Grants, scholarships, loans and work- study programs are available to cover the difference between what a family will be expected to contribute and the actual college costs.
The largest source of scholarship money at our private institutions is the funding that the institutions provide themselves. Federal and state financial aid programs are also available to students attending a Louisiana private college. In some cases, you may be able to obtain additional loans to meet the family contribution.
We encourage you to contact your institution’s financial aid office and request information on what is available.
Below are brief descriptions of the different types of aid:
Scholarships and Grants
TOPS (The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students)
- More information about the TOPS program on the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance website
- Louisiana residents only
- Eligibility determined by state requirements for ACT (20), GPA (2.5 in required core courses) and filing the FAFSA
- Amount awarded to eligible student attending a Louisiana private college for 2017-2018: $5,718
Go Grant (Louisiana’s need-based award)
- More information about the Go Grant on the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance website
- Louisiana residents only
- First time freshman or 25 years old out of higher education for at least three years
- Awarded federal Pell Grant
- Maximum Award 2016-2017: $3,000
- “Remaining Financial Need” > $0
- General information about Federal Grants is available on the Federal Student Aid website
- Federal Pell grants – maximum award: $5,920. These are federally funded, entirely need-based and determined on the basis of a formula developed annually by U.S. Department of Education and reviewed by Congress.
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) – maximum award: $4,000. These federal funds enable a college’s financial aid office to award additional grants to students with demonstrated financial need.
- General information about Federal Loans is available on the Federal Student Aid website
- Federal Perkins
- Federal Stafford Student Loans (formerly guaranteed student loans)
- Federal Parent Loans for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
Contact your institution’s financial aid office
Federal Education Credits
The Hope and Lifetime Learning tax credits benefit students or parents who pay tuition and related expenses for attendance at least half-time in a degree-granting program. These credits are subtracted directly from the total federal tax on a return.
Admission applications are handled by the individual institutions. Please see our member institutions page to find your school and begin the admissions process