Grambling State Prepares for In-Person Instruction This Fall

University Will Open Campus in August In Accordance with UL System Plans 

GRAMBLING, LA – May 12, 2020 – The nine University of Louisiana System member institutions are planning for a return to face-to-face instruction this fall. Institutions are designing plans specific to their individual communities that prioritize the health and safety of students, faculty and staff and the universities’ educational mission.  

“Throughout this event our member institutions have prioritized safety and learning. Those will remain our chief considerations as we begin the process of re-populating our campuses,” UL System President and CEO Jim Henderson said. “The university experience is more than just attending class and we are optimistic, with the right safeguards in place and following the guidance of health experts, that we will be able to safely return to campus in August.” 

Last month UL System Board Chair Mark Romero appointed an ad hoc committee on post-pandemic operations who will meet later this month to discuss returning to campus and review System-level guidelines to assist universities in transitioning to more normal operations.  

“Our universities have been in lock-step through the interruptions we experienced the past couple of months,” Henderson said. “This systemic coordination is beneficial to students, faculty, staff and the state as a whole.” 

The System’s guidelines will address the re-populating of campuses based on external and internal conditions including segmenting return by waves; testing requirements; increased hygiene; communication practices; and distancing protocols. Grambling State will continue to monitor the ongoing CDC and State guidelines to best protect campus and community. 

Fall 2020 Housing Full Before Priority Deadline

We are excited that you have chosen to begin or continue your higher education experience at Grambling State University for the Fall semester of 2020. Due to higher than normal student attendance volume, all housing for new and transfer female students and for all upperclassmen has been filled prior to the listed July 1 Priority Deadline. We understand that on-campus living is a unique part of the collegiate experience and the Office of Campus Living and Housing strives to provide a safe and comfortable living environment where students can focus on their studies; that’s why we are committed to keeping our students informed of upcoming opportunities to access university provided housing.  

Incoming freshman and new transfer male students can continue to follow the housing application protocol.  
The only university provided housing options currently available are as follows:  Wheatley Hall (double occupancy) and Holland Hall (Holland Hall is a co-ed apartment style honors hall for incoming freshmen and transfer students with a minimum 3.25 GPA). Click HERE for steps to complete your application now, spaces are limited. Find residence hall requirements HERE. See room rates HERE.  

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has submitted a housing application and paid my deposit for Fall 2020 housing. What should I do next?  
Female students who have completed the application and paid their deposit will be contacted by a staff member should housing become available via phone in the order in which the application was received.  

I am an incoming freshman/new transfer female student who has not completed the Fall 2020 Housing Application. What should I do next? Due to higher than normal student attendance volume, The Office of Campus Living and Housing is currently at max occupancy within the incoming freshman/transfer female residence halls. Once the housing application re-opens, students will be notified via email and given further instructions. 

I am an upperclassman student, who hasn’t applied for housing yet or I have applied but haven’t had the option to select a room online. How do I get university provided housing for Fall 2020? 

When additional housing is available, all students will be notified via phone with instructions on securing university-provided housing for Fall 2020. 

Can I move to CEV using financial aid?  

Yes, if the move is within one of our university approved housing units assigned by Campus Living and Housing. However, if you enter a CEV lease without university approval, you will be responsible for the cost of rent and utilities. Financial aid does not cover the cost of this off-campus living option.  

Can I move off campus? Those students who can secure off-campus housing may complete the “Off Campus Exemption Form” under the “My Housing” tab in banner. Make sure that all supporting documents are attached to your application to expedite your approval. 

In order to be contacted about housing availability, please ensure your correct email address, cell phone number, address, and emergency contact information in BannerWeb. This is the contact information that will be used to reach you concerning your housing and other University outreach. 

Check your student email 

The University will always contact you here first! Get into the habit of checking your GSU email daily.  

Still have Questions about your housing?   
Log into BannerWeb and click the “My Housing” tab to:  

  • Check your housing status,  
  • Complete a housing application (if applicable),  
  • Complete Housing Payment ($200 application fee; if applicable),   
  • Select a room (if applicable),  
  • Complete an off-campus approval form (if applicable)  

If needed, contact the office of Campus Living and Housing at to clear up any remaining questions about your Housing status. 

