Xavier Financial Aid Information

Xavier has traditionally offered the opportunity of a college education to academi- cally qualified students regardless of the financial resources of the student or the student’s family. Although Xavier feels that the student and family have a respon- sibility to contribute to the cost of a college education, the University is prepared to help to provide financial assistance. In fact, 89 percent of Xavier students receive some type of financial assistance.

If you are a serious student, eager to complete your college education, help is available at Xavier. The optimum financial aid package will be worked out among you, your parents and a financial aid counselor.

A Xavier education is well worth the financial investment.

Sources of Financial Aid

Funds for Xavier financial assistance come primarily from four sources:

  • The Federal Government
  • State Government
  • University Resources
  • Private Programs

The federal government supplies the majority of financial aid. Federal Grant programs include: Federal Pell Grants and Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (SEOG). Loan programs include: Federal Direct Student Loans, and Federal Parent Loans (PLUS). The Federal College Work/Study Program provides jobs for students to earn aid.

The State of Louisiana offers the Tuition Opportunity Program (TOPS) for qualified graduates of Louisiana high schools.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

Students must apply for financial aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine their eligibility for grants, loans and work/study. Filing may be done (a) online at , (b) by downloading a PDF FAFSA file at , or (c) by requesting a paper FAFSA at 1-800-4FED-AID. FAFSA on the web is recommended for faster processing. Eligible non-citizens must submit a copy of their I-151 or I-551. All male students over the age of 17 must register with the Selective Service two (2) months before their 18th birthday if they expect to receive financial aid. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible after January 1st.

If you think you will need financial aid, you must apply for it. You should contact your high school counselor or the Financial Aid Office at Xavier if you need assistance as you go through the financial aid application process.

When to Apply for Aid

You should file for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1st. Give yourself the best opportunity to receive federal aid by applying early. Students and parents may apply for financial aid via the World Wide Web at the address:


All applicants are automatically considered for merit-based Xavier University Scholarships at the time of application for admission. The competitive scholarship offers are based primarily on the high school academic record and ACT or SAT scores.

There are also music, art and other departmental scholarships available to qualified students. The Athletics Department offers scholarships in basketball, tennis, cross country, and women’s volleyball.

Applicants are encouraged to seek out scholarships that are available through private sources such as clubs, churches, sororities, fraternities, and other organizations and agencies in their communities.

Xavier Yearly Expenses

Yearly expenses at Xavier for the 2014-2015 school year are listed below and are subject to annual increases:

Tuition $19,100
Room and Board  $8,000
Miscellaneous Fees  $1000 (estimated)
Books and Supplies $800 (estimated)

For more information about financial aid, contact:

  • Your high school counselor
  • Xavier’s Financial Aid Office


  • Federal Student Financial Aid Center


  • Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

                                                          1-800-259-5626 ext. 1012

     Or visit these sites on the World Wide Web:

Xavier Tuition Payment Plan

Sudents should be prepared to pay semester costs at the time of assessment by the Office of Fiscal Services. Assessment takes place after students are registered for classes. The costs include tuition, room & board and other fees associated with enrollment for the semester. A deferred payment plan is available for students who wish to pay the semester balance in installments. After subtracting financial aid and deposits for the semester, the remaining balance can be paid in three installments as follows:


                                                                                      Fall Term Due Date                 Spring Term Due Date
First Payment (One half of the semester
balance after subtracting financial aid)                          At Assessment                        At Assessment

Second Payment              September 30                             February 28

Final Payment                  October 30                                      March 30

You may make Acceptance Deposits by clicking here.

The University accepts VISA, MasterCard, Discover Card, and American Express for payment on accounts.


Xavier offers a variety of dormitory facilities for over 1,400 students. In order to be considered for campus housing, admitted students must submit the required de- posit with the Acceptance Deposit Form that is included in the admission packet. Ini- tial housing offers to new Fall term students are made in April

Students admitted to the University have the option of making their own off-campus living arrangements.

DATES OF INTEREST – 2014 - 2015



Credit by Examination

Xavier University of Louisiana offers credit in certain subject areas through the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Entrance Examination Board, the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject Examinations, and the International Baccalaureate Program.  A maximum of thirty (30) semester hours of credit by examination may be accepted towards the degree. Click here for more information.

Course Placement at Xavier

One of the most important responsibilities faced by the student and the university at the beginning of a student’s college studies is that of placement. Without careful selection and placement into courses to best fit academic preparations, the student’s success in college is placed in jeopardy or the college experience is less fulfilling. The Office of Admissions, in cooperation with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Student Academic Success Office, has the initial responsibility for placement of students entering the University. SAT, ACT, and Placement Tests in English, mathematics, reading, French, and Spanish are the main tools in this placement. Students will take computer-based tests with the ACT COMPASS test used for placement in English, mathematics, and reading, and the WebCAPE test used for placement in French and Spanish. Results of these tests are used to place students into regular, honors, or developmental freshman level-courses.

