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Student Fee Waiver Policy

 

As part of our university’s mission to afford each student the opportunity to pursue a degree, Grambling State University offers an out-of-state fee waiver to students who intend to fully engage and immerse themselves in Grambling experience. For tuition purposes, students from other states (U.S. citizens), International students and members of the U.S. Military may be considered to have some or all of their out-of-state fees waived when registering for admittance, provided they satisfy one or more the following criteria:

  1. Students must first satisfy the admission requirements.
  2. Students must demonstrate a financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Student   must complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for need assessment.
  3. Students must complete the out-of-state fee waiver application after being admitted to the university, and submit it with all required documents.  The fee waiver application and accompanying documents cannot be faxed.
  4. First-time Freshmen and continuing students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. and will be evaluated at the end of the each Spring semester.
  5. Special Achievement Consideration (SPIRIT):

Non-resident, undergraduate students (U.S. citizens) with high achievement in dance performance, or debate, or visual arts, or music performance, or theater performance may be considered a resident of Louisiana for tuition/fee purposes, if it is deemed that the students’ presence will improve the educational opportunities of other students.  Cheerleaders, ROTC, Orchesis, Band, Choir or other university-recognized or sponsored spirit groups that perform at athletic game activities, and SGA members, may also be considered in this group. The applying student must meet each of the following criteria:

  • New students must first satisfy admissions criteria
  • Students must demonstrate a financial need, as determined by the Financial Aid Office.
  • Demonstrate high achievement in the appropriate performance area.
  • First-Time Freshmen and Continuing Students must have and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and be evaluated at the end of the each Spring semester.
  • Demonstrate leadership.
  • Commit to participate in the appropriate performance area.

*Upon approval of the SPIRIT out-of-state fee waiver/exemption, the group director must have students sign a statement of understanding which outlines the conditions of retaining the out-of-state fee waiver/exemption.  The statement must be kept on file in the group director’s office for the duration of the waiver/exemption.

Additional Terms:

  • The maximum time allowed for the out-of-state fee status is four (4) consecutive years.
  • Students receiving the out-of-state fee waiver/exemption must sign a statement of understanding which outlines the conditions of retaining the waiver/exemption.
  • Grambling State University reserves the right to limit the overall number of out-of-state fee waivers/exemptions granted.

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Media Contact:
Office of Communications
318-274-2866
mediarelations@gram.edu

Grambling State University Sets Up Relief Efforts for Dominica

 

GRAMBLING, LA – Fernanda Azouz, a master’s student in public administration, has been a member of the Grambling family since 2010. Right now, her thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and loved ones from her home nation of Dominica. The small Caribbean island nation was hit by Tropical Storm Erika last week, leaving 20 people dead, 50 missing and a land devastated by nature’s destructive forces.

“I have many close friends who are stuck. Dominica has lost a lot of bridges and access roads. There is no way to connect to certain villages. Some areas have no electricity and no water. Some people have no food since it has been days with no electricity. They don’t have enough dry goods that they can use. We have many students who have been directly impacted. Their families are trapped, and some have died in mudslides,” Azouz said.

Tropical Storm Erika brought a foot of rain to Dominica, causing flooding and landslides that destroyed homes and buildings and roads, leaving many communities cut off from the rest of the country.

Grambling has 40 students from Dominica enrolled at Grambling, and there are more students who are stranded in Dominica and have been unable to travel to Grambling to begin their fall classes.

To assist the Dominican students and their families, the university has established a safe and secure mechanism for giving. Ways to Donate:

  1. Make checks payable to the Grambling University Foundation and mail to:

Grambling University Foundation, Inc.
P. O. Box 587
Grambling, La 71245
(Please indicate “Dominica” in the memo section of the check.)

  1. Dominica Relief Fundraising CampaignTo use a credit card by phone, please call Mrs. Brenda F. Williams at (318) 274-6032.
  2. To give online, please go to the Grambling State University homepage: www.gram.edu. On the left side of the screen, please click “Donate to the Dominican Relief Effort” and enter the required information.  Next, select “Tiger Annual Fund/GUF – Dominican Relief Effort” as the designation of your gift. You will then be able to use your credit or debit card to make a donation.

