Accredited Schools & Colleges in Louisiana

Louisiana College Guide – What You Need to Know

Best Colleges & Universities in Louisiana

The State of Louisiana has some of the leading schools in the nation. The flagship school is Louisiana State University and Tulane University is a regional leader in healthcare and medical education. The state has land-grant schools, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and many leading private schools. There are also famous faith-based schools like Holy Cross and Xavier.

What are the most popular bachelor's degrees offered in Louisiana?

Louisiana school’s define majors in the ways they deem most appropriate. There is often significant overlap between many fields of study. Based on the numbers of degrees conferred, there is some consistency between popular majors and the demand for college graduates from business, industry, and public service. In the Louisiana economy, business and healthcare are among the current economic drivers of growth. The below-listed items reflect the choice of majors as indicated by degrees conferred.

How Much Can You Make by Having a Degree?

$27,040* $37,024* $43,472* $60,996* $72,852* $90,636*

The national data confirms that, at every level, income rises with educational attainment. A bachelor's degree yields a $1 million lifetime earnings advantage over a high school graduate. Further study for certifications, advanced degrees, and professional degrees have the same general effect. These educational advances raise annual salary.

Cost of Louisiana College Education & Salaries

The in-state rates take into account the support of residents and their families through special and general taxes. Some states fund education through lottery sales or other specific funds for higher education. Out-of-state families do not carry these costs and schools pass on the true costs of education to them. Out-of-state rates in Louisiana are more than double the in-state rates. Private schools charge a flat rate for all students and private schools are consistently more expensive than public school rates.

When analyzing the costs of education, students should look into miscellaneous categories of fees and expenses. Many schools advise that there are other costs not included in their estimates of housing on campus or off campus. Using phrases like ‘other expenses’, schools alert students to commonly incurred additional costs. In some cities it is for transportation, in other locations there may be optional fees that are hard to ignore like scarce parking or indoor parking structures in the winter months.

College Cost Analysis - Louisiana vs. National

Average Louisiana Tuition & Fees at 4 Year Public Schools

In-State Tuition - $9,500

National – $10,750

Out-of-State – $22,500

National – $27,500

Percentage of Students Receiving Financial Aid

Louisiana is above the national average in grants received. It is essentially at the national average for dollars per recipient.

Financial Aid Arkansas Nationally
Received Federal Grants 41% 37.7%
Average $ per Recipient $10,258 $10,927

* Institutional aid represents grant and scholarship funds directly awarded by a postsecondary institution.

* Financial aid data represents 4-year public and private nonprofit schools only.

Louisiana College Tuition Costs Vs Salary Potential

Helping You Maximize Your Education Earnings

Louisiana Colleges Tulane University Louisiana State University Loyola University New Orleans University of Louisiana Xavier University McNeese State University Southern University Grambling State
Tuition & Fees, In-State $52,960 $11,374 $39,492 $11,374 $23,606 $7,920 $6,421 $7,435
Out-of-State $52,960 $28,051 $39,492 $28,051 $23,606 $15,958 $15,322 $16,733
Books & Supplies $1,200 $1,160 $1,248 $1,160 $1,300 $1,300 $1,300 $16,733
Room & Board, Campus $14,536 $11,750 $12,666 $11,750 $9,534 $8, 188 $8,980 $10,631
Room & Board, Off-Campus $14,536 $16,012 $12,666 $16,012 $9,073 $9,254 $9,264 $10,631
Graduation Rate 83% 68% 61% 45% 41% 42% 15% 34%
Undergrads Median Salary $32,900 $50,100 $47,100 $39,900 $49,800 $38,200 $28,800 $28,100

**Salary after attending is a median salary, your degree and field can affect your median salary.

Scholarships & Grants

Louisiana students can take some comfort in the full range of college choices within the Louisiana University system. Students in nearly every part of the state have convenient access to a public college or university campus. The public schools offer in-state tuition rates that are close to the national average and about 60% lower than the out-of-state charges. Many students look for scholarships to help cover the costs of higher education. The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance can provide information on scholarships and loan forgiveness programs.

Louisiana students can help pay for higher education with federal grants (Pell and Stafford). The State of Louisiana also offers a need-based grant similar to the federal Pell Grant. Like scholarships, grants do not require repayment and can reduce student need at the critical time of enrollment and college entry. Louisiana offers a range of merit-based awards and competitive scholarships. Students with high GPAs and standardized test scores can compete for major awards such as full tuition awards for four or more years.

Seven Best Scholarships for Louisiana

The below-listed scholarship programs offer a sampling of available funds. Many of those programs have multiple opportunities that students can access with single applications.

