Available Types of Financial Aid
Grants and Scholarships
Federal Pell Grant
Created as the cornerstone of federal aid for needy undergraduate students, the Federal Pell grant program provides funding for undergraduates demonstrating high levels of need (students who already have their first degree of bachelors or higher are not eligible for Federal Pell). Individual student Federal Pell Grant awards are limited to the equivalent of six years of full time awards.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)
Federal SEOG provides additional grant funding for undergraduates, primarily to supplement the grants of Federal Pell recipients. LSUHSC generally uses limited available SEOG funds for Summer Term awards.
Louisiana's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)
Louisiana's TOPS is a comprehensive program of state scholarships with three levels: the Opportunity Award; the Performance Award; and the Honors Award. Each award has specific eligibility and selection criteria, including, ACT score, and completion of a specified high school college preparatory core curriculum, and grade point average of the core courses. TOPS scholars must also meet certain GPA and continuous full-time enrollment requirements to retain TOPS eligibility. TOPS awards are limited to four academic years (eight semesters). Click here for more information.
Institutional Scholarships and Grants
LSUHSC schools award scholarships and grants funded through institutional sources, the LSUHSC Foundation, and generous donations. See the school specific sections of the LSUHSC-NO Catalog/Bulletin for details.
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 assessed full-time tuition and 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. Posted Hardship Waiver awards will be cancelled in the event the award recipient fails to register at a credit hour level requiring full tuition payment, and may be cancelled in the event the recipient receives other scholarship/grant support.
Louisiana Go Grant
Louisiana Go Grant is a state aid program designed to supplement grant assistance for Louisiana resident Federal Pell Grant recipients, with a target goal of funding 60% of recipients’ calculated financial need (Cost of Attendance – Expected Family Contribution) with gift (scholarship & grant) assistance.
Only Louisiana residents, and in some cases students who may not be Louisiana residents but whose non-custodial parents are Louisiana residents, are eligible for consideration. Go Grant is available only during semesters in which recipients are enrolled at least half time and concurrently receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. Students 25 and older by the first calendar year of the award year receive priority consideration. Due to limited funding some eligible students may not be funded.
State regulations limit Go Grant funding to $1500 per semester, $3000 per academic year. LSUHSC New Orleans awards funding based on the maximum level for recipients assessed the maximum University Fee for the semester, and half of the maximum level for students assessed less than the maximum University Fee for the semester (due to reduced course load). Students taking less than six hours in a semester are ineligible for Go Grant funding for the semester.
Selected candidates receive the lesser of the amounts discussed above or an amount that brings total grant funding up to 60% of calculated financial need for the semester at the time the candidate is selected for funding. Students already receiving 60% of calculated financial need form other gift assistance (at the time of Go Grant award) do not receive Go Grant funding.
LSUHSC New Orleans selects Go Grant Recipients on a semester by semester basis shortly after the 14th class day of each semester. If available funding is insufficient to fund all eligible candidates for the semester, candidates are funded in Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process date order, with students meeting the age priority criteria discussed above receiving some additional priority consideration. New and continuing students as well as first time and prior Go Grant recipients are considered on an equal basis. Due to limited available funding, some students receiving Go Grants in the Fall semester may not be funded in the Spring semester.
For more information regarding Louisiana Go Grant please visit http://www.osfa.state.la.us/. Click “LOSFA Programs”, then “Go Grant”.
Fee Waivers and Stipends
Fee waivers and stipends are available to qualified students. Contact the program in which you are interested for further information on this type of aid.
The Student Financial Aid Office offers assistance to students through the following Federal long-term loan programs. Repayment of these loans is deferred as long as the borrower is enrolled for at least a half-time course load. In school deferment for Nursing Student Loans and the Dental Health Professions Student Loans is limited to study in the respective heath care discipline. Specific qualifications for the loan programs are listed below.
Federal Perkins Loan
This loan requires evidence of financial need for eligibility. The interest rate is 5% and does not accrue while the student is enrolled on at least a half-time basis. There are provisions for cancellation for designated public service in some health professions. Based on recent federal guidance regarding the anticipated phase-out of the Federal Perkins Loan program, beginning in the 2016-17 academic year only students who received Federal Perkins Loan awards at LSUHSC for their current LSUHSC program prior to the 2015-16 academic year will be eligible for Federal Perkins loan funding in the 2016-17 academic year and beyond.
Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Program
These federal loans feature a subsidized need based component and an unsubsidized non-need based component. The government does not charge interest on the subsidized component during qualifying in-school, grace and deferment periods. The interest rate is fixed for loans borrowed each academic year based on a 10 year Treasury Note rate plus an add-on percentage (add on percentages are 2.05% for undergraduate, 3.6% for graduate/professional).
► Federal Direct Subsidized/Unsubsidized Loan Academic Year Limits ◄
Medical and Dental students can generally borrow up to $40,500 for a nine month academic year, with some adjustment for longer and shorter academic years. Public Health students can borrow up to $32,500 per nine month academic year, with some adjustment for longer and shorter borrowing periods.
Academic year loan limits for other students are as follows.
Dependent sophomore – $6,500 Independent sophomore – $10,500
Dependent junior/senior – $7,500 Independent junior/senior – $12,500
Graduate/professional (other than Medicine Dentistry and Public Health) – $20,500
These amounts may be reduced based on the applicable Student Standard Budget and other aid received. The Subsidized component is limited to the lesser of the Student Standard Budget minus the Expected Family Contribution and other aid received, or as follows.
Sophomore – $4,500 Junior/Senior – $5,500
Federal Direct Loans for graduate/professional students are all unsubsidized. The availability and duration of subsidy for undergraduate students are limited based on academic program length and prior subsidized Federal Direct Loan borrowing.
Federal Direct PLUS Loans
Through the Federal Direct PLUS program, graduate level students and the parents of undergraduate dependent students can borrow additional funds for educational expenses. The interest rate is fixed for loans borrowed each academic year based on a 10 year Treasury Note rate plus 4.6%. Total funding including PLUS must not exceed the student budget established by the school.
Federal Direct Loan Origination Fees
The federal government retains origination fees form direct loans, reducing the net disbursements. The standard origination fee for Federal Direct Stafford loans is 1%; the standard origination fee for PLUS loans is 4%. Federal budget sequester has resulted in fractional and increases to these fees.
Nursing Student Loan
Masters degree seeking graduate Nursing students demonstrating financial need are candidates for the Nursing Student Loan. The loans are interest free during qualifying in-school, grace and deferment periods, and 5% interest rate during repayment.
Health Professions Student Loan
Dental students demonstrating financial need after assessment of both student and parent resources may receive funding through this program. These loans are also interest free during qualifying in-school, grace and deferment periods, and 5% interest rate during repayment.
►►Note Eligibility for federal loans is determined based on the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); however, loan applicants must also file promissory notes and complete loan entrance counseling.
The Veterans Administration officer for the Health Sciences Center is the Registrar, who certifies enrollment and academic load of veterans. The Veterans Administration determines the amount.
Students eligible for these benefits should contact their local Social Security Administration office for details.
Short-term loans for use in emergency situations relating to education are available through the Office of Student Affairs of each school in the Health Sciences Center. Processing time for checks is two working days following loan approval.
Other Aid Programs
The Health Sciences Center recognizes and administers other programs over which it has no authority to determine qualifications or amounts. Students are required to notify the Student Financial Aid Office promptly of any aid received from outside sources.
Scholarships offered by persons or organizations who determine the recipient and amount but require the funds to be handled through the Health Sciences Center are welcome.