Tulane Scholarship (a/k/a Tulane Need-Based Scholarship) is awarded on the basis of both need and merit to otherwise eligible full-time division undergraduate students pursuing a first undergraduate degree for fall and/or spring semesters during which they are assessed tuition at the standard Tulane full-time undergraduate division rate and attending on a full-time basis. Merit is considered in determining the proportion of scholarship in the total aid package. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 2.300 cumulative grade point average (GPA), be full-time students in a full-time undergraduate division, and maintain continuous primary enrollment in a full-time undergraduate division. The scholarship is not applicable to summer semesters and is not applicable for students who are not charged full-time undergraduate division tuition at the standard rate.
Tulane’s need-based scholarships referenced here are only available to full-time students who are in bachelor degree programs as an undergraduate in any Tulane School or College, EXCEPT the School of Continuing Studies, AND who are being charged tuition at the standard full-time rate. Again, students enrolling in the School of Continuing Studies are NOT eligible for this scholarship. Consideration of Tulane need-based scholarship requires that eligible students must complete/submit the following:
• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) *
• College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile*
• Non-Custodial Parent (NCP) CSS Profile* (when parents are divorced)
• Copies of all requested parent and student federal income tax returns including all schedules and W-2 forms*
• Any other requested documentation
*Not applicable to international students, who must only complete the CSS International Profile.
Please note that Tulane Scholarship will be reduced if and when other institutional gift aid is added, with very few exceptions (for example, Tulane Valedictorian Scholarship and Tulane Band Scholarship). Your total financial aid award, including Tulane Scholarship, cannot exceed your cost of attendance as established by Tulane. Furthermore, your Tulane Scholarship cannot exceed your institutional financial need which is defined as the aforementioned cost of attendance less your determined expected family contribution (using Tulane’s institutional methodology) and less any other gift aid received (such as outside scholarships). This formula is consistently used to adjust Tulane Scholarship when there are changes to the cost of attendance, the expected family contribution, and/or information concerning other gift aid, even if changes occur after need-based scholarship was originally offered. Any Tulane Scholarship offered prior to our receipt and review of all documentation determined as necessary for the establishment and confirmation of your financial need (such as required verification and/or validation documents, sibling enrollment verification, or notification of outside scholarships/awards) means that your Tulane Scholarship offer is considered tentative.
Continuing full-time undergraduates must have maintained and completed full-time enrollment during the prior year AND also must have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.30 to remain eligible for Tulane Scholarship consideration in a subsequent academic year. For more details regarding the academic requirements for retaining Tulane Scholarship, please refer to the applicable sections below and in Tulane’s “A Comprehensive Guide to Undergraduate Financial Aid 2014-2015.” A student is expected to graduate within the normal number of semesters required for their specific undergraduate degree program in which he or she is enrolled (examples: graduate within eight semesters in the Newcomb-Tulane College, Schools of Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Business, Public Health, or within ten semesters in the School of Architecture). Tulane’s policy is to consider applicants for Tulane Scholarship only for the required number of semesters in any given program, whether or not a student enrolls for semesters in another curriculum and/or enrolls for semesters during which no Tulane Scholarship was received. In rare unusual circumstances, we may consider up to two additional semesters of eligibility.
Seniors in their final semester before graduation who are not required to enroll on a full-time basis in order to obtain the necessary completed credit hours to graduate (and who are being charged undergraduate tuition at on a pro-rated standard full-time undergraduate division amount) may still receive a portion of the tuition scholarship, but the amount will be adjusted on a comparable pro-rated basis by the reduction in undergraduate tuition from the full-time rate.
Notice of Conditional Status
Students not meeting the criteria of maintaining the required minimum GPA and/or full-time enrollment standards will see reference via the Tulane Gibson portal of their status regarding receipt of their "Conditional Year" for Tulane need-based scholarship under the "Satisfied Requirements" listing. "Conditional Year" consists of one conditional semester of receiving Tulane need-based scholarship, and a second semester ONLY if certain conditions are met (refer below: “Conditions for Spring Disbursement of Conditional Year Tulane Scholarship”). Note: Students who have already received a conditional year of scholarship are NOT eligible for an additional conditional year of scholarship.
If a student who is otherwise eligible for a Tulane Scholarship has a cumulative GPA which falls below 2.300 at the end of any academic year and/or drops to less than full-time enrollment during a semester, then during the student’s Conditional Year, he/she will be awarded Tulane Scholarship for one conditional semester (up to two in some cases) during their one Conditional Year. During the Conditional Year (assuming that the student is meeting all other eligibility criteria) the fall portion of the student's Tulane Scholarship will disburse to the student’s Account Receivables’ account, HOWEVER the spring portion will disburse ONLY if the student meets certain academic conditions (refer below: “Conditions for Spring Disbursement of Conditional Year Tulane Scholarship”). Students who are late in either the initiation and/or completion of their application for Tulane Scholarship for the upcoming year are still held responsible for meeting all of the deadlines and academic conditions of this policy. A student loses the opportunity to complete a Conditional Year if the Conditional Year is not completed within two academic years after the student first was identified of their Conditional Year status.
