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:

The Loyola Commitment

Helps with the costs of attending Loyola

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. 

Where can I find more information regarding the Loyola Commitment?

Please visit LUC.edu/loyolacommitment for more information.

If you have any additional questions related to the Loyola Commitment, please contact the Financial Aid Office at lufinaid@LUC.edu.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Student Share Grant Funds

Reimburses students for expenses related to disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus

What is HEERF?

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 grants to reimburse students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Who can apply?

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. Students must have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 Aid Year to be eligible for the HEERF Student Share Grant Funds.

How can I apply?

Students can access the HEERF Student Share Grant online application at forms.LUC.edu/heerf. Applications submitted through June 10 will be included in the Priority Application Period.

To log onto the online application, students will need their student UVID and password. Once logged in, they will be asked to provide documentation supporting your expenses.

What expenses are eligible?

According to The CARES Act, 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. Additional information can be found in Loyola’s HEERF policy at LUC.edu/heerf.

How will the funds be distributed?

Loyola will prioritize students with the greatest need while establishing a maximum threshold to ensure these funds are distributed as widely as possible. Amounts awarded will be paid directly to students, regardless of whether the student has an outstanding balance on their Loyola account.


Where can I find more information about HEERF Grants?

If you have any questions, please contact the HEERF Student Share Grants Team at HEERFGrants@LUC.edu or visit the website LUC.edu/heerf.

Center for Student Assistance and Advocacy (CSAA)

A broad array of help for student concerns

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.