Online Colleges in Louisiana

Most Affordable Online Colleges

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Methodology

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), we generated a list of colleges and universities that met the following criteria:

  • Level of institution is either "Four or more years" or "At least 2 but less than 4 years"
  • Data is reported for all 11 ranking variables listed in the Methodology section
  • At least 1% of students are taking at least some of the classes via distance education
  • "Number of programs offered via distance education" was an integer greater than 0

We ranked the resulting 1,813 colleges on 11 criteria, using 2016-17 data from IPEDS:

  1. Number of programs offered via distance education
  2. Ratio of students participating fully or partially in DE to Total Enrollment
  3. Average in-state tuition for undergraduates
  4. Total electronic library collections, including digital books, databases, and media
  5. Graduation rate
  6. Retention rate
  7. The availability of any tuition plans (Payment, Guaranteed, Other)
  8. Services (Academic/Career, Placement for Completers)
  9. Credit offerings (Dual, Life, AP, Military)
  10. Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal, state, local, institutional or other sources of grant aid
  11. Average amount of federal, state, local, institutional, or other sources of grant aid awarded to undergraduate students

All schools were scored on a 10-point scale for each of the points listed above. Individual data point scores were then multiplied by their respective weights, and the scores were added together, for a maximum possible score of 10 points.

Methodology Sources

  • Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2014-15, National Center for Education Statistics, Accessed January 2016, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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The famous celebration of Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of the most well-known festivals in the world. It's also one of the longest-running festivals in the United States, tracing its roots back to the 1700s.

Many of Louisiana's top colleges and universities have similarly deep roots. In keeping with their long history of providing higher education to students throughout the state, they've ushered in a new era of digital learning by creating virtual campuses to serve distance learners in Louisiana and across the U.S.

Students can take online courses or pursue online degrees from one of 72 different two- and four-year universities in Louisiana. The Louisiana Online website provides distance learning options from all of Louisiana's major college systems, including:

  • Louisiana College and Technical System
  • Louisiana State University System
  • University of Louisiana System
  • Southern University System

Louisiana Online offers both hybrid and fully online degree programs, hosted by 2-year schools, 4-year schools and technical colleges across the state. There are 264 online degree programs in total offered by the system, ranging from the associate to the doctoral level, as well as many additional post-master's and other types of certificate programs.

What Makes a Good Online College?

We have created multiple rankings to show the best online colleges in Louisiana, using various metrics and methodologies to present online colleges for many different needs and goals. Our rankings were based on carefully selected criteria, and every school featured on this page has been accredited by an official body such as the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Visit our "What is College Accreditation?" page to learn about the importance of accreditation, or the Louisiana Department of Education for specifics about accreditation in the state of Louisiana.

By browsing our rankings, students can compare a number of facts about the best online colleges in Louisiana, such as number of online programs offered, graduation rate and availability of tuition plans. The "What Makes a Good Online College?" section of our "About Us" page outlines why we believe these factors can assist students in making an informed decision about what might be the best online college for their needs.

Best Online Colleges in Louisiana for 2018-19

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Students interested in distance learning options in Louisiana can use our ranking of the best online universities in Louisiana to help them make an informed decision about online education in the state. We generated this list using data provided by the National Center for Education Statistics' Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), ranking the schools based on factors such as retention rate, tuition costs and number of degree programs offered. For more details about how this list was created, see the bottom of this page. If you'd like to create your own rankings, try out our Top Colleges Tool.

1

Northwestern State University of Louisiana, Natchitoches

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,620
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
66%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
48
School Type
4-year

Northwestern State University of Louisiana at Natchitoches was established in 1884 as a two-year college for teachers. Areas of study available through the university's eNSU Global Campus include criminal justice, accounting and several other common fields, as well as more specialized programs such as:

  • Addiction studies
  • Public facilities management
  • Child development and family relations

As a member of the Louisiana Transfer Degree Program, NSU accepts college credits from many different Louisiana colleges. Courses are offered in eight-week sessions during the fall and spring semesters to help students focus on just a handful of courses at a time. Online students can access the Student Help Desk (SOS) for academic advising, online tutoring and the Watson Memorial Library.

