Limited retail options will be available at select locations. For more information click here.
Is the University going to help students who have no other housing options find a place to live? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Residence Life staff are aware of students with special circumstances like students with housing insecurity, international students, and students with in-person courses. They are affirmatively contacting these students to facilitate other housing arrangements.
My housing contract has been cancelled. How do I get my deposit back? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Students with fall 2020 room and board charges will have all charges removed from their student account by Saturday, August 15. A new bill that reflects a reduction of fall semester room and board fees is expected to post to your student account before the first week of classes. Students who paid a housing deposit will have that credit on their student account to pay for any outstanding charges. If all charges have already been paid, a refund will be generated after the tenth day of term.
Can I get reimbursed for a broken lease or hotel costs by HEERF funds? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
We recognize that many students and parents have incurred certain travel, housing, and other related expenses associated with plans to move onto campus. Some of those expenses may be eligible for reimbursement under the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). More information will be forthcoming very soon regarding this potential source of financial assistance.
Will students still have access to computer, internet, and software for their academic needs? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, students can use computers on campus as they normally would, with some limitations in place to protect the health and safety of the community. For more details on what will be open on campus, visit our Return to Campus website.
Can students take their online classes from on-campus locations? (08/07/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, students can use campus workstations to participate in their online courses. In addition, students can access common areas on campus using laptops or other devices. Students must be respectful of those around them while participating in Zoom sessions from common areas and must follow social distancing protocol in accordance with Loyola’s required personal safety practices.
How do I opt out of my U-Pass? (08/04/20 12:00 AM)
For fall 2020, the CTA has allowed Loyola to activate fee waivers for any student who is eligible for a U-Pass. A waiver application form is now available at https://forms.luc.edu/upass.
This waiver will be for fall 2020 only. If you choose to waive the U-Pass fee, your U-Pass will not be activated for the entire fall 2020 semester, and the U-Pass fee will either not be applied to your account or you'll receive a waiver for the U-Pass fee. Please note that this will either be a waiver or the absence of a fee, not a cash refund. The waiver can only be requested by a student once and the decision is final: you cannot later ask to have the fee reapplied or have your fall 2020 U-Pass reactivated for the semester. Please be sure of your choice before you request the waiver.
Waiver requests must be received no later than September 4. The waiver form will be closed on September 5, and any requests to waive the fee after that time cannot be honored. Once your waiver is processed, you will see a CTA U-Pass waiver applied to your account. Please note that waiver requests may take a few weeks to process and show on your LOCUS account.
Should I keep my U-pass if I opt out? (08/04/20 12:00 AM)
Your U-Pass card will be activated in later semesters, so if you do request a waiver, we recommend you keep your U-Pass card to avoid paying the $50 replacement fee for a new one. Your U-Pass card can also always be used as a regular full-fare Ventra card when the U-Pass is not activated on it. This means you can always use the card using your own funds in semesters where you do not have an active U-Pass.
Will student parking permits be available for fall 2020? (07/31/20 12:00 AM)
Fall 2020 parking permits will become available at 8 a.m. on Saturday, August 1, for commuter and resident students. Applications are available here.
If you have any questions regarding student parking permits, please contact Campus Transportation at 773.508.7036 or campustransportation@LUC.edu.
Will tuition be reduced for the fall semester? (07/28/20 12:00 AM)
As announced in previous communications, tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year will remain at the rate publicly announced in January 2020. Regardless of the mode of instruction, Loyola is committed to providing a first-class education and will continue to provide students with access to the same accomplished faculty, rigorous coursework, and thoughtful curriculum that are the hallmark of the Loyola experience.
Can I get tested for COVID-19 on campus? (07/28/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, students will have access to COVID-19 testing at satellite clinics at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses. They will be open at the start of the fall semester. As long as Loyola is able to continue to obtain tests we will make testing available to all students.
Why am I required to pay a technology fee for the fall semester if I am taking classes completely online and using my own devices? (07/23/20 12:00 AM)
The reality is that the University has incurred significant incremental expenses this year to offer a robust experience and increased flexibility. Following are just some of the steps we’re taking:
As Loyola shifted rapidly to an entirely online experience for spring and summer terms, ITS has enabled more than 600 checkouts of multiple equipment items to nearly 500 faculty, staff, and students, with a large emphasis on use for continuity in work, instruction, and attendance. A majority of our loans have included continuity-focused items such as wireless hotspots, laptops, webcams, and more.
