- 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 Wednesday morning. Good news today!
The campus update today will focus on the CARES Act and distributions Louisiana Tech University is able to make directly to students to alleviate financial hardships that you’ve incurred related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Faculty, it would be helpful if you could briefly mention this information to students in your classes.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) Act, passed by Congress and the President on March 27, includes funding allocations made to colleges and universities across the country. We have been given guidelines for allocating these funds, and we are ready to open the process and distribute those funds directly to our students.
CARES Act funds are available to all currently enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students – both full- and part-timewho meet the following criteria:
- Students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965
- Students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus that have affected their cost of attendance (COA) and
- Students who are currently enrolled in the Spring Quarter at Louisiana Tech and were not enrolled exclusively in online programs prior to the COVID-19 emergency.
In other words, recipients must be eligible to participate in federal financial aid programs and must have expenses related to the disruption of campus operations because of COVID-19. The funds are designed to help you continue your academic progress and alleviate financial hardships you may have incurred during this crisis. Some of the hardships many of our students have incurred include food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. We will allocate funds on a sliding scale, with the greatest amount allocated to those with the greatest needs.
There are two ways to apply for the funds – AcademicWorks and a fillable PDF form that will be available on the coronavirus website before noon today. 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. We recommend that you set up direct deposit to your checking account (instructions here) so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses.
When the Office of Financial Aid receives a grant application, staff will assess each application. Students who meet the requirements listed above will receive a grant, and that funding could be increased based on the following criteria:
- FAFSA completion
- Pell grant eligibility
- Unmet need
- Students who are in need of housing or nutrition
- Students who are sharing duties for parent or child care
- Students who have had to make a high-cost expenditure because of COVID-19 – Documentation required in this category – Describe high cost expenditure or special circumstance and attach documentation to support the request to your application
Students, please complete these applications as soon as you are able. The Office of Financial Aid will begin awarding our limited allocation with first priority in the order applications are received. Please also ensure you’ve got an updated address with the Registrar’s Office (on BOSS).
Because we are required to transfer CARES Act funding directly to our students, we are not able to use them to pay outstanding balances with Louisiana Tech.
If you have questions about this process, please email CaresActGrant@latech.edu or use the chat function on the Office of Financial Aid’s website. The deadline for our initial application process is May 15; after that date, review of applications will be on a rolling basis.
I encourage you to reach out to Financial Aid if you have any questions on this process. We have worked to make it as quick and simple as possible for our students.
A big THANK YOU to our administrators and staff who have been working hard to roll these funds out to you as soon as possible. We are all so pleased that the federal government is recognizing your hardships and needs that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.
I will share additional information in response to questions that may arise over the coming days.