Cost of Attendance Update

Effective 2012-2013, the Financial Aid Office will follow the UL System in regards to cost of attendance as indicated below: When combined with TOPS, waivers, fee exemptions, state aid, federal financial grants or loans, or Federal College Work Study Program and all other aid, university scholarships should not exceed the "cost of attendance." "Cost of attendance" is defined as "an estimate of the student's educational expenses for a period of enrollment" pursuant to Title IV. This definition and the COA components are included in the LOSFA TOPS guidelines.

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TOPS Awards

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If you are a new student and are eligible for TOPS and the award does not appear on Webstar or on your FEE Bill, then it is possible that we are waiting on confirmation of your eligibility from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA). The Office of Student Financial Aid receives updated eligibility rosters from LOSFA on a weekly basis. You may view your eligibility on LOSFA's website.

If you have received notice from LOSFA that you are eligible and you have not registered for classes, you should register for classes as soon as possible and also notify the Office of Student Financial Aid
that TOPS has sent you a notice of eligibility.

If you are a Transfer student and you are TOPS eligible, you should register for classes and notify the financial aid office if your TOPS award is not posted.

Please continue to view WebStar weekly to confirm your award status. You may also visit the TOPS website for the your rights and responsibilities detailing how to maintain your TOPS award each semester and other updated information at the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA).

Exemptions/Awards Available

  • Air Force ROTC Scholarship
  • Child Deceased/Disabled Exemptions for veterans, policemen and firemen killed or injured in the line of duty are available.
  • Community Police Exemption
  • LA National Guard
  • Hardship Waivers
  • Academic Common Market

Financial Hardship Waiver

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The legislature and the University of Louisiana System Board have approved increases in tuition and fees for this academic year, which will assist UNO in retaining outstanding faculty, maintain quality academic programs, providing scholarship to our students, and continuing to improve technology.

As directed by the Legislature, The University of New Orleans has also made provisions for students with demonstrated financial hardship brought about as a result of such fee increases. Graduate and Undergraduate students, who meet the following criteria, may qualify for a hardship waiver on the increase of the academic excellence fee, operational fee, as well as certain tuition and other fees if they meet ALL of the following criteria and guidelines:

  • Must complete the appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year and submit all verification documentation following the established guidelines; and
  • Students must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero as determined by their FAFSA;and
  • Must be a Louisiana resident; and
  • Must be a full time student after the close of business of the 14th class day;and
  • Must maintain continuing academic eligibility for federal financial aid.

Other Guidelines

  • The waiver cannot be used in connection with other scholarships/exemptions that exempt the same fees.
  • The amount of the waiver shall not exceed the percentage of increase.
  • The waiver is available for the Fall and Spring semesters only. The waiver is not available for any intersessions or Summer semesters.
  • Initial eligibility will be determined after the close of business of the 14th class day of each Fall and Spring semesters.
  • In addition to the criteria listed above, to attain a hardship waiver, the cost of attendance is defined as an estimate of the student’s educational expenses for a period of enrollment, pursuant to Title IV; and must be greater than the amount that may be available to the student from all forms of financial assistance.


 The hardship waiver includes the increased portion of tuition and fees (excluding Privateer Bucks), in excess of last year's amounts, for full time students. Full time status for an undergraduate is 12 hours or more and 9 hours or more for graduate students. 

This information is provided for notification purposes. Should you meet initial eligibility, you will be sent additional information from the Office of Enrollment Services via your UNO email address shortly after the 14th class day of each semester.  Applications may be submitted via fax (504/280-3973) or to the Privateer Enrollment Center (PEC) located on the first floor of the Earl K. Long Library.

                                                                                                                               Updated 10/13/2015