Thanks to federal dollars, LSU erases some $7M in student loan debt

LSU has erased more than $7 million in student debt accrued from spring 2020 through the present using money from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, the university announced this morning.

Including this round of debt relief, LSU has provided more than $25 million in relief to students since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university says. 

“In an effort to continue providing access to an LSU education, we have made the decision to clear all unpaid prior tuition and fee balances for LSU students who enrolled at any point during the COVID-19 pandemic period,” LSU Vice President for Enrollment Management Jose Aviles says in a prepared statement. “We are committed to ensuring that students have every opportunity to continue their educational pursuits.”

About 4,000 LSU students will get some form of debt relief through this latest initiative, according to the statement. Students who qualify for the debt relief will receive communication with more details. The debt forgiveness applies to students with balances owed directly to LSU.