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LIM Extension Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

How can I find out if there is a sponsoring agency or diocese in my area?

Search our list of sponsoring agencies to see if one is located near you.

Why should I earn my degree from the Loyola Institute for Ministry?

The Institute has over 40 years of experience in preparing adults to serve in ministry positions in their parishes, dioceses, and secular workplaces. The strength of our fully accredited extension program is the intentional learning community in a local setting and its ongoing invitation to disciplined conversation.

How do I apply?

First, view the program's admissions requirements online. Students may apply online. The application fee is waived for students using the online application.

Whom may I contact with admissions questions?

Please contact the Loyola liaison of your sponsoring agency for initial admissions and start-up information. You would have met this individual at an information session in your location.

What is the difference between the graduate and certificate (ceu) programs?

Graduate and certificate students participate together in the learning groups, completing the same assignments for each session.  To receive graduate credit that is used toward a graduate certificate or degree, graduate students complete graduate-level assignments, including a final paper.  Normally, CEU students receive credit based on session attendance.

To enroll as a graduate student, one must have a bachelor's degree, while to enroll in the certificate program, one does not.

Graduate students earn a graduate degree (for completing 36 credits) or a graduate certificate (if they decide not to continue online after completing the 6 courses or 18 credits offered onsite in the learning group).  CEU students earn a 36-credit CEU certificate or an 18-credit CEU certificate (if they decide not to continue online after the 6 courses offered onsite in the learning group).

How much does the program cost?

A current tuition schedule is available by contacting the Loyola liaison of your sponsoring agency.

What are liaisons and sponsoring agencies?

A sponsoring agency is a diocese, parish, retreat center, or other institution that sponsors the Loyola program in an onsite location away from Loyola's main campus.  Liaisons oversee the initation of the Loyola program for sponsoring agencies.  They also oversee its operation, in part through ongoing communication with facilitators.  

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Current Students

How do I pay my tuition?

The Bursar’s Office offers an enhanced e-Commerce System (with instructional videos) for paying your LIM extension (onsite) program tuition. Tuition payments may also be made via wire transfer or by mail (check or money order) with a copy of your student bill.  Students are expected to make payment at time of registration. Tuition is always due by the first day of class. To view your account online at LORA, click on the "Login to Student Services" link and follow the prompts that will appear on the screen. 

Tuition payment options through Loyola’s e-Commerce system include paying by Electronic Check (Free Service) and payment by all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.  Tuition payments by credit card are only accepted online through the e-Commerce processor who will charge a 2.75% non-refundable convenience fee. 

Access the e-Commerce System through your LORA account under the “Tuition and Billing Section” or through the e-Commerce login page. Accessing your account from either link requires your CWID and PIN.  Please DO NOT use your Social Security Number as it may display incomplete account information. 

In addition, you can set up your Loyola Administrative Liaison, or other third party payers such as parish bookkeepers, other employers, or family members as authorized users to access your student account. You choose the amount of access you will allow your authorized user; you can limit access to only allow payments to be made, or to viewing student bills.  Authorized users pay tuition through the e-Commerce Gateway

The e-Commerce system should be available every day except during daily scheduled maintenance which occurs from 3:45AM (CST) until 8:00AM (CST). Questions can be directed to the Bursar's Office staff by e-mailing or by calling (504) 865-2388.

How can I check my grades/ceu credit?

View grades, transcripts, and account summaries, find out your Loyola email address, and change mailing and e-mail addresses using the online Loyola Online Records Access (LORA) service. To log in, go to LORA,  click on “Login to Student Services (LORA),” then follow the directions that appear on the screen.

Where may I find out more about using the library from off campus?

Go to the Monroe Library’s Distance Learning page or to the LIM Guide to Written Theological Reflection on the LIM documents page. Get answers to questions about Blackboard and eSubmission of assignments here.

How do I find out my Loyola email address, and do I need to use it?

If you do not know, You can find your Loyola e-mail address in the Loyola directory, or you can find it in the "Personal Info" section of your LORA account. For example, if your email address is, your username is stiggy. If you haven't changed your password, it should still be set at the default, which is a six digit number consisting of your birth year (4 digits) followed by your birth month (2 digits). For example, if you were born in May 1980, your default password would be 198005.

If you wish to access the many useful databases and e-books that the Loyola Library holds in its collection, you will need to know your email address and password. The first part of your email address (what comes before the @) is your library username, and your email password is your library password.

What is LORA, and do I need to use it?

LORA is short for Loyola Online Records Access and is a web-based service that allows you to view grades, transcripts, and account summaries, find out your Loyola email address, and change mailing and e-mail addresses. The LORA website is available from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (U.S. Central Time) Monday through Friday and from 7:00 a.m. on Saturday through 8:00 a.m. on Monday. To log in to LORA, go to the LORA homepage, click on “Login to Student Services (LORA),” then follow the directions that appear on the screen.

LIM extension students do not register for classes on LORA; this is done with their facilitator in the learning group.

How do I get my course materials (LIM course book and syllabus)?

Once you have been registered for a class/course, you will receive an email from your facilitator that gives you information about how to download your course materials. For questions about Blackboard or eSubmission of assignments, go here.

What is the LIM documents webpage?

The LIM documents site is a password-protected page on the Loyola Institute for Ministry website that contains LIM forms and documents that students use throughout the program. Your facilitator can give you your username and password.

How do I download my course materials?

To download course materials, you will need your Campus-wide Identification (CWID) Number, included in your acceptance letter and also found in LORA, as well as the last four digits of your Social Security Number (SSN).

  1. Go to the Blackboard, Loyola’s platform for placing course content online LIM documents webpage Your username is your CWID number, and your password is the first two letters of your first name followed by the last four digits of your SSN.
  2. When Blackboard opens, look for the column “My Courses” on the right-hand side of the screen and click on the name of the course in which you are enrolled.
  3. The course will open to an announcements page; read the announcement there. To access the course book, syllabus, and session media, click on the Access Media link found on the navigation menu on the left-hand side of your screen.
  4. A page will open with the course materials on it. Instructions there explain how to download or view the course materials.
  5. When you are ready to leave Blackboard, click on the “Logout” link found in the upper right-hand corner of your screen next to your name.

For questions about using Blackboard or eSubmission of assignments, go here.

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