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2014-2015

Louisiana GO Grant

General Information
The Louisiana GO Grant is a need-based award funded by the State of Louisiana for certain undergraduate students whose permanent residency is in Louisiana. A GO Grant award will be revised if criteria for the grant's receipt is found not to be met.

General Eligibility Requirements
To be considered for the Louisiana GO Grant by the Tulane University Financial Aid Office during the 2014-15 academic year, a student must  

  1. Be a Louisiana resident; AND
  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); AND
  3. Receive a federal Pell grant; AND
  4. Enroll at Tulane for and attend at least six hours during the fall 2014 semester and/or enroll at Tulane for and attend at least six hours during the spring 2015 semester AND
  5. Have remaining financial need after the student's federal Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and total federal/state/institutional gift aid is deducted from the student’s Cost of Attendance (COA).

A student is eligible to receive a GO Grant in subsequent semesters if the renewal requirements are met; however, a student is not guaranteed to receive the GO Grant in subsequent semesters/years.

Specific additional information regarding how limited funding is allocated each year at Tulane University may be found below.  For more information on the Louisiana GO Grant, please visit the GO Grant section on the Louisiana OSFA website

2014-2015 Academic Year Eligibility Requirements at Tulane University
The total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for the 2014-2015 academic year for Tulane students is $331,991.  Tulane will bill for and disburse the total allocation in Louisiana GO Grant for the 2013-14 academic year in a priority order by semester until funds are depleted.  The maximum award per student per fall or spring semester during the 2014-2015 academic year is $500 for a full-time student or for an at least half-time student, zero for a student who is attending fewer than 6 credit hours, or the point at which 60% of the semester's federal financial need is met with institutional, federal and/or state gift aid (inclusive of the GO Grant) for the semester, whichever is less.

The deadline for schools to identify recipients and bill the State for the fall 2014 is November 1, 2014 and the deadline for schools to identify recipients and bill the State for the spring 2015 portion of Louisiana GO Grant student funding is March 24, 2015.

Tulane University's priority order to bill Louisiana GO Grant for the 2014-2015 academic year is semester by semester (first the Fall 2014 semester, then, if total allocation funding remains, the Spring 2015 semester) in the following group order, until the total allocation for 2014-2015 is depleted; if the 2014-2015 total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for Tulane University students is depleted within a group, the order within the group for the affected semester shall be established first by the date by which the student's 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid was received by the Department of Education, then by the student's financial need as defined in the context of the Louisiana GO Grant program:

1.) Students who are age 25 or older throughout 2014 and who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the semester's GO Grant billing deadline.

2.) Students who received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students in the same academic year and who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the semester's GO Grant billing deadline.

3.) Students who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the semester's GO Grant billing deadline.

4.) If additional funding is made available after the GO Grant billing deadlines for both the fall and spring semesters, any students who would have been eligible for GO Grant funding but were unable to receive the funding due to original allocation depletion will be considered in the original order first (as long as the student also meets any additional fund criteria that may have been added); then, if funding remains, the order above will be repeated but without the billing deadline criteria.

Louisiana GO Grant HISTORICAL 2013-2014 Information

General Information
The Louisiana GO Grant is a need-based award funded by the State of Louisiana for certain undergraduate students whose permanent residency is in Louisiana. A GO Grant award will be revised if criteria for the grant's receipt is found not to be met.

General Eligibility Requirements
To be considered for the Louisiana GO Grant by the Tulane University Financial Aid Office during the 2013-14 academic year, a student must  

  1. Be a Louisiana resident; AND
  2. File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); AND
  3. Receive a federal Pell grant; AND
  4. Enroll at Tulane for and attend at least six hours during the fall 2013 semester and/or enroll at Tulane for and attend at least six hours during the spring 2014 semester AND
  5. Have remaining financial need after the student's federal Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and total federal/state/institutional gift aid is deducted from the student’s Cost of Attendance (COA).

A student is eligible to receive a GO Grant in subsequent semesters if the renewal requirements are met; however, a student is not guaranteed to receive the GO Grant in subsequent semesters/years.

