The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is a State of Louisiana scholarship program for Louisiana residents. TOPS is administered through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) and is an external entity to UNO.
- The preferred date for the completion of the Application for Admission is no later than June 1.
- All international students must complete the SAT, ACT, or COMPASS.
- Usually international students cannot submit a FASFA, therefore, additional income and asset information may be requested by the financial aid office.
- Scholarship funding is limited. For all incoming students, the evaluations of the Application for Admission in conjunction with a recommended completed FAFSA are the primary sources for scholarship consideration.
- The University strongly encourages prospective and incoming students to submit a completed FAFSA and Application for Admission as early as possible to ensure timely consideration.
- All students must be admitted or enrolled at UNO to receive scholarship funding. While an offer is made to incoming students, the offer must be accepted in the specified timeframe, as indicated. Failure to accept a scholarship offer within the prescribed timeframe is considered a forfeiture of the offer.
International students are considered for all first-time, full-time undergraduate and transfer student scholarships. You are not required to submit a FASFA for consideration.
Graduate Scholarship Information
All graduate applicants are encouraged to contact their department and the Graduate School about Scholarship, details on the awards offered by the University of New Orleans and how to apply for them, awards and/or assistance offer by or through individual departments, and awards offered by external organizations not tied to the University.
The amount of each award varies by student. Upon admission to the University, incoming first-time, full-time students are offered an estimated scholarship and aid package that utilizes state supplements (such as TOPS) and UNO scholarships to meet their financial obligation to the University. Once the FASFA is received, a final Scholarships and Aid Package will be offered to the student based on availability.
Tax Information for Scholarship Recipients
The Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986 declares that scholarships, fellowships, and grants that exceed the amount of tuition, fees, and course-related books, supplies, and equipment are taxable.
The University of New Orleans is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action University, and offers equal opportunity to all people without regard to race, religion, sex, creed, color, national origin, disability, or veteran's status. UNO does not discriminate on these bases in recruitment and admission of students or in the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by federal law and regulations. The designated coordinators for University compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities ACT of 1990 are the Coordinator, Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity.
Cost of Attendance Update
The Financial Aid Office will follow the federal and University of Louisiana System policies in regards to cost of attendance (COA). When combined with TOPS, waivers, fee exemptions, state aid, federal financial grants or loans, or Federal College Work Study Program and all other aid, university scholarships should not exceed the "cost of attendance." "Cost of attendance" is defined as "an estimate of the student's educational expenses for a period of enrollment" pursuant to Title IV. This definition and the cost of attendance components are included in the LOSFA TOPS guidelines.
Obtain detailed information regarding the University of New Orleans' institutional scholarships.