Who Must Take The Tests?
All entering freshmen whose ACT or SAT scores indicate that further testing is warranted should take placement tests in the recommended areas. Also, transfer students with less than sixty (60) semester hours or whose academic program at Xavier still requires courses in Mathematics or English could be required to take a placement test. Failure of a placement test in any area invalidates transfer credit in that area. Students who do not take the tests in the recommended areas will be required to take developmental courses in those areas. Placement is based on institutional studies and experiences and is intended to benefit the student.

In addition, students are eligible to receive advanced placement in either French or Spanish based on the results of the WebCAPE placement test.  Students who have two or more years of either French or Spanish must take this exam before enrolling at the University.

Xavier COMPASS English Placement Test (XCEPT): approximately 1 hour
The COMPASS E-Write test requires the student to write a first-draft essay in response to a prompt. The essay will be evaluated according to how it corresponds to the following criteria:
1) Formulates a clear and focused position on the issue defined in the prompt; 2) Supports that position with reasons and evidence appropriate to the position taken and the specified concerns of the audience; 3) Develops the argument in a coherent and logical manner; and 4) Expresses ideas using clear, effective language.

Xavier COMPASS Mathematics Placement Test (XCMPT): approximately 1 hour
The XMPT contains items from the areas of:

•operations on integers, fractions, decimals, percentages and averages
•evaluating algebraic expressions
•operations on factoring of polynomials
•rational exponents and radicals, rationalizing denominators
•operations on and simplification of rational expressions
•solving linear equations and inequalities
•linear equations in two variables, slope, intercepts, parallel and perpendicular lines
•graphing linear and quadratic equations
•solving quadratic equations by factoring and the quadratic formula,
•complex solutions, scientific notation and ratios and proportions
•application problems

A passing score on the XCMPT will allow students to take the college level math required by their major. Those not passing the XCMPT must enroll in MATH 0990D. This course meets in small classes and does not count toward any XU degree.

Xavier COMPASS Reading Placement Test (XCRPT): approximately 1 hour
The COMPASS Reading Test emphasizes the ability to construct meaning from what is read, focusing on items that assess reading comprehension. COMPASS reading passages are excerpts from copyrighted materials and original works by writers representing entry-level college material. Reading passages are of five types: Prose Fiction, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Practical Reading. Students not scoring at college level are required to enroll in READING 0992I. This is a one-semester reading and study skills course which focuses on improvement in literal, inferential and critical comprehension and vocabulary skills. This course will not count toward any XU degree.

Xavier Language Placement Tests (XLPT): approximately 30 minutes
Xavier uses the French and Spanish WebCAPE placement test developed at Brigham Young University to assess students’ knowledge in these languages for placement in Spanish and French courses. The WebCAPE test are multiple choice and computer-adaptive and cover grammar, reading, and vocabulary.  Computer-adaptive tests vary the difficulty of the questions based on the responses received.  Click here for the Language Placement Process. The complete Language Placement Policy can be found at:

Course Placement Using ACT & SAT Scores
If a student takes the ACT and the SAT, the better of the two scores will be used for placement. Therefore, it is imperative that students submit their highest and most recent test scores.

ACT English Score         SATW  Score              Course Placement
12 or less                          330 or less                       ENGL 0990
13 – 16                              340 - 400                         ENGL 1000
17 - 18*                             410 - 430*                       ENGL 1000 or XCEPT
19 - 26                               440 - 600                          ENGL 1010
27 or more                       610 or more                    **Consideration for Honors English
* Students with scores in this range should take the Xavier COMPASS English Placement Test (XCEPT) and the results will be used for course placement.

ACT Math Score             SAT Math Score               Course Placement
15 or less*                       350 or less*                        MATH 0990D or XCMPT
16 - 19                              360 - 440                            MATH 0990D or XCMPT
20 - 23                              450 - 550                            Degree Credit Math
24 or more                      560 or more                       Consideration for By-Pass Credit (see note**)
* Students who take MATH 1010 as a requirement for their major are eligible to enroll in this course with a MATH ACT score of at least 19 (SAT MATH score of a least 440).

ACT Score(C or R)            SAT  Score (CR + M) Combined                   Course Placement
18 or less*                         430 (CR) OR 890 (CR+M) or less*                   RDNG 0992I or XCRPT*
19 or more                         440 (CR) or 900 (CR+M) or more                     No reading course required

* Students with scores in this range should take the Xavier COMPASS Reading Placement Test (XCRPT) and the results will be used for course placement.

** Placement in honors courses or advanced placement is based on a combination of ACT or SAT scores, grades in related high school courses, and the high school GPA. If you are eligible, you will be notified prior to registration.
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