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2020 Fall Quarter Newsletter

Fall Purge Date (September 9)

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All students must pay in full or confirm their registration by the purge deadline to complete the registration process. Students who have zero or credit balances because their fees are paid by scholarships, federal financial aid, fee waivers, or other credits are required to confirm registration. Failure to complete payment or confirmation by the deadline will result in the purge (cancellation) of your class schedule.

Payment Options

  1. Online at BOSS. Pay by credit/debit card, e-check, or confirm registration (if you have a zero or credit balance). Logon to BOSS and select the “Account Summary/Payment” option on the Student Services menu.
  2. By Mail. Pay by check or money order. Please make all payments to Louisiana Tech University Cashiers’ Office, P.O. Box 7924, Ruston, LA 71272. Payment/confirmation must be received, not postmarked, by August 31. Make sure to include your CWID on any mailed check or money order.
  3. In Person at the Cashiers’ Office, Keeny Hall 103. Pay by credit/debit card, check, cash, or confirm registration (if you have a zero or credit balance.)
  4. By Telephone to (318) 257- 4325. Pay by credit/debit card or confirm registration (if you have a zero or credit balance.)

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fee rates have been set for 2020 Fall Quarter and are reflected on your BOSS student account summary based on your current registration status, major, and on-campus housing assignment.  Additional information regarding tuition and fees, as well as housing and meal charges, is available at http://latech.edu/currentfees.

Louisiana Tech University is providing financial assistance for its most needy students who clearly demonstrate financial hardship. Additional information regarding this assistance is available by contacting Financial Aid at techaid@latech.edu or (318)257-2641.

Electronic Deposit Available for Refund and Payroll Checks – Sign Up Now!

You may authorize the University to electronically deposit both your refund check and your payroll check into your bank account. To complete the authorization, log on to BOSS and select the “Electronic Deposit of Refund/Payroll” option on the Personal Info menu. You will need your bank routing number and account number that are located on your checks or deposit slips.  You must register for both refund and payroll electronic deposits as they are different processes.

The first disbursement of Fall refunds will be Tuesday, September 22. However, if you authorize electronic deposit by Friday, September 18 at noon, you should receive your refund on Monday, September 21. If you do not sign up for electronic deposit, your refund check will be distributed beginning Tuesday, September 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Cashiers’ Office, 103 Keeny Hall. Your student ID card is required to claim your refund check.

Meal Plans

Louisiana Tech University offers several meal plan options to its students. All students in the residence halls and apartments are required to purchase a meal plan. Students living off campus have the option to purchase a meal plan, including Commuter Meal Plans. Please visit the Food Services homepage for more information on campus dining. You will not be permitted to change your meal plan for the current quarter after the first day of classes; however, another meal plan option may be selected for future quarters by completing a change form in the Tech Express Office or the Cashiers’ Office in Keeny Hall.

Tech Express Plan

A Tech Express account is designed for safe and convenient cash management and may be used for purchase at a number of locations on and off campus. Students can use Tech Express on campus at all campus dining locations, Barnes and Noble bookstore, and various vending and laundry machines. Tech Express may also be used for purchases at several off-campus merchants. Approximately 40 local businesses have enrolled in the Tech Express program.

For students needing a Tech Express Plan for Fall Quarter who do not have a Tech Express Plan already charged on their Account Summary, please call the Tech Express Office at (318) 257-4553, email express@latech.edu, or visit their office located in the Student Center. If you wish to add Tech Express and have the cost deducted from your financial aid or credit balance for the Fall Quarter, please contact the Tech Express or Cashiers’ Office. The selected Tech Express amount will be charged to your student account, and your Tech Express Plan will be activated at the start of the quarter.

Commuting Students

Students who have less than 60 hours and who live with their parents and commute from a nearby parish are required to complete a Commuting Form. The eligible parishes include Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, Jackson, Lincoln, Ouachita, Union, Webster, and Winn. Students commuting from outside these parishes will need to submit an off-campus application through the Student Life Office. The Commuting Form and Off-Campus Application are available online. After the forms have been approved and processed by the Student Life Office, the housing and meal charges will be removed from the student’s Account Summary. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Life Office at (318) 257-3396.