Grambling State Names Former Calendar Queen as Valedictorian

Alianndra Williams ReceivesTop Honors in Graduating Class of Spring 2020

GRAMBLING, La – May 5, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced former Miss Cover Girl Alianndra Williams as valedictorian of the Spring 2020 graduating class. Williams earned top honors, with a 4.0 grade point average.  

“I plan on giving back to Grambling State by offering numerous academic and book scholarships to upperclassmen in need,” said Williams.  

Attending Grambling State University is a family tradition for spring 2020 valedictorian Alianndra Williams. Along with the family tradition of attending Grambling State, Williams’ legacy includes family members who worked at the University in various capacities, including her great-grandmother, Ann Stevenson Osborne, who worked in Purchasing for 46 years and her grandmother, Gail Stevenson Lee, who taught Developmental English in Brown Hall for many years. Her mother, Adrienne Gray, grandfather, and uncles also graduated from Grambling State. 

This valedictorian has distinguished herself by not only continuing a family tradition, but also in her excellence as a student leader and role model while maintaining her perfect 4.0 grade point average. 

“It’s an honor to award the valedictorian distinction to someone from our local community with such an outstanding extracurricular record,” said President Gallot. “Ms. Williams is a hard-working student who I know will continue to excel in all of her future endeavors.” 

Williams was crowned Miss Covergirl 2018-2019, donning the pages of the University’s annual calendar. She was selected as an esteemed member of the Earl Lester Cole Honors College as well as The President’s Student Leadership Initiative. During her years as a student, Williams served on the Favrot Student Union Board, Phi Epsilon Kappa Honors Fraternity, Inc., Grambling State University Student Ambassadors, and the National Society of Leadership and Success. President of the Alpha Theta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Williams has been named to the President’s List throughout her university career. 

After graduation, she plans to attend Physical Therapy School at Texas Woman’s University and ultimately open a physical therapy practice in Dallas, Texas.  

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 GSU Cheerleaders

Please be advised that the list below is pending Spring 2020 final grades. All skills performed in videos must be maintained.  In the event that you are unable to perform the skills, your position will be reevaluated.  If you are a new or returning student, please be sure you have applied and have been accepted to Grambling State University for the Fall 2020 semester.  If you have any work obligations or classes that will hinder you from participating 100% please contact Mr. Terry Lilly immediately at or by phone at 318-274-2507.


  1. Shayvonna Cowens 
  2. Zeyandra Jackson
  3. Biahje Benson
  4. Skylar Ross
  5. De’Quencia Williams 
  6. Nikiya Lee
  7. Sydney Street
  8. Keiara Dalferes
  9. Kirsten Williams 
  10. Jordan Turner
  11. Brittany Miller
  12. Asha Standifer
  13. Nevaeh Johnson
  14. Britany Hunter
  15. Robbi Palmer
  16. Alexis Hebert


  1. Taraca Hardiman
  2. Zion Stout
  3. Shandelle Hunter
  4. Lachelle Edwards
  5. Shanyra Howard
  6. Jemauri Johnson-Cole
  7. Kynedi White 
  8. Jurnee Dilworth
  9. Madison Agnew
  10. Christina Hicks
  11. Courtnee Williams 
  12. Dazmeiah Turner
  13. Kayla Guyton
  14. Zoe’  Jackson
  15. Taylor Robinson
  16. Yasmine Hamilton 
  17. Cheyenne Walker
  18. Crisma Burford
  19. Selena Mitchell
  20. Kannay Mallard


  1. Darious Christopher
  2. Shamodre Green
  3. Ray’mon Fuller
  4. Trevente Harper 
  5. Divante Gray
  6. Daquann Ford
  7. Michael Bassett

You will be receiving further communication as to date or return and other details in the near future. 

If you were not selected please contact Mr.Terry Lilly for evaluation and critiques after May 6, 2020.

Confirmed Coronavirus Case at Grambling State University

Long-Jones Hall Closed for Sanitation After Exposure by Infected Team Member 

GRAMBLING, La – May 1, 2020 – Today, the Grambling State University announced a positive COVID-19 case. A University team member who was in Long-Jones Hall within the last two weeks has been confirmed with coronavirus and is under medical supervision off-campus. 

