Starting in the fall 2020 semester, the University of New Orleans will begin offering the Privateer Pledge, a promise that the University will fill the unmet financial need for tuition and fees of eligible New Orleans students.
The pledge applies to Orleans Parish residents who graduate from a public or private Orleans Parish high school. In order to qualify, students must be admitted as a freshman to the University of New Orleans and must have filed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They must also be eligible for a Pell Grant and their annual family income cannot exceed $60,000. The first group of Privateer Pledge freshman students will need to enroll full-time by July 1, 2020 for the fall 2020 semester.
“A University of New Orleans education can transform a student’s life,” said President John Nicklow. “The Privateer Pledge is our promise to eligible Orleans Parish students that we will marshal all of the federal, state and institutional aid necessary to fill any financial gap for tuition and fees. This will support greater access to higher education and ensure there is one less obstacle in a student’s pursuit of a UNO degree.”
In order to maintain the award, students must remain enrolled full-time (minimum of 12 hours) and keep a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
The Privateer Pledge covers four years of unmet need for tuition and fees or until graduation, whichever happens first. The pledge is not retroactive. For more information on how to apply to the University of New Orleans, click here.