The technology fee has not increased, but rather, has remained at the same rate for the last four years. All courses will be taught by the same Loyola faculty, and, Loyola ranked #8 in 2020 for Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by US News and World Report. We will continue our efforts to offer the best possible Loyola education and experience, online and–where possible–face-to-face, so that students can persevere during these challenging and uncertain times.
When will CARES Act/HEERF grants be available? (07/18/20 12:00 AM)
We anticipate that additional rounds of HEERF grants will be disbursed beginning at the end of July.
How is Loyola prioritizing distribution of the HEERF student grants? (07/18/20 12:00 AM)
The CARES Act and the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) established that the HEERF Student Share grants are to aid students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.” In addition, the U.S. Department of Education encouraged institutions to prioritize students with the greatest need while establishing thresholds to ensure that the funds are distributed as widely as possible.
Loyola’s HEERF Student Share Grant Policy is consistent with ED’s guidance, including prioritizing students with the greatest need. As students submitted their HEERF Student Share applications, the University became informed of the types and amount of expenses generally incurred related to the disruption of campus operations. Amounts requested in certain expense categories may have been reduced to reflect a more equitable distribution of available funds, as well as compliance with the government’s guidelines on eligible expenses.
What is the new fall 2020 schedule? (07/15/20 12:00 AM)
The fall 2020 schedule has been modified to shorten the time students are on campus for the semester and to minimize the chance of infection from students, faculty, and staff returning to campus after traveling during breaks. Please see the academic calendar for the full fall semester schedule at LUC.edu/academics/schedules.
Key fall 2020 dates:
Please note that schedules in the School of Law, SCPS, Stritch School of Medicine and the Quinlan School of Business Graduate Programs may differ. Faculty and students in these schools/programs should confirm the fall schedule with their deans and program directors.
Will Loyola be online or on campus this fall? (07/13/20 12:00 AM)
As COVID-19 infection rates and deaths continue to increase across numerous states, we share the concerns of our faculty, staff, and broader community. Therefore, we have decided that the best plan for the upcoming fall semester is to shift most of our class offerings online. In addition, we have decided to limit in-person courses to those requiring face-to-face interaction. These courses may include labs, experiential learning classes, and research.
We will also provide necessary in-person, on-campus instruction and research opportunities to both domestic and international students. These opportunities will enable them to meet the requirements of their respective degree programs. Our faculty, advisors, and staff will work directly with students to address their academic needs and course schedules.
How will I know if a class is being offered online or on campus? (07/13/20 12:00 AM)
Loyola has decided that the best plan for the upcoming fall semester is to shift most of our class offerings online. In addition, we have decided to limit in-person courses to those requiring face-to-face interaction. These courses may include labs, experiential learning classes, and research.
I received a HEERF Student Share grant award, but why was the amount I received was less than the amount I requested on my application? (07/13/20 12:00 AM)
The CARES Act and the U.S. Department of Education established that the HEERF Student Share grants are to aid students for “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.” In addition, the U.S. Department of Education encouraged institutions to prioritize students with the greatest need while establishing thresholds to ensure that the funds are distributed as widely as possible.
As students submitted their HEERF Student Share applications, we became informed of the types and amount of expenses generally incurred related to the disruption of campus operations. Amounts you requested in certain expense categories may have been reduced to reflect a more equitable distribution of available funds, as well as compliance with the government’s guidelines on eligible expenses.
We truly empathize with the hardships our students and families are experiencing as a result of this pandemic. While the HEERF Student Share Grant funds you received were less than the amount you requested, we want you to know that Loyola has a variety of programs to support you during this time. These programs include the Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy, the Loyola Commitment, and other financial aid assistance. We encourage you to learn more about this valuable assistance at LUC.edu/coronavirus/valuableassistance.
