Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Frequently asked questions

Are you a Louisiana Tech University student who needs financial assistance for Summer Quarter 2021 for expenses for any component of the student’s cost of attendance (COA) or for emergency costs that are related to Coronavirus?

You may qualify for a federal CRRSAA Grant, which provides emergency funding for college students.

Eligibility

Financial aid grants for students 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, such as students who receive Pell Grants, in awarding financial aid grants to students.

However, students do not need to be only Pell recipients or students who are eligible for Pell grants. In addition, the CRRSAA explicitly provides that financial aid grants to students may be provided to students exclusively enrolled in distance education. Additional eligibility requirements are determined by the University.

Process

Please submit the online application here by June 11. Requests will be reviewed prior to the end of Summer Quarter 2020-21. Awarding of funds is made on a case-by-case basis, and decisions are considered final. Applications that are incomplete or do not meet application deadlines will not be considered for the Summer Quarter. If funding remains after all applications have been reviewed for the Summer Quarter, the application may be reopened. There is a maximum amount awarded per student as a base amount. A limited amount of funds are available.

The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. It is recommended that students set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses.

Direct Deposit Authorization for Refunds

If you have already signed up for electronic deposit, you are not required to update your authorization unless your banking information has changed. As always, it is important to review your direct deposit authorization on BOSS if you have recently changed your personal banking information.

  1. Logon to BOSS (boss.latech.edu) using your BOSS PIN
  2. Select “Electronic Deposit of Refunds/Student Payroll” option on the Personal Info menu
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the Electronic Deposit Authorization form
  4. You must provide the bank routing number and account number that are located on your check or deposit slip.
  5.  If you have questions or need additional information on direct deposit, please email cashier@latech.edu.

Frequently asked questions

What is CRRSAA?

The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA) is federal legislation that provides a variety of financial support to individuals and organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. CRRSAA includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) that provides more than $23 billion in emergency funding to higher education to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. This federal program allocates money to Louisiana Tech University to support the important work of addressing students’ unmet needs by providing a minimum amount of funding that each institution must devote towards financial aid grants to students.

Who can apply for CRRSAA Act funds?

  • Students who are degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students currently enrolled at Louisiana Tech University and
  • Students who have completed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and
  • Students who have received an federal financial aid offer letter (if you have not responded to your offer letter, please do so prior to your application) and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen
  • Have a federal financial aid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as determined by the 2020- 2021 FAFSA of less than $10,000 and
  • Submit an application which indicates the component(s) of the student’s cost of attendance (COA) OR for emergency costs that are related to coronavirus, such as but not limited to tuition, food, housing health care, mental health care, or child care while attending Louisiana Tech University.

Apply online at AcademicWorks.

Do we have to have a student's 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file in order to be eligible for CRRSAA Grant funds?

Yes. The University will use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine eligibility. If you have not filed a FAFSA for 2020-2021, go to https://studentaid.gov/apply-for-aid/fafsa/filling-out. Make sure to put Louisiana Tech University with the school code 00200800 on schools to receive your application. The Office of Financial Aid usually receives the completed application within 3-5 business days. Once your application is received, the Office of Financial Aid will email students that it has been received and what additional documents are required to complete your financial aid record.

Can Undocumented Students and International Students Receive Funds Under the CRRSAA Grant?

No. Unfortunately, at this time the U.S. Department of Education does not allow these funds to be used for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, and international students.

What kinds of expenses are allowable?

Financial aid grants for students 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 much can I apply for?

All students who qualify may not receive funds. The CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need. Students who are awarded will receive up to a maximum based on the financial aid criteria that has been met. A limited amount of funding is available.

How do I apply?

  1. Sign Up to create an account on https://latech.academicworks.com/ or Sign In if you have previously created an account when you applied for scholarships.
  2. Once you have signed into Academic Works, make sure that you have completed the General Scholarship application and signed all required permissions in the application. This is required before submitting the CRRSAA Grant Summer 21 application.
  3. If you have previously completed the General Scholarship application, you may want to consider reviewing your information and updating it. This is not required however if you have already submitted a general application.
  4. If you are eligible to submit a CRRSAA for the Summer Quarter, you will see the CRRSAA Grant Summer 21 application on the left menu as recommended opportunity.
  5. Complete all required fields.
  6. Submit your application by June 11.
  7. You will be notified by email if you have been approved.

Does the money need to be repaid?

No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.

How will I receive my money?

The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. It is recommended that students set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses. To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above.

Would this funding reduce my financial aid?

No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant.

Will this award show on my Financial Aid Net Partner account or award letter?

No, CRRSAA Grant funds are not considered as estimated financial assistance for federal financial aid purposes and will not appear on your award letter or Net Partner. You would receive notice by email if you have been awarded funds prior to the end of Summer Quarter.

Can I apply for funding more than once?

No, students can apply only once per quarter. If funding is remaining after all applications have been received and reviewed, students would be notified if there are additional opportunities for future quarters.

What are the deadlines to apply?

Students must submit their CRRSAA Grant Summer 2021 application no later than the close of business on June 11. Late applications will not be considered. If funding remains after all applications have been reviewed for the Summer Quarter, the application may be reopened. To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have questions or need more information, email CaresActGrant@latech.edu. We understand that students and their families have lots of questions and are looking for answers during this difficult time. That’s why we have developed a list of available COVID-19 Resources and a list of frequently asked financial aid questions and answers.