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Financial Aid Scholarships

MARY GENCO PARKER
Director

Office of Student Aid & Scholarships
202 Himes Hall
225-578-3103
FAX 225-578-6300
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu/financialaid

LSU awards scholarships in the form of cash awards, full tuition and nonresident fee exemption, room and board, and employment opportunities to students who meet certain academic qualifications.

The scholarships listed for entering freshmen are awarded mainly on the basis of standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) and high school record.

In addition to the scholarship programs, the LSU Office of Student Aid & Scholarships administers a number of federally funded financial aid programs totaling approximately $150 million annually for students who qualify on the basis of need.

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LSU SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO ENTERING FRESHMEN

Most awards listed below are valid for one year of undergraduate study. Each may be renewed annually as long as the recipient meets academic requirements. The maximum term of the award is four years or until the recipient receives an undergraduate degree, whichever occurs first.

Louisiana residents selected for the scholarships listed below will likely qualify for tuition assistance and cash stipends through the state's TOPS program. See the section titled “ Louisiana's Tuition Opportunity Program for Students, (TOPS).”

Application Procedure

The LSU “Application for Undergraduate Admissions” is an automatic application for entering freshmen scholarships. The online application must be submitted along with an official high school transcript, standardized test scores, and all other required information to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 110 Thomas Boyd Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-2802. The priority date for full consideration for LSU's scholarship programs is November 15.

Notification of scholarship recipients normally begins in December. Students are considered based on a six-semester transcript once they have been admitted to the University. To be guaranteed consideration, standardized test scores must be received by November 15.

Chancellor's Alumni Scholarships

These scholarships, funded through endowments made to the University by Gordon A. Cain and Fred H. Fenn, are LSU’s most prestigious awards.

To be considered, a candidate must have either a Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of at least 1460 or a composite ACT score of at least 33 as well as a 3.50 computed grade point average. The essay portion of the SAT and ACT will be used for additional screening of the applicants. Students will be notified in early January if they are selected to compete for this award which includes a weekend of on-campus interviews and other events held in late February. The students selected receive either:

LSU Alumni Association Top 100 Scholars

Any student with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1460 or a composite ACT score of 33 as well as a 3.50 computed gpa is eligible for this award.

Any student with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1410 or a composite ACT score of 32 as well as a 4.00 computed gpa is eligible for this award.

Any student with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1410 or a composite ACT score of 32 as well as a superior computed gpa is eligible for consideration:

Distinguished Freshman Awards (National Merit Finalists)

National Merit Finalists (college-sponsored) indicating LSU as their first choice institution are eligible for this award.

NOTE: Special Notice to National Merit and Achievement Finalists (regardless of funding source and National Hispanic Scholars: Students qualifying as both an LSU Alumni Association Top 100 Scholar and are one of the following: (1) National Merit Finalist; (2) National Achievement Finalist (designated as a Louisiana resident) or (3) National Hispanic Scholar (designated as a Louisiana resident) will have the option of choosing either:

or

LSU Centennial Award

National Merit Semifinalists, National Achievement Semifinalists, and National Hispanic Scholars (who are designated as Louisiana residents) are eligible to receive this award.

Louisiana residents with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1320 or a composite ACT score of 30 as well as a 3.00 computed grade point average are eligible to receive this award.

Golden Oaks Awards

Nonresident students selected as recipients of Chancellor’s Alumni, LSU Alumni Association (Top 100), or LSU Distinguished Freshman Awards are eligible to receive this award.

Nonresident National Merit Semifinalists are eligible to receive this award.

Nonresident students with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1320 or a composite ACT score of 30 as well as a 3.00 computed gpa are eligible to receive this award.

Tiger Scholars

Nonresident students with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1170 or a composite ACT score of 26 as well as a 3.00 computed grade point average are eligible to receive this award.

Louisiana Freshman Merit Award

Louisiana residents with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1210-1310 or a composite ACT score of 27- 29 as well as a 3.00 computed grade point average are eligible to receive this one-year award of $1,000.

Chancellor's Leadership Scholarships

Approximately 100 awards valued at $1,000 ($500 per semester) for one year are available. To be considered for this award, applicants must demonstrate excellent leadership skills, possess commendable high school academic records, and must be recommended by their high school principal. Louisiana residents may obtain an application through their high school in early February or non residents may write to Chancellor's Leadership Scholarship, 202 Himes Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 to request an application.

Chancellor’s Student Aide Program

This program provides an opportunity for students to work in one of many departments on campus and earn up to $1,550 per year. These awards are made on the basis of standardized test scores and high school academic record. Approximately 550 new awards are available each year.

