LU Strong Program

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Are you an LU student experiencing hardship as a result of the impact caused by Hurricane Harvey?

  • Housing and/or vehicle issues
  • Hunger
  • Mental health challenges
  • Lack of books, clothes, etc.
  • Income loss
  • Difficulty paying for tuition
  • Unable to pay bills
  • Unable to pay for child care

The LU Strong Program for Hurricane Harvey Assistance at Lamar University provides financial assistance and/or resources to LU students personally affected by Hurricane Harvey, with a priority for those with the greatest need.

This fund provides support for currently enrolled or accepted students who have exhausted all other resources. LU Strong funds or resources do not have to be repaid.

The LU Strong Program is funded by generous grants from the United States Department of Education, the Rebuild Texas Fund, and the Qatar Harvey Fund.

Current Students

For Current Students enrolled in a degree or credential program for at least 3 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate level) during your first semester of program participation.

Accepted Students

For Accepted Students entering LU in the upcoming semester enrolled in a degree or credential program for at least 3 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate level) during your first semester of program participation.

Eligibility for Funds and Resources

To be eligible for LU Strong assistance, you must:

  • Be a current LU student, or an accepted student entering LU in the upcoming semester, enrolled in a degree or credential program for at least 3 credit hours (undergraduate or graduate level) during your first semester of program participation.
  • Have a financial hardship that has been caused directly by the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
  • Be in good student conduct standing.
  • Have used all current awarded financial aid.
  • Have a completed FAFSA application on file with the LU Office of Financial Aid.
  • Complete all questions on the application and provide supporting documentation.

Expenses Eligible for Coverage by the LU Strong Program

Funding and resources include, but are not limited to:
  • Emergency or temporary housing expenses (homelessness)
  • Food
  • Essential utilities (electric, gas, water, etc.)
  • Mental health expenses and support for on-campus services
  • On-campus resiliency workshops
  • Tuition
  • Academic supplies (books, technology, etc.)
  • Essential personal belongings damaged or lost due to Harvey (clothing, etc.)
  • Other expenditures that would otherwise prevent continued enrollment

Application Process

  1. Submit an online application. The LU Strong office will gather and review the necessary information from each applicant.
  2. You will be contacted by a Case Manager to complete an intake review and complete an individualized support plan.
  3. Any financial support will be made by a selection committee appointed by the Dean of Students.
  4. You will be notified via email of the decision pertaining to your request for funds, typically within 2-3 business days.
  5. Campus Emergency Funds will be credited to the your student account. If you have balances owed to the university, you will still be eligible to have these funds.

Other Support for Students

If you are an LU enrolled student who is experiencing these types of difficulties (homelessness, food insecurity, etc.) and you were not directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please complete the LU CARE form.

 

Workshops