- 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 Tuesday morning.
Last Wednesday, we announced the University’s application process for CARES Act grants, which are made directly to students to alleviate financial hardships that students have incurred related to the disruption of campus operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, I’ll share a few reminders about how the CARES Act grant process works, as well as ask your patience as our University works to process all student requests. Our small financial aid staff are handling thousands of applications and are issuing awards as quickly as possible. These staff began working on developing a thorough and fair process to award CARES Act grants, following federal requirements, as soon as the opportunity was presented and they have remained focused on getting these funds out to all qualified students.
Students should apply for the funds on AcademicWorks. Be sure to include documentation as called for when you claim high-cost expenditures. More information and an FAQ document are located on the Louisiana Tech website at latech.edu/Cares-Act.
To date, the Office of Financial Aid has received 2,000 applications, which they process manually, one at a time. Our Financial Aid staff, all caring professionals, are working as quickly as they can to process grant applications, but some students’ verification process can take more time than others. Processing time varies based on the complexity of a student’s claim.
A limited amount of funds is available, and awarding those funds is done on a case-by-case basis. A base amount is awarded per qualifying student, and additional funding may be awarded for high-cost expenditures or special circumstances that have been indicated by the student with supporting documentation.
Please remember, the initial deadline is May 15. More applications may be considered after that date if funds are still available.
If you have any questions directly related to the actual application process itself, please email CaresActGrant@latech.edu. Our staff will prioritize emails that pertain to the process, but we are unable to respond to questions about where a refund is in the process or why one student has received a refund when another has not yet been notified.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as our Financial Aid Specialists and Counselors work to ensure each student receives the support she or he needs.
Have a great day, Bulldogs. We’ll see you in person again soon!