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.
To obtain detailed
information regarding The University of New Orleans' Institutional Scholarships (UNO Scholarships)
Continuing Student Achievement Award:
Is designed to recognize and financially assist our undergraduate students, who are
excelling academically, in obtaining one undergraduate degree. (Note: Students who
currently have one of the institutional merit-based or TOPS awards will not be eligible
for the Continuing Student Achievement Award. Priority consideration will be granted
to those students who have never received an Institutional University scholarship
or any state-sponsored scholarships such as TOPS. ) Apply Now
Premier Scholars Award:
The University of New Orleans is proud to announce a unique scholarship opportunity-Premier
This new scholarship program provides financial support throughout your undergraduate
career, special mentoring and internship opportunities, and financial support to enable
you to study abroad.
Students who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:
A 2013 graduate of a Louisiana high schoolRecipient of TOPS Honors AwardAdmitted as
a first time freshmen student at UNO
For specific details of this scholarship opportunity and to apply, please visit http://www.students4higher.org
Priority Deadline for applications is May 1, 2013.
Detailed information including FAQ's regarding opportunities available in Louisiana.
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).
- 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
(Applicable to Tuition Increases, Academic Excellence Fee and Operational
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 2012-2013 academic year and submit all documentation required by the Office of
Student Financial Aid and Scholarships following the established guidelines; and
- Qualify for the Federal Pell Grant as determined by the US Department of Education,
based on the FASFA (undergraduates only); and Priority consideration will be given
to students if their Pell Grant does not pay total amount of their tuition and fees
in full. Based on the Federal Pell Grant Payment Schedule the student’s Expected Family
Contribution (EFC) range must be greater than or equal to 800 and less than or equal
to 2000. The student must also have extenuating circumstance such as loss of job,
death, abandonment, etc.-criteria determined by the Department of Education- which
caused unusually high expenses; and
- Must be a Louisiana resident (as determined by tuition assessment): and
- Must be a full time student after the close of business of the 14th class day- the final date to drop course(s) or resign and not have course(s) recorded
on the Registrar’s Important Date Calendar;
- Must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA; Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP); and
- Meet all academic eligibility for federal financial aid; and
- Do not receive the benefit of tuition assistance through state, institutional, Federal
(other than Pell) or other similar programs, such as TOPS, National Guard, Vocational
Rehabilitation, Graduate Assistantships, Graduate School Scholarships, Board of Regents
Fellowships, Employee Exemptions and any other such programs.
- 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.
- Full time status for an undergraduate is 12 hours or more and 9 hours or more for
The hardship waiver includes the increased portion of tuition and fees, in excess
of last year's amounts, for full time students for the 2012-2013 academic year. Full
time status for an undergraduate is 12 hours or more and 9 hours or more for a graduate
This information is provided for notification purposes. Should you meet initial eligibility, you will be sent additional information from
the Office of Financial Aid via your UNO email address shortly after the 14th class day of each semester. The deadline for Fall 2012 is September 30 and February
28 for Spring 2013. You may submit via email, mail or fax.
UseFul Tools for Scholarships
Sample Scholarship Inquiry Letter