Assistance Available to Students
During the Conditional Year, students will be encouraged to seek assistance from various resources offered by Tulane, such as Academic Advising and/or University Health Services, if it seems appropriate. Students are urged to take advantage of any sources of assistance offered by the University that might help improve their academic performance.
Conditions for Spring Disbursement of Conditional Year
Tulane Scholarship During the Conditional Year, Tulane Scholarship amounts for the spring semester will be disbursed for students who achieve a 2.300 GPA for the fall semester provided they have also enrolled full-time for both the fall and spring semesters. The student’s overall cumulative GPA does not need to be at 2.300 or higher, ONLY their GPA for the fall semester of their Conditional Year. Spring scholarship will be canceled and NOT disbursed for students who did not achieve a 2.300 GPA for the fall semester and/or who did not enroll at a full-time status for the fall semester. A decision to cancel scholarship based on the failure to make a 2.300 GPA during the first semester of the conditional year CANNOT be appealed. Students will be informed by e-mail and/or mail of a decision to cancel spring scholarship.
Loss of Scholarship at End of Conditional Year
At the conclusion of the Conditional Year (fall and spring semesters) Tulane evaluates a student’s academic performance to determine if a student enrolled and completed a full-time course load each semester of the Conditional Year AND to see if the student has now earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.300 or higher. Failure to successfully complete these criteria will result in the loss of Tulane Scholarship (however please review the “Probationary Status” criteria below for the only exception to this rule). The loss of Tulane Scholarship means that a student will not be awarded Tulane Scholarship for the next academic year. Students will be informed of this decision by e-mail and/or mail. A student who attends summer school may NOT retain Tulane Scholarship eligibility by achieving a cumulative 2.300 GPA for the year with summer school grades included. A student who loses eligibility for Tulane Scholarship may reapply for this need-based resource after one academic year if the student has achieved an overall cumulative GPA of 2.300 during a period of full-time enrollment, meaning that the student must enroll and complete 12 credit hours or more each semester of the academic year.
At the conclusion of the Conditional Year (fall and spring semesters) if a student has completed a full-time course load each semester of the Conditional Year yet has not earned an overall cumulative GPA of 2.300 or higher, HOWEVER did earn an overall cumulative GPA for the Conditional Year (meaning that the overall GPA for the fall semester and spring semester of the Conditional Year) is at least 2.300 or higher, then the student will be granted Probationary Status. A Probationary Status means that a student will be awarded Tulane Scholarship (if eligible) for the next semester of the academic year, and that the student will then be evaluated on a semester by semester basis going forward to determine if satisfactory academic progress continues (defined as continuing to enroll full-time and earn a GPA of 2.300 or higher). Tulane Scholarship will continue on a Probationary Status until a student either achieves an overall cumulative GPA of 2.300 or higher OR fails to meet the aforementioned satisfactory academic progress criteria.
Deadline for Resolving Grade Issues
Any grades of "incomplete" or disputed grades must be resolved within six weeks of the start of the next academic semester in order to either release a student from the requirement of completing a Conditional Year or to retain Tulane Scholarship after completing a conditional year. A decision to require a student to complete a Conditional Year or to deny Tulane Scholarship at the end of a Conditional Year is made at the conclusion of that academic year based on the student's GPA and number of enrolled credit hours. This decision will not be affected if a course is repeated after either of these criteria is determined.
A student may appeal loss of Tulane Scholarship to the Financial Aid Office. However, the decision to cancel Tulane Scholarship based on the failure to make a 2.300 GPA during the first semester of the conditional year CANNOT be appealed. The basis of the appeal must be extraordinary circumstances that were beyond the student's control during the Conditional Year, such as a serious, extended physical or mental condition. On appeal a student must present documentation that the student's academic performance was affected during the conditional year by a serious physical or mental condition. Documentation from an academic advisor or from a private physician (channeled through University Health Service) must attest that the physical or mental problems were beyond the student's control during the Conditional Year and that the student has now made significant progress in addressing these problems and can be reasonably expected to achieve the required academic standing if another year of Tulane Scholarship is granted.
An appeal may or may not be granted. If the appeal is granted, financial aid for the student will be recalculated and the student will be notified by e-mail and/or mail of his/her award. An award of Tulane Scholarship may again be conditioned or placed on a Probationary Status upon certain academic requirements the student must meet. If the appeal is not granted, the student may reapply for Tulane Scholarship aid after one year if the student has achieved an overall cumulative GPA of at least 2.300 with a minimum of 12 hours completed each semester. At that time, an award of Tulane Scholarship may be made assuming the student still demonstrates a financial need. This award may be conditioned upon certain academic requirements that the student must meet.
One Conditional Year Limitation
If a student who successfully completes a Conditional Year and retains Tulane Scholarship ultimately falls below a 2.300 GPA and/or completes less than 12 hours a semester for any subsequent academic year, the student will NOT be given another Conditional Year and will not be offered any Tulane Scholarship. A student loses the opportunity to complete a Conditional Year if the Conditional Year is not completed within two academic years after the student first fell below the standard for retention of Tulane Scholarship.
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