2

McNeese State University, Lake Charles

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,310
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
4-year

During World War II, McNeese State University campus was the headquarters for the Louisiana Maneuvers, a complicated exercise used to train American soldiers for combat. Over 70 years later, it is McNeese's goal to educate their students as thoroughly as they once did soldiers.

Multiple online bachelor's degree programs are offered at MSU, as well as associate programs, graduate programs, and certificate and specialist programs. Students in the Lake Charles region may also consider one of the university's hybrid degree programs, which require some on-campus participation for completion.

Students enrolled in general and basic studies receive academic counseling until they've completed at least 12 credits at the university. Other student services at MSU include a transfer orientation, and Banner Self-Service, where students can access all their online records and register for classes over the Internet.

3

Nicholls State University, Thibodaux

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,641
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
52%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
14
School Type
4-year

Nicholls State University is located in the heart of the Mississippi River delta, about 50 miles west of New Orleans. The university was founded in 1948, and takes its name from Francis Redding Tillou Nicholls, former Louisiana governor and Supreme Court chief justice.

Nicholls Online is the university's portal for its distance education programs, and its students have access to many of the same academic and personal resources as on-campus students, such as the Ellender Memorial Library, Nicholls Bookstore, the Writing Center, the Tutoring Center and Nicholls Counseling Center. Distance learners can receive technical support from the Nicholls IT staff, which is important: courses at Nicholls Online are offered in an accelerated eight-week format, so timely assistance is a must.

4

University of Louisiana at Monroe

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,284
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
34%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
37
School Type
4-year

University of Louisiana at Monroe offers its online degree programs through its online campus, eULM. The Bachelor of Science in dental hygiene is a degree completion program, designed specifically for students who have completed an associate degree or a comparable portion of their undergraduate credits. Meanwhile, the B.S. programs in health studies and medical laboratory sciences are "bridge" programs, meaning students must already hold licensure in their respective fields to enroll.

Online and on-campus students alike can receive a variety of support services through the Clarke M. Williams Student Success Center: academic advising, academic enhancement programs and technical support. ULM is also notable for its Prior Learning Options, which allow students to earn credit for work experience or for a portfolio of a given subject matter.

5

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, Baton Rouge

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$10,814
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
19%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
13
School Type
4-year

The flagship campus in the LSU system, Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge opened in 1860 in Pineville, with Col. William Tecumseh Sherman as the superintendent. Well over a century and a half after its inception, LSU offers online graduate-level academic programs in various areas of engineering and human sciences, such as:

  • M.S. in kinesiology with a specialization in sport management
  • M.S. in construction management
  • M.A. in education with a specialization in higher education administration
  • Graduate certificate in workforce development in human resources

LSU's online classes are delivered in the Online Distance Learning format, which requires students to take all exams through ProctorU. Courses are delivered via the Moodle content management platform, and can be completed in up to six months' time.

6

Louisiana State University at Alexandria

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$6,668
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
54%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

Through LSUA Online, the e-campus of Louisiana State University at Alexandria, students have access to two associate programs — one in arts, one in science — and several bachelor's programs, including elder care administration, disaster science & emergency management, and criminal justice. Each has multiple start dates each year.

LSUA's Student Support Office offers many different forms of support to students, including academic counseling and advising; testing services; live, on-demand tutoring in math and science; and appointment-based tutoring in writing, finance and economics. Distance learners also have full access to the LSUA library journals, databases, articles and books.

Transfer students must earn at least 12 non-developmental credits from an accredited college or university prior to enrollment at LSUA. All students enrolling in fully online degree programs must complete an online orientation.

