Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for federal, state, and institutional aid requires that students must successfully meet a variety of specific criteria established by the funding providers. These criteria are established by federal regulation, state law, or institutional policy. Below is a brief summary of the basic eligibility criteria.

Eligibility for Federal Student Aid

  • Received or will receive prior to matriculation a high school diploma or GED
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a regular student
  • Possess a valid Social Security number
  • Certify that you are not:
    • in default on a federal student loan
    • owe a refund on a federal grant
    • will use federal student aid only for educational purposes
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress in the pursuit of your degree
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have other qualifying status

For more details visit the Federal Student Aid website.

Eligibility for State of Louisiana Aid

  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Meet Louisiana residency requirements

For more details on standard eligibility requirements for the State of Louisiana’s TOPS program visit the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance website.

Eligibility for Tulane Funding

Eligibility standards merit scholarship consideration are determined by the respective admissions office awarding such an award. Need-based scholarship eligibility (generally only available to full-time undergraduate students) follows institutional methodology protocol (completion of the CSS Profile and submitting all requested documents).

Tulane Scholarship (Tulane need-based scholarship) is awarded on the basis of both need and merit to certain full-time division undergraduate students pursuing a first undergraduate degree. The scholarship may be awarded for fall and/or spring semesters to such students attending on a full-time basis and assessed tuition at the standard Tulane full-time undergraduate division rate. Merit is considered in determining the proportion of scholarship in the total aid package. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.300 cumulative grade point average (GPA) and continuous full-time undergraduate primary enrollment in a full-time undergraduate division for continued consideration. The scholarship is not applicable to summer semesters, and is not available to students enrolled in the School of Professional Advancement.

Institutional awards in general often require:

  • Maintain continuous full-time enrollment
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress and specified minimum GPA limits


NOTE: All eligibility requirements are subject to change and may require necessary documentation for federal verification and/or institutional validation.

This page was last updated on 08/27/2023 - 15:02