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Tuition & Fee Increase Hardship Waiver

Graduate and undergraduate students may apply for a waiver of all or part of tuition and fee increases. The hardship waiver application will consider the academic excellence fee, operational fee, and tuition and other applicable fee increases above the previous fiscal year's tuition and fee amount.

Hardship waiver considerations are available fall and spring semesters only. Students must submit a hardship waiver each semester for consideration. Students with demonstrated financial hardship as a result of the increase(s) may qualify for a hardship waiver. You must meet ALL of the following criteria for consideration:

Undergraduate Students

  • Must be a Louisiana resident (as determined by your tuition assessment); and
  • be a full-time student; and
  • apply for Federal Financial Aid and accept all financial aid for which you qualify (not including the Federal Parent PLUS Loan); and
  • qualify for the Federal Pell Grant as determined by the U/S/ Department of Education; and
  • total  qualified educational expenses (tuition, fees, books, books and supplies as defined in the cost of attendance) must be greater than your financial aid package (Federal Pell Grant, State and Federal Supplement Grants, Federal Student Loans, TOPS, other scholarship); and
  • grants, scholarships and other waivers/exemptions received by the student must be less than tuition and fees; and
  • complete the hardship waiver form (available through ULink) and submit to the Office of Financial Aid by the fourteenth day of class of the semester in question.

Graduate Students

  • Must be a Louisiana resident (as determined by your tuition assessment); and
  • be a full-time student; and
  • apply for Federal Financial Aid and accept all financial aid for which you qualify (not including the Federal Parent PLUS Loan); and
  • be eligible to receive federal financial aid; and
  • have a zero Expected Family Contribution (EFC); and
  • must NOT be receiving financial assistance through scholarships, assistantship, fellowship, tuition exemption/waiver of a federal/state aid; and
  • omplete the hardship waiver form (available through ULink) and submit to the Office of Financial Aid by the fourteenth day of class of the semester in question.