Specific additional information regarding how limited funding is allocated each year at Tulane University may be found below.  For more information on the Louisiana GO Grant, please visit the GO Grant section on the Louisiana OSFA website

2013-2014 Academic Year Eligibility Requirements at Tulane University
The total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for the 2013-2014 academic year for Tulane students is $351,943.  Tulane will bill for and disburse the total allocation in Louisiana GO Grant for the 2013-14 academic year in a priority order by semester until funds are depleted.  The maximum award per student per fall or spring semester during the 2013-2014 academic year is $500 for a full-time student or for an at least half-time student, zero for a student who is attending fewer than 6 credit hours, or the point at which 60% of the semester's federal financial need is met with institutional, federal and/or state gift aid (inclusive of the GO Grant) for the semester, whichever is less.

The deadline for schools to identify recipients and bill the State for the fall 2013 is November 1, 2013 and the deadline for schools to identify recipients and bill the State for the spring 2014 portion of Louisiana GO Grant student funding is March 24, 2014.

Tulane University's priority order to bill Louisiana GO Grant for the 2013-2014 academic year is semester by semester (first the Fall 2013 semester, then, if total allocation funding remains, the Spring 2014 semester) in the following group order, until the total allocation for 2013-2014 is depleted; if the 2013-2014 total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for Tulane University students is depleted within a group, the order within the group for the affected semester shall be established first by the date by which the student's 2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid was received by the Department of Education, then by the student's financial need as defined in the context of the Louisiana GO Grant program:

1.) Students who are age 25 or older throughout 2013 and who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the semester's GO Grant billing deadline.

2.) Students who received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students in the same academic year and who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the semester's GO Grant billing deadline.

3.) Students who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the semester's GO Grant billing deadline.

4.) If additional funding is made available after the GO Grant billing deadlines for both the fall and spring semesters, any students who would have been eligible for GO Grant funding but were unable to receive the funding due to original allocation depletion will be considered in the original order first (as long as the student also meets any additional fund criteria that may have been added); then, if funding remains, the order above will be repeated but without the billing deadline criteria.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION - 2012-2013 Academic Year Eligibility Requirements at Tulane University
The total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for the 2012-2013 academic year for Tulane students is $315,007.  Tulane will disburse the total allocation in Louisiana GO Grant for the 2012-13 academic year in a priority order by semester until funds are depleted.  The maximum award per student for the 2012-2013 academic year is $1,000 for full-time enrollment, $500 for half-time enrollment or $250 for less than half-time enrollment.  The deadline for schools to identify recipients and bill the State for the fall 2012 is November 1, 2012 and for the spring 2013 portion of Louisiana GO Grant student funding is March 24, 2013.

Tulane University's priority order to award Louisiana GO Grant for the 2012-2013 academic year is semester by semester (first the Fall 2012 semester, then, if total allocation funding remains, the Spring 2013 semester) in the following group order, until the total allocation for 2012-2013 is depleted; if the 2012-2013 total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for Tulane University students is depleted within a group, the order within the group for the affected semester shall be established first by the student's enrollment status (first full-time, then half-time, then less than half-time), then by the student's financial need as defined in the context of the Louisiana GO Grant program, and the final tie-breaker for allocation will be the date the student's completed 2012-2013 Free Application for Federal Student Aid was received by the Department of Education:

1.) Students who are age 25 or older throughout 2012 and who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the semester's GO Grant billing deadline.

2.) Students who previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students and who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the semester's GO Grant billing deadline.

3.) Students who are meeting Louisiana GO Grant criteria two weeks prior to the fall 2012 GO Grant billing deadline.