Azouz and her fellow Grambling students from Dominica are gathering supplies to send to Dominica, and are looking for donations of canned goods, school supplies, toilet paper, first aid kits, diapers, basic medical supplies and more. If anyone is interested in donating supplies for the people of Dominica, email Azouz at azouzf@gram.edu.

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Media Contact:
Office of Communications
318-274-2866
mediarelations@gram.edu

JPMorgan Chase Includes Grambling State in its Commitment to Professional Development

Grambling State University Student Earns Prestigious Apprenticeship

Jordan Williams, a junior computer science major from Monroe, Louisiana, has been selected as an apprentice in JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative.GRAMBLING, La. – June 1, 2020 – Jordan Williams, a junior computer science major from Monroe, Louisiana, has been selected as an apprentice in JPMorgan Chase’s Advancing Black Pathways initiative.

“The JPMorgan Advancing Black Pathways Apprenticeship means a lot to me because I’ll be working as an apprentice for the largest bank corporation in America,” Williams said.

“I’ll be working virtually with black students from Harvard, Howard, Yale, Columbia, and Morehouse, just the name a few. Not only that, I’ll also be introduced to professionals from JPMorgan who will act as my mentors during the program and after.”

Through Advancing Black Pathways, JPMorgan Chase is working to improve educational opportunities and job readiness for black students. This includes hiring 4,000 black students at the firm in roles such as apprenticeships, internships and post-graduation roles over the next five years.

The company also is expanding partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other non-profit organizations to help provide career opportunities while supporting the professional development and financial health of black students.

Williams, a President’s List honor student, a member of Grambling State University’s Earl Lester Cole Honors College. He also holds memberships in the University’s Center for Mathematical Achievement in Science and Technology (CMAST) and Tiger L.I.F.T. leadership program, as well as the “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band.

For more information, please contact  mediarelations@gram.edu  or call (318) 243-5012.

About Grambling State University  
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
Raven Thissel
mediarelations@gram.edu
(318) 243-5012

Board of Regents Approves Cloud Computing Degree at Grambling State

Louisiana’s First 4-Year Cloud Computing Degree Program to Begin Fall 2020

GSU President Gallot before the ULS Board.

Image taken at Board of Regents meeting pre-COVID-19.

GRAMBLING, La. – May 29, 2020 – On Thursday, the Louisiana Board of Regents approved Grambling State University’s proposal to offer Louisiana’s first bachelor’s degree in Cloud Computing.

“World markets benefit tremendously from increased diversity in career fields like cloud computing, and our students are the perfect fit for this need,” said President Rick Gallot. “We are proud to have the support of the University of Louisiana System and the Board of Regents to prepare the next wave of digital geniuses and tech talent for the innovation industry.”

The program will train students to become cloud computing experts who can build and maintain cloud infrastructures. Professionals with these skills are projected to remain in high demand for decades to come. According to Forbes, in 2019 there were 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers and 101,913 open positions worldwide. Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, Grambling State alums can don the title of Cloud Architect, Cloud Consultant, IoT Engineer and many other high demand tech-based positions with a median starting salary over $80k for many positions.

“Our work doesn’t end at graduation. In this new environment of increased distance learning and teleworking, the demand for professionals in disciplines like cloud computing and cybersecurity only continues to grow,” President Gallot said. “As a university, we had the forethought to integrate these programs as we continue to prepare our students to meet the demands of an evolving workforce.”

“The GSU Career Center, our vast alumni network, and our Friends of Technology Advisory Board are a few of the many ways that we ensure our alums are employed upon degree completion,” said President Gallot.

The hard work of curriculum development and gaining the proper approvals to offer the degree program is overseen by the University’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Connie Walton.

“Grambling State University is excited about the approval of the new program in cloud computing,” Dr. Walton said. The global cloud computing market size is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023.

“The average length of time a cloud computing-related position remains open is close to 50 days. The degree program in Cloud Computing will allow Grambling State University to play a major role in ensuring that workforce needs related to cloud computing can be met,” Dr. Walton said.