Financial Aid

Processing of applications for federal student financial aid for the Fall 2020 Quarter is current. However, there are numerous applicants who have failed to return requested forms and documents and, in some cases, accept their award offers. Without these documents, aid cannot be processed to completion. Check the web site: www.latech.edu/finaid under Net Partner. The e-mail address for Financial Aid is Techaid@latech.edu,and the telephone number is (318) 257-2641. Telephone traffic to the Financial Aid Office is extremely heavy at this time of the year. We advise persons wishing to speak to someone in the office to call before 9:00 AM or after 3:30 PM. Office hours are currently 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Thursday and 7:30-12:30 on Fridays, but will become 8 AM to 5 PM, Monday-Friday on September 8. During business hours, you may also opt to chat with a live financial aid representative by visiting our website and clicking on “Let’s talk…Chat Live with Financial Aid!”

Stafford loan amounts are estimated only upon completion of the entrance interview and signing of your Master Promissory Note (MPN). New borrowers who wish to accept Stafford loan(s) must complete a Direct Loan Stafford Loan Entrance Interview (Undergraduate version) and a Direct Loan Stafford MPN at least 7 days before scheduled fee payment. Instructions for accomplishing the required interview and MPN are contained in the award letter. Students are cautioned that if they become ineligible for the loan funds before they are received, they will be required to make payment to the University with funds from other sources.

TOPS applicants who have had their records evaluated and approved by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) will have TOPS reflected on their fee slips. Students who receive an estimated TOPS award(s) on their expense slips will be financially responsible for their tuition and fees not covered by other resources if the State later determines that the student is not eligible for TOPS. The final determination of TOPS eligibility rests at the State level after their office receives and confirms high school GPA, curriculum, and residency requirements. This process is on-going and new lists are received each week by the University. We will credit approved TOPS upon receipt of notification of eligibility from the State and acceptance of the TOPS award on your award letter.

All forms of aid are awarded based upon planned enrollment indicated on the Data Form. Budgets can adjust quarterly if you do not enroll in the planned class load. If your budget decreases, it can cause returns of disbursed financial aid.

Return of Federal Title IV Funds Policy

The Louisiana Tech University Financial Aid Office is required to administer a return of federal student aid funds policy that complies with the Higher Education Act Reauthorization of 1998. Title IV funds are awarded to a student under the assumption that the student will attend school for the entire period for which the assistance is awarded. When a student withdraws, the student may no longer be eligible for the full amount of Title IV funds that the student was originally scheduled to receive.

WITHDRAW = PAYBACK

The Financial Aid Office recalculates federal aid eligibility for students who fail to attend, drop out, resign (officially or unofficially), or are dismissed prior to completing more than 60% of the class days in the enrollment period. Recalculation is based on the percent of aid earned using the following formula:
Number of Days Completed/Total days in enrollment period = percent earned

The date used in the calculation is defined as the date of last class attendance. The University must return any unearned aid that was applied to institutional charges. The student then owes the University the amounts returned to the federal aid programs. The student may also be required to return/repay some portion of the federal aid received as a refund by the student. Federal financial aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Perkins loan, Stafford loans, PLUS loans, and Grad PLUS loans.

Students who stop attending after more than 60% of the enrollment period has passed do not owe immediate paybacks!! Please be aware that students must have attended at least one class after the 60% point in the enrollment period. If this date occurs after the completion of more than 60% of the enrollment period, the student is considered to have earned 100% of the Title IV aid received. The following dates require no federal return calculation:

Quarter 100% Federal Financial Aid Earned Last Day to Drop with a “W”
Fall 2020 Attend on October 26, 2020 or beyond October 30, 2020
Winter 2020-2021 Attend on February 1, 2021 or beyond February 5, 2021
Spring 2021 Attend on April 23, 2021 or beyond April 30, 2021
Summer 2021 Modular rules apply See specific course sections

Additional rules govern Pell Grant eligibility. Pell recipients must attend each class at least once to qualify for the Pell award. Pell awards will be adjusted for non-attendance.

While this return of Title IV funds policy applies solely to students who receive federal financial aid, it must be understood that the Louisiana Tech University refund policy may also be applied to financial assistance received from other than federal sources. The student may owe a refund to the University on the basis of University refund rules. Details of the University refund policy are located in the “Racing Form” and quarterly “Expense Sheet”.

Critical Dates for the 2020-2021 School Year

2020-2021 Quarterly Academic Calendars

Quarter First Purge Date Classes Begin Drop/Add Ends
Fall August 31, 2020 September 10, 2020 September 14, 2020
Winter November 20, 2020 December 2, 2020 December 4, 2020
Spring March 3, 2021 March 10, 2021 March 12, 2021