4.) If additional funding is made available after the GO Grant billing deadlines for both the fall and spring semesters, any students who would have been eligible for GO Grant funding but were unable to receive the funding due to original allocation depletion will be considered in the original order first (as long as the student also meets any additional fund criteria that may have been added); then, if funding remains, the order above will be repeated but without the billing deadline criteria.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION - Louisiana Go Grant Eligibility Change:  On March 19, 2012, the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission approved an administrative rule change regarding the eligibility requirement for students 25 years old or older. This rule change deletes the requirement that a student 25 years old or older must have a break in enrollment of at least two semesters to be eligible to receive a Go Grant.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION -
2011-2012 Academic Year Eligibility Requirements at Tulane University

The total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year for Tulane students is $271,250, and Tulane will disburse $271,250 in Louisiana GO Grant for the 2011-12 academic year in a priority order by semester until funds are depleted.  The maximum award for the 2011-2012 academic year is $1,000 ($500 per semester) for full-time students, $500 ($250 per semester) for half-time students and $250 ($125 per semester) for students enrolled less than half-time. The deadline for schools to identify recipients and bill the State for the fall 2011 portion of Louisiana GO Grant student funding is November 1, 2011. Tulane University's priority order to award Louisiana GO Grant for the 2011-2012 academic year is in the following group order until the $271,250 allocation for 2011-2012 is depleted (if the 2011-2012 $271,250 allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for Tulane University students is depleted within a group, the order within the group for the affected semester shall be established by the date the student's completed 2011-2012 Free Application for Federal Student Aid - FAFSA - was received by the Department of Education):

Fall 2011 semester disbursement (groups 1 and 2):

1. Students enrolled during the fall 2011 semester as Tulane University students who previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria for the fall 2011 semester on October 19, 2011.

2a. Students enrolled during the fall 2011 semester as full-time Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria for the fall 2011 semester on October 19, 2011.

2b. Students enrolled during the fall 2011 semester as at least half-time Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria for the fall 2011 semester on October 19, 2011.

2c. Students enrolled during the fall 2011 semester as less than half-time Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria for the fall 2011 semester on October 19, 2011.

Spring 2012 semester disbursement (groups 3-6):

3. Students enrolled during the spring 2012 semester as Tulane University students who previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria for the spring 2012 semester on Tulane's spring 2012 GO Grant billing consideration date.  PLEASE NOTE:  AS OF 12/31/11, IT WAS ESTABLISHED THAT THE 2011-2012 GO GRANT FUNDING ALLOCATED BY THE STATE OF LOUISIANA FOR TULANE WILL BE DEPLETED WITHIN THIS GROUP; THEREFORE, AN OTHERWISE ELIGIBLE STUDENT GO GRANT RECIPENT'S 2011-2012 FAFSA FILING DATE WILL BE USED WITHIN THIS GROUP TO ESTABLISH PRIORITY ORDER FOR SPRING 2012 DISBURSEMENT OF LOUISIANA GO GRANT. STUDENTS WHOSE FAFSA'S WERE NOT FILED BEFORE MAY 2011 WILL NOT RECEIVE SPRING 2012 GO GRANT DISBURSEMENT, BUT MAY BE PLACED ON A WAITING LIST IN CASE ADDITIONAL GO GRANT FUNDING FROM THE STATE TO TULANE BECOMES AVAILABLE FOR THE 2011-2012 ACADEMIC YEAR, AND/OR IF TULANE'S ORIGINAL ALLOCATION OF 2011-2012 LOUISIANA GO GRANT FUNDING IS NOT DEPLETED.

4. Students enrolled during the spring 2012 semester as full-time Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria for the spring 2012 semester on Tulane's spring 2012 GO Grant billing consideration date.

5. Students enrolled during the spring 2012 semester as Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, who are enrolled as at least half-time students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria for the spring 2012 semester on Tulane's spring 2012 GO Grant billing consideration date.

6. Students enrolled during the spring 2012 semester as Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, who are enrolled as less than half-time students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria for the spring 2012 semester on Tulane's spring 2012 GO Grant billing consideration date.

HISTORICAL INFORMATION REGARDING
2010-2011 Academic Year Eligibility Requirements at Tulane University
The total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for the 2010-2011 academic year for Tulane students is $271,800, and Tulane will award $271,800 in Louisiana GO Grant for the 2010-11 academic year in a priority order until funds are depleted. Tulane University 's priority order to award Louisiana GO Grant for the 2010-2011 academic year is in the following group order until the $271,800 allocation for 2010-2011 is depleted:

1. Students enrolled during the fall 2010 semester as Tulane University students who previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the fall 2010 semester.

