Information About TOPS Awards

Parent's Guide

Parenting a student entering college is an exciting time in the life of the student and the parent. We are pleased that you both are considering The University of New Orleans. Information on this website will assist you both in making this important decision, whether the student will be an entering freshman or a transfer student.

In general UNO receives and awards over 48 million dollars in financial aid -- grants, loans, and Work-Study -- most of which is awarded on the basis of financial need.

The University is committed to meeting the demonstrated financial need of undergraduate and graduate students. We currently meet approximately 65% to 90% of our student's direct cost of attendance (tuition, fees, and books) that are residents of the state of Louisiana.

There are many reasons to choose one college over another, and we'd like to think cost is the least significant. However, we know that cost, and financial assistance, are sometimes crucial to the decision-making process. The staff of the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships wants to assist you and your family through the tedious process of financial aid and budget issues. Also, Federal Student Aid has provided this link to help walk you through the Financial Aid process.  Please make sure to click on the image to enlarge it:

Here is a helpful video that provides information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):

Please view our website as it discloses important information on applying for financial assistance (federal, state, and institutional) and budgeting. Feel free to contact our office; we can be reached by e-mail, telephone or in person.

NOTE - Privacy Notice to Parents: Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and University Policy, we are not allowed to release financial aid information to anyone other than the student. In the instance of a dependent student, we can discuss financial aid information with the student's parents or custodial parents only if the student has given written permission through the completion of the FERPA Release Form for the Purpose of Federal Financial Aid.