Distance Learning

Financial Aid

Information for Distance Learning Students

Students enrolled in the Distance Learning program are eligible for federal Stafford loans as long as they are enrolled in at least 5 credit hours and/or a Practicum (formerly Capstone) per semester. Students in this program are eligible for funds to pay for their tuition and fees, but not living expenses. The application procedures required for Distance Learning Students are the same as students who physically attend classes in New Orleans.

Refer to How to Apply for the details for fall and spring aid.

Distance Learning students who are planning to enroll in the Summer semester and wish to receive financial aid will need to complete a Summer Addendum. The addendum should be turned in by April 30, 2015, but the absolute deadline is June 15, 2015.

To be eligible for federal financial aid, a student must be enrolled in a minimum of 5 credit hours each semester financial aid is requested.

Students in certificate programs are not eligible to receive federal financial aid, only those in degree programs.

More information about financial aid is available through the Office of Financial Aid website. If you have already applied for Financial Aid and would like to check the status of your award package, please contact your financial aid counselor directly according to the first letter of your last name:

A-G: Please contact financial aid counselor Carl Hudson
H-M: Please contact financial aid assistant director James Bourgeois
N-Z: Please contact financial aid counselor Shirley Davis

Tulane University seeks to offer its educational opportunities to qualified students regardless of their ability to meet expenses. Financial aid makes it possible for students who cannot meet full costs—tuition, fees, room and board, books, and personal expenses—to attend the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Aid is awarded on the basis of need, the university's cost of attendance budget, and the availability of funds. Aid packages may include one or more of the following types of assistance:

  • gift aid (grants and scholarships)
  • loans
  • employment


Since most of these programs are federally funded, applicants must meet federal eligibility criteria such as being a United States citizen or permanent resident, carrying at least a half-time academic load (five credits per semester), and must be in good academic standing.

Students admitted to a Certificate or NDSS (Non-degree seeking students) are not eligible for financial aid.


Need is determined on the basis of federal methodology, using information provided by each applicant through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Most applicants for need-based assistance will be eligible to borrow up to $8,500 per academic year through the Federal Subsidized Stafford Loan program. Remaining need can usually be met through some combination of scholarships, traineeships, Federal Perkins loans, Federal Unsubsidized Stafford loans, Federal Work-Study employment, and private alternative loan programs (such as Graduate Access or GRADEXCEL loans).


Financial aid for the fall semester is awarded beginning May 1. Since applicants need to allow adequate time (four to six weeks) for the federal processor to process the FAFSA and forward the necessary data to the financial aid office, it is important for candidates to file FAFSA forms early.

Financial aid applicants planning to matriculate at the start of the spring semester may be required to submit a financial aid transcript (FAT) from all previous colleges and/or universities they have attended since July 1, regardless of whether the student previously received financial aid. Students who delay completing their financial aid applications may be seriously disadvantaged in the allocation of funds.

For a complete packet of financial aid information and application materials, contact the Office of Financial Aid at (504) 988-6135 or via e-mail:

Students applying for need-based assistance, via the FAFSA, will automatically be considered for all federal financial aid programs at Tulane. Consideration for financial aid requires that a student has been offered admission and has completed the financial aid application process.

Scholarships and Fellowships

The school offers its own programs of limited financial assistance to qualified students. Each year the school awards scholarships and fellowships to promising students (U.S. or permanent residents) in its master's and doctoral degree programs. These awards include funding from the Price-Goldsmith Fellowship and Research Fund, the Saunders Endowed Fund, and the Schlesinger Scholarship Fund. Most of these awards are made on the basis of a combination of academic merit and financial need. There is no special application form, since awards are based on the candidate's admission and financial aid files.

Grants and Traineeships

The U.S. Public Health Service offers grants and traineeships as supplemental assistance to qualified students. The Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program provides grants to aid the educational opportunities for students from socially and/or economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Students who receive Disadvantaged Student Grants are required to take part in community service projects and school sponsored mentor activities, particularly concerning minority health issues. Eligibility for the aforementioned program requires full disclosure of parental information by the applicant. Parental data is collected by students completing the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine's Financial Aid Addendum and by providing a copy of parents' federal income tax return. The U.S. Public Health Service also offers a traineeship program. Determination of student eligibility for traineeships requires students to complete the aforementioned Financial Aid Addendum.

For students who undertake an administrative residency in the department of health systems management, an educational stipend is negotiated with the sponsoring institution to assist with expenses during the period of residency.

Short-Term Loans

When students face a dire financial emergency, Tulane is often able to offer a small short-term loan. These loans are designed to provide for unusual financial difficulties during the academic year. Repayment is expected by the end of the semester in which the loan is made.

Other sources of financial aid may be found through state governments and agencies, community organizations, private foundations, and civic and cultural groups. Students are encouraged to explore such opportunities in these areas. Scholarship search capabilities are available on the Internet at the following web site:

Financial Aid for International Students

Unfortunately, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine currently has no federal financial aid, assistantships, scholarships or tuition waivers for international students. However, we highly recommend that you check an internet site called "The Financial Aid Information Page" which may lead you to possible sponsoring agencies, scholarship programs or other private loan programs in their International Student Section. You can find the link

Several private loan programs may also be available to you, provided that you have a credit-worthy co-signer or co-applicant who is a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.

1) International Student Loan Program (ISLP)
Telephone: 1-617-696-7840

2) The Education Resources Institute Professional Education Plan (TERI PEP
Loan) Telephone: 1-800-255-8374 x210 Citibank Graduate Assist Loan Telephone: 1-800-967-8677

4) Access Group, Inc Telephone: 1-800-282-1550

If you are interested in any of these programs, we recommend that you begin the application process early. Because these loans are credit-based, the agencies must perform detailed credit evaluations on the co-applicants. The process can take several weeks (or even months) to complete. Please note that students are responsible for finding their own co-applicants. Tulane personnel cannot help you obtain a co-signer/co-applicant.

Tuition and Fees

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