Until further notice, no one is permitted to enter Long-Jones Hall while the University employs professional sanitation and protocols for restoring the area for entry and use.  

At this time, there is minimal risk of spread through direct contact due to this person’s lack of interaction with others during their time on campus.  

RELEASE: Grambling State Announces CARES Act Grant Guidelines

University Students to Receive Federally-Funded Relief  

GRAMBLING, La – May 1, 2020 – Today, Grambling State University announced student eligibility guidelines for Congress’ Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. On March 27, the federal government announced that $12.56 billion of the $2 trillion stimulus package distributed to institutions of higher education using a formula based on student enrollment. 

“Ensuring our students receive every possible resource to recover from COVID-19 related losses and complete their education is essential,” said President Rick Gallot.  

Grambling State University received $7 million in federal support, $3.5 million of which to distribute to students who meet the criteria: 

  • Students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants and 
  • Students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus that have affected their cost of attendance (COA) and  
  • Students who are degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students and 
  • Students who are currently enrolled in the Spring Semester at Grambling State University and were not enrolled exclusively in online classes and/or programs prior to the COVID-19 emergency. 

All students are not eligible for CARES Act grant assistance and those who are not eligible will not have access to the application. Students who meet pre-qualification to apply for CARES Act grant assistance will find the application in their student portals beginning May 8, 2020. Students must submit their CARES ACT Grant Application for the Spring Semester no later than the close of business by May 15, 2020. Those who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is still available.  

Students can find specific information on accessing grant funds HERE. More on Grambling State’s coronavirus prevention and response can be found at

Student Guidelines: GSU CARES Act Grant

Grambling State University students who need financial assistance for expenses incurred during COVID-19 response could be eligible for a student grant. Students who have incurred additional cost of attendance (COA) expenses like food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare, and others may qualify for a federal CARES Act Grant, which will provide emergency relief funding. 


Only students who meet pre-qualification to apply for CARES grant assistance will find the application in BannerWeb. Students who have financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic and are eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants. If a student has filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), then the student has demonstrated eligibility to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA. Students who have not filed a FAFSA but who are eligible to file a FAFSA also may receive emergency financial aid grants. The criteria to participate in programs under Section 484 of the HEA include but are not limited to the following:  

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen;  
  • a valid Social Security number;  
  • registration with Selective Service (if the student is male);  
  • and a high school diploma, GED, or completion of high school in an approved homeschool setting.  

Students who were enrolled exclusively in online programs or classes prior to the COVID-19 national emergency are not eligible. 


Applications for CARES Act grants will be available starting May 8. Eligible students should sign-in to Banner Web to complete an application by May 15.  Awarding of funds is made on a four-tiered schedule with full-time undergraduates eligible for the largest award. These availability-based funds will be disbursed as outlined in the schedule below. Students who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is available; students who apply before the deadline will receive funding first. There is a maximum amount awarded per student as a base amount. A limited amount of funds are available, however outstanding circumstances may require additional funding as needed. 

Check you student email for results or requests for additional information after your application has been submitted. Awarded funds will be posted on the student’s account and disbursed in the form of a direct payment to the student either in direct deposit or mailed check. It is recommended that students set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses. 

Tiered Schedule of CARES Act Funding  

Text Box


What is the CARES Act? 

The CARES Act is federal legislation which provides financial support to individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. One part of this federal program allocates money to Grambling State University, and a portion of that allocation can be awarded directly to students who are experiencing financial expenses due to the coronavirus.  

Who can apply for CARES Act funds? 

Students who are or could be eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended (HEA), may receive emergency financial aid grants and 

Students who have incurred expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus that have affected their cost of attendance (COA) and  

Students who are degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate students and 

Students who are currently enrolled in the Spring Semester at Grambling State University and were not enrolled exclusively in online classes and/or programs prior to the COVID-19 emergency. 

Please login to your student account to submit an application.  

What does “eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in the Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965” mean? 

