Scholarships and Grants

Grants are a form of financial aid, based on need, which you do not have to repay.

Federal Grants

Pell Grant – Largest Federal need-based grant program. The maximum award amount is $5,550 for the 2011-2012 academic year. To apply, must submit FAFSA.

Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant – A student who is not eligible for a Pell Grant but whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and died as a result of service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after September 11, 2001 may be eligible to receive the Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant. The grant award is equal to the amount of a maximum Pell Grant for the award year - not to exceed the cost of attendance for that award year. To apply, submit FAFSA.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) – Awarded to applicants with most financial need. Priority given to Pell Grant recipients, but funding is limited. Awards range from $100 to $4000 per year. To apply, must submit FAFSA.

Note: The Academic Competitiveness Grant and the National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant are no longer available as of July 1, 2011.

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant provides $4,000 a year (not to exceed $16,000 for undergraduates or $8,000 for a graduate student). To be eligible a student must:


1. Have a grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale (Freshmen students must have a 3.25 high school grade point average or score in the 75th percentile on at least one school admissions test)
2. Be completing (or plan to complete) coursework and requirements necessary to begin a teaching career.

Teach Grants must be used for tuition and fees and can only be used for room and board in the case of institutionally owned housing.

Part-time TEACH Grant candidates will have their award reduced in proportion to the amount of time the candidate attends school (a student attending half time will receive half the award)

The amount awarded in combination with other student aid shall not exceed the cost of attendance. If the TEACH Grant exceeds the cost of attendance it shall be reduced until it does not exceed the cost of attendance.

Undergraduate and Graduate students may receive TEACH Grants for the period required to complete their 1st course of study, except for time spent in a noncredit or remedial course of study. Noncredit and remedial and study abroad courses shall not be excluded from eligibility.

TEACH Grant applicants must agree to serve as a full-time teacher for at least four academic years at a high-need school within eight years after completing the course of study. They must teach in one of the following fields:


1. Math
2. Science
3. Foreign Language
4. Bilingual Education
5. Special Education
6. Reading Specialist
7. Another field documented as high need by the Federal Government, State government, or local education agency and approved by the Department

A student must also:


1. Submit certification by the Chief Administrative Officer of the school upon completing a year of teaching.
2. Comply with requirements for being a highly qualified teacher as defined by the Department

Students who do not complete their obligations will have their grant aid treated as a federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan!

Louisiana State Grants

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Scholarships are financial aid awards for prospective college students. Award amounts and criteria for the awards vary. Scholarships usually do not have to be repaid. Some scholarships have stipulations requiring the recipient to maintain a certain grade point average or complete certain employment requirements. The penalty for failing to meet these obligations can be repaying the money received.

Louisiana State Scholarships

TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) is a program of state scholarships for Louisiana residents who attend either one of the Louisiana Public Colleges and Universities, schools that are a part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System or institutions that are a part of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

The four different award components of the TOPS Program are:


TOPS Opportunity Award

TOPS Performance Award

TOPS Honors Award

TOPS Tech Award

Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship - The Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that awards $2000 annually for an undergraduate student and $3,000 annually to a graduate student pursuing a degree in forestry, wildlife or marine science at a Louisiana Public College or University. The cumulative maximum award is $7,000 for up to five years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study. Click Here for more information.