2. Students enrolled during the fall 2010 semester as full-time Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the fall 2010 semester.

3. Students enrolled during the spring 2011 semester as Tulane University students who previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the spring 2011 semester.

4. Students enrolled during the spring 2011 semester as full-time Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the spring 2011 semester.

5. Students enrolled during the spring 2011 semester as Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, who are enrolled as at least half-time students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the spring 2011 semester.

6. Students enrolled during the spring 2011 semester as Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, who are enrolled as less than half-time students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the spring 2011 semester.

If the 2010-2011 $271,800 allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for Tulane University students is depleted within a group, the order within the group shall be established by the date the student's completed 2010-2011 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was processed by the Department of Education.

Below are more details regarding the 2010-11 GO Grant section on the Louisiana OSFA website:

"The purpose of this program is to provide a need-based component to the state's financial aid plan to support nontraditional and low to moderate-income students who need additional aid to afford the cost of attending college. For the 2010-11 award year, the maximum award is $900.00.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Louisiana Go Grant, a student must:

  • Be a Louisiana Resident;*
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Receive a federal Pell grant or a financial need grant;
  • Have remaining financial need greater than "0" after deducting the student's Expected Family Contribution and Federal Pell Grant Award from their Cost of Attendance. Due to limited funding, awards are not guaranteed to all eligible students.
  • Be a student enrolled in an eligible Louisiana institution on a part-time, half-time or full-time basis who:
    • Entered college as a first time freshman during academic year 2007-2008 or later; OR
    • Entered college as a first time freshman during the 2007-08 academic year or later and have become eligible for a federal Pell grant or financial need grant after the freshman year: OR
    • Be age 25 or older and have entered college as a first time freshman before the 2007-08 academic year and have had a break in enrollment of at least two consecutive semesters, not including a summer semester or term, immediately preceding the period of enrollment for which the student is being considered for receipt of a grant.
    • Any student who was a first time freshman beginning with the 2007-08 academic year or later who was not initially Pell eligible, but subsequently becomes Pell eligible then also qualifies for a Go Grant award.

Award Amounts **

Award amounts to eligible students are based on the total Go Grant appropriation and could vary with each academic year.

Award Amounts for the 2010-2011 Academic Year:

  • Full-time (normally 12 hours at semester schools and 8 hours at quarter schools) - (Program Full Time students, defined as enrolled in a degree program where less than 12 semester hours or 8 term hours is considered full-time, are also eligible for full-time award amount.) - $900
  • Half-time (normally 6-11 hours at semester schools and 4-7 hours at quarter schools) - $450
  • Less than half-time (normally less than 6 hours at semester schools and less than 4 hours at quarter schools) - $225

Renewal Requirements

  • Must file a FAFSA or the Renewal Application at least annually
  • Continue receiving a Pell or a financial need grant
  • Have remaining financial need greater than "0". Maintain steady academic progress as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled in accordance with the federal Higher Education Act of 1965. The maximum annual award for 2010-2011 is $900 and the award can be renewed for subsequent years to a maximum lifetime award of $10,000 per student.

*Residency: Louisiana resident as of the day the FAFSA is filed and Louisiana is the student's true and fixed domicile as reported on the FAFSA. If student's state of residence on the FAFSA is not reported as LA, but a dependent student claims that a non-custodial parent is a Louisiana resident, or that parents are Louisiana residents living out of state, LOSFA will determine residency based on the completion, by the parents, of a residency affidavit.

Residency for displaced students: Special provisions have been made to assist students affected by the natural disasters of August and September 2005. See complete details in GO Grant rules and/or the GO Grant residency affidavit for students with a Louisiana Distance Diploma using the link at the bottom of this page.

** Students should check with the financial aid office at the school they plan to attend to determine award distribution, e.g., first come, first served; priority to incoming students; or another method in line with the school's priority order."

HISTORICAL INFORMATION - 2009-2010 Academic Year Eligibility Requirements at Tulane University
The total allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for the 2009-2010 academic year for Tulane students is $287,498, and Tulane will award $287,498 in Louisiana GO Grant for the 2009-10 academic year in a priority order until funds are depleted. Tulane University 's priority order to award Louisiana GO Grant for the 2009-2010 academic year is in the following group order until the $287,498 allocation for 2009-2010 is depleted:

1. Students enrolled during the fall 2009 semester as Tulane University students who previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the fall 2009 semester.

