Legislative Scholarships are one-year full-tuition scholarships funded by Tulane University in accordance with Louisiana State law.
Appointments are for one year and can be extended if the student submits the required form in a timely manner, meets academic and other eligibility criteria and the legislator nominates the student again. Legislators can nominate a student for up to four years of undergraduate study (five years for Architecture students) provided the student maintains a 2.300 cumulative grade point average, residency in Louisiana, and full-time enrollment in a Tulane undergraduate college.
For information regarding deadlines, requirements, forms, exclusions and the notification process, see http://tulane.edu/government_affairs/scholarship-guidelines.cfm.
Students may not receive a Legislative Scholarship in combination with any other Tulane merit scholarship, ROTC scholarship, Faculty-Staff Tuition Waiver or Tuition Exchange Scholarship. Legislative Scholarships may be combined with the Louisiana Valedictorian Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship, and/or Louisiana TOPS as long as the combination of all financial aid does not exceed the student's Cost of Attendance. Please check with Tulane Athletics Compliance if you are an athlete to find out how you may be affected if you are seeking both athletic scholarship and Legislative Scholarship.
If a student is not re-nominated a subsequent year for a Legislative Scholarship and he/she was initially awarded a Tulane merit scholarship, you must contact the University Financial Aid Office to initiate the consideration of reinstatement of the merit scholarship. There is a possibility that the initial Tulane merit scholarship can be reinstated after careful review. Please note that in order for a Tulane merit scholarship to be reinstated, you must satisfy merit scholarship renewal criteria ( including the cumulative grade point average requirement for the particular merit scholarship program).
If a student is not re-nominated a subsequent year for a Legislative Scholarship and he/she was not initially awarded a Tulane merit Scholarship, the Tulane Need-Based Scholarship can be applied for to help cover educational expenses (of course, a student must demonstrate financial need to be considered).
Value of Tulane’s Legislative Scholarship
The Legislative Scholarship is a scholarship for Louisiana students and covers the cost of tuition for one year. The value for the 2015-16 school year was $45,758. However, the value of the scholarship changes with tuition each year. Receipt of the scholarship one year does not guarantee receipt of the scholarship in subsequent years.
The Minimum Requirements For The Legislative Scholarship
Legislators may award the scholarship to any student who meets ALL of the following criteria:
1) Permanent resident of Louisiana
2) Graduate of a Louisiana high school
3) Admitted to a full-time undergraduate division of Tulane University (for new students) or maintenance of a 2.30 cumulative Tulane GPA as a full-time undergraduate, degreeseeking student (for continuing Tulane students)
Given that each state senator and representative awards one scholarship each year, there are 144 scholarships (105 by representatives and 39 by senators) available each year. However, many legislators re-nominate the same student to cover the student’s four years at Tulane. Therefore, approximately one-fourth, or about 36, of the scholarships are awarded to new students each year.
The Scholarship does not have an application. ALL Louisiana students ADMITTED into Newcomb-Tulane College as full time undergraduate degree-seeking students are automatically eligible for the Legislative Scholarship Program, upon completion and return of the Legislative Scholarship Program Form, in accordance with the procedure described below.
Every Louisiana student offered admission as a freshmen under Early Action or Single Choice Early Action who meets the eligibility requirements outlined above will receive (via email), on January 12, 2016, the Legislative Scholarship Program Form requesting certain information concerning the student and the student’s written consent to make certain 3 information publicly available if the student wishes to be considered for a Tulane Legislative Scholarship.
All Louisiana students offered admission as freshmen under Regular Decision and all currently enrolled students identified by the Registrar’s Office as being eligible to apply for the Tulane Legislative Scholarship will receive the Legislative Scholarship Program Form by March 9, 2016.
If a student properly completes and submits the Legislative Scholarship Program Form by April 1, 2016, Tulane will confirm receipt of the form via email, and the student will be eligible for consideration for the Tulane Legislative Scholarship.
The disclosure form is not available online and will only be sent via email to eligible admitted and currently enrolled students. The form is a fillable pdf that must be submitted electronically for consideration.
Contact With Questions About The Legislative Scholarship Program
Financial Aid (after a scholarship has been awarded only)
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