Freshman Scholarships

Louisiana Tech University believes in providing an excellent education and affordable tuition. As a Tier One National University, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Colleges, Louisiana Tech offers non-competitive admissions scholarships in addition to competitive scholarships with specific requirements. Information on competitive scholarship opportunities is available on our General Scholarships page.

Come be a part of the Tech family and see why Louisiana Tech ranks among the nation’s best!

  • Ranks highest in the state of Louisiana and No. 17 nationally among “Low Cost Colleges with High Starting Salaries for Graduates”
  • One of the nation’s 25 Most Affordable Colleges for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • No. 1 in the state and 21st nationally for providing graduates with the best return on investment in their college education
  • Ranks in the top 25 nationally for graduating students with the least amount of debt in four of the past five years
  • Graduates receive the highest starting median pay in the state among all of the state’s universities

Merit-Based Scholarships*

Admission scholarships are awarded on the basis of demonstrated ability, usually without regard for need. For general admission scholarships, incoming freshmen should apply for admission by the priority deadline of January 15 of their senior year. No separate scholarship application is needed, but ACT or SAT scores and high school transcript with GPA and rank (if applicable) should be submitted. For scholarship purposes, ACT/SAT scores through the December test date of the senior year will be accepted and GPA (Overall) is calculated on a 4.0 unweighted scale.

Effective for Fall 2021-22 Incoming Freshmen
Scholarship Name: ACT / SAT Score GPA 3.0-3.749 GPA 3.75-4.0
Presidential: ACT 33+ / SAT 1450-1600 $9,000 $9,500
Deans’ Scholarship: ACT 32 / SAT 1420-1440 $8,000 $8,500
Outstanding Student: ACT 31 / SAT 1390-1410 $6,000 $6,500
Outstanding Student: ACT 29-30 / SAT 1330-1380 $5,000 $5,500
Outstanding Student: ACT 27-28 / SAT 1260-1320 $4,000 $4,500
Outstanding Student: ACT 25-26 / 1200-1250 $3,000 $3,500
Outstanding Student: ACT 23-24 / 1130-1190 $2,000 $2,500
President’s Choice: ACT 20-22/SAT 1030-1120 N/A $1,000


Additional Scholarship Information

  • Must be a US citizen to qualify for merit-based scholarships.
  • Presidential, Deans’, and Outstanding Student Scholarships are annual amounts and are awarded for four years (not including summer); or for a maximum of 12 quarters if you choose to attend summer(s) – additional rules apply and a separate application is required for summer.
  • Continuous full-time enrollment is required (minimum of 8 hours per quarter excluding summer).
  • Scholarships are renewed each year provided a 3.00 cumulative GPA is maintained at the end of each Spring Quarter; Presidential Scholars must also maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the end of every quarter.
  • In addition to merit-based scholarships, out-of-state students may also qualify for the Bulldog Scholarship which pays out-of-state tuition and fees.


National Merit Scholarship

Open to: All admitted incoming freshman that are National Merit Finalists who list Louisiana Tech University as first choice with the National Merit Corporation

Academic Requirements: 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 unweighted scale)

Available Awards: Unlimited awards which pay tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meals for four years.

Maintaining Scholarship: Student must remain full-time and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0

Application Deadline: Apply for admission according to National Merit deadlines


Bulldog Out-of-State Scholarship

Undergraduate students who are not residents of Louisiana may be eligible for an out-of-state fee scholarship which covers out-of-state tuition and fees. Incoming freshman are automatically considered for Category A; please contact Admissions if you feel that you only qualify under Category B. Transfer students are automatically considered for Category B. Currently enrolled students should check with the Financial Aid Office.

Incoming Freshmen – Category A
(First-time in college after high school graduation)

  • Must be admitted.
  • ACT 23, or 1130 new SAT (ERW+M), or 1050 old SAT 1050 (CR+M – pre 2016 test date) – any test date before enrollment, and
  • 2.5 Overall GPA (on a 4.0 unweighted scale), and
  • Do not need remedial English and/or Math. Must have a minimum 18 ACT English, or 25 SAT Writing and Language, or 450 SAT Critical Reading (pre 2016 test date). And, a minimum 19 ACT Math, or 500 new SAT Math, or 450 old SAT Math (pre 2016 test date).

Retention of this scholarship requires full-time enrollment (8 or more credit hrs. per quarter), and a cumulative and quarterly GPA of at least 2.00.

Transfer and Enrolled Students – Category B*
(Students with at least 12 semester hours of college credit, including dual enrollment hours)

  • Must be admitted with completed transcript(s) on file.
  • Minimum of 12 semester hours of college-level credit, and
  • Cumulative 2.75 GPA on college credit hours, and
  • Do not need remedial English and/or Math. See the last bullet under Incoming Freshmen above, or have taken courses equivalent to college-level English and college-level math course.

Retention of this scholarship requires full-time enrollment (8 or more credit hrs. per quarter), and a cumulative and quarterly GPA of at least 2.00.

*Alternate category for incoming freshmen with dual enrollment or other transfer hours.

Special Categories

Category C
Students whose parent(s) graduated from Louisiana Tech University are treated as in-state for tuition purposes. The parent information section of the application for admission should be completed.

Category D
Non-resident students who enroll in 6 or fewer credit hours per quarter are treated as in-state for tuition purposes.

U.S. Citizens
Students who are not residents of Louisiana may be eligible for an out-of-state scholarship which covers all out-of-state fees. Incoming freshmen are automatically considered for the scholarship with the completed application for admission.

International Students
International students may be eligible for the Bulldog Out-of-State Scholarship if they meet the criteria outlined in the Bulldog Out-of-State International Student information page.

All scholarship information is subject to change.

For questions about scholarships awarded by the Office of Admissions, please contact:
Admissions Office, Hale Hall
P.O. Box 3178
Ruston, Louisiana 71272
Phone: 318-257-3036
Fax: 318-257-2499