UNO to Cover Unmet Financial Need for New Orleans Students

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The University of New Orleans promises to fill any unmet financial need for tuition and fees for eligible New Orleans residents, the university announced.

The Privateeer Pledge, as it’s being called by the university, will go into effect starting in the fall 2020 semester, the university said in a news release Wednesday. Orleans Parish residents who graduated from a public or private parish high school are eligible.

“A University of New Orleans education can transform a student’s life,” said President John Nicklow in the news release. “The Privateer Pledge is our promise to eligible Orleans Parish students that we will marshal all of the federal, state and institutional aid necessary to fill any financial gap for tuition and fees. This will support greater access to higher education and ensure there is one less obstacle in a student’s pursuit of a UNO degree.”

Students must be eligible for a Pell Grant and their annual family income cannot exceed $60,000, the university said. Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be full-time students at the university to remain eligible for the program.

They must be admitted as a freshman to the university and have filed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid — the main form needed to apply for financial aid for colleges and universities. The pledge covers four years of unmet need for tuition and fees or until graduation, whichever happens first.

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