Bengal Legacy

Bengal Legacy Scholarships are available for nonresident sons and daughters of an LSU System school graduate. Recipients of these awards receive a 75 percent exemption of the nonresident fee. To qualify, an applicant must be classified as a nonresident undergraduate student (no previous degree), must be the natural, adopted, or step child of a graduate of any LSU System school, and must qualify for regular admission to the University. To apply for this scholarship indicate “yes” on the application where it asks if your father or mother graduated from a school in the LSU System, and an application will automatically be mailed to you from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (225-578-1175).

LSU Scholarships Available to Transfer Students

LSU awards scholarships to community college transfer students in the form of cash stipends and nonresident fee awards. Students with an overall gpa of at least 3.70 and 30 earned hours are eligible to apply; however, these awards are competitive due to limited funding. International students are not eligible to apply for these awards.

To apply for these awards, the online “ LSU Application for Undergraduate Admissions” must be submitted along with official transcripts from all colleges or universities to the LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 110 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2802.

Phi Theta Kappa members should also include a letter of recommendation from their Phi Theta Kappa advisor. This recommendation must be submitted to the LSU Office of Student Aid & Scholarships, 202 Himes Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2802.

The deadline to submit all information for consideration is April 15 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

LSU Scholarships for International Students

A limited number of scholarships are awarded to international students each fall semester. Scholarships for first-time freshmen include awards which cover tuition and the nonresident fee, as well as, awards that apply to the nonresident fee only. Transfer students are awarded scholarships which apply to the nonresident fee only. Amounts vary based on academic credentials. Students applying for international scholarships must submit the application for admission, transcripts, test scores, and all other required information by January 1. Awards are made on the basis of academic records: high school records, college transcripts, TOEFL, SAT and/or ACT scores. Letters of recommendation, awards, activities, and evidence of financial need are not considered. LSU has high standards for all international applicants, and scholarships are awarded only to the top applicants.

LSU Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Undergraduate students planning to participate in an approved LSU Study Abroad Program are eligible for consideration for awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each year. To be considered, students must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average, must have earned a minimum of 30 hours at LSU, and must be concurrently enrolled at LSU during the study abroad period. Applications for these awards are available each February through the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships Web site at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

LSU Honor Awards for ROTC Scholars

High school students who qualify for Air Force, Army, or Navy ROTC scholarships, as well as students who are selected as “ alternates” or “advanced designees,” receive a room and dining plan exemption (on-campus charges with certain limitations), providing all ROTC and academic requirements are maintained.

ROTC Scholarships

Air Force ROTC Scholarships

The Air Force ROTC College Scholarships Program offers assistance to outstanding men and women who enroll in the Air Force ROTC program. Most scholarships provide for payment of tuition (resident and nonresident), textbook expenses, laboratory and associated fees for required classes, and also include a tax-free monthly allowance during the school year. Freshmen will receive $250 per month; sophomores will receive $300 per month; juniors will receive $350 per month; and seniors will receive $400 per month. Male and female high school students are eligible for the four-year scholarship program if they complete an application prior to December 1 of their senior year.

For applications and procedures, interested students should apply to LSU and Air Force ROTC early during their senior year. Scholarship applications can be obtained by visiting the Web site: www.afrotc.com.

After applying, the student competes for the awards against other highly qualified students from around the nation.

Additionally, cadets enrolled in college have opportunities to be awarded scholarships of up to three and one-half years, depending upon their academic major and quality factors.

Army ROTC Scholarships

The Army ROTC Scholarship Program is designed to offer financial assistance to outstanding men and women who are interested in serving as an officer in the Army. Each scholarship provides for all tuition (resident and nonresident), Student Health Service fee, laboratory fees, other required fees, $900 per year for books, and $350-$500 per month subsistence allowance for up to 10 academic months each year the scholarship is in effect.

Scholarships may be awarded for two, three, three and one-half, or four years. Fouryear scholarships are open, on a competitive basis, to high school juniors and seniors. Applications for four-year scholarships must be completed and returned prior to November 15 of the student's senior year in high school. Applications may be completed online at www.armyrotc.com or obtained by calling 1-800-USAROTC. The on-campus three- and two- year scholarships are open, on a competitive basis, to all qualified undergraduate or graduate students. Applications for these scholarships are obtained from the Professor of Military Science. In addition to the benefits provided by Army ROTC scholarships, LSU will provide room and board at no cost to all ROTC scholarship recipients. For most of the scholarships, a student can expect to incur an active duty obligation of four years or eight years in a reserve component upon graduation and commissioning.

Navy ROTC Scholarships

The National Competition Navy ROTC Scholarship Program is designed to provide four, three, or two years of financial assistance to outstanding young men and women working toward the bachelor's degree. NROTC scholarships provide for the University fee, nonresident fee, books, laboratory fees, and $100 per month subsistence allowance.

