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Upon applying to Loyola you’ll be automatically considered for academic merit scholarships. 90 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid is your resource for scholarship information as well as important dates and deadlines. If you have any questions regarding your financial aid package, this is your one stop shop.

Incoming freshman should apply for admission to Loyola by February 15 for full consideration for academic merit and selective scholarships. There’s no need to apply for merit-based scholarships separately – you’ll be automatically considered once you apply.

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First-Year Freshmen Scholarships

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 students should apply for Financial Aid by submitting the FAFSA. This will allow you to be considered for Loyola grants as well as federal need-based aid. Loyola's FAFSA Code is 002016.

Ignatian Scholarship for Academic Excellence

The Ignatian Scholarship is the most prestigious award given to an exclusive group of incoming freshman. Ignatian Scholars are considered the best and brightest students at Loyola - critical and creative thinkers. These students receive a 4-year full-tuition scholarship, on-campus housing allowance and admission to the University Honors Program. These students are members of a group of engaged, invested and motivated individuals who are also invited to participate in specialized service opportunities. 

Ignatian Scholarship Application Requirements:

  • Your admissions application must be complete. A complete application includes sixth semester high school transcripts, official SAT or ACT scores and one letter of recommendation.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (weighted or unweighted)*. Click here for Loyola's GPA policy for first year applicants.
  • Have a minimum SAT score of 1300 or ACT score of 30. Loyola will super-score all submitted standardized test results. 
  • Submit the Ignatian application and required essay. View application here(This essay will also serve as your application to the Honors Program.)
  • All application materials must be completed by December 1. 
  • If notified of being selected as a finalist to interview, you will be required to attend the on-campus interview during Admitted Student Days on March 8-9, 2020.

*Grade Point Average for First-Year Applicants

Loyola reviews the highest reported GPA of each applicant’s high school record. All GPAs will be unweighted where the highest possible score is a 4.0. If an applicant’s GPA is based on a different scale (*see below for reference), Loyola will recalculate the GPA to a 4.0 scale.

Loyola has specific GPA guidelines 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

Ignatian Scholarship Interview

Finalists for the Ignatian Scholarship will receive an email invitation to interview with members of the Loyola community. The interview will include discussion about the student's personal experiences, academic plans, and future goals, as well as the student’s interests in service, leadership and social justice. Recipients of the Ignatian Scholarship will be notified in early March.

International Student Scholarships

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

Social Justice Scholarship

The Social Justice Scholarship is a financial award and student program that provides a way for Loyola students to live out the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and the pursuit of social justice. Administered by the Department of Sociology, this program integrates academic learning with social action. Eligible students are first required to major or minor in Sociology and engage in 45 hours of community service per semester while keeping at least a 2.75 GPA. Each month, the Scholars will gather and share a meal together, discuss their service work and share their responses to a common reading that addresses issues of inequality and justice. This shared experience will develop an intellectual foundation that helps Scholars learn to critically analyze social problems and solutions. 

For more information about applying to this program, please contact Doug Umberger in the Office of Admissions at

College of Music and Media Scholarships (Majors Only)

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. 

Ensemble Award Scholarship (Non-Majors Only)

The Ensemble Award is a scholarship opportunity for non-music majors to participate in our classical or jazz ensembles. Students are awarded a $3,000 scholarship which is renewable for 4 years as long as the student commits to one major ensemble per semester. In order to be considered for the Ensemble Award, please register for an on campus audition day or submit a video audition by March 1, 2020. 

Ensemble Award Application Requirements:

  • An audition or a video audition submission is required to be considered for this scholarship. 
  • Students must meet the repertoire requirements specific to his/her primary instrument or voice type.
  • This scholarship is only available to classical and jazz musicians for ensembles within Loyola's School of Music. For more information on ensembles, click HERE
  • Submit your Ensemble Award Application, HERE! 

For more information about applying to this college, please contact Gloria Hill in the Office of Admissions at

College of Music and Media Admission Requirements:

On-Campus Audition Days (click the date below to register):

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Video Auditions and Portfolio Submissions:

While we hope to see you on campus, we understand this is sometimes not possible. Video auditions and Portfolios should be uploaded to your Loyola application. 

February 15 is the Priority Deadline for applicants to submit a video audition or portfolio and receive consideration for both admission and scholarships.

Click the department or school below to review admission requirements. 

School of Music

Theatre Arts and Dance

Pop and Commercial Music

Music Industry Studies

Digital Filmmaking


Studio Art

Athletic Student Scholarships

Loyola University New Orleans is a 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 need to complete the required athletic recruitment questionnaire in order to be considered.

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.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Institutional Merit-Based Scholarships

Merit Scholarships range from $9,000 to $16,000 for qualified transfer applicants with competitive cumulative college GPAs. Applicants with less than 12 credit hours will be asked to submit their high school transcript and standardized test scores (ACT and/or SAT).

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships

Phi Theta Kappa members from two-year community colleges are automatically awarded $3,000 per year. 

Please note: second-degree seeking applicants are not eligible for merit-based scholarships.

Full-Tuition Transfer Scholarships

Full tuition scholarships are available for Fall semester transfer applicants. Students from a four-year college or university, must have completed at least 30 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA between 3.75 and 4.0. Students from a two-year community college or junior college must have completed at least 60 credit hours (can include currently enrolled courses) and have a cumulative GPA ranging from 3.75 to 4.0. An interview is required to be considered. 

The deadline to submit a Fall Transfer Application is March 15.

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.