There are many types of aid available to help you pay for the costs of tuition and fees at Xavier University of Louisiana. Our financial aid office will work hard to make sure you are informed about the many types of aid available to you and guide you through the process of securing financial assistance.
Only undergraduate students who have not received a bachelor’s degree may apply for the grant programs listed below.
Federal Pell Grant Program (FPELL)
This is a grant available to undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need based on the Federal Methodology Formula. Undergraduate students may receive a Pell Grant award ranging from $602 to $5,550 per year.
Effective 2012-2013, no student will be eligible to receive more than 12 semesters or its equivalency of Federal Pell Grant.
Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant Program (FSEOG)
This is a grant available to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional financial need. The award ranges from $200 to $4,000 per academic year. Only a limited amount of FSEOG can be awarded each year due to funding constraints.
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program
The TEACH grant is a federally funded program created by the College Cost Reduction and Access Act (CCRAA).It became effective beginning with the 2008-2009 award year. The TEACH grant provides up to $4,000 a year in grant assistance to students who plan on becoming a teacher and meet certain specified requirements. If a student who receives a TEACH grant does not complete the required teaching, the grant must be repaid as a Direct Unsubsidized Loan under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program.
Louisiana Go Grant (LAGO)
The La Go Grant is a need-based grant offered by the State of Louisiana to assist moderate to low income Louisiana families pay for education. The eligibility requirements are:
- Certificate or Degree seeking undergraduate
- A Louisiana resident admitted to the institution (residency must be achieved as of date of FAFSA)
- A first time freshman or a 25 year old not having enrolled in credit-bearing course for a least one year
- A Pell recipient with remaining financial need greater than “0” after deducting the student’s Expected Family Contribution and Federal Pell Grant Award from their Cost of Attendance. DUE TO LIMITED FUNDING, AWARDS ARE NOT GUARANTEED TO ALL ELIGIBLE STUDENTS
The amount of the grant is based upon the number of hours in which the student is enrolled at the end of the 14th class day for each semester.
- Less than half-time enrollment (less than 6 hours) = $125 per semester
- At least half-time or part-time enrollment (6-11 hours) = $250 person semester
- Full-time enrollment (12 or more hours) = $500 per semester
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program provides part-time, on-campus employment to students with financial need. FWS employment may be awarded to both undergraduate and graduate enrolled students during periods of enrollment.
Work-Study is usually awarded to students in combination with other forms of financial aid, which enables them to meet their educational expenses without incurring burdensome indebtedness. The program is also intended to broaden the range of job opportunities for qualified students.
The Federal Government requires that we do not pay a student less than minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.
Types of Loans
- Federal Direct Loan
- Perkins Loan
- Loan for Disadvantaged Students
- Health Professional Loans
William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program
Subsidized loans are loans for which the borrower is not responsible for the interest while the student is enrolled in college on at least a half-time basis, when the loan is in the six-month grace period after the student is no longer enrolled at least half time, or if the loan is in a deferment status. This provision eliminates the interest subsidy provided during the six-month grace period for subsidized loans for which the first disbursement is made on or after July 1, 2012, and before July 1, 2014. If you receive a subsidized loan during this timeframe, you will be responsible for the interest that accrues while your loan is in the grace period. You do not have to make payments during the grace period (unless you choose to) but the interest will be added (capitalized) to the principal amount of your loan when the grace period ends. This provision does not eliminate the interest subsidy while the borrower is in school or during eligible periods of deferment. Federal Direct Subsidized loans will not be eligible for an interest subsidy during the six-month grace period.
All subsidized loans made to undergraduate students will have a fixed interest rate of 6.8%. Subsidized loans for which the first disbursement is on or after July 1, 2012, will have a 6.8% fixed interest rate. Note: In the President's FY2013 budget request, the Administration has proposed maintaining the interest rate on subsidized loans at the current rate of 3.4% for the 2012-2013 school year.