7

Herzing University-Kenner

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$13,390
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
75%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
23
School Type
4-year

Herzing University is a family tradition — not just for students, but for the faculty! After its founding in 1965 by Henry and Suzanne Herzing, Henry became university president. In 2009, he stepped down and his daughter, Renée Herzing, succeeded him. We have Renée to thank for starting the school's online division (in 2003), starting the university's many online degree programs in:

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Health care
  • Legal studies
  • Public safety
  • Technology

The university holds credit transfer agreements for its bachelor's degree programs with 29 different institutes in the U.S., as well as more than a dozen international universities. In addition, Herzing University's Student Services division offers academic guidance and support, online tutoring and library access, time management strategies, career planning and resume/ cover letter writing assistance.

8

Grambling State University

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,371
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
51%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

Grambling State University is a historically black college that was founded in 1901. The university's marching band is widely recognized among U.S. colleges and universities: its performances at halftime shows is a spectacle not to be missed.

The motto of Grambling State is "Where everybody is somebody," and you can be sure that applies to the school's online students as well as its on-campus ones. Grambling's Office of Distance Learning hosts a range of fully online and blended courses, as well as multiple forms of support for its student body. The Grambling Achievement Program is designed to help first-year students better acclimate to university study, and the Distance Learning Program unit extends technological support to distance learners at Grambling. Meanwhile, the Academic Skills Center maintains the following services:

  • Content tutoring
  • Video library access
  • Workshops in goal-setting, stress management and other personal areas
9

Louisiana State University-Shreveport

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$7,146
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
67%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
5
School Type
4-year

Students looking to pursue higher education through distance learning can find numerous online bachelor's and master's degree programs available through Louisiana State University-Shreveport. Options range from a Bachelor of Arts in general studies program to a Master in Business Administration, with numerous MBA specializations available.

These programs are offered entirely online, but LSUS students can also access non-credit courses through partnered platforms such as Ed2Go and the Learning Resource Network (LERN). Online students can also benefit from LSUS's enrollment specialist, library resources, online journals and career services.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

One University Place, Shreveport,
LA 71115
 
10

University of New Orleans

Tuition & Fees/Year Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
$8,484
Distance Education Participation Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
41%
Number of Programs Offered Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
9
School Type
4-year

At the University of New Orleans, students can enroll in online degree programs through the Moodle Learning Platform. Undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subjects such as philosophy, hospitality and creative writing are available. Students can also take individual, asynchronous courses online in subjects such as accounting, management and music.

Because the university has a partnership with Proctor U, students can take exams from distant locations — there is no need to travel to a site to complete testing. Additionally, online students at UNO are exempt from the school's non-resident fee.

Accreditation:

  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Location:

2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans,
LA 70148
 

Affordable Online Colleges in Louisiana for 2018-19

Below are lists of some of the most affordable two- and four-year online colleges in Louisiana.

For Louisiana schools ranked by quality and other factors, use our Top Colleges tool.

  • School Type - 2 Years
  • School Type - 4 Years
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL TYPE
    Delgado Community College$3,91178%62-year
    Fletcher Technical Community College$3,95130%12-year
    Southern University at Shreveport$3,99619%22-year
    Bossier Parish Community College$4,07966%42-year
    Central Louisiana Technical Community College$4,08917%52-year
  • COLLEGE NAMETUITION & FEES/YEAR
    Tuition and fees per year refers to the average in-state tuition and required fees for full-time undergraduates and, if applicable, graduate students as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    DISTANCE EDUCATION PARTICIPATION
    Distance Education Participation refers to the percentage of students taking either some or all of the courses via distance education, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
    NUMBER OF ONLINE PROGRAMS OFFERED
    Number of programs offered refers to the count of degrees and certificates offered via distance education at any level as of 2016, according to the National Center for Education Statistics..
    SCHOOL TYPE
    Southern University at New Orleans$6,42148%34-year
    Louisiana State University-Alexandria$6,66854%94-year
    Louisiana State University-Shreveport$7,14667%54-year
    McNeese State University$7,31052%234-year
    Grambling State University$7,37151%54-year

School Interviews

Want to know what it's like to attend an online school in Louisiana? Read on: the interviews below are from leading educators in the state who know the ins and outs of college life in Louisiana.

 Darlene Williams
The concept of on campus vs. online becomes a thing of the past – it just becomes characterized as learning.

