LSU is using more than $9.4 million it receives in federal COVID-19 relief funds to directly support thousands of students who have been impacted by the pandemic. The funds are part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, or HEERF II, monies provided to the university.
The Coronavirus Relief Application was available to all students beginning March 24, 2021 and closed on May 4, 2021.
LSU began notifying the first group of eligible students regarding their grant amounts. Notifications are expected to be complete by May 7th.
The first notifications went to 3,766 of LSU’s students with the most demonstrated financial need who applied for COVID-19 relief and are enrolled for the spring 2021 semester. The recipients include undergraduates, graduate students, law, and veterinary medicine students. LSU will continue to review applications and disperse the remaining funds until funding is exhausted.
As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act 2021, HEERF II provides colleges with funds to help their students address the unexpected expenses associated with the pandemic. Students can use the funds to cover tuition, food, housing, health care, childcare, or other costs of college attendance or emergency costs brought on by COVID-19.
LSU received over 10,000 Coronavirus Relief Applications.
The U.S. Department of Education requires institutions to prioritize students with exceptional need. The amounts awarded to LSU students were determined by the number of applicants, the total amount requested by each applicant, and the number of students who demonstrated financial need as determined by the FAFSA. The maximum award amount for any one student with a pell grant eligible EFC is $1,200. The maximum award amount for any one student without a pell eligible EFC is $750. Other criteria set by the U.S. Department of Education were that international, undocumented and DACA students were not eligible for these funds.
These financial awards are considered grants and do not have to be repaid.
LSU students with questions about their financial awards should contact the LSU Financial Aid & Scholarships office at firstname.lastname@example.org.