Types of Financial Aid

Wondering what kinds of financial aid are available to you?

Federal Financial Aid

  1. Federal PELL Grant
  2. Federal Direct Student Loans
  3. Federal Work Study

Students interested in participating in the Federal Work Study program must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have financial need.  Additionally, students must complete the Federal Work Study Authorization Form and take it to the Financial Aid Office for approval. Jobs through the FWS program can be found on the Careers webpage.

 
Note: Federal Student Aid may not be available for certain non-degree, non-credit programs. Please consult a financial aid advisor if you have questions.

 

National Guard Tuition Exemption

Under the Louisiana Statute R.S. 29:36.1, certain members of the Louisiana National Guard may be exempt from paying tuition. Even with this exemption, a student must pay all required fees, books and supplies. Student must be in good academic standing. Students are responsible for Fees.

Apply for National Guard Tuition Exemption.

 

Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veteran’s Administration provides financial aid for eligible Veterans. Veterans and dependants of veterans must establish his/her eligibility by calling 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). Visit www.gibill.va.gov for more information.
(see SLCC’s Veterans link for more information)

 
TOPS
 

Eligibility requirements for TOPS awards are determined by Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid.  LOSFA will notify the school of all students who are eligible for TOPS for the upcoming semesters, and the school will automatically authorize your award; your award will show in LoLA under Financial Aid Awards.  Should you have questions, or not see that your award has been authorized prior to the tuition payment deadline for the semester, please contact the financial aid office.

TOPS Q&A for High School Students and Counselors

Two Ways to Apply for TOPS

Find out more about TOPS here: www.osfa.la.gov

 

Eligibility requirements for Go Grants are determined by Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid. Students must complete a FAFSA and receive PELL grant funding. Preference is given to students age 25 and older, and to students who receive PELL funds, but not enough to cover the full cost of attendance.  For additional information, please visit the LOSFA website at http://www.osfa.state.la.us/, click on the LOSFA Programs link, then Go Grant.

 

AmeriCorps

If you are an Americorp Beneficiary and would like to use your Americorp funds to pay for school, please complete the My Americorp Payment Application.  Please keep in mind that the same deadlines apply to Americorp as to Federal Student Aid.  If you submit your application to Americorp after that deadline, we cannot guarantee that payment will be received prior to the payment deadline, and you should make arrangements for a payment plan through LoLA.  Once your Americorp payment is received by the college, you will be reimbursed for any payments you made.

  STEP - Strategies to Empower People Program

The goal of the Strategies to Empower People (STEP) Program is to provide opportunities for work-eligible families of FITAP to receive job training, employment and supportive services to enable them to become self-sufficient. STEP is a service of, and is administered by, the Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services. Learn how to apply for and obtain STEP benefits through SLCC.