What is the Completers Grant?
- Provides scholarships to students who are within 30 credit hours of completing a degree or a credential in high demand fields such as healthcare and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Although priority is given to healthcare and other STEM fields and teacher education, all programs are eligible for funding.
- No more than two consecutive semesters of funding will be awarded.
- Fund dollars are available through September 30, 2023.
- First, to those students who are expected to complete their program of study/graduating in the Spring 2022 semester who have significantly depleted or who have no other sources of financial aid
- Second, to those students who are expected to complete your program of study/graduate in Summer 2022 and have significantly depleted or have no other sources of financial aid
Student Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for the Completers Grant, a student must:
- Be a Louisiana resident
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year during which the award will be received
- Meet one of the priority criteria listed above
- For credit programs, students shall meet the enrolling institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for receipt of Title IV aid
- For non-credit programs, students shall successfully complete course(s) sufficient to continue in their program of study as determined by the institution
- Be enrolled through the 14th class day
Frequently Asked Questions
The Completers Grant, funded by the Louisiana Board of Regents, is designed to incentivize near-completers in high demand fields (healthcare, and other Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and teacher education) at Louisiana’s public two- and four-year institutions to earn their undergraduate degree and to incentivize enrollment in and completion of short-term credential programs at two-year institutions. Although priority is given to healthcare and other STEM fields and teacher education, all programs are eligible for funding.
- Be a Louisiana resident; and
- File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year during which the award will be received; and
- Meet one of the priority criteria listed in question 3; and
- Be enrolled through the 14th class day; and
- For credit programs, students shall meet the enrolling institution’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy for receipt of Title IV aid; or
- For non-credit programs, students shall successfully complete course(s) sufficient to continue in their program of student as determined by the institution.
You must meet one of the criteria listed below:
- Expect to complete your program of study/graduating in the Fall 2021 and have significantly depleted or have no other sources of financial aid, or
- Are expected to complete your program of study/graduate in Spring 2022 and have significantly depleted or have no other sources of financial aid, or
- Are expected to complete your program of study/graduate in the Summer 2022 and have significantly depleted or have no other sources of financial aid.
Your school will determine if you meet the eligibility criteria and whether you will receive a Completers Grant.
Awards shall be limited to tuition, fees, and books as set forth on the student’s fee bill. Institutions shall not award the maximum amount set for the program of study if that amount would exceed the student’s cost of attendance as defined in the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The suggested minimum award amount should not be less than $100.
Your school will determine how much you will receive.
The State allocation amount for this program is $13.3 million dollars across the four Louisiana public college systems.
- You are within 30 hours of receiving your initial associate’s or bachelor’s degree when you first receive the grant, AND
- You meet the eligibility requirements in the answer to question 2
Note that you are not necessarily guaranteed to receive the same amount in both semesters.
You may receive Completers Grant for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. For example, if you receive Completers Grant for the first time in the Fall of 2021, you could be eligible to receive one more payment in the following Spring of 2022 provided you meet all eligibility requirements.
All public institutions in the state are participating in the program. This includes all schools who are part of the LSU system, the SU system, the UL system, and the LCTC system.
Awards for the Completers Grant will be made starting the Fall 2021 semester.
The allocation amount for this program is $13.3 million dollars. The Completers Grant will be available until all funding is exhausted, or September 30, 2022, whichever is later.
Schools have the ability to award students who are eligible for the Fall 2021 (1S2022) under the changes in the revised framework. For example, if a student received a federal subsidized/unsubsidized loan for Fall 2021, the school has the option to return loan funds and award the Completers Grant in the amount not to include a refund that a student may have received.
Students pursuing an initial associate’s or bachelor’s degree are eligible. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree after having received an associate’s degree are eligible. Students pursuing a second associate’s degree, or a second bachelor’s degree are not eligible.
If you have a student transferring from one of your system colleges to another and the student was awarded the Completers Grant at their previous school, they should be granted the opportunity for the Completers Grant at the new college.
LOSFA is following the guidance of USDE regarding verification. We do not require a student to complete verification in order to be awarded the Completers Grant. However, completing verification may allow a student to become eligible for Title IV aid, allowing the school to expand the use of their Completers Grant to other eligible students not yet awarded.
There should be no instances where a student receives a refund from the Completers Grant. In cases of an over-award, the Completers Grant should be reduced to allow for the other financial aid (other than loans). Completers Grant awards should be viewed semester by semester and not on the academic year because these students may not be enrolled the entire academic year.
Students who are in default and have made satisfactory payment arrangements and are now Title IV eligible are also eligible for Completers Grant. The student must provide the school with proof of Title IV eligibility. The school must maintain documentation that the student was eligible for Title IV aid when the funds are awarded.
No. If you used resources such as a credit card or START funds to cover your entire cost of tuition, fees and books as stated on you fee bill, you will not be eligible for the Completers Grant.
For more information on the Completers Grant, visit Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOFSA) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.