Grambling State has long been a national leader in producing African American Computer Science graduates. The new program’s development is being spearheaded by Grambling State faculty member and member of the Louisiana Cybersecurity Commission, Dr. Yenumula B. Reddy. Dr. Reddy also serves as the chair of the department that houses Louisiana’s first degree in Cybersecurity.

“Our program will remain current with emerging workforce needs via strong industry partnerships and by using an innovative staffing approach,”Dr. Walton said. “The faculty teaching in this program will include individuals who are currently working in cloud computing positions. Students who are in this program will have the opportunity to learn from experts. Further, Dr. Reddy and his team will ensure that students receive assistance in placement in internships and cooperative education experiences. His team will also build into the program opportunities for students to engage in cutting edge research in cloud computing.”

Grambling State has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Mathematical Achievement for Science and Technology (CeMAST).The Center supports the six STEM undergraduate degree programs housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, and one program in the College of Business. These programs are biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, cybersecurity, engineering technology, mathematics and physics, and computer information systems.

 

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866.

About Grambling State University  
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
LaNita Hughes
hughesl@gram.edu
(318) 274-6286

Grambling State Appoints Timothy Graham as Director of Purchasing

Experienced Accountant and Procurement Officer Assumes  Executive Leadership Role at Grambling State

GRAMBLING, La. – May 28, 2020 –Grambling State University announced that Timothy Graham assumed the role of Director of Purchasing starting May 18.

“We are excited to welcome Mr. Graham to our team,” said Grambling State Senior Associate Vice President for Finance and Operations Sheilah Faucette. “His extensive experience brings a unique blend of talents to this important role.”

“In this position, Graham will provide executive level direction for the University’s fiscal management and strategic acquisitions. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

“In order to continue providing an exceptional educational experience for our students, we must maximize our assets,” said Executive Vice President Martin Lemelle. “We look forward to having Mr. Graham’s guidance in this area.”

About Timothy Graham
Graham brings over eighteen years of governmental and global procurement, supply chain implementation, and strategy execution. He has vast experience in negotiating large capital expenditure projects, developing domestic and international supplier relationships, implementing purchasing software systems, and managing multi-million dollar budgets and forecasts.

He is a graduate of Southern University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. He received his MBA from the University of Phoenix. In addition to his years of purchasing, his background includes several years of bank management and accounting experience. Prior to joining the Grambling family, Graham was the Senior Buyer for Benteler Steel-Tube in Shreveport, Louisiana where he was responsible for global contract negotiation and implementation, large capital equipment purchases, and plant maintenance and repair agreements.

For more information, please contact mediarelations@gram.edu or call (318) 274-2866. To learn about open positions at Grambling State University, visit gram.edu/careers.

About Grambling State University 
Grambling State University, located in Grambling, Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University has been accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by the Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate academic programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System. For more information, visit gram.edu.

Contact:
LaNita Hughes
hughesl@gram.edu
(318) 274-6286

Confirmed case of COVID-19 coronavirus at Grambling State University

Update as of March 27, 2020

To the Grambling State University community:

Grambling State officials learned today that an affiliate who works for our custodial partner has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The individual self-reported to the University and is currently in self-quarantine with no severe symptoms. We express our well wishes on their recovery and offer our continued support.

The individual was last on campus, March 23, 2020 and had limited contact with others. Those team members who had potential contact with this individual have been contacted and instructed to self-quarantine and contact a medical professional if they experience symptoms.

Personnel who continue reporting to campus to carry out essential functions for student support are observing increased sanitation practices, social distancing, and reducing campus density.

The University continues to closely monitor this situation and will keep you informed of any impacts to the campus community. For the latest updates from Grambling State, monitor your email or www.gram.edu/coronavirus. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Health Services at (318) 274-2351.

From Chief Jerry Melton | Regarding Safety Incident October 18, 2019

Improving campus safety is an ongoing and active effort at Grambling State University. We are grateful for the support of the City of Grambling, the City of Ruston, our Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Office and Louisiana State Police for the immediate and continuous support in our campus safety efforts. Continue reading