Section 484 of the HEA states that Title IV eligible students must: 

  • Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree or certificate program 
  • Not be enrolled in elementary or secondary school. 
  • For currently enrolled students, be making satisfactory academic progress. 
  • Not owe an overpayment on Title IV grants or loans. 
  • Not be in default on a Title IV loan. 
  • File “as part of the original financial aid application process” a certification that includes 
  • A statement of educational purpose. 
  • Student’s SSN. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or national, permanent resident, or other eligible noncitizen. 
  • Have returned fraudulently obtained Title IV funds if convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to charges.  
  • Not have fraudulently received Title IV loans in excess of annual or aggregate limits. 
  • Have repaid Title IV loan amounts in excess of annual or aggregate limits if obtained inadvertently. 
  • Have Selective Service registration verified. 
  • Have Social Security Number verified. 
  • Not have a federal or state conviction for drug possession or sale, with certain time limitations. 

Can Undocumented Students and International Students Receive Funds Under the CARES Act? 

No. Under ED’s new guidance undocumented students, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, and international students are not eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) grants to students. 

What kinds of expenses are allowable? 

Funds can be used for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, or childcare. 

How much can I apply for? 

Students are eligible for a maximum base amount based on their student status tier.  Additional funding may be awarded for high-cost expenditures or special circumstances that have been indicated by the student with supporting documentation. A limited amount of funds are available. We have a limited amount granted to us, and we appreciate students only asking for the amount needed so we can serve as many students as possible. 

How do I apply? 

  • Login to your student account and complete the application/certification.  
  • Complete all required fields. 
  • Submit your application. 

Does the money need to be repaid? 

No, money received through this fund does not need to be repaid.  

How will I receive my money? 

The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. Ensure the most up-to-date direct deposit information in your BannerWeb account prior to May 8 so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses. If you are unable to accept funds via direct deposit, you will receive a check mailed to your permeant address as recorded in BannerWeb.  

Would this funding reduce my financial aid? 

No, this fund does not negate nor replace financial aid, and it is a one-time grant. 

Can I apply for funding more than once? 

No, students can apply only once. If funding is remaining after all applications have been received and reviewed, students would be notified if there are additional opportunities for future semesters.  

What are the deadlines to apply? 

Students must submit their CARES ACT Grant Application for the Spring Semester no later than the close of business by May 15, 2020. Students who do not meet the submission date will have their grant applications considered only if funding is still available.  To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above. 

How will I receive my money? 

The funds that are awarded will be posted on the student’s account and refunded in the form of a direct payment to the student. It is recommended that students visit BannerWeb set up direct deposit to their checking account so that funds will be readily accessible for needed expenses.  To authorize direct deposit see the instructions listed in the “Process” section above. Students who do not setup direct deposit will receive checks mailed to their address on file.  

Grambling State Receives $500,000 Grant to Renovate Foster-Johnson Health Center

National Park Service Awards $7.7 million in Grants to Historically Black Colleges and Universities 

GRAMBLING, LA – April 27, 2020 – Grambling State University announced it has been selected to receive $500,000 from the National Park Service’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant program for the renovation of the Health Center in Grambling State University’s Historic Village

“Our campus is covered in historically significant gems,” said Grambling State President Rick Gallot. “We are grateful for this support from the National Park Service to preserve one of our most important landmarks.”   

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced that Grambling State and Southern Universities will receive a combined $1 million from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities grant program, funded by the Historic Preservation Fund, and administered by the National Park Service Department of Interior. The Fund will supply $7.7 million in grants to preserve historic structures across HBCU campuses in 12 states. 

“Grambling and Southern are two of the most historic campuses in Louisiana. This funding will help preserve buildings that make them unique so that they remain for generations to come,” said Dr. Cassidy. 

The funds for the University Historic District’s Health Center come in the midst of ongoing infrastructure improvements across the campus, including the $16.6 million construction of the State’s first Digital Library and the $6.7 million renovation to McCall Dining Hall as part of GSU’s SodexoMAGIC partnership.  

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ongoing campus construction has slowed to honor social distancing with staggered work shifts and other enhanced safety measures. 

“As Grambling State continues to make Louisiana history, we hope to find the digital library and other new construction on future lists of historically valuable landmarks,” said Dr. Rudolph Ellis, Associate Dean of Student Services. Ellis worked with Rene Harris of University Facilities Management team and other key University staff members to acquire the grant funding for infrastructure preservation. 

