Grants + Scholarships

Our goal is to make a Loyola education within reach of all students. With that in mind, Loyola tries to help students obtain all of the grants and scholarships for which a student may be qualified.

There are also a number of aid programs available for military, veterans, and their dependents. Please contact our financial aid team for more information about these opportunities.


Unlike loans, federal need-based grants do not have to be repaid. The primary federal grants are Pell Grants (up to $5,920 annually) and Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (up to $4,000 annually).

Pell Grants

The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain graduate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Learn more about the federal Pell grant program

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG) are also known as campus-based aid and are based on your financial need, when you apply, the amount of other aid you get, and the availability of funds. You can receive between $100 and $4,000 a year. Learn more about federal supplemental educational opportunity grants

GO Grant Program

The Louisiana GO Grant Program provides need-based grants for nontraditional and low- to moderate-income students. The maximum annual award is $3,000 for full-time students. There is a limited amount of funding under this program so it is important to submit the FAFSA by the priority deadline (Feb. 15).

TOPS Scholarships (for Louisiana students only)

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) rewards high-achieving Louisiana high school students with college scholarships. Three different types of TOPS Scholarships can be used at Loyola: TOPS Opportunity Award, TOPS Performance Award, and TOPS Honors Award. 

Merit Scholarships

Loyola offers competitive merit-based scholarships for entering freshmen, transfer and international students. Scholarships are based on cumulative grade point average (GPA) and standardized testing scores. All applicants will be considered and there is no separate scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance.

First-Year Freshmen Students

Merit Scholarships range from $11,000 to $23,000 for qualified applicants. Students generally must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA* and a 21 ACT or a 1000 SAT to qualify. While applicants whose credentials fall below this range are not automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, they will be considered individually for other institutional awards. All applicants, regardless of qualification should submit the FAFSA so they may be considered for Loyola grants as well as federal need-based aid.

Ignatian Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Ignatian Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship and on-campus housing allowance, in addition to automatic admission into our Honors Program. Scholars must also fulfill specialized service requirements as part of this cohort of engaged, invested and motivated individuals.

The selection of Ignatian Scholars is a multi-step process including an interview with a member of the Loyola community. The interview will consist of questions related to personal experiences, academic plans, and future goals, as well as exploring a student’s interests in service, leadership and social justice. We encourage applicants to submit supplemental resumes, personal statements and/or activity listings to highlight their community involvement, demonstrated leadership and history of service throughout high school.

If selected to interview for the Ignatian scholarship, students will be contacted directly by their admissions counselor. Applicants with a minimum cumulative *3.5 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects combined with a minimum 29 ACT composite or minimum 1300 SAT combined score may qualify for consideration. The deadline to be considered for the Ignatian Scholarship is December 1. 

*Grade Point Average for First-Year Applicants

Loyola considers the highest GPA reported from the applicant’s high school for admission purposes. For scholarship purposes, all GPAs will be considered based on a 4.0 scale where the highest possible GPA is a 4.0. If an applicant’s GPA is based on a different scale (*please see below) the Loyola Admissions Office will calculate the applicant’s GPA on a 4.0 scale in order to consider the student for merit-based academic scholarships.

Please Note: Loyola has specific guidelines with respect to GPA’s for the following states/school systems:

  • For the state of Florida, Loyola only considers the “state” GPA for both admission and scholarship purposes
  • For schools that only calculate letter grades, Loyola will calculate a numeric GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • For schools that do not award grades as a matter of policy, Loyola will calculate a numeric GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • For schools that calculate GPAs based on a scale other than a 4.0 (including those where the highest possible grade is above a 4.0), Loyola will calculate a numeric GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • For homeschooled students, applicants must be a member of a BESE-Approved Home Study Program and present a transcript containing a full accounting of courses and earned grades

Major-Based Scholarships

Social Justice Scholars

The Social Justice Scholars program provides a way for Loyola New Orleans students to live out the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and the pursuit of social justice. The program is administered by the Department of Sociology, which has a strong commitment to the integration of academic learning and social action. For this reason, Social Justice Scholarship recipients are required to either minor or major in sociology. This intellectual foundation helps scholars to learn to critically analyze social problems and solutions. As part of their commitment to the program, scholars engage in 45 hours of service per semester in the community and keep a GPA of at least 2.75. New Social Justice Scholars enter into a community where they will meet others who share their commitments. Each month scholars meet together, share a meal, discuss their service work, and share their responses to a common reading that addresses issues of inequality and justice. Applications are open to any admitted new student. For more information about applying to this program, please contact Doug Umberger in the Loyola Admissions Office at

College of Music and Media Applicants

Students who are interested in applying to the College of Music and Media should indicate their preferred academic major on their Loyola application. Auditions, Interviews or Portfolio Submissions are a requirement to major in this college. Upon successful completion of these requirements, students will be evaluated for their academic and artistic achievements and, if eligible, will receive one combined scholarship award with their admission letter. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (504) 865-3240 for more information.

Click on department you are applying to below to review the admission requirements:

School of Music

Theatre Arts and Dance

Department of Film and Music Industry Studies

Department of Art

Department of Design

On Campus Audition Days:

December 7, 2019

January 11, 2020

February 1, 2020

Uploaded Auditions and Portfolio Submissions:

While we hope to see you on campus, we understand this is sometimes not possible. We do accept video auditions, which can be uploaded to your Loyola application. All portfolios should be submitted through your Loyola application. February 15 is the Priority Deadline for applicants to submit a recorded audition or portfolio and receive consideration for both admission and scholarships.

Transfer Student Scholarship

Merit Scholarships range from $9,000 to $16,000 for qualified transfer applicants with competitive cumulative college GPAs. Please note: second-degree seeking applicants are not eligible for merit-based scholarships. All applicants, regardless of qualification, should submit the FAFSA so they may be considered for Loyola grants as well as federal need-based aid. Transfer applicants with less than 12 semester hours are required to submit their standardized testing scores (ACT and/or SAT).

International Student Scholarships

Merit Scholarships range from $11,000 to $23,000 for qualified international applicants. Students generally must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify. International applicants are not eligible for federal need-based aid.

Athletic-Based Scholarships

Loyola University New Orleans is member of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) competing at the Division I level. Scholarships are available for qualified players. Applicants should complete the required athletic recruitment questionnaire in order to be considered.


Scholarship and Grant Renewal Guidelines

Need-Based Scholarships

Students must demonstrate a financial need to qualify for need-based scholarships. To be considered, complete the year appropriate Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and you will be considered for all need-based federal, state, and institutional aid programs. The Loyola University New Orleans FAFSA Code is 002016. We encourage you to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1. Some forms of aid run out, so the earlier you apply, the more likely you’ll receive the maximum award.

Private Sources for College Funding

Many “outside” need- and merit-based grants and scholarships are available from private sources—particularly for students who are willing to do a bit of research on their own. Outside scholarships and grants will typically have unique eligibility criteria, applications, and deadlines, so starting the scholarship search sooner rather than later is a good idea!

There are many excellent resources for finding college scholarships—we’ve listed a few below to help you get started:

Louisiana Private Aid Programs

A number of private organizations award scholarships to Louisiana residents. Each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements and application process. Private aid programs provide need-based scholarships, study abroad scholarships, merit scholarships and awards that support students with a particular study interest or talent. 

Study Abroad

Scholarships are applicable to Loyola's academic year Exchange Programs but cannot be used at any "outside" study abroad programs. Some programs do not provide on campus housing. In those instances, the Ignatian Scholarship will cover tuition only.