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Financial Aid for Louisiana Residents

Tulane awards millions of dollars in financial aid to Louisiana students every single year. Louisiana students qualify for many merit-based scholarships in addition to need-based scholarships, grants, and loans.

Tulane's Focus Louisiana program is a set of financial aid and admission initiatives aimed to encourage prospective students from Louisiana to explore the opportunities available at Tulane. Tulane offers guaranteed admission to Louisiana students who meet certain academic and curricular qualifications. These initiatives are offered to students graduating from Louisiana secondary schools and residing in the state.

Focus Louisiana Merit Scholarships

Legislative Scholarship

  • To be considered:
    • You must be a Louisiana student admitted into Newcomb-Tulane College as a full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate
  • Students should submit a completed Legislative Scholarship Program Disclosure Form by April 1
    • Students admitted through Early Action or Early Decision will receive this form via email by mid-January
    • Students admitted through Regular Decision (and currently enrolled students) will receive this form via email by mid-March
  • Tulane receives nomination forms from legislators in mid-April
  • The Office of Financial Aid notifies students meeting scholarship criteria that they've received the award in late April
  • Current Legislative Scholarship recipients who are re-nominated for the award – and continue to satisfy program requirements – should refer to Gibson Online for notification after spring semester grades are posted
  • Questions? Review Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Marcia Taylor in Tulane's Office Government and Community Relations at or 504.988.3393.
  • If you are a prospective student-athlete seeking an athletic scholarship as well as the Legislative Scholarship, contact the Tulane Athletics Compliance Office.

Mayoral Scholarship

In addition to these initiatives, Louisiana residents who demonstrate financial need may be considered for additional Tulane-awarded need-based aid. Louisiana residents may also apply the Louisiana TOPS Award (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) toward the cost of attending Tulane.

  • To be considered:
    • 30+ ACT or 1400+ SAT score
    • Offered admission to Tulane’s Newcomb-Tulane College as a first-time, full-time undergraduate freshman
    • Residency in Orleans Parish
    • Currently attend and graduate from a high school within Orleans Parish
    • Demonstrate financial need based on the results of the FAFSA and CSS Profile
  • The Mayoral Scholarship application form will be added to an eligible student's Green Wave portal within one week of the notification of admission to Tulane.
  • Questions? Review Frequently Asked Questions, or contact Valerie Calenda in Tulane's Office of Undergraduate Admission at or 504.314.2641.