Scholarships and Awards

The University of New Orleans is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University, and offers equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, religion, sex, creed, color, national origin, disability, or veteran's status. UNO does not discriminate on these bases in recruitment and admission of students or in the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal law and regulations. The designated coordinators for University compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities ACT of 1990 are the Coordinator, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity.

Requirements to be Considered for Scholarships

Entering student priority deadline for scholarships is January 15. All application materials must be submitted by the deadline.

  • All students must first be admitted to UNO.
  • All domestic undergraduate students should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before enrollment. This is strongly encouraged to maximize the amount of need met for each student applying to UNO.
  • International students will be required to take the SAT or ACT or COMPASS to be considered for scholarships.

Merit Scholarships

New freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships if the application, transcripts and test scores required for admission are on file by the January 15 priority date for the incoming fall class. Notification of awards will be mailed on a rolling basis through March.

I. Scholarships for First Year Students

  • Homer Hitt Scholarship

    This scholarship is our most prestigious scholarship to UNO that provides tuition, residence hall room,
    board plan, and a $500 annual book stipend for students. Out-of-state students will also receive an out-of-state fee waiver. There are 100 Homer Hitt Scholarships that will be awarded annually. The minimum criteria for consideration is a 30 ACT (1340 SAT) and a 3.5 GPA. Consideration is automatic with the submission of a completed admissions application.

  • UNO Excellence Scholarships

    For Louisiana residents, scholarships are available from $1000 to $2,000 per year. The minimum requirements for the consideration are 24 ACT (1110 SAT) and 3.0 GPA. Consideration is automatic with the submission of a completed admissions application.

  • Privateer First Year Scholarship

    For students living outside of Louisiana, scholarships are available to waive out-of-state fees. The minimum requirements for the consideration are 23 ACT (1060 SAT) and 3.0 GPA. Consideration is automatic with the submission of a completed admissions application.

  • Valedictorian Scholarship

    For students that are valedictorian of their class, scholarships are available for $1,000 to be used in addition to the above awards. Upon graduation, students will provide verification to the Office of Enrollment Services for consideration.

II. Scholarships for Transfer Students

*Transfer students are defined as having 24 or more semester hours of transferable college course work completed including a college level English and Math. Transfer students with less than 24 hours must meet both transfer and freshman requirements, provide ACT/SAT scores, and will be awarded the appropriate freshman award.

  • Crescent City Scholarship

    For Louisiana residents, scholarships are available for $2,000 per year.  The minimum requirements for the consideration are 3.0 transfer GPA and at least 24–60 earned hours. Consideration is automatic with the submission of a completed admissions application.

  • Privateer Transfer Waiver Scholarship

    For students living outside of Louisiana, scholarships are available to waive out-of-state fees. The minimum requirements for the consideration are 3.0 transfer GPA and at least 24–60 earned hours. Consideration is automatic with the submission of a completed admissions application.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

    In addition to the above awards, transfer students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society are eligible to receive an additional $500 per year. Students will provide verification to the Office of Enrollment Services for consideration.

III. Additional Scholarship Opportunities

  • Children of UNO Alumni Scholarship

    Students living outside of Louisiana that meet admission requirements and have a parent that graduated from UNO are eligible for an out of state fee waiver.

  • Graduates of UNO Scholarship

    Students who are US residents that are UNO graduates who go on to pursue their next higher degree are eligible for an out of state fee waiver. Students should contact the Office of Enrollment Services for verification.

  • Part-Time Non-Resident Student Scholarship

    Students living outside of Louisiana who meet admission requirements and are only enrolled in six hours for undergraduate study and three hours for graduate study or who are only enrolled in web based courses (six hours for both levels) are eligible for an out of state fee waiver. This is automatic upon enrollment.

  • Military Student Scholarship

    Students or children of parents who are on active duty serving in Louisiana or students who have served for over two years and have had an honorable discharge within the last year are eligible for an out of state fee waiver. Students should submit either the Active Duty Verification Form or the LA residency form.

  • Academic Common Market Scholarship

    For students that reside in one of the participating states that wish to study a degree at UNO that is not offered in their home state that meet admission requirements and are certified by their home state are eligible for an out of state fee waiver. To find out about qualification requirements, go here: http://www.sreb.org/page/1304/. Qualified students will submit the certification document to the Office of the Registrar.

  • Golden Ager Scholarship

    Students who meet minimum admission requirements and who are at least 65 years of age are eligible for a tuition waiver. Fees are still applicable. Consideration is automatic with the submission of a completed admissions application.

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.