Effective for loans made for payment periods that begin on or after July 1, 2012, graduate and professional students are no longer eligible to receive subsidized loans. However, if you are a graduate or professional student, you may still qualify for up to $20,500 in unsubsidized loans each year.
The U.S. Department of Education can no longer offer borrowers repayment incentives.
Effective for loans first disbursed on or after July 1, 2012, the Department of Education is prohibited from offering any repayment incentives to Federal Direct Loan borrowers, except interest rate reductions to borrowers who agree to have payments automatically electronically debited from their bank account.
Federal Perkins Loan
Under the Federal Perkins Loan Program, the school makes the loan to the student borrower. A Federal Perkins Loan is a low-interest (5%) loan for both undergraduate and graduate students with exceptional financial need.
When you participate in the Federal Perkins Loan Program, your school is your lender. The loan is made with government funds. You must repay this loan to your school, or to the billing service engaged by your school as its agent to administer billing and collection functions.
About the Federal Perkins Loan
- A need-based loan
- May be used only for educational expenses
- The interest rate is fixed at 5 percent
- Interest on the loan does not accrue while you are in school, during your grace period, or during authorized periods of deferment
Loan for Disadvantaged students: Pharmacy Students Only
The Loan for Disadvantaged Students program provides loans to full time, financially needy students from disadvantaged backgrounds enrolled in health professional programs. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services defines an individual from a disadvantaged background as “one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession, or comes from a family annual income below a level based on low income threshold according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census”. In order to determine eligibility for the loan, a student must provide parental income on their FAFSA regardless of the student’s age or dependency status.
Health Professional Loans
The Health Professions Student Loan program provides long term, low interest rate loans to full time, financially needy students to pursue a degree in Pharmacy. In order to determine loan eligibility, a student must provide parental income on their FAFSA regardless of the student’s age or dependency status.
Non-Federal Private/Alternative loans are private loans made through lending institutions. The loans are not part of the federal government programs. Alternative loans are more expensive than federal government guaranteed loans and should only be used when all other funding options have been exhausted. Research all possibilities for scholarships, grants, work-study and federal loan programs before borrowing from an alternative loan program. Free or lower-cost Title IV federal, state, or institutional financial aid may be available in place of or in addition to, a private education loan..
- A private education loan may reduce eligibility for free or lower-cost federal, state, or institutional financial aid
- You are strongly encouraged to pursue the availability of free or lower-cost Federal financial aid
If you determine you need an alternative loan, we recommend that you review the many alternative loan lenders and research their policies and loan terms to decide the lender of your choice. The best way to locate alternative loan lenders is to do an internet search for "private student loans". Our office cannot suggest nor recommend an alternative lender.
Each applicant is required to complete the Private Education Loan Applicant Self-Certification Form. The form will require information regarding aid that you are currently receiving and the total cost of attendance for Xavier University of Louisiana.
Xavier University of Louisiana Scholarships for New First-Time Freshmen
Xavier University of Louisiana offers various scholarships to help students pay tuition and fees.
Board of Trustees Scholarship
Recipients of The Board of Trustees Scholarship will receive full tuition, mandatory fees, room and board, and an annual book voucher in the amount of $1000. The criteria for this scholarship includes a minimum 3.8 high school grade point average, a minimum 28 ACT composite (or 1240 on the SAT, combined Reading and Math), demonstrated community involvement and leadership potential as evidenced in the admissions and the scholarship application materials. Recipients are required to maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average for continued eligibility
The criteria for this scholarship includes a minimum 3.8 high school grade point average, a minimum 26 ACT composite (or 1170 on the SAT, combined Reading and Math), and demonstrated community involvement and leadership potential as evidenced in the admissions and scholarship application materials. Recipients of The President’s Scholarship will receive full tuition, campus accommodations, and an annual $500 book voucher. Continued eligibility is based on a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average.