2. Students enrolled during the fall 2009 semester as full-time Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the fall 2009 semester.

3. Students enrolled during the spring 2010 semester as Tulane University students who previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the spring 2010 semester.

4. Students enrolled during the spring 2010 semester as full-time Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the spring 2010 semester.

5. Students enrolled during the spring 2010 semester as Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, who are enrolled as at least half-time students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the spring 2010 semester.

6. Students enrolled during the spring 2010 semester as Tulane University students who had not previously received Louisiana GO Grant funding as Tulane University students, who are enrolled as less than half-time students, and who meet Louisiana GO Grant criteria during the spring 2010 semester.

If the 2009-2010 $287,498 allocation of Louisiana GO Grant for Tulane University students is depleted within a group, the order within the group shall be established by the date the student's completed 2009-2010 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was processed by the Department of Education.

Below are more details regarding the 2009-2010 GO Grant section on the Louisiana OSFA website:

"To be eligible for a Louisiana Go Grant, a student must:

  • Be a Louisiana Resident;*
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Receive a federal Pell grant or a financial need grant;
  • Have an Education Cost Gap (ECG) greater than $199 (For information on calculating the ECG, refer to the Go Grant Q&A at the bottom of this page, questions 12 - 18.);
  • Be a student enrolled in an eligible Louisiana institution on a part-time or full-time basis who:
    • Entered college as a first time freshman during academic year 2007-2008 or later; OR
    • Entered college as a first time freshman during the 2007-08 academic year or later and have become eligible for a federal Pell grant or financial need grant after the freshman year: OR
    • Be age 25 or older and have entered college as a first time freshman before the 2007-08 academic year and have had a break in enrollment of at least two consecutive semesters, not including a summer semester or term, immediately preceding the period of enrollment for which the student is being considered for receipt of a grant.
    • Any student who was a first time freshman beginning with the 2007-08 academic year or later who was not initially Pell eligible, but subsequently becomes Pell eligible then also qualifies for a Go Grant award.

Award Amounts **

Eligible students will receive the following award amounts per year:

  • Full-time (normally 12 hours at semester schools and 8 hours at quarter schools) - the actual amount of the ECG or $2,000 whichever is less (Program Full Time students, defined as enrolled in a degree program where less than 12 semester hours or 8 term hours is considered full time, are also eligible for full time award amount.)
  • Half-time (normally 6-11 hours at semester schools and 4-7 hours at quarter schools) - the actual amount of the ECG or $1,000 whichever is less
  • Less than half-time (normally less than 6 hours at semester schools and less than 4 hours at quarter schools) - the actual amount of the ECG or $500 whichever is less

Renewal Requirements

  • Must file a FAFSA or the Renewal Application at least annually
  • Continue receiving a Pell or a financial need grant
  • Have an ECG greater than $199. ***See Calculation Instructions Above.
  • Maintain steady academic progress as defined by the institution in which the student is enrolled in accordance with the federal Higher Education Act of 1965. The maximum annual award is $2,000 and the award can be renewed for subsequent years to a maximum lifetime award of $10,000 per student.

*Residency: Louisiana resident as of the day the FAFSA is filed and Louisiana is the student's true and fixed domicile as reported on the FAFSA. If student's state of residence on the FAFSA is not reported as LA, but a dependent student claims that a non-custodial parent is a Louisiana resident, or that parents are Louisiana residents living out of state, LOSFA will determine residency based on the completion, by the parents, of a residency affidavit.

Residency for displaced students: Special provisions have been made to assist students affected by the natural disasters of August and September 2005. See complete details in GO Grant rules and/or the GO Grant residency affidavit for students with a Louisiana Distance Diploma using the link at the bottom of this page.

** Students should check with the financial aid office at the school they plan to attend to determine award distribution, e.g., first come, first served; priority to incoming students; or another method in line with the school's priority order."

 Page last modified on July 8, 2014.

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