Xavier-Funded Scholarships and Grants Policy

Xavier University of Louisiana is grounded in a tradition of academic excellence.  Through our scholarship offerings, we strive to recognize the high academic achievement of prospective students who demonstrate exceptional potential for leadership, service, and personal development.

  1. Scholarships and Grants Initially Awarded to New First-Time Freshmen:

    Initial Eligibility Requirements: The scholarships described below are merit based and are initially awarded to new first-time freshmen at Xavier. In making scholarship awards, the University uses a student’s scores on entrance exams and prior academic record. Additional application materials as described below are required for Xavier’s Top Tier Scholarships. The University calculates the grade point average (GPA) of new first-time freshmen applicants using the grades achieved in English, history, science, mathematics, social science and foreign language courses. Honors and advanced placement courses receive special consideration during scholarship determination. Acceptance of a scholarship offer must be performed by the deadline date indicated in the notification letter in order to guarantee that scholarship funds will be available.

    Xavier University Academic Scholarships: These tuition scholarships are awarded to students based on a good high school GPA, above average ACT or SAT, and a high school counselor recommendation.  These awards, in varied amounts up to full tuition per year, are renewable for eight consecutive semesters. Scholarships encompassing full tuition cover eight consecutive semesters at the amount of the tuition of the College of Arts and Sciences. These scholarships are awarded at the time of admission. Full tuition scholarships increase according to tuition rate increases.

    Xavier Top Tier Scholarships: Eligible candidates will be reviewed by a Scholarship Selection Committee, and applicants must have an essay or writing sample, resume of extra-curricular activities, and a counselor recommendation.  In order to be considered for one of Xavier’s top scholarships for incoming freshmen, a completed admissions application must be submitted by January 31. Scholarship notifications will be made by the end of February. The limited number of Top Tier scholarships available to incoming freshmen at Xavier includes the following:

    • Board of Trustees Scholarship: Recipients of the Board of Trustees Scholarship will receive full tuition, room & board, and mandatory student fees. A limited number of these scholarships will be offered. To be considered, an applicant should have a minimum 3.8 high school grade point average, a minimum 28 ACT composite or 1250 SAT, combined Reading and Math, demonstrated community involvement and leadership potential as evidenced in the admissions and the scholarship application materials.
    • President’s Scholarship: A limited number of these scholarships will be offered. The criteria consideration for this scholarship include a minimum 3.8 high school grade point average, a minimum 26 ACT composite or 1170 SAT, combined Reading and Math, and demonstrated community involvement and leadership potential as evidenced in the admissions and scholarship application materials. Recipients of the President’s Scholarship will receive full tuition, and a full housing allowance.

    Special Xavier Scholarships

    • Saint Katharine Drexel Scholarship: Valedictorians or salutatorians from any U.S. Catholic high school are eligible to receive this full-tuition scholarship. The award covers eight consecutive semesters.
    • Norman C. Francis Scholarship: Valedictorians or Salutatorians from public high schools in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes are eligible to receive this full-tuition scholarship. The award covers eight consecutive semesters.

    Xavier University Grants
    Xavier University Grants are awarded to students based on a good high school GPA, above average ACT or SAT, and a high school counselor recommendation.  The amounts vary up to a maximum of $5,000 and are renewable for eight consecutive semesters.

  2. Scholarships and Grants Initially Awarded to Transfer and Continuing Students:

    Initial Eligibility Requirements:  The criteria for these awards depend on the type of scholarship as described below. These may include a student’s scores on entrance exams and prior academic record.

    • Departmental Scholarships: Academic department and divisions provide department scholarships based criteria unique to each unit.
    • Recognition Scholarships: Recognition scholarships are awarded to continuing students who did not receive a scholarship upon admission but perform at the highest academic level upon enrolling at Xavier. Eligible students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 based on degree-credit courses after two consecutive full-time semesters at Xavier. Awards range from $3,000 to $5,000.
    • Transfer Student Scholarships: Transfer student scholarships are based on a student’s academic record at their previous institution. Awards range from $2,500 to $5,000.

  3. Continued Eligibility Requirements:

    Scholarships and Grants:

    Except for Departmental Scholarship recipients, all scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum GPA as outlined in the table below and be in good institutional standing. A minimum GPA of 3.30 is required to maintain 100% of the amount of the initial award; students will receive 75% of their initial award if the GPA is between 3.00 and 3.29.  Institutional scholarships awarded to first-time freshmen are renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment and are reviewed annually.

    A Xavier University Grant awarded to a first-time freshman is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters of full-time enrollment and is reviewed annually. Recipients must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA.

    Scholarship recipients with a GPA between 3.20 and 3.29 will be granted a probationary semester after which the scholarship will be fully reinstated if their cumulative GPA is 3.30 or higher. The scholarship recipient will be allowed to receive a scholarship in the amount of the initial award during the probationary semester. Recipients who are unable to achieve the 3.30 minimum after the probationary period will be eligible to receive a reduced scholarship provided their GPA is at least a 3.00 as indicated in the above table. Any recipient who receives a reduced scholarship will not be eligible to subsequently receive a scholarship in the amount of the initial award. 

    Recipients who are either granted a probationary period for re-instatement or a reduced scholarship must contribute to the direct cost of their education by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The reinstated or reduced scholarship award will be adjusted accordingly.

    Recipients who are unable to meet the reduced GPA requirement will receive a letter of discontinuation from the Office of Academic Affairs.

  4. Additional Eligibility Requirements:

    The following are additional requirements for scholarships and grants.

    Applying for Financial Aid: Xavier University’s scholarship/grant recipients may be eligible for federal and /or state aid.  Therefore, the parents and/or students who are U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens of all Xavier institutional scholarships and grants must complete and have a valid Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with the Xavier Office of Financial Aid annually. Guidelines established by the University’s Office of Financial Aid in accordance with federal and state regulations will be utilized to calculate the student’s financial aid amount and direct cost of education.

    The sum of institutionally administered or affiliated scholarships & grants, federal grants, state awards, and waivers shall not exceed a recipient’s direct costs (tuition, mandatory fees, and room and board). Should the institutional scholarship, when combined with the previously described resources, exceed the direct cost, the amount of the University’s institutional scholarship shall be adjusted accordingly.

    Completion of all development course requirements: Scholarship recipients must eliminate all developmental course requirements prior to receiving the scholarship award.