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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

Institutional Merit-Based 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 merit scholarship that Loyola offers applicants. In addition to receiving a full-tuition scholarship and an on-campus housing allowance, Ignatian Scholars are automatically admitted into the University Honors Program. These students are privileged to join a cohort of engaged, invested and motivated individuals who also fulfill specialized service requirements. 

Applying for the Ignatian Scholarship

In order to be considered for the Ignatian Scholarship, all applicants need to have submitted their application by December 1. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA* of 3.5 on a 4-point scale in academic subjects as well as a minimum SAT score of 1300 or ACT score of 30. 

Candidates for the Ignatian Scholarship will be notified by email if they have been selected for an interview with members 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.

Recipients of the Ignatian Scholarship will be notified in early March.

*Grade Point Average for First-Year Applicants

Loyola reviews the highest reported GPA of each applicant’s high school record. For scholarship consideration, all GPAs will be unweighted 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 (*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

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

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. 

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

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:

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.

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.

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).

All applicants should submit the FAFSA so they may be considered for Loyola grants as well as federal need-based aid. Loyola's FAFSA Code is 002016. 

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.