Why was my HEERF Student Share Grant application denied? Is there anything I can do to receive some of these grant funds? (07/13/20 12:00 AM)
The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Student Share Grant was established by the CARES Act and guided by the U.S. Department of Education. According to the government’s regulations, the HEERF Student Share grants are to aid students for “expenses incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus.” This is different than a change in a student's financial need due to COVID-19, which could be a result of a loss of income, rather than new expenses. Please refer to the HEERF Student Share Grant Policy for more information concerning expenses eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant funds. If you wish to submit another application, please consider providing a description of how the expense incurred is related to the disruption of campus operations.
We truly empathize with the hardships our students and families are experiencing as a result of this pandemic. While your HEERF application did not meet the grant requirements, we want you to know that Loyola has a variety of programs to support you during this time. These programs include the Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy, the Loyola Commitment, and other financial aid assistance. We encourage you to learn more about this valuable assistance at LUC.edu/coronavirus/valuableassistance.
What health and safety precautions will Loyola take to ensure the safety of those who are on campus this fall? (07/13/20 12:00 AM)
Loyola will implement a wide range of precautions to protect our community that include the following:
I hear that Universities are receiving money for emergency grants to be paid directly to students. Can you tell me more about this program? (06/30/20 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:
How will Loyola determine which students are eligible for the HEERF-student share grant funding? (06/30/20 12:00 AM)
The University’s HEERF Student Share Grant Funds policy outlines eligibility requirements as well as the process by which students will be able to apply for the grants.
How will Loyola University Chicago distribute the HEERF student share grants? (06/30/20 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.
Are graduate students also eligible for this financial assistance under the CARES Act? (06/30/20 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.
How can I apply for a HEERF Student Share Grant Fund? (06/30/20 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 onto 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.
As of the date of this report, students must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 Aid Year in order to be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds.
How was the online instruction for the spring 2020 semester received by students? (06/24/20 12:00 AM)
As a matter of practice, we regularly survey our students on course effectiveness. During the unprecedented global health crisis this past spring, our dedicated faculty made extraordinary efforts to ensure that the educational experience remained as rigorous online as it would have been in-person. The data we received from our students showed that our faculty’s efforts were successful, and students found their courses and instruction equally effective as in semesters prior despite the transition to online learning.
We remain appreciative and very proud of how hard our faculty worked to ensure and maintain course integrity and quality.
How is Loyola helping families who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic? (06/24/20 12:00 AM)
Loyola understands the significant toll the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many families. In order to increase support to those students whose families have experienced financial hardship, Loyola has developed “The Loyola Commitment” program. Undergraduate and graduate students 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. To apply, visit LUC.edu/loyolacommitment.
Will I be charged a student development fee next year? (06/24/20 12:00 AM)
Loyola has decided to suspend the student development fee for the upcoming year in an effort to help students and families financially affected by the pandemic. The student development division nevertheless remains committed to providing as many on-campus events and programs as possible next year, provided it can do so safely.
Will there be an in-person Commencement celebration for the Class of 2020? (06/22/20 12:00 AM)
Yes! We are holding a Virtual Commencement on August 8, 2020. We are planning to hold an in-person celebration in late spring 2021 if conditions allow. We will share more details in the coming months as they become available.
I am part of the Class of 2020. When did I officially receive my degree? (06/22/20 12:00 AM)
All degrees have been 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.
When will the fall semester start? (06/22/20 12:00 AM)
Classes will begin as originally scheduled on August 24.
When can I begin checking my class schedule and changing my registration if necessary? (06/22/20 12:00 AM)
Registration is currently temporarily closed for the fall semester; summer registration is still open. LOCUS will re-open for the fall semester on June 22.
How do I let my instructor know that I will be taking a course online? (06/22/20 12:00 AM)
If the course is exclusively online, there is of course no need to do this. If the course is being taught on campus and you will be taking the course online, your instructor will contact the class later in the summer asking which students will be taking the class “live” and which will be taking the class online.
Will every single course have an online component this fall? (06/22/20 12:00 AM)
Every lecture or seminar class will have an online component. Some courses like labs, internships, and field work do not always lend themselves well to an online experience. In these cases, we ask you to check with the instructor of the course or the department to find out how they will work with online students.
