- 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 students, faculty, and staff,
Good morning, Tech Family.
Yesterday, we talked about the opportunities that the TOPS proclamation from Gov. John Bel Edwards provides for students. Today, I’ll touch on some of the high points in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
We will have more updates in the near future related to the CARES Act, but today I’d like to give you a few of the ways the Act can impact you positively.
Student Loan Payment Deferment
If you have a student loan and it is through the U.S. Department of Education and not a private lender, your payments will be suspended through Sept. 30. In addition, no interest will accrue during this time period. During this time, student borrowers will continue to receive credit toward public service loan forgiveness, income-driven repayment forgiveness, and loan rehabilitation. In addition, forced collections will be suspended through this time period.
Federal Loans and Pell Grants
If you currently have a federal student loan or receive Pell Grants, your grades this quarter will be excluded from determining academic requirements. You won’t be required to return unused loans or grants to the Department of Education, and if any student has withdrawn from school because of COVID-19, the portion of the loan taken out for this quarter will be canceled.
We’ll talk more about the CARES Act in the coming weeks, and I’m glad that our federal government is able to provide support and assistance for our students at this time in the crisis.
Smart HABITS Academy
Our Counseling Services Center has established the Smart HABITS Academy to assist students in achieving their academic goals. Students can set up appointments with counselors who specialize in academic success. Meetings are held at 3 p.m. each Monday on Zoom, and to register, call 318.257.2488 or email email@example.com.
The Academy is designed to help students improve their academic performance with fundamental skills and strategies. It’s also open to any student who is at risk for either academic probation or suspension.
Thank you for your attention today. Tomorrow and Monday, we’ll be closed for the Good Friday and Easter Monday holidays. I know we’ll miss our friends and family over this special weekend, but remember this – the better we distance now, the sooner we can see each other face to face.
Unless there is some special information that needs to be shared over these next few days, I’ll likely not clutter your inbox with a Campus Update until early next week. Many of you have shared with me that you are finding these updates to be helpful and informative, so we will continue these when we return after the Easter break. But don’t hesitate to reach out if you have a question or need some help.
Follow up on Tips for the Day:
In my Monday updates, I passed along a few thoughts about some ways for you avoid going stir crazy. Well, I’m following a little of my own advice. This week, I wrote a few handwritten notes to special friends. I’ll be sitting in on a Zoom class today that is focused on a classic novel. And I’ll do some Zoom Karaoke tonight with some friends.
Hope you have a wonderful Thursday, Bulldogs.