Scholarships and Awards

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Undergraduate Financial Assistance Explained

All student financial assistance at UNO is administered through the Office of Financial Aid. Student financial assistance at UNO typically falls under the following categories:

Grants

Application initiated by the student or their guardian through traditional avenues such as the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FASFA) or other U.S. Department of Education recognized application sites. Examples are the Pell Grant, Special Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG), or the Louisiana Go Grant. Grants are not repaid by the student.



Loans

Application initiated by the student or their guardian through traditional avenues such as the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FASFA). Loans can be a combination of funding which the student or designated co-signer is responsible to repay with interest. Some examples are:

Federal Student Loan

Student applies through the FAFSA and is responsible for repayment. Student qualifies based on a federal formula.

Parent Plus Loan

Parent applies through the Department of Education and is awarded based on the parent’s credit, among other factors. Parent is a co-signer for the loan.

Private Loan

Terms and conditions are set by the private entity making the loan.



Scholarships

Funding provided through the University, the Foundation, or other private or semi-private entities. Scholarships at UNO are primarily awarded on the basis of need and/or merit.



TOPS

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a program of State of Louisiana Scholarships for Louisiana residents. TOPS is administered through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) and is an external entity to UNO.

Information About TOPS Awards

Requirements to be considered for an Undergraduate Scholarship at UNO

  1. The preferred date for the completion of the Application for Admission is no later than June 1.
  2. All domestic students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA). At UNO, the FAFSA is the scholarship application.
  3. All international students must complete the SAT, ACT, or COMPASS.
  4. Usually international students cannot submit a FASFA, therefore, additional income and asset information may be requested by the financial aid office.
  5. Scholarship funding is limited. For all incoming students, the evaluations of the Application for Admission in conjunction with a completed FAFSA are the primary sources for scholarship consideration.
  6. The University strongly encourages prospective and incoming students to submit a completed FAFSA and Application for Admission as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.
  7. All students must be admitted or enrolled at UNO to receive scholarship funding. While an offer is made to incoming students, the offer must be accepted in the specified timeframe, as indicated. Failure to accept a scholarship offer within the prescribed timeframe is considered a forfeiture of the offer.

Important Information about Undergraduate Scholarships

Scholarships at UNO are awarded on the basis of a combination of need and merit. Scholarship amounts will vary based on the specific financial need or academic merit of any particular student. Financial need is established through the FAFSA or Federal Methodology (for international students). Academic merit is determined by a combination of applicable criteria, including standardized test scores or earned GPA(s).

Estimated aid and awards to incoming students are based on historical student demographics and should not be considered a finalized offer of financial assistance. A final aid and award package for incoming students requires a completed FAFSA and/or Federal Methodology Report (for international students).

Awards to new transfer students are based on a combination of need and merit.

Awards to continuing students are based on a combination of need and merit.

Awards to international students are more heavily weighted on merit as financial support documentation is required for admission to the institution.

Scholarships for First Time, Full Time Undergraduates

There are five (5) Scholarships at UNO for first-time, full-time students which are delineated by minimum academic levels:

Scholarship Name Minimum Qualifications
Homer Hitt 30 ACT (or SAT equivalent), 3.5 HSGPA
President 28 ACT (or SAT equivalent), 3.0 HSGPA
Provost 25 ACT (or SAT equivalent), 3.0 HSGPA
Deans 23 ACT (or SAT equivalent), 2.75 HSGPA
UNO Academic Scholarship 23 ACT (or SAT equivalent), 2.5 HSGPA

The amount of each award varies by student. Upon admission to the University, incoming first-time, full-time students are offered an estimated Scholarships and Aid Package that utilizes grants, state supplements (such as TOPS) and UNO scholarships to meet their financial obligation to the University. Once the FASFA is received, a final Scholarships and Aid Package will be offered to the student based on availability.

Transfer Students

  • In-State Transfer students are eligible to receive a one-time, $2000 award year scholarship based on need, merit, and availability.
  • Out-of-State Transfer students are eligible to receive a partial waiver of out-of-state fees (70%) based on need, merit, and availability.
  • Transfer students are eligible to apply for a Continuing Student Award in the next award cycle.

Continuing Students

Continuing Student Awards are granted via an application process through the Dean of the student’s respective College. Funding is limited and selection criteria are based on need and merit. Continuing Student Awards follow the Academic Award Year Cycle which begins each Fall. Limited funding will be reserved for mid-cycle awards (Spring) and selection criteria for both Fall and Spring awards are based on need and merit.

To qualify, all students must submit or maintain a current FAFSA. The amount of each award varies by student. Utilizing the FASFA or Federal Methodology to determine need and academic factors at UNO such as the Current GPA or Term GPA or Overall GPA to determine merit, Continuing Students will be offered Continuing Student Awards that supplement grants and/or loans or other UNO scholarships to meet their financial obligation to the University.

International Students

International Students are not eligible to submit a FASFA as they are not U.S. citizens. Therefore, in addition to completing all documentation regarding financial support to receive their (I-20), additional income and asset information may be requested by the financial aid office.  

Scholarship awards for international students are more heavily weighted on merit vs. need.

First-time, Full-time International Students are eligible for a partial waiver (70%) of the out-of-state fees based on merit and need.

International Transfer Students are eligible for a partial waiver (70%) of the out-of-state fees based on merit and need.

International Students are eligible to apply for a Continuing Student Award in the next award cycle.

Graduate Scholarship Information

Learn more

All graduate applicants are encouraged to contact their department and the Graduate School about Scholarship, details on the awards offered by the University of New Orleans and how to apply for them, awards and/or assistance offer by or through individual departments, and awards offered by external organizations not tied to the University.

Tax Information for Scholarship Recipients

The Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986 declares that scholarships, fellowships, and grants that exceed the amount of tuition, fees, and course-related books, supplies, and equipment are taxable.