Darlene Williams

Vice President for Technology, Research, and Economic Development

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at your school?

Northwestern State University of Louisiana has met educational needs with quality academic programming for over 130 years. Recognizing the power of technology to bring educational opportunity to all students, Northwestern now delivers 35 fully accredited online degree programs and 13 add-on certifications. Northwestern maintains the highest standards for online degree programs. Courses are interactive, engaging, and designed to optimize online learning.

Northwestern State University was recognized as the most popular online school in Louisiana by the SR Education Group in 2014 and ranked with the 2014 Best Online Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report. NSU is designated as an Adult Friendly Learning Institution and received national recognition for its Adult Learner Program from the Lumina Foundation. It was also named a Military Friendly School for 2015 by G.I. Jobs Magazine, ranking it in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

Online degrees provide a great deal of flexibility for all students but particularly for working adults. While students may not meet face to face in a physical classroom space or at a specific time, the requirements for participation and completion of assignments are just as rigorous in an online class.

Explore your career and personal goals with a career counselor when giving consideration to a degree program. Engage in discussion with an academic adviser to discuss the online program that you are interested in or have selected as a program of study. You may consider completing an online learning readiness assessment. There are tools available that can provide insight into your abilities when it comes to online learning, and knowing this information may be extremely helpful. Time management will be important. Plan to spend the same if not more time engaged in online coursework, and establishing a schedule is advisable. Online classes provide an excellent opportunity to engage in interactive discussions and activities with your professor and peers. Your counselor, academic adviser, professors and your classmates are your support team. Don’t be afraid to reach out to them if you need guidance or support. Finally, enjoy the experience, and look forward to earning the degree or credential that will help you to achieve your life’s goals.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

“ELearning” has evolved tremendously in recent years, and with the capabilities provided by technology this evolution continues. Opportunities to engage in true lifelong learning experiences through the availability of online content will be even more accessible and obtainable. Technology is transforming eLearning. The concept of on campus vs. online becomes a thing of the past – it just becomes characterized as learning.


 Paul Sisson, Ph.D.
I think the future of education clearly lies in the direction of increased customization and flexible formats …

Paul Sisson, Ph.D.

Dean of Graduate Studies, Associate Vice Chancellor for Sponsored Research

Louisiana State University Shreveport

Q. Can you tell us a little about the online programs offered at your school?

First, we've focused initially on redesigning selected graduate programs in the 100 percent online format. The six degree programs currently fully online are:

  • ONLINE Master of Business Administration
  • ONLINE Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction
  • ONLINE Master of Science in Nonprofit Administration
  • ONLINE Master of Health Administration
  • Online MEDCI with Concentration in Educational Technology
  • Online MEDCI with Concentration in AG

These can all be found at http://www.lsus.edu/academics/ecampus. We chose to focus on graduate programs first because of feedback from existing and prospective students that indicated the online format was either necessary or highly desirable for them as they sought to further their education. The reasons for this varied from person to person, but almost always included family and work obligations that made the traditional onsite format either impossible or very difficult. We've taken a systematic approach to reformatting existing graduate degrees and putting them online, and it has paid off. We've retained the high quality of our programs, but made them much more accessible. The results have been increases in enrollment in each program, up to a factor of 10 in one case. And at the same time, our graduation rate has either remained stable or increased.

Q. What advice would you give to students interested in an online degree program?

While the online format makes it possible to pursue a degree in a much more convenient manner, it's very important to realize that quality online education is just as academically demanding as traditional education and requires at least as much dedication and focus. If anything, the discipline required by the student is greater, but the advantage comes in being able to manage the times of day in which you learn. It's just as important as ever to confer with your adviser and map out a program of study, but in general you have more control over the pace at which you progress through the program.

Q. How do you anticipate online learning might evolve in the coming years?

I think the future of education clearly lies in the direction of increased customization and flexible formats, which for the foreseeable future means online learning will continue its rapid growth. We anticipate continuing to adapt more programs in this fashion and expect to see the same enthusiastic response among students.

