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CARES Act Information for Alumni & Donors

The CARES Act recently passed by Congress in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has several features that may benefit Loyola alumni and donors.


Student Loan Forbearance

  • Borrowers are not required to make payments on their federally held Direct Loans and Federal Family Education Loans (FFEL) from now until Sept. 30, 2020. 

  • Interest accrual on these same federal loans has been suspended through the end of September.

  • Forced collections, such as garnishment of wages, tax refunds, and Social Security benefits have been suspended.

  • Negative credit reporting has been suspended.

More information about the COVID-19 student loan forbearance program is available here.

For specific questions, please contact your loan servicer. Contact information for individual loan servicers can be found by logging into your Federal Student Aid (FSA) account here.


Tax Incentives

The CARES Act allows taxpayers to take a charitable deduction of up to $300 for those who take the standard deduction. For those who itemized their deductions, the new law allows for cash contributions to qualified charities such as Loyola University New Orleans to be deducted up to 100% of your adjusted gross income for the 2020 calendar year.

Although the new law temporarily suspends the requirements for required minimum distributions (RMD) from individual retirement accounts for the 2020 tax year, taxpayers age 70½ or older can still make a gift from these accounts or name Loyola University as a beneficiary. The qualified charitable distribution (QCD) generates neither taxable income nor a tax deduction, so taxpayers benefit even if they do not itemize their deductions.

Information contained herein was accurate at the time of posting. The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor.


Loyola University and the CARES Act

How much money did Loyola receive from the CARES Act?

Loyola received $2,913,258 total, and half of that ($1,456,629) will go directly to students in the form of emergency student aid grants. The other $1.45 million will be used to cover some of the significant institutional costs associated with the disruption related to the coronavirus. Loyola estimates its losses as of May 1, 2020 to be over $3 million, the majority of which is in the form of refunds/credits of room and board fees.

Click here for a list of the amount received at every college and university in the U.S.

Who is eligible to receive funds?

The federal government stipulated that students studying either part- or full-time in on-ground programs as of March 13 are eligible to receive funds. Students studying in fully online programs prior to March 13 are not eligible. The federal government also stipulates that students must be eligible to receive Title IV funds, such as Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan, Direct Graduate PLUS Loan, Direct PLUS Loan, Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), and Federal Perkins Loans, all of which require filing the FAFSA.

How did Loyola select who is eligible to receive money?

Loyola convened a group of administrators from across the institution to develop a process of determining eligibility. Loyola has opted to award $900 in immediate, direct grants to students who have the most need as determined by their Estimated Family Contribution on the FAFSA. Students who filed a FAFSA during the 2019-20 academic year and who had an Estimated Family Contribution of $0 - $5,500 will receive the CARES Act Grant automatically. Approximately 1,100 Loyola undergraduates and 300 graduate and law students met initial eligibility criteria.  

To meet the needs of students who do not meet initial eligibility criteria, Loyola has created an emergency expense fund utilizing the remaining 17 percent (approximately $213,000) of the CARES Act fund to provide access to relief for those students who have expenses related to coronavirus.

Read more about student access to CARES Act funding here.