A Letter From President Smith | Langston University

A Letter From President Smith

A Letter From President Smith

Langston University Clears Over $4.5 Million in Student Balances

Langston University Office of Public Relations

March 22, 2023

Dear Langston University Community:

Throughout the pandemic, our institution has sought ways to lessen the burden and remove barriers to degree completion for our students. For example, Langston University previously applied HEERF institutional funding for the clearance of student balances for eligible individuals in August 2021. The communication was sent on August 6, 2021.

I am excited to announce that Langston University will again cancel student account balances for students enrolled throughout the Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Spring 2023 semesters through the support of the HEERF Award. The amount of debt cleared through this initiative totals $4,587,485.82.

The HEERF award allows us to bring balances for students enrolled in a 'pandemic semester' to zero. This award will appear on student accounts as W204 - Higher Ed Emergency Relief Fund. This includes students not currently enrolled at the institution as well as those enrolled during Summer 2022 or Fall 2022 who will now be cleared of any hold preventing them from receiving an official transcript due to a balance. There is no expectation or requirement for enrollment in a future semester to receive the benefit of the cleared balance. The discharge of student debt and clearance of balances does not negate or replace owed balances already paid on student accounts. There will be no refunding or reversing of payments already made on balances owed to the University.

As a further means of removing obstacles for our students, the Office of the Registrar will consider late applications for graduation due to the timing of this award. If you are now eligible to apply for Spring 2023 or Summer 2023 Commencement as a result this HEERF award, your application for graduation must be completed with your advisor's signature and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by no later than 4:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, March 31, 2023.

Should former or returning students with a cleared balance decide to enroll, please contact the appropriate academic advisor using the information found at this link.

We are proud of the positive impact this initiative will have on our students, graduates, and their families for years to come. We appreciate your continued support of Langston University!


Kent J. Smith, Jr., Ph.D.
LUNAA Life Member #864
(405) 466-3201