Interested students should apply to the NROTC Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 5909, Washington, DC 20014 before December 1 or contact the Navy recruiter at the NROTC Unit, Southern University, Baton Rouge; telephone 225- 771-4370 or 774-3521 (collect).

LSU students who join the Naval ROTC Program at Southern University become eligible to compete for NROTC scholarships while actively participating in the program. These scholarships are awarded following each semester's performance. The Professor of Naval Science nominates students enrolled in the NROTC college program based on their demonstrated academic performance and aptitude for service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Midshipmen may choose the Marine Corps option prior to beginning their junior year.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Professor of Naval Science, NROTC Unit, Southern University, Baton Rouge 70813; telephone 225-771-4370 or 225- 774-3521 (collect). Students incur no obligation while participating in the freshman and sophomore years of NROTC. There is no additional cost to LSU students to cross-enroll in the NROTC Program.

TOPS—Louisiana's Tuition Opportunity Program for Students

Louisiana residents meeting certain eligibility requirements will qualify for tuition assistance and, in some cases, cash stipends through this state-funded program. TOPS has three components: (1) the Opportunity Award provides tuition assistance for four years; (2) the Performance Award provides tuition assistance and a $400 per year cash stipend for four years; and (3) the Honors Award provides tuition assistance and a cash stipend of $800 per year for four years. Each of these components has certain ACT score and gpa requirements; in addition, all TOPS awards require 17.5 units of specified high school course work.

To apply for TOPS awards, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which corresponds to the year in which the student plans to enroll, must be submitted by the deadline published in the FAFSA.

More detailed information on these programs may be obtained from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, Scholarship Division, P. O. Box 91202, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-9202 or by visiting their Web site at www.osfa.state.la.us.

Other LSU Scholarships and Awards

There are two types of scholarships listed below—those restricted to students according to their major or college and those that are open to all students regardless of their major or college. Both types, however, may be restricted to students of specified classification, place of residence, or some other characteristic consistent with the principles of equal opportunity and/or affirmative action. Most scholarships are restricted to full-time students.

All other applications, when required, may be obtained from the department or college listed in the description of the scholarship.

The description of each scholarship follows the same format: title; number given and annual amount of each, e.g. “(2:$300)” means that two scholarships are awarded per year at $300 each; any criteria or restrictions; and the group that determines which students will receive the scholarship. The following abbreviations are used in the scholarship descriptions:

FR—freshman
SO—sophomore
JR—junior
SR—senior
UG—undergraduate
GR—graduate student
LA—Louisiana
yr—year
gpa—grade point average
SA&S Com—Stud. Aid & Schol. Com.
EBR—East Baton Rouge Parish

Scholarships and Awards Restricted to a Particular Field of Study

Students interested in applying for the following scholarships and awards should check with the individual colleges for up-todate information concerning amounts and requirements. Those scholarships and awards marked with one asterisk (*) are funded through the LSU Foundation. Those marked with two asterisks (**) are sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association.

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GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

For additional information on scholarships and awards for students in the Graduate School or professional schools, see the publications issued by those divisions.

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FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

LSU administers all Title IV federal programs which are based on a student’s demonstrated financial need. Funds received from the federal programs help students to cover school expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. All such programs are subject to regulations authorized by the United States Department of Education, as well as University policies consistent with these federal regulations and are subject to change. Detailed information on these programs can be found on the Internet at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Eligibility for Financial Aid

All students must meet the following criteria to apply for Title IV federal aid—grants, work study, and loans:

Application for Federal Financial Aid

Students who wish to apply for the programs described in this section should file either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Application. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is recommended that the application be filed no later than March 1 for summer or fall enrollment or October 1 for spring enrollment. These applications cover aid awarded for the upcoming academic year (beginning with the summer term) and application must be made each year.

Once the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships has received your FAFSA, additional documentation will be requested through your PAWS accounts. To receive a loan for the academic year, the deadline to return all required documents is the first business day of May. To receive a semester only loan, the deadline to return all required documents is

For consideration for Pell grants only, documents may be accepted later than the stated dates. Check with the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships for deadlines.

Once all documents are processed, an award letter will be sent via the student’s PAWS account to allow them to accept or decline their aid. The deadline for a student to accept a loan is:

Please note that students will not receive an award notice until all verification documents have been properly submitted and processed. Documents submitted after the stated deadlines may not result in an award. Student submitting documents after the stated deadlines may jeopardize their opportunity to receive funding for that academic year.

Grants

Campus-Based Programs

Federal Family Education Loans

LSU participates in the following Title IV Federal Family Educational Loan Programs:

Loan disbursements normally occur the week prior to the start of classes. Depending on the award package, loans will be disbursed accordingly:

1. summer, fall, and spring loans will occur in three equal disbursements; 2. fall and spring loans will occur in two equal disbursements; and 3. semester only loans will disburse in two equal disbursements with one disbursement at the start of the semester and the second occurring at midpoint of the semester.

