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COVID-19 Response

This past spring semester, the faculty, staff and students of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette met the challenges of COVID-19 with resilience and determination.

In the face of the greatest global health crisis in more than a century, the University never ceased to function. Through remote course delivery and telework, its academic mission was uninterrupted, and business services continued.

Now, it’s time to return to campus.

This website presents the University’s plans to resume on-campus classes and business operations in a way that prioritizes the wellbeing of every member of the campus community. All planning is aligned with local orders and ordinances of the City of Lafayette, the State of Louisiana’s Phased Reopening Model, and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Louisiana Department of Public Health.

Here, you’ll find guidance about safety, cleaning and sanitation, protective equipment and other measures to ensure employee and student health. The website also has information about changes to campus services.

Planning continues, and the site will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.

COVID-19 Updates

May 22, 2020: CARES Act process and disbursements

The University has received funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 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.

May 8, 2020: Funding Opportunities for Students Announced

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette recognizes that its students have experienced financial hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University is administering two programs to address these needs.

All students received email on May 8 with more details about these programs.

CARES Act

The University is finalizing the process according to federal guidelines for administering CARES Act funding to students, which includes assessing student need, determining individual payments, and distributing funds to students.

To assist the University in determining eligibility, students will need to submit a 2019-2020 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students who have not yet submitted the FAFSA have until May 15, 2020 to do so. Be sure to release your FAFSA to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, ​school code 002031. Complete the FAFSA.

The University is planning to begin disbursing CARES Act grants to students the week of May 18.

Student Emergency Fund

The University has established a Student Emergency Fund to provide limited financial assistance to students who, because of unforeseen circumstances, are unable to meet essential and immediate academic expenses.

Learn more and apply online.

April 9, 2020: Most summer courses to be online

Summer intersession courses will be offered online only.

Most summer semester courses will be taught online, but some in-person courses are available in the schedule of classes. Note that in-person courses may transition to remote delivery if necessitated by the COVID-19 situation.

Additional course offerings may be added to the schedule of courses later.

Currently enrolled degree-seeking students can begin registering for Summer Intersession, Summer, and Fall 2020 semester classes according to their registration appointment times starting on Tuesday, April 14.

April 8, 2020: Revised TOPS Requirements & CARES Act Info

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed a proclamation to ensure college students are able to meet eligibility requirements for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students. According to the proclamation, current TOPS recipients should be aware that:

  • Continuous enrollment, academic year earned hours, and GPA requirements are suspended for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • A "P" grade counts as a completed course and does not affect the student's cumulative GPA.
  • An "F" grade does affect the student's cumulative GPA.

Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act into law. The CARES Act includes information related to student loan payment deferral and federal loans and Pell grants.

The University of Louisiana System has listed the highlights of the governor's proclamation and the CARES Act on a flyer. View the flyer and learn more about TOPS and the CARES Act.

COVID-19 Updates Archive