For more information, please contact  

Summer 2020 Online Registration Open Now for New and Continuing Students

We are excited for you to begin or continue your Tiger academic journey. Today, Summer 2020 Online Registration began; 100% online registration means there are no in-person meetings. To make things simpler, you won’t need to retrieve an alternate PIN from your advisor in order to select your classes; however, please schedule an appointment with your an academic advisor in your department to ensure your course selections are the best fit for degree completion.  

To ensure your success in the virtual classroom, here is a list of must-do’s to complete enrollment and online registration.  

Online Registration Steps New & Returning Students 

The updated process makes remote registration simple. Use BannerWeb and the Online Student Support Center to navigate getting registered. Follow these easy steps: 

  1. Admissions Confirmation (New & Transfer Students Only) 
    Complete any outstanding admissions requirements (documents, testing, etc.) or book an online appointment to find out any remaining to-dos for getting admitted. 
  2. Submit Immunization Records (New & Transfer Students Only) 
    New and transfer students, submit your immunization documents to the Foster-Johnson Health Center
  3. Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment   

Please reserve a meeting with your academic department for academic advisement by booking an appointment via the online student support center.   During the meeting with your advisor your class schedule will be identified.  Your academic advisor will send you a follow-up email that will verify the schedule that was agreed upon.  A copy of this email will become a part of your file that is housed in the academic department. 

  1. Create Your Class Schedule 
    Login to BannerWeb to select your classes and submit your schedule. You will no longer need an ALTERNATE PIN to submit your schedule. Be sure to notify your advisor of any changes that you make that deviate from the agreed upon schedule. 
  2. Confirm Financial Aid  
    If needed, book an online appointment to clear up any questions about your financial aid. Before you book, remember log into BannerWeb to: 
  • Check your award, 
  • Check your account balance, and 
  • Accept Your Award 

7. Accept and Pay Fees 
If needed, book an online appointment to clear up any questions about your student account or balance.   No cash payments are being accepted due to COVID-19.  All payments should be completed online.  To be completely enrolled, you must visit BannerWeb to “Accept and Pay Fees.” Select Student > Registration > Accept/Pay Fees. 

Payment Due Date for Summer Session I 2020 – May 15 , 2020 

8. Verify Fee Sheet 
Ensure that your fee sheet says “registered.” If your fee sheet does not say “registered,” make an online appointment with the Student Accounts office through the Online Student Support Center. 


Once, you’ve completed these steps, you are now fully registered at Grambling State University for theSummer Session I of 2020. For more help navigating virtual registration, contact the departments as listed below: 

FINANCIAL AID: email Dr. Gavin Hamms, Director of Student Financial Aid 
ADMISSIONS: email Gilberto Alvarado, Director of Admissions 

If you are having trouble reaching your advisor, please contact your Department Head for assistance. The contact information for all department heads can be found on the contact page here

Grambling State Professors Selected for Governor Edwards’ COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force

Forthcoming Dashboard on Health Equity to Address Coronavirus Deaths in Black Communities 

GSU Professors selecter Governor Edwards Covid-19 Task Force image

GRAMBLING, La – April 22, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards announced the creation of the COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and recently appointed experts from across the state to carry out its mission. Grambling State’s Dr. Jacqueline Harris and Dr. Meg Brown were selected to serve on state Task Force, immediately assisting in the development of the Dashboard on Health Equity. 

According to the Louisiana Department of Health, African Americans make up over 56% of coronavirus related deaths.  

“It is essential that health and research professionals join the fight, work to spread awareness, and help ensure that African-American communities have proper resources to testing and treatment,” said Dr. Brown, Head of Grambling State’s Nursing Department.  

Dr. Harris and Dr. Brown will provide expertise in the fields of nursing and data analytics as they relate to ongoing efforts to understand and correct the trajectory of COVID-19 related deaths. Along with diverse leaders from institutions around the state, these leaders will help to educate underserved communities to slow the spread of coronavirus.  

“Health disparities in illnesses like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity are key factors influencing the high mortality rates in African-Americans,” said Dr. Harris. “We are working to help people access resources and information to slow the spread or fight the virus if they do contract it.” 

More on the Governor’s COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force can be found here. For more on Grambling State’s efforts to flatten the coronavirus curve in North Louisiana, visit