  • LBF
  • RSWS
  • LSU
  • PFTF
  • TOPS


Louisiana Bar Foundation Kids’ Chance Scholarship
Amount: $500-$3,000
Deadline: February 20
The Louisiana Bar Association Foundation provides the Kids’ Chance Scholarship each year to contribute between $500 to $3,000 towards student’s college tuition and fees. The funds go to children and dependents of Louisiana residents that experienced catastrophic work-related injuries. Applications require demonstrated financial need and disability reports.

Eligible recipients must be Louisiana residents between the ages of 16 to 25 years of age and in pursuit of their first bachelor’s degree. Recipients must maintain a “C” average at an accredited in-state school. Recipients should apply for all available state and federal aid to increase the impact of the Bar Foundation funds.


Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship Fund
Amount: $1,000 (per semester, up to 8 semesters)
Deadline: May 31
Eligibility requirements include attendance at a Louisiana College or community college with a major in insurance or a related field. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA each funded semester. The program seeks to reward students that demonstrate leadership and character. Related major fields of study include including finance, business, actuarial science, and risk management.

The Baton Rouge Area Scholarship Foundation uses a universal pre-screen for 19 active scholarships. Applicants can prescreen for all available aid. The application screening page link is on the scholarship landing page at:


Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship
Amount: $2,000
Deadline: July 1
The Rockefeller Wildlife scholarship program is a competitive award for Louisiana residents that have lived in Louisiana for at least 12 months prior to application. The program selects about 30 undergraduates each year. The program awards both undergraduate and graduate scholarships each year. The value of the undergraduate award has a maximum of $12,000 that can cover four years of undergraduate study and up to two further years of graduate study.

Applicants must pursue a degree in forestry, wildlife, or marine science at a Louisiana public college or university. The initial approval requires full-time enrollment at a participating college, at least 60 hours of college credit with a 2.5 GPA, and a declared major in forestry or an approved field. The scholarship is renewable up to three undergraduate years and two graduate years at $3,000 per grad school year. Students must complete FAFSA, LOFSA and the Rockefeller application form by July 1, 2019.



LSU Stamps Scholarship
Amount: Full tuition in state or out-of-state up to $49,000
Deadline: July 1
Application link:
Louisiana State University is the flagship institution for the state. LSU participates in the Stamps Program. This prestigious award pays full tuition for the award winners. Applicants must complete the detailed high school curriculum, achieve a weighted 3.5 GPA, score 33 on the ACT or 1490 on the SAT. Award winners must exhibit leadership and initiative. A universal application also enrolls the applicant for consideration for the President’s Future Leaders in Research Program for an extra $1,550, the Flagship Scholars Award, a Tiger Nation Scholarship, and the Alumni Legacy Scholarship.


LA GO Grant
Amount: $300-$3,000
Deadline: FAFSA or July 1
The LA GO grant is a needs-based program that adds state funds to students remaining needs after receipt of a Pell Grant. The aid must be calculated. The student’s school will determine any remaining need and apply the GO grant to the balance up to a maximum of $3,000.

Eligible students must be Louisiana residents, file a FAFSA, and receive a Pell Grant. The student must demonstrate remaining need and prove enrollment at an eligible Louisiana school, college, or university.



Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Scholarships
Amount: $500-$2,500 (per semester)
Deadline: July 1, December 1
This scholarship is for high school graduates and enrolled incoming first-year college students. Students must request an e-mailed application and return it in time for either the fall or spring semesters in which they intend to enroll. Applicants must be enrolled or accepted as full-time students at a Louisiana college or university. The must have an ACT score of 19 or better, a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have graduated from a Louisiana high school. Students must provide a letter of acceptance to college, a financial statement indicating a need, and a parental consent form. The formal requirements are detailed, and students should examine them carefully, including letters of recommendation and character references.



The TOPS Opportunity Scholarships
Amount: Statutory Formula for Each School
Deadline: July 1
The TOPS Opportunity award requires US citizenship and residence in Louisiana. The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students or TOPS program provides scholarship funds from the state of Louisiana to students that attend participating Louisiana public schools. The scholarship awards based on need and in the amounts set by the legislature each year. Students qualify by submitting the FAFSA, competing 19 core units while in high school, and maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a four-point scale. Students must meet the ACT or SAT minimum eligible score.

The Tops program has higher paying levels for students with higher levels of academic achievement as shown by completion of the Tops curriculum, GPA, and test scores. The Tops Honors and TOPS performance levels pay higher amounts per semester hour than the basic opportunity scholarship.