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Tulane Scholarship

General Information
Tulane 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.

Seniors in their final semester before graduation who are not required to take a full load in order to graduate (and of course who are being charged undergraduate tuition at the standard full-time undergraduate division rate) may still receive a portion of the tuition scholarship, but the amount will be adjusted on a 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 GPA or full-time enrollment 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 (see Conditions for Crediting Spring Scholarship on this sheet). 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 need-based scholarship has a cumulative GPA which falls below 2.300 at the end of any academic year or drops to less than full-time enrollment during either semester will be awarded scholarship for one conditional semester (up to two in some cases) during one "Conditional Year."  During the conditional year, the fall portion of the student's scholarship will be credited, but the spring portion will be credited ONLY if the student meets certain conditions (see Conditions for Crediting Spring Scholarship on this sheet).  Students who apply late for renewal of scholarship aid for the upcoming year or who complete their applications late will be held responsible for meeting all of the deadlines and 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 fell below the 2.300 GPA standard.

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.

Conditions for Crediting Spring Scholarship
Spring scholarship will be credited 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.

Spring scholarship will be canceled and NOT credited 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
If a student does not earn a 2.300 cumulative GPA on a full load for the conditional year (i.e., the fall and spring semester GPA averaged), he/she 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 scholarship by achieving a cumulative 2.300 GPA for the year with summer school grades included. A student may reapply for Tulane need-based scholarship after one year if the student has achieved an overall cumulative GPA of 2.300 in a full-time program. Student must complete 12 hours or more each semester.

Deadline for Resolving Grade Issues
Any "incomplete" grades 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 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 hours. This decision will not be affected if a course is repeated after either of the above determinations are made.

Appeal Procedure
A student may appeal loss of scholarship to the Financial Aid Office. However, the 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.  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 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 need-based scholarship may again be conditioned upon certain requirements the student must meet. If the appeal is not granted, the student may reapply for 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 need-based scholarship may be made. This award may be conditioned upon certain requirements the student must meet.

Federal Student Financial Aid
The student may retain federal student financial aid depending upon financial need, meeting federal eligibility requirements and availability of funds.

One Conditional Year Limitation
If a student who successfully completed one conditional year and retained Tulane scholarship for the following year 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 Tulane need-based 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 need-based scholarship.

Page last modified on December 10, 2013.

Citation information:

Page accessed: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Page URL: http://tulane.edu/financialaid/grants/needbased.cfm

University Financial Aid, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5723 finaid@tulane.edu