Applying for Financial Aid
The Financial Aid Office is here to assist you with obtaining the funding needed to accomplish your academic goals. The Financial Aid Office administers: federal grants, loans and work study; State of Louisiana's Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (commonly called TOPS) Scholarships and the State of Louisiana Go Grant Program; and LSUS scholarships.
Applying for Federal Financial Aid
- Apply for a personal identification number (PIN) at www.pin.ed.gov. If you are a dependent student, you will need to obtain a PIN for one of your parents. The PIN will be used to sign your FAFSA.
- Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov. LSUS's school code is 002013.
- After the FAFSA has been processed by the U.S. Department of Education, you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR). Your SAR will be emailed to you if you provided an email address. If you did not provide an email address, you must check the FAFSA website to obtain your SAR. Contact the Financial Aid Office when you receive your SAR. Your SAR is used to determine your eligibility for financial aid.
- If your SAR is selected for verification, additional documents will be required. These documents must be submitted to the LSUS Financial Ad Office before you can be awarded financial aid.
- If you are applying for a student loan for the first time at LSUS, you are required to complete entrance counseling. Entrance counseling is completed on-line at www.studentloans.gov.
- All new students or students who did not attend in 2013-14 are required to submit a new master promissory note. The website for completing the new master promissory note is www.studentloans.gov.
- Applicants must be seeking a bachelor's or master's degree or teacher or nursing certification.
- Loan applicants must be enrolled in at least six hours at LSUS at the time of loan disbursement.
- Graduate students must be enrolled in six graduate hours at LSUS at the time of loan disbursement.
- Students cannot receive federal financial aid for correspondence courses.
- Students must be fully accepted for admission to the university. All academic transcripts must be on file and evalulated by the Admissions Office before you can be awarded. Provisionally admitted or visiting students cannot receive financial aid.
- Students receiving financial aid must be making academic progress. A copy of this policy is available in the Financial Aid office or on our website at http://www.lsus.edu/admissions-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/satisfactory-academic-progress.
Applying for State of Louisiana Programs
- TOPS-Students applying for a TOPS Scholarship are encouraged to complete the FAFSA annually by April 15, July 1 at the latest. The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) determines a student's eligibility for a TOPS Scholarship and notifies the student. LOSFA receives academic information electronically on high school seniors as well as ACT scores. It is important that students list LOSFA as an agency to receive their ACT scores when they are taking the ACT. Grades on continuing students who have received TOPS Scholarships previously are automatically sent to LOSFA. Students are notified by LOSFA of their continuing eligibility or the reason why their award has been cancelled.
- Louisiana Go Grant-Students must be receiving a Pell Grant and are required to complete the FAFSA.
Entering Student Scholarships
If you are applying for entering student scholarships, complete your admission application by January 31 for awards beginning the next academic year. If you are an entering freshman, ACT scores must also be on file. Entering transfer students must submit an unofficial college transcript to the Office of Admissions and Records.
Continuing Student Scholarships
Continuing LSUS students apply for scholarships offered by the college of their major by contacting the appropriate dean's office. Students who are enrolled at LSUS are automatically considered for scholarships administered by the Financial Aid Office.
Title IV School Code: 002013