FA Grants


Federal Pell Grants

The Federal Pell Grant is a need-based program which provides money to help undergraduates pay for their education after high school. For many students, these grants provide a foundation of financial aid, to which aid from other federal and non-federal sources may be added. Unlike loans, grants DO NOT have to be paid back. Pell awards range from $200 to $2960 per semester. Students must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress to participate in this program.

Maximum Pell Award

Eligibility for Pell grants has been restricted to 12 semesters of full-time enrollment, or the equivalent for part-time students. If you have been a full-time student and have received Pell grants for 12 semesters, you cannot receive another Pell grant. Pell eligibility is pro-rated for part-time attendance. This affects current and future students.

Year Round Pell Grants

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 allows a student to receive Federal Pell Grant funds for up to 150 percent of the student’s Pell Grant Scheduled Award for an award year. This provision is effective beginning with the 2017-2018 financial aid award year at SUSLA.

To be eligible for the additional Pell Grant funds, the student must meet all general eligibility requirements to receive financial aid for the payment period and must be enrolled at least half time in the payment period for which the student receives the additional Pell Grant funds in excess of 100 percent of the student’s Pell Grant Scheduled Award.

Important Note: The amount of Federal Pell Grant funds a student may receive over his or her lifetime is limited by a federal law to be 600 percent. If a student's lifetime eligibility used (LEU) equals or exceeds 600 percent, the student may no longer receive Pell Grant funding. Students can log on to www.nslds.ed.gov to view their Pell Grant LEU.

Southern University at Shreveport will review student records in the spring semester to determine eligibility for a summer Pell award. Summer awards will be based on full-time enrollment (12 or more credit hours) and award amounts will be adjusted or canceled once enrollment is confirmed and academic progress is reviewed.

SUSLA financial aid is only available for students who are seeking a degree or certificate at SUSLA.

Please review the following examples to help with determining eligibility for an additional Pell Grant award.

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)

Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a need-based program for undergraduate students only, and it DOES NOT have to be paid back. A student may get up to $1500 a year (because of our low Cost of Attendance (COA) and small federal allocation amount for our growing student population), depending on need, enrollment status, the availability of FSEOG funds, and the amount of other aid received. A student must qualify for the Federal Pell Grant in order to receive FSEOG funds. Special consideration is given to work-study students. Additional funds are requested and awarded when available.


  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Receive a federal Pell grant;
  • Have remaining financial need after deducting Estimated Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Priority to students with a zero (0) EFC
  • Priority to students not receiving loans
  • Priority to students living on campus

1819 GO Grant Policy

The purpose of this program is to provide a need-based component to the state's financial aid plan to support nontraditional and low to moderate-income students who need additional aid to afford the cost of attending college.

To be eligible for a Louisiana Go Grant, a student must:

  • Be a Louisiana Resident;
  • File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA);
  • Receive a federal Pell grant;
  • Have remaining financial need under 60% after deducting Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) and all federal/state/institutional grant or scholarship aid ("gift aid") from student's Cost of Attendance (COA);
  • Be a student enrolled in an eligible Louisiana institution on at least a half-time basis (minimum 6 hours at semester school).

The Go Grant is state grant that does not have to be repaid. Eligibility criteria may be found at the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) website.  Funding is limited.

SUSLA Awarding Policy

SUSLA awards a maximum of $1500 annually per student because of our low COA and small state allocation amount for our growing student population. Students may not receive the annual maximum awards pending state fund allocation. Individual semester awards may be adjusted on a case-by case basis, not to exceed the annual award amount. Supplemental funds are requested and awarded from LOSFA when available.

Go grant distributions are awarded for Fall and Spring during Fall semester and Spring only based on remaining funds as follows:

Maximum Annual Award Amounts                           *Enrolled Hours on Census Date

    1. $1500                                                               9 or more
    2. $750                                                                 8-6
    3. $0                                                                     5-1

*Special enrollment status and award amount consideration is given to students in Allied Health and Nursing programs because of additional fees associated and rigorous schedule (see letter from Dean).

Priority of packaging will be given to enrolled students who are:

    1. 25 years of age or older;
    2. Meet the published deadline for a complete financial aid file;
    3. Not receiving loans;
    4. Living on campus;
    5. Prior recipients of the Go Grant including transfer and readmits who self-identify.

All eligible students (including transfer & re-entering students) are identified and a minimum of 5% of our annual student population is awarded Go Grant pending eligibility. The students are then reviewed for awards in order of priority. Eligibility criteria does not; automatically eliminate students receiving TOPS, nor eliminate students on the basis of any academic criteria other than Satisfactory Academic Progress for receipt of Title IV aid.