The Office of Student Financial Aid is not the awarding agent for any scholarships. However, Financial Aid tracks all scholarships including private scholarships from outside sources. The Admissions Office awards scholarships to incoming students, and various Departments and Colleges award scholarships to both incoming and continuing students. Some students may receive scholarships and/or assistance from outside sources. You should notify us immediately of any outside aid which you are receiving or expect to receive, which doesn't appear on your award letter. If you are not eligible to receive any aid listed, please make a note on your award letter and we will correct our records and adjust your aid accordingly.
Scholarships listed on your award letter are not official offers of aid. Any scholarship that appears on your award letter may be only an estimate based on information you reported or from prior year awards. Any scholarship or assistance, other than federal aid, that appears on your award letter is not an official offer. If additional assistance is received at any time during the school year, an adjustment to your original award may be made to prevent an overaward of federal aid.
Overaward: In the event the student's total aid exceeds his federal financial need or the cost of attendance, any federal loan aid shall be reduced, then institutional and other aid in accordance with the institutional practice, then State Scholarships and Grants (including TOPS if applicable), shall be reduced by the amount of any remaining overaward.
For general scholarship information, a list of scholarships, scholarship applications, and contact information, please click the More link below and it will take you to the Admissions Office Webpage.
Each of the five colleges (Applied & Natural Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering & Science, and Liberal Arts) has its own scholarship program. For information about those scholarships, click the appropriate college below:
- College of Applied and Natural Sciences (ANS)
- College of Business (BUS)
- College of Education (EDU)
- College of Engineering and Science (ES)
- College of Liberal Arts (LA)
Some students may receive outside scholarships and/or other scholarship assistance from outside sources. You should notify us immediately of any outside aid which you are receiving or expect to receive which doesn't appear on your award letter. If additional assistance is received at any time during the school year, an adjustment to your original award may be made to prevent an overaward of federal aid.
We encourage you to use any of the various scholarship search tools provided below to assist you in your search for scholarships. The Division of Student Financial Aid does not endorse or receive any incentives from any of the scholarship search tools listed.
Our Scholarship Search page lists many scholarship search tools which may assist you in finding additional funding.
A few of the Private Scholarships available on the web:
- ADHD Scholarships
- American Indian Higher Education Consortium
- Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Cancer Scholarships
- American Psychological Association
- Gates Millennium Scholarship
- Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships
- Clara Abbott Foundation Scholarship Program
- J.P. Morgan Chase Smart Start Scholarship Programs
- US Bank
- Students with Disabilities
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Veterans United Foundation Scholarship
- LASFAA Mildred D. Higgins High School Scholarship
Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)
TOPS scholarships are awarded by the State of Louisiana through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance in Baton Rouge. We may place TOPS on your financial aid award letter in anticipation of being awarded a TOPS scholarship. An anticipated TOPS award listed on your financial aid award letter is not an official offer. The official offer will come from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) if you are eligible (see LOSFA Award System for current eligibility status). We estimate the award to prevent making reductions to other awards at a later date since the majority of Louisiana students should qualify. If you know you are not eligible to receive TOPS, please indicate such on your award letter and we will correct our records and your award package. If you are TOPS eligible and anticipate any additional scholarships or financial aid please notify the Financial Aid Office. If additional aid is received at any time during the school year, an adjustment to your original award may be made to prevent an overaward.
For more information about TOPS, see the topics below:
- TOPS Rights and Responsibilities
- TOPS Questions and Answers from LOSFA
- How and When to Apply for TOPS
- TOPS Tuition per Award Year
- Maintaining Your TOPS Eligibility - Steady Academic Progress
- Maintaining Your TOPS Eligibility - Hours Per Academic Year
- TOPS Summer Information
- Failure to Maintain TOPS Requirements
- Exceptions Granted by LOSFA
Renewing Your TOPS Award
To renew your TOPS Award for the next academic year, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a renewal FAFSA by July 1st of each year.
Important: Students receiving TOPS must be enrolled full-time (as defined by your institution) as of the 15th class day at semester schools or the 10th class day at quarter schools every semester or quarter they enroll (excluding summers) and maintain continuous enrollment. At Louisiana Tech University full-time for Undergraduate students is 8 hours or more; full-time for Graduate students is 6 hours.