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Merit Scholarships

An affordable option

A mix of institutional merit-based awards and need-based aid makes Loyola an affordable option for families of all income levels.

Scholarships for first-year and transfer students are based on outstanding academic records, competitive test scores, and significant community involvement. Talent-based scholarships are also available in music, theatre arts, and visual arts. Scholarships range from $2,000 to full tuition annually.

Students are automatically considered for institutional merit-based scholarships when they apply for admission. These awards are based solely on academic merit as identified in the application process and do not require an interview. February 15 is our priority deadline for admission and institutional merit-based scholarships. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year on a space and fund available basis.

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for all need-based federal, state and institutional aid programs. Students that submit the FAFSA by March 1 will receive maximum consideration for institutional need-based aid. For more information about submitting the FAFSA, visit our Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Loyola offers competitive merit-based scholarships for entering freshmen, transfer and international students. Scholarships are based on cumulative grade point average (GPA) and standardized testing scores. All applicants will be considered and there is no separate scholarship application. Scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance.

First-Year Freshmen Students
Institutional Merit-Based Scholarship

Merit Scholarships range from $11,000 to $23,000 for qualified applicants. Students generally must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA* and a 21 ACT or a 1000 SAT to qualify. While applicants whose credentials fall below this range are not automatically considered for merit-based scholarships, they will be considered individually for other institutional awards. All applicants, regardless of qualification should submit the FAFSA so they may be considered for Loyola grants as well as federal need-based aid.

Ignatian Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Ignatian Scholars receive a full-tuition scholarship and on-campus housing allowance, in addition to automatic admission into our Honors Program. Scholars must also fulfill specialized service requirements as part of this cohort of engaged, invested and motivated individuals.

The selection of Ignatian Scholars is a multi-step process including an interview with a member of the Loyola community. The interview will consist of questions related to personal experiences, academic plans, and future goals, as well as exploring a student’s interests in service, leadership and social justice. We encourage applicants to submit supplemental resumes, personal statements and/or activity listings to highlight their community involvement, demonstrated leadership and history of service throughout high school.

If selected to interview for the Ignatian scholarship, students will be contacted directly by their admissions counselor. Applicants with a minimum cumulative *3.5 GPA on a 4-point scale in academic subjects combined with a minimum 29 ACT composite or minimum 1300 SAT combined score may qualify for consideration. The deadline to be considered for the Ignatian Scholarship is February 1. Interviews will take place between Feb. 4th - 20th. Award notifications will be sent in early March.

*Grade Point Average for First-Year Applicants

Loyola considers the highest GPA reported from the applicant’s high school for admission purposes. For scholarship purposes, all GPAs will be considered based on a 4.0 scale where the highest possible GPA is a 4.0. If an applicant’s GPA is based on a different scale (*please see below) the Loyola Admissions Office will calculate the applicant’s GPA on a 4.0 scale in order to consider the student for merit-based academic scholarships.

Please Note: Loyola has specific guidelines with respect to GPA’s for the following states/school systems:
  • For the state of Florida, Loyola only considers the “state” GPA for both admission and scholarship purposes
  • For schools that only calculate letter grades, Loyola will calculate a numeric GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • For schools that do not award grades as a matter of policy, Loyola will calculate a numeric GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • For schools that calculate GPAs based on a scale other than a 4.0 (including those where the highest possible grade is above a 4.0), Loyola will calculate a numeric GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • For homeschooled students, applicants must be a member of a BESE-Approved Home Study Program and present a transcript containing a full accounting of courses and earned grades
Major-Based Scholarships
Social Justice Scholars

The Social Justice Scholars program provides a way for Loyola New Orleans students to live out the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and the pursuit of social justice. The program is administered by the Department of Sociology, which has a strong commitment to the integration of academic learning and social action. For this reason, Social Justice Scholarship recipients are required to either minor or major in sociology. This intellectual foundation helps scholars to learn to critically analyze social problems and solutions. As part of their commitment to the program, scholars engage in 45 hours of service per semester in the community and keep a GPA of at least 2.75. New Social Justice Scholars enter into a community where they will meet others who share their commitments. Each month scholars meet together, share a meal, discuss their service work, and share their responses to a common reading that addresses issues of inequality and justice. Applications are open to any admitted new student. For more information about applying to this program, please contact Doug Umberger in the Loyola Admissions Office at

College of Music and Fine Arts Applicants

Students who are interested in applying to the College of Music and Fine Arts should indicate their preferred academic major on their Loyola application. Auditions, Interviews or Portfolio Submissions are a requirement to major in this college. Upon successful completion of these requirements, students will be evaluated for their academic and artistic achievements and, if eligible, will receive one combined scholarship award with their admission letter. Please contact the Office of Admissions at (504) 865-3240 for more information.

Click on department you are applying to below to review the admission requirements:

School of Music

Theatre Arts and Dance

Department of Film and Music Industry Studies

Department of Art

Department of Design


On Campus Audition Days:

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Uploaded Auditions and Portfolio Submissions:

While we hope to see you on campus, we understand this is sometimes not possible. We do accept video auditions, which can be uploaded to your Loyola application. All portfolios should be submitted through your Loyola application. February 15 is the Priority Deadline for applicants to submit a recorded audition or portfolio and receive consideration for both admission and scholarships.
Transfer Students

Merit Scholarships range from $9,000 to $16,000 for qualified transfer applicants with competitive cumulative college GPAs. Please note: second-degree seeking applicants are not eligible for merit-based scholarships. All applicants, regardless of qualification, should submit the FAFSA so they may be considered for Loyola grants as well as federal need-based aid. Loyola's FAFSA Code is 002016. Transfer applicants with less than 12 semester hours will be asked to submit their high school transcript and standardized test scores (ACT and/or SAT).

Phi Theta Kappa

PTK scholarships are available for qualified transfer applicants from two-year community colleges. If the student is a Phi Theta Kappa member, she/he will automatically receive $3,000 per year.

Full-Tuition Transfer Scholarship

A full tuition scholarship is available for transfer applicants. If the student is from a four-year college or university, she/he must have completed at least 30 credit hours and have a cumulative GPA between 3.75 and 4.0. If the student is from a two-year community college or junior college, she/he must have completed at least 60 credit hours (can include currently enrolled courses) and have a cumulative GPA ranging from 3.75 to 4.0. An interview is required to be considered. The scholarship is only available for Fall semester applicants. The deadline to submit a Fall Transfer Application is March 15.

International Student Scholarships

Merit Scholarships range from $11,000 to $23,000 for qualified international applicants. Students generally must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA to qualify. International applicants are not eligible for federal need-based aid.

Athletic-Based Scholarships

Loyola University New Orleans is member of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) competing at the Division I level. Scholarships are available for qualified players. Applicants should complete the required athletic recruitment questionnaire in order to be considered.

For more information about submitting the FAFSA, visit our office of Scholarships and Financial Aid.