How will this fall be different from other semesters? (06/22/20 12:00 AM)
We are sure you will notice quite a few differences on campus this fall. You will need to wear masks inside all buildings and during class. Your instructors will also be wearing masks or other protective equipment in class. In order to maintain social distancing in classes, seats will be placed in assigned locations that cannot be moved. Common surfaces such as computer keyboards and doorknobs will be wiped down frequently. All of these steps and more will be taken to provide as safe an environment for all Loyolans as possible.
What will not be different this fall? (06/22/20 12:00 AM)
We are confident that you will find all your faculty and staff will be as committed as ever to providing you with the Loyola education and experience that you have come to expect from us.
How will health and safety precautions impact classroom space in fall 2020? (06/10/20 12:00 AM)
One of the most important consequences of maintaining social distancing during the current public health crisis is that classrooms will be able to hold only about 1/3 of their normal capacity. Thus, a section with 30 students that could fit comfortably into many classrooms on campus must now be scheduled in a classroom that has a normal capacity of about 90 students. Loyola does not have many classroom spaces this large since our average class size is much smaller than 90.
In the last several weeks, the Loyola planning team has scoured our campuses to identify new spaces that can be used for on-campus instruction this year. Thus, many classes this fall will be held in spaces that have never been used as classrooms, including the Sister Jean Multipurpose Room, Norville Center rooms, and the Damen Den, among others. But even with these additional new spaces for classrooms, our total usable classroom capacity will be approximately 1/3 of normal. Because of this, it is simply not possible to hold every one of our 3,600 scheduled sections in a classroom this semester, and students may have to take some of their classes online.
What is the new course time grid for fall 2020? (06/10/20 12:00 AM)
For fall 2020, Loyola has developed a new class grid to support social distancing between classes and on campus. Some specialized courses may be scheduled off grid. Please check LOCUS to confirm your schedule.
The new class grid is as follows:
MWF Day – 7 slots
TTh Day – 5 slots
MTWThF Evenings – 1 slot
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.
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.
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.
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 cover 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I access campus for study, research, and other purposes? (07/20/00 12:00 AM)
Yes, our campus will reopen this fall with access to most campus facilities for students. New safety restrictions will be in place and signage must be followed at all times.
For full details on what will be open and available during the fall semester, visit our Return to Campus 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.
When will campus visits resume? (03/17/20 12:00 AM)
For the safety of our visitors and community, the Undergraduate Admission Office will be working remotely until further notice. Campus visits have been cancelled but we are offering virtual opportunities to connect with our office. If you have any questions, please email us at admission@LUC.edu or call us at 800-262-2373.
Do I have to quarantine for 14 days if I come to campus from outside of Illinois? (07/28/20 12:00 AM)
Effective Monday, July 6, 2020, persons entering or returning to Illinois from states experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases are required by the Chicago Department of Public Health to quarantine for a 14-day period. Loyola students, parents, staff, and faculty are all subject to this mandate.
A person must quarantine for 14 days from last contact with an affected state upon entering Illinois. The quarantine does not have to take place in Chicago or on campus, but must happen within the state of Illinois.
What happens if I test positive for COVID-19? (07/22/20 12:00 AM)
In preparation for our upcoming semester, Loyola University Chicago’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, it is very likely that incidence within our community will occur in the fall.
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.
The University has developed a mobile application through which students, faculty, and staff will be able to identify possible COVID-19-related symptoms. This application also has the ability for the user to self-report a positive case. More information on the application will be shared in a few weeks.
Do I have to wear a mask on campus? (07/01/20 12:00 AM)
Yes, all Loyola faculty, staff, students, and visitors to our campus must wear a mask at all times, both while indoors and outdoors. Appropriate use of face masks or coverings is critical in minimizing the risks to others around you, as you can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. The mask or cloth face covering is not a substitute for social distancing.
You may wear either a disposable mask or a cloth face covering that covers the mouth and nose. Other types of loosely fitting face coverings such as bandanas are not permitted. For more details on using a face covering or mask, click here.
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:
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.
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 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.
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:
How do I know if I was exposed to the virus? (03/26/20 12:00 AM)
You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact includes:
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: