COVID-19 has caused unforeseen financial hardships for many members of the Loyola University Chicago community. Below are some of the new and distinctive ways Loyola students can receive assistance:
What is the Loyola Commitment?
The Loyola Commitment provides help with direct educational costs for students whose personal and/or family contribution to their education has been severely compromised. This Commitment will be targeted to those students who have the greatest financial need. It is funded by the University and fortified by the generosity of Loyola University Chicago alumni and donors.
Who can apply?
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.
International and undocumented students will be considered for funding from The Loyola Commitment. Students will need to complete the Special Circumstance Appeal form and provide supporting documentation.
How do I apply?
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 expenses are eligible?
Funding provided by The Loyola Commitment will assist students with amounts owed to Loyola University Chicago, including tuition, fees, housing, and meal plans.
Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) Student Share Grant Funds
Reimburses students for expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus
What is a HEERF II Student Share Grant?
In January 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) announced additional funding available to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (“HEERF II”) and was authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (“CRRSAA”), which was signed into law on December 27, 2020.
Under CRRSAA, HEERF II Student Share Grant funds may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care), or child care.
The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need and has extended eligibility to students enrolled exclusively in distance education.
Loyola University of Chicago is eligible to receive up to $5,021,974 in HEERF II Student Share Grant Funds. The University’s presents the University’s methodology for determining eligibility under CRRSAA, as well as the process and procedure for distributing and disbursing the HEERF II Student Share Grant Funds.
How do I apply?
The online application for HEERF II Student Share Grants is now closed. Applications submitted through Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. Central time were included in the Priority Application Period.
What is it?
We understand that some students may face financial or other hardships that are not directly covered by the parameters of the Loyola Commitment or the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds. For such situations, Loyola’s Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy (CSAA) is designed to address student needs and help students find a broad range of 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 concerns.
How do I apply?
No application is required to request assistance from the CSAA. Please visit LUC.edu/csaa to learn more.