Information About TOPS Awards

Scholarships and Awards

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You don't have to delay your dream of obtaining a college degree. You can receive a quality education for significantly less than other state universities. For the sixth straight year, the University of New Orleans ranks among the universities whose students graduate with the lightest debt. UNO awards students for their academic achievements and works to assist those with financial need by utilizing grants, state supplements (such as TOPS), and scholarships to meet students' financial obligation to the University.

Most scholarships are awarded based on academic credentials and student accomplishments. Additional scholarships may be offered that involve an interview, and qualified admitted students will be notified accordingly. In addition, many out-of-state applicants may qualify for in-state tuition. For nearly 60 years, UNO has provided a pathway to success for tens of thousands of graduates. We offer a wide array of highly relevant undergraduate and graduate academic degree programs in one of the most exciting and culturally vibrant cities in the world. Our alumni are leaders in a number of fields in New Orleans and beyond.

Scholarships for First-Time, Full-Time Undergraduates

Scholarship Name Criteria Estimated 2017-18 Award Amount* 
4 Year Total Award Amount* Deadlines
Homer Hitt 30 ACT, 1400 SAT, 3.5 GPA $16,429 $65,716 Interview- February 17, 2018
Homer Hitt (Out-of-State) 30 ACT, 1400 SAT, 3.5 GPA $16,429 + non-resident fee $65,716 + non-resident fee Interview- February 17, 2018
President 28 ACT, 1320 SAT, 3.0 GPA $5,000 $20,000
  • October 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available for Fall 2017 (UNO Code: 002015)
  • December 15: Scholarship priority application date
  • May 1, 2018: Financial Aid Scholarships Deadline
Provost 25 ACT, 1280 SAT, 3.0 GPA $3,500 $14,000
Deans 23 ACT, 1130 SAT, 2.75 GPA $3,000 $12,000
Academic 23 ACT, 1130 SAT, 2.5 GPA $2,000 $8,000
FIRST Scholarship Program   $1,000 (awarded to 1 student)  
Jefferson Premiere Scholarship 23 ACT, 1130 SAT, 2.5 GPA $2,000 (awarded up to 5 students)  

Transfer Students

Scholarship Name Criteria 2017-2018 Academic Year* 4 Year Total Amount* Deadlines
Transfer Award N/A $2,000 Transfer Award is valid for one year. If student enrolls in spring, the award value is $1,000.00.
  • October 1: Free Application for Federal Student Aid is available for Fall 2017 (UNO Code: 002015)
  • December 15: Scholarship priority application date
  • May 1, 2018: Financial Aid Scholarships Deadline

*Award totals are estimated based on the 2016-2017 academic year. Award amounts will be adjusted in conjunction with any tuition and/or non-resident fee increases. These awards are renewable upon meeting maintenance requirements for up to 4 years (eight semesters). Award divided between fall and spring semesters, in equal disbursements. Louisiana residents eligible for the TOPS scholarship will have this award applied as part of their Homer Hitt Scholarship.

TOPS

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a State of Louisiana scholarship program for Louisiana residents. TOPS is administered through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) and is an external entity to UNO.

  • The preferred date for the completion of the Application for Admission is no later than June 1.
  • All international students must complete the SAT, ACT, or COMPASS.
  • Usually international students cannot submit a FASFA, therefore, additional income and asset information may be requested by the financial aid office.
  • Scholarship funding is limited. For all incoming students, the evaluations of the Application for Admission in conjunction with a recommended completed FAFSA are the primary sources for scholarship consideration.
  • The University strongly encourages prospective and incoming students to submit a completed FAFSA and Application for Admission as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.
  • All students must be admitted or enrolled at UNO to receive scholarship funding. While an offer is made to incoming students, the offer must be accepted in the specified timeframe, as indicated. Failure to accept a scholarship offer within the prescribed timeframe is considered a forfeiture of the offer.

International Students

International students are considered for all first-time, full-time undergraduate and transfer student scholarships. You are not required to submit a FASFA for consideration.

Graduate Scholarship Information

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All graduate applicants are encouraged to contact their department and the Graduate School about Scholarship, details on the awards offered by the University of New Orleans and how to apply for them, awards and/or assistance offer by or through individual departments, and awards offered by external organizations not tied to the University.

The amount of each award varies by student. Upon admission to the University, incoming first-time, full-time students are offered an estimated scholarship and aid package that utilizes state supplements (such as TOPS) and UNO scholarships to meet their financial obligation to the University. Once the FASFA is received, a final Scholarships and Aid Package will be offered to the student based on availability.

Tax Information for Scholarship Recipients

The Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986 declares that scholarships, fellowships, and grants that exceed the amount of tuition, fees, and course-related books, supplies, and equipment are taxable.

The University of New Orleans is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University, and offers equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, religion, sex, creed, color, national origin, disability, or veteran's status. UNO does not discriminate on these bases in recruitment and admission of students or in the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal law and regulations. The designated coordinators for University compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities ACT of 1990 are the Coordinator, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity.

Cost of Attendance Update

The Financial Aid Office will follow the federal and University of Louisiana System policies in regards to cost of attendance (COA). 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 cost of attendance components are included in the LOSFA TOPS guidelines.

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