- Return to campus plan
- Safe health practices in response to the coronavirus pandemic
- Campus planning for COVID-19 positive testing results
- Tech answers the COVID-19 challenge
- CARES Act
- UPDATED State Travel Guidelines
- Travel Guidance from ULS
- COVID-19 ULS Directives
- Guidance from Louisiana Department of Health
- Online instruction considerations
- Guide for Teleworking
Dear campus community,
Good Wednesday morning.
Last Friday, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation that helps ensure that current TOPS recipients and high school seniors who will receive TOPS next year will be able to maintain funding despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship recognizes students’ work in the classroom and provides a portion of tuition for students enrolled at an eligible Louisiana institution. In our state, more than 50,000 students rely on TOPS to fund a portion of their education each year.
The proclamation helps ensure that our hard-working students maintain TOPS support into the next academic year. Provisions in the order include:
- Continuous enrollment, academic year earned hours, and GPA requirements are suspended for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year.
- A “P” grade counts as a completed course and does not affect the student’s cumulative GPA.
- An “F” grade does affect the student’s cumulative GPA.
You should also know that you can use your TOPS funding if you want to attend summer school. We are pulling together an attractive set of courses for you for summer school and hope that you will take a look at that. More will be coming out on summer school soon.
The governor’s proclamation is welcome and gives our hard-working students a little breathing room in this stressful quarter. I do encourage you, however, to continue to work hard – despite our challenges this quarter – to maintain TOPS and other financial aid.
You may also know about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed March 27, which provides support to students in a variety of areas. I’ll talk more about the CARES Act in my communication tomorrow.
This pandemic has impacted our economy in the United States in so many ways. If your job has been impacted by COVID-19, you can receive help from the State of Louisiana in the form of unemployment benefits or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. I’ve placed links in this communication, and if you need more assistance, I encourage you to reach out to our Division of Student Affairs. They can connect you to local, state, and federal resources to assist you and your family.
Thank you all for your attention this morning. Please continue to reach out if you need help or just a person to listen. All our faculty and staff are ready to help ensure you stay healthy and safe and continue to make academic progress.
Remember to keep social distancing and wash those hands! We’re working on flattening the curve, and it takes effort from all of us to get the job done.