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 2021-2022 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 III) Student Share Grant Funds

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

What is a HEERF III Student Share Grant?

In May 2021, the U.S. Department of Education (“ED”) announced additional funding available to institutions of higher education to serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic. This funding established the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (“HEERF III”) and was authorized by the American Rescue Plan (“ARP”), which was signed into law on March 11, 2021. 

Under ARP, HEERF III 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.

How do I apply?

The ARP expanded the availability of HEERF III Student Share grants compared with HEERF I or HEERF II.

Under ARP, students enrolled at an institution of higher education on or after March 13, 2020 (the date of declaration of the national emergency due to the coronavirus) are eligible for emergency financial aid grants from the HEERF III.

The ARP requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need. ED encourages institutions to prioritize domestic students, especially undergraduates, in allocating this funding. Domestic students include citizens, permanent residents, refugees, asylum seekers, DACA recipients, other DREAMers,and similar undocumented students.  International students are also eligible.

Please refer the University’s HEERF III Student Share Grant policy for more information.

The HEERF application remained open from September 16-30. You can learn more about the HEERF III awards here.

How much money will I receive from the HEERF III Student Share Grant?

Consistent with ARP and ED, the University will prioritize domestic undergraduate students with exceptional need in awarding HEERF III Student Share Grants, as follows:

For Eligible Students who have completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (“FASFA”) and have an official Expected Family Contribution (“EFC”) on file with Loyola’s Financial Aid Department:

The University has determined that EFC is an appropriate metric for measuring a student’s need and will utilize the most recent official EFC available.  The University will use the following EFC categories for purposes of prioritization:

Student EFC Range

EFC Category

Less than or equal to $5,846


More than $5,846 but less than or equal to $10,000


More than $10,000 but less than or equal to $40,000


More than $40,000


For Eligible Students who have not completed a FAFSA or do not have an official EFC on file:

As part of the HEERF III Student Share Grant Application, Eligible Students will be asked to self-certify as to whether they are currently participating in any federal or state need-based programs including: Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, All Kids health insurance, Head Start, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Supplemental Security Income, Illinois Aid to the Aged, Blind or Disabled, Temporary Aid for Needy Families, Illinois General Assistance and Medicaid


An Eligible Student may self-certify as to their Estimated Annual Household Income (“AHI”) in one of the following ranges:

Estimated Household Annual AGI

AGI Category

Less than or equal to $75,000


More than $75,000 but less than or equal to $100,000


More than $100,000 but less than or equal to $150,000


More than $150,000


For Eligible Students without a FAFSA or EFC, to the extent reasonably possible, the University will compare the Eligible Student’s self-certification with information available within the University’s Financial Aid Department, such as receipt of an Illinois MAP Grant, Loyola Commitment or other need-based financial aid awards.

For Eligible Students without a FAFSA or EFC, the University may share the self-certification information provided by the student as part of the HEERF III Student Share Application process with other appropriate University Departments for purposes of providing information to the student about other available programs which the student may consider.

When will I know if I’ll be receiving a HEERF III Student Share Grant?

The University anticipates being able to notify students as soon as possible the amount of their HEERF III Student Share Grant.

We will keep students notified as things progress.

Can I use the HEERF III Student Share grant to apply towards my outstanding student account balance?

Yes! When we notify you of the amount of your HEERF III Student Share Grant, you will be asked to complete a Disbursement Instruction. Here is an example.

Using this form, you will have the opportunity to tell us if you’d like some, all, or none of the HEERF III Student Share Grant applied towards your student account balance. Of course you also have the option of having the entire award paid directly to you.

Where can I find more information about HEERF II 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.