Students borrowing under the Federal Family Education Loans Programs described above, except PLUS and GRAD PLUS, are required by federal regulation to have an entrance counseling session before they receive their first disbursement at LSU. When a student borrower graduates, resigns, or otherwise ceases to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at LSU, he/she is required to attend an exit counseling session. These counseling sessions can be accomplished at www.nelliemae.com.

Loan Cancellation

The deadlines for a student (or parent in the case of a PLUS loan) to cancel one or more of their loans or disbursements of their loan(s), is as follows:

Contact the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships for information on how to complete this process. Exceptions to the stated deadlines will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Purposes of Financial Aid Eligibility

Undergraduate Students

In order to receive financial aid, a student must be making “satisfactory academic progress.” For the purpose of participating in any of the federal student aid programs, the LSU Office of Student Aid & Scholarships has established the following policy for determining satisfactory academic progress for undergraduate students:

If these established criteria are not met, students may seek to appeal if mitigating circumstances affected their academic performance. Students are notified when they are not considered to be making satisfactory academic progress and if they qualify for the appeal process. The complete Satisfactory Academic Progress policy may be viewed at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Graduate/Professional Students

For the purpose of participating in any of the federal student aid programs, the LSU Office of Student Aid & Scholarships has established the following policy for determining satisfactory progress for graduate and professional students:

Graduate Students:

Professional Students:

If these established criteria are not met, students may seek to appeal if mitigating circumstances affected their academic performance. Students are notified when they are not considered to be making satisfactory academic progress and if they qualify for the appeal process. The complete Satisfactory Academic Progress policy may be viewed at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Resignations/Unofficial Withdrawals

Students who receive financial aid funds and then resign or unofficially withdraw (cease attendance) during the first 60 percent of the enrollment period will be required to repay all or part of the aid they received. The amount of aid that must be returned is based on the period of time the student remained enrolled.

Federal aid must be returned to the appropriate programs in the following order:

Unsubsidized
Federal Stafford Loans, Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Graduate PLUS loan, PLUS (Parent) Loans, Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National SMART Grant and SEOG. The amount of aid to be returned will be calculated at the time of resignation. For unofficial withdrawals, the amount will be calculated at the end of the enrollment period. Until this obligation is settled, requests for academic transcripts will not be processed and any further financial aid may be in jeopardy.

Refunds

Students who receive financial aid funds and then officially resign from the University may be entitled to a partial refund of certain University fees, depending on the resignation date. Specific information regarding the refund schedule is available in the Office of the University Registrar.

Campus Employment

Those students who want to work on campus, but do not qualify on the basis of financial need, may seek regular student employment by contacting various departments on campus. Only full-time students who are not on academic probation are eligible to hold campus jobs. Graduating seniors who are parttime in their final semester may have permission to work in a campus job. The Career Services location in B-4 Coates Hall provides assistance to those who seek part-time jobs on- and off-campus. Graduate students should inquire about the availability of assistantships in their departmental offices.

Short-Term LSU Loans

Full-time students, who have completed registration, and have not received a credit balance check, may apply for short-term Hiram Student Loans in the amount of $300 for undergraduate students and $500 for graduate/professional students. Students must not be on academic probation to receive these loans. Students must have repaid any prior short-term loans to be eligible. Loans are made starting on the first day of classes and continues for the first two weeks of classes. Students are permitted a maximum of 60 days to repay the loan in full. A 2 percent service charge is assessed on the amount borrowed. This 2 percent service charge is equivalent to an annual interest rate of 12 percent.

Hiram Student Loans are to be repaid at the Office of Bursar Operations, 125 Thomas Boyd Hall, on or before the maturity date shown on the promissory note signed by the student at the time the loan was negotiated. Students who fail to repay Hiram Student Loans by the maturity date may jeopardize their chances of receiving future loans.

Accounts that must be turned over to LSU's attorneys for collection are assessed an additional collection fee. All international students who are interested in Hiram Loans should contact the International Student Office prior to receiving loans or working in jobs on campus.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Students with physical disabilities who must confer with a financial aid officer should contact the office for an appointment in advance so that appropriate accommodations can be made.

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VETERANS' BENEFITS

The Office of the University Registrar, 112 Thomas Boyd Hall, provides counseling and information for veterans attending LSU. Enrollment certifications to the Veterans' Administration are handled through this office, and all veterans and eligible dependents of deceased or disabled veterans are urged to establish contact with the Office of Veterans' Affairs when they arrive on campus. New students who wish to receive advance pay should notify this office at least 30 days prior to registration. Information is also available at the Office of Veterans’ Affairs Web site: www.lsu.edu/slas/vetaffairs.

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