- Return to campus plan
- 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.
Today, we have an update on the Spring Quarter CARES Act grant process. In addition to this update, we have an exciting announcement relating to our Summer session opportunities.
About 4,500 of our students have applied for relief funding in the past few weeks, and our teams have awarded 3,090 grants thus far. Our staff in the Office of Financial Aid continue to process applications. Thank you all for your patience as they work through the evaluation and awarding process.
Nearly $1.6 million has been disbursed to students in need.
A number of our students also completed the supplemental portion of the application, meaning they requested additional funding for high-cost expenditures or special circumstances and submitted supporting documents for these requests.
We will continue to process these applications as quickly as possible. Please watch your Tech email for communication from Louisiana Tech staff members. Some applications need additional information, and the staff will contact you via email to request that documentation.
Summer CARES Act grants
Our University will also be able to offer CARES Act grants of at least $200 each to students who enroll in summer courses. This is in addition to the special scholarships of $200 for full-time graduate and undergraduate students who choose to take summer courses, and we’re waiving online course fees for summer classes. I remind you that TOPS funds may also be used for this Summer if you are eligible.
To be eligible for the summer grant, you must have completed the 2019-20 FAFSA. These funds will be disbursed beginning the week of June 8 – after enrollment in the Summer Quarter has been verified. Use this Summer to Level Up. To find out more about our special summer offerings – and to see our course schedule – visit latech.edu/summer. Many courses are offered online. Some face-to-face classes are offered the second term. Great opportunities to take classes that have been bottlenecks in your curriculum.
You all are doing a great job of completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2020-21 academic year. We’ve received nearly 13,500 applications for this next academic year, compared to 9,790 at this time last year. Keep it going!
Please complete your application now so that it has plenty of time for processing before the beginning of the school year. Each year, we have a number of applications that come in right under the wire, and sometimes that can cause a delay in receiving your financial aid award.
The Barnes & Noble bookstore will be open for cap and gown pick up, summer reading pick up, and textbook rental returns starting Wednesday, May 20. The store will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
While inside the store, please wear your masks and practice physical distancing. Employees are working to clean and sanitize as recommended in order to help ensure the safety and health of our students, faculty, and staff.