The Federal Pell Grant is designed to assist students in pursuing their first undergraduate degree. The purpose of the program is to provide eligible students with a “foundation” of financial aid to help defray the cost of post-secondary education. Full awards are based on a minimum of 12 semester hours. Students taking between 9-11 hours will be awarded on a three-fourths basis. Those taking 6-8 hours will be awarded on a one-half basis. Federal Pell eligible students taking under six hours may qualify for an award amount roughly one fourth of the full time amount. The aggregate limit for receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding is the equivalent of six academic years of full-time enrollment funding. Graduate students and students enrolled as undergraduates, but who already have a baccalaureate degree, are not eligible.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG) is for Federal Pell Grant recipients with exceptional financial need.
Louisiana Go Grant is a need based grant program, which provides funding to Federal Pell Grant Recipients. Funding during any academic year may be limited in a manner that would prevent full awards to all qualified applicants. LSUHSC awards Go Grants to qualified applicants with complete aid application files based on FAFSA completion date (earliest dates first) until available funding is exhausted. Some priority in award selection is accorded to students 25 and older, per state regulations.
Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) award recipients identified by Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) as maintaining TOPS eligibility receive awards based on tuition and the applicable ceiling amounts established by LOSFA. Those who qualify for TOPS Performance and Honors level awards also receive an additional $200 or $400, respectively, per semester.
LSU Board of Supervisors Scholarship applications are available at the LSU Board of Supervisors website. Members of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors and the LSU System President select scholarship recipients.
LSUHSC Hardship Waiver: This is a need based grant program meeting a State legislative mandate to set aside a portion of funds from tuition increases to alleviate the impact of those increases for needy students. Funds are awarded to Louisiana residents demonstrating significant financial need; this is defined as an official Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Free Application for Federal Student Aid result in the Federal Pell-Eligible range. Due to limited available funds, the school may consider for funding only applicants with Zero EFC and no other significant gift assistance. Awards are made on a first come first served basis. Award amounts vary.
Centennial Award: Students who matriculate from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and hold the award, will be continued at the Health Sciences Center as long as they maintain their eligibility as established for the original award (undergraduate study only). However, at LSUHSC-NO the award is not available concurrent with TOPS.
Decennial Award: Students who matriculate from the University of New Orleans and hold the award will be continued at the Health Sciences Center as long as they maintain their eligibility as established for the original award (undergraduate study only). However, at LSUHSC-NO, the award is not available concurrent with TOPS.