Types of Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid assists students in meeting educational expenses by administering and coordinating various federal, state and institutional student aid programs, including grants, scholarships, and employment.


Federal Pell Grants

Federal Pell Grant:  the Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students.  Grant amounts depend on the student’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC), the cost of attendance (COA), and the student’s enrollment status.  Grant disbursements are made on approximately the 30th class day of a semester and thereafter.  The Pell Grant is a gift aid that does not have to be repaid.

Federal Direct Student Loans

Subsidized and unsubsidized loans are federal student loans for eligible students to help cover the cost of higher education.  The U.S. Department of Education offers eligible students at participating schools Direct Subsidized Loans and Direct Unsubsidized Loans. (Some people refer to these loans as Stafford Loans or Direct Stafford Loans.)  Please refer to the Student Loans page for more information.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

The SEOG is a federal grant available to undergraduate students with exceptional need.  Students with the lowest Expected Family Contribution (EFC), who are also receiving a Federal Pell Grant, may be eligible to receive this grant.  Not all recipients of the Federal Pell Grant will receive the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant due to the availability of funds.  The SEOG is gift aid that does not have to be repaid.


Louisiana Go Grant

The Louisiana Go Grant is a need-based state grant for students.  The Go Grant is aimed at bridging the gap between the amount of financial aid a student is awarded through the Federal Pell Grant program and the actual cost of attending a Louisiana college or university.  A student must meet specific program requirements to be eligible to receive this grant.  Click for detailed requirements. http://www.osfa.la.gov/go_grant.html