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Financial Assistance Options for Students

The Tulane School of Professional Advancement offers financial aid assistance to help cover educational costs for students who qualify. Financial aid helps students handle the costs of tuition, room and board, books, fees, transportation to and from school, and personal expenses. Explore your eligibility options and the types of financial aid we offer at SoPA.

 

Financial Aid Eligibility

Pursuing a degree or certification from SoPA is an investment in your future. That's why we want every student who is eligible to be able to supplement the cost of their education with financial help. Whether you are a new or returning Tulane student, we are committed to helping you understand how financial aid works. In most cases, federal aid is awarded based on financial need. Need determinations are based on the data you provide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Applicants who plan to seek federal financial aid are strongly advised to apply at least six weeks before the start of the semester. The deadline for undergraduate admission is two weeks before a semester begins.

Other eligibility requirements to note include the following:

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • You must be enrolled in an academic program at SoPA
  • You must not be in default on a prior educational loan or owe a repayment on a federal grant
  • You must be registered with the Selective Service (if required to register)
  • Continuing students must meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards
 
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Types of Financial Assistance Available

There are two main types of aid available to students—grants and loans. Grants, such as the Federal Pell Grant and the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, are funds that do not need to be repaid. Available federal loans include Federal Direct Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, as well as alternative, credit-based loans that are not part of the federal program. Your financial advisor will help assist you in determining which type of aid is available and best suited to your pursuits. View our costs for undergraduate and graduate tuition, as well as associated fees and other expenses.

We also offer 20% discounts on tuition to students who are admitted to study undergraduate courses and meet the following requirements:

  • Adults over the age of 60 studying undergraduate courses
  • Full-time teachers in courses related to their field
  • City, Parish, Sheriff’s Office, and Housing Authority employees
  • Active-duty military personnel

SoPA offers a 20% tuition scholarship for all graduate-level courses to people on active duty and veterans. Tulane SoPA also participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program for eligible students enrolling in our master degree programs. Our military benefits page offers detailed information.

External scholarships are also available for women over 25 through the Junior League of New Orleans.

Helpful Resources for Financial Assistance

Our office of financial aid wants to make your financial aid application and approval process as simple and streamlined as possible. You can begin your FAFSA application online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Your financial aid advisor will review your application and aid package offering, while also assisting with any questions regarding communication with the Department of Veterans Affairs for veterans' discounts. Active Duty Military personnel and veterans can explore the military benefits we proudly offer at our designated Military Friendly® School.

When you're ready to begin the financial aid application process, download our Financial Aid Brochure that details the application process in six simple steps.

Military Member attending class

Contact SoPA for More Information

We know that applying for financial aid can seem daunting. That's why the Tulane School of Professional Advancement is here to help you through the entire process. Your financial aid counselor can assist with the application process, choosing between aid packages, and scholarship and discount opportunities.