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Upon applying to Loyola you’ll be automatically considered for academic merit scholarships. 99 percent of our students receive some form of financial aid.

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 Academic Scholarships

All first-year applicants are automatically considered for merit-based academic scholarships, ranging from $14,000 to $23,000 per year. These awards are renewable for four years or eight academic semesters at Loyola. Historically, admitted students who qualified for a merit scholarship received at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. There is no extra application for academic merit-based scholarships, but there is a separate application required for the Ignatian Scholarship, Social Justice Scholarship, and Ensemble Award within the student's admissions portal. 

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 and one letter of recommendation.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (weighted or unweighted)* in your core courses. Please see Loyola's GPA policy for first year applicants below.
  • Submit the Ignatian application and the required short answer prompt. View application here(This application 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 participate in a virtual interview in the spring. Please contact Harvey Werner at if you have any questions.

*Grade Point Average for First-Year Applicants

The Office of Admissions will review applications in a holistic and comprehensive manner. Scholarship eligibility is determined by a student's overall academic performance and the rigor of their curriculum, within the context of their high school profile, and based on a 4.0 grading scale. For students applying with a different grading scale, the Office of Admissions will convert their GPA to a 4.0 scale, taking into account all AP, IB, dual enrollment, honors, or advanced level coursework. 

Ignatian Scholarship Interview

Finalists for the Ignatian Scholarship will receive an email invitation to interview virtually 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 $14,000 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. This scholarship is only available for incoming first-year students and is renewed throughout the student's four years at Loyola.  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-Music 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, 2021. 

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:

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the on-ground Audition Days have been cancelled to ensure the safety of our campus community and guests. Audition video or portfolio submissions, as well as interviews, will be used to determine admission to this college. Please contact Gloria Hill at with any questions about auditions, campus visits or your application.

Virtual Audition/Interview Dates (For Pop and Commercial Music Majors only. Classical and jazz musicians and Theatre Arts majors will audition via video submission.)

  • Saturday, December 5, 2020 - For Spring 2021 or Fall 2021 Early Action applicants
  • Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • Saturday, January 23, 2021
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021
  • Saturday, February 27, 2021
  • Saturday, March 13, 2021

Video Auditions and Portfolio Submissions:

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. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Loyola New Orleans is piloting our test-blind policy for new students entering the Fall of 2021 and will no longer require SAT and ACT scores for admission consideration. An announcement will be made at a future date concerning students entering Fall 2022 and beyond. Currently, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which governs Loyola Athletics, requires a test score for eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year. However, an exception was made by NAIA for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Please visit the NAIA Eligibility Center for the most current information, and stay in contact with your coach about eligibility for scholarships.

TOPS Scholarship (Louisiana Residents)

TOPS is a state funded scholarship program for Louisiana Residents that graduate from Louisiana High Schools. Each year the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance updates TOPS requirements and collects information from students, high schools and colleges to determine eligibility for the award. The current award requirements are listed here. If you want to discuss your TOPS eligibility we advise you to set up an appointment with your high school counselor. 

TOPS money can be used by Louisiana students to assistant in tuition payments at private colleges in Louisiana. Although Loyola will be piloting our Test Blind Policy for Fall 2021 applicants, TOPS is still determined based on GPA and test scores. We think it is important to be able to include the TOPS award in your Financial Aid Award, but cannot do so without the submission of test scores. Upon completion of your Loyola Application, you will see a place to upload a copy of your test scores in your Loyola portal. Please make sure the image of your test score includes all subscores, composite score, your full name, and date of birth. 

If you are unsure if you will qualify for TOPS please seek an appointment with your high school counselor to review your transcript and test scores. 

**LOSFA will also require submission of the FAFSA as part of the requirement to receive TOPS.**

Need-Based Loyola Grants

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. This grant is also subject to change. 

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. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Loyola New Orleans is piloting our test-blind policy for new students entering the Fall of 2021 and will no longer require SAT and ACT scores for admission consideration. An announcement will be made at a future date concerning students entering Fall 2022 and beyond.

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.

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. For more information, please contact the Center for International Education.