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Student Online Learning Resources May 26, 2020

by Laurie Blandino on 2020-05-26T12:51:00-05:00 | Comments

Updates from the Louisiana Legislative Session


Resolution Pushes for Flexible College Admissions in Wake of Pandemic

The House Education Committee advanced a resolution Tuesday asking Louisiana universities to adopt a flexible and holistic admissions approach amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Higher Education Largely Spared in State Budget Cuts

Louisiana faces a $900 million shortfall because of the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the state’s economy, but federal aid will ultimately mitigate all but $80 million in cuts.

The TOPS scholarship, K-12 schools, and social services are paid for under the latest iteration of the plan. Colleges would still take a roughly $21 million reduction, though it’s unclear how smaller class sizes and reduced dorm capacity will affect higher education’s bottom line.


Financial Assistance: CARES Act Grants

Colleges in Louisiana received funding from the CARES Act recently passed by the U.S. Congress.  A portion of that money funds cash grants to students.  The grants are intended to fund expenses related to the disruption caused by COVID-19.  Read more about the CARES Act and learn how much each institution received here. Check your college website or contact the student aid department to learn more.


CARES Act Grant Details & Certification Process Announced

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has signed and returned the Certification and Agreement for the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act) to the Department of Education, and has received $12,686,007. Per the agreement, at least 50 percent ($6,343,004) will be used exclusively for the purpose of providing emergency financial aid grants to students for their expenses related to the disruption of campus operations because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The University has finalized and initiated the process, according to federal guidelines, for administering CARES Act Grants to students, which includes assessing student need, determining individual payments, and distributing funds.


CARES Act: How Funds are Distributed at LSU

Through the CARES Act, LSU received $9.44 million in student-aid funding for distribution to address student needs associated with the disruption to campus operations from the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education, to be eligible for consideration, students are required to have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file, must be meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress, and not enrolled in a 100% online program.  All eligible undergraduate, graduate, law, and veterinary medicine students enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester will receive aid according to a sliding scale based on demonstrated financial need per their current FAFSA on file.


Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds at BRCC

Students with active enrollment in a Title IV eligible program between March 1-31, 2020, who filed a FAFSA no later than March 13, 2020, and who were eligible to receive Title IV funds within the spring semester, excluding incarcerated individuals; cross-enrolled students whose “home institution” is a non-LCTCS college; and students enrolled only in online courses during March 1-31, 2020.


A Message to Graduates from Commissioner Kim Hunter Reed



Quaren-tips: Boredom Busters

For Students with Children at Home


Boredom Busters: 45 things to do at home with kids

With so many businesses closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many families have shifted from “let’s go!” to “let’s stay in.” Here are some stay-at-home activities to keep boredom (and hopefully the bickering) at bay

What to Do While You're at Home During the Pandemic

One silver lining, a really bright spot in this situation really, is our ability to virtually visit places you may never see otherwise… or to watch something you’d never get to see on a regular old day.

Perhaps you’ll get a look into the everyday life of someone you admire. Visit the living room of Andrew Lloyd Weber as he plays a selection from Phantom of the Opera. Curl up and listen while Dolly Parton reads you a book. Sketch with Mo Willems at lunch. The list goes on and on!

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