Financial Aid Resources in Louisiana

The state of Louisiana is a strong proponent of education, as evidenced by its state financial aid programs and its educational outreach. In addition to a number of scholarships and grants designed to help offset the cost of college, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) publishes LOSFA LOOP, an informational resource for students, parents and more.

Take a look at how Louisiana financial aid programs can help to bridge the gap between cost and burden.

Louisiana Gift Aid: Grants & Scholarships

Louisiana's state scholarship programs are part of TOPS (the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students). Most recipients are chosen based on a combination of merit and need. Here are some examples.

1.TOPS - Opportunity Award
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Louisiana resident or the child of a parent who has been a Louisiana resident for at least two years prior to high school graduation. Applicant must be receiving a diploma from a public or state-approved high school, have completed 17.5 units of core curriculum courses with a minimum 2.5 GPA over the core courses only, and have scored a minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 940 or a composite ACT score of 20. FAFSA must be filed between January 1 and July 1, 2012 (for 2011 high school graduates). Alternate eligibility requirements issued for home-schooled and Louisiana applicants from out-of-state high schools.
Award Amount
$4,006
Application Deadline
Jul-01
Renewable
Renewable for up to four years if recipient continues to be enrolled as a full-time student, completes a minimum of 24 credit hours with a grade of "D" or higher (at the end of each spring semester), maintains a minimum 2.3 GPA at the end of each spring semester for the first 24 hours earned, maintains a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA at the end of each spring semester once 48 hours have been earned, and maintains steady academic progress for every other semester.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
2.TOPS - Performance Award
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Louisiana resident or the child of a parent who has been a Louisiana resident for at least two years prior to high school graduation. Applicant must be receiving a diploma from a public or state-approved private high school and have completed 17.5 units of core curriculum courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA over the core courses only. Minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1060 or composite ACT score of 23 required. FAFSA must be filed between January 1 and July 1, 2012 (for 2011 high school graduates). Alternate eligibility requirements for home-schooled and Louisiana applicants from out-of-state schools.
Award Amount
$4,406
Application Deadline
Jul-01
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains full-time enrollment, completes a minimum of 24 credit hours with a grade of "D" or higher at the end of each spring semester, maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at the end of each spring semester, and maintains steady academic progress for every other semester.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
3.TOPS - Honors Award
Type : Scholarship
Criteria:
Applicant must be a Louisiana resident or the child of a parent who has been a Louisiana resident for at least two years prior to high school graduation. Applicant must be receiving a diploma from a public or state-approved high school and have completed 17.5 units of core curriculum courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA over the core courses only. Minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1210 or composite ACT score of 27 required. FAFSA must be filed between January 1 and July 1, 2012 (for 2011 high school graduates). Alternate eligibility requirements for home-schooled and Louisiana applicants from out-of-state high schools.
Award Amount
$4,806
Application Deadline
Jul-01
Renewable
Renewable if recipient continues to be enrolled full-time every semester, completes a minimum of 24 credit hours with a grade of "D" or higher at the end of each spring semester, maintains a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA at the end of each spring semester, and maintains steady academic progress for every other semester.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
Yes
Application URL
4.Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership ...
Type : Grant
Criteria:
Applicant must have a minimum 2.0 GPA, GED score of 45, or have a minimum composite ACT score of 20 (combined SAT Reasoning score of 940). Selection is made by post-secondary institution, which may have additional requirements.
Award Amount
$2,000
Application Deadline
July 1
Renewable
Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 2.0 GPA.
Yes
Repay Required?
No
School Specific Scholarship?
No
Application URL

Looking for more grant information? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Grants for tips on how to find grants, or our Ultimate Guide to Scholarships for similar tips on scholarships.

Louisiana Loans

Although Louisiana financial aid is primarily focused on scholarship and grant programs, students are encouraged to look into federal and private student loan programs to find the solution that's best for them. Ideally, scholarships and grants will cover a portion of your college costs since those funds do not have to be repaid. However, if you need further help in paying for college, loans are available.

Get the scoop on how student loans work in the Ultimate Guide to Student Loans.

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