St. Katharine Drexel Scholarship
Valedictorians or salutatorians from any U.S. Catholic high school are eligible to receive this full-tuition scholarship. Continued eligibility is based on a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average and will be assessed at the end of each academic year. The award covers eight consecutive semesters.
Norman C. Francis Scholarship
Valedictorians or salutatorians from public high schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are eligible to receive this full-tuition scholarship. Continued eligibility is based on a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average and will be assessed at the end of each academic year. The award covers eight consecutive semesters.
These scholarships are awarded to students with a minimum ACT score of 23 (or 1050 on the SAT, combined Reading and Math), and a minimum high school GPA of 3.3. Transfer students would also be eligible for these scholarships according to their high school and collegiate records. These awards cover eight consecutive semesters and continued eligibility is based on a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average and will be assessed at the end of each academic year.
Academic departments and divisions will provide scholarships based on their criteria. Please check with your individual department.
Recognition scholarships are awarded to continuing students who did not receive a scholarship upon admission but perform at the highest academic level upon enrolling at Xavier. Eligible students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 after two consecutive semesters at Xavier. Awards will range from $3,000 to $5,000. Continued eligibility is based on a minimum 3.3 cumulative grade point average and will be assessed at the end of each academic year.
With the exception of the Departmental Scholarship, all Scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA and be in good institutional standing. Students with a GPA between 3.2 and 3.3 will be granted a probationary semester after which they can be fully reinstated if their cumulative GPA is 3.3 or higher. Additionally, students can attend university summer sessions at their own cost in an effort to raise the GPA to the required minimum.
Scholarship amounts may be subject to adjustment based upon receipt of federal, and state grant aid and in some instances other scholarships. All continuing scholarship recipients will be required to complete an annual FAFSA and satisfy annual service requirements. In the rare event that scholarship recipients require remedial courses as incoming freshmen, they must complete the necessary developmental courses prior to enrolling in the fall semester.
Scholarships for incoming freshmen are coordinated through the Admissions Office. Enrolled students should contact of the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for information regarding various scholarship opportunities and consult the Scholarship Opportunities Bulletin Board and web site for future scholarship information.
All scholarship recipients must complete an application (FAFSA) for financial aid.
Much like the federal government, the state of Louisiana provides its residents with a variety of funds to help meet the escalating costs of higher education.
These funds are available to students who meet the criteria set by various state higher education agencies. Students should contact those agencies within their state of legal residence for programs and availability.
Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)
Louisiana’s Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a comprehensive program of state scholarships. Eligibility is determined by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid Assistance (LOSFA), and only Louisiana residents who are US Citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to apply for US citizenship may apply. The eligibility requirements for the TOPS Scholarship Program are as follows:
To qualify for the TOPS Opportunity Award a cumulative high school GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale and an ACT score of 20 are required. To retain the award, a minimum of 24 credit hours must be earned each year and a cumulative GPA of 2.30 posted at the end of the first academic year and a GPA 2.50 each successive academic year.
To qualify for the TOPS Performance Award a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale and an ACT score of 23 required. To retain the award, a minimum of 24 credit hours must be earned each year and a cumulative GPA of 3.00 posted at the end of each academic year. Recipients of the Performance Award who fall short of the 3.00 GPA requirements may be renewed as recipients of the Opportunity Award, provided they achieved the GPA required for continuation of the award.
To qualify for the TOPS Honors Award a cumulative high school GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale and an ACT score of 27 are required. To retain the award, a minimum of 24 credit hours must be earned each year and cumulative GPA of 3.00 posted at the end of each academic year. Recipients of the Honors Award who fall short of the 3.00 GPA requirement may also be renewed as recipients of Opportunity Award, provided they achieved the GPA required for continuation of that award.
These scholarships are awarded through the Athletics Department to athletically talented men and women. Information can be obtained by contacting the Athletics Department at the following address:
Director of Athletics
Xavier University of Louisiana
P.O. Box 92
New Orleans, LA