2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122
Dillard University offers a competitive Scholarship/Grant Package to eligible first-year students who demonstrated strong academic performance in high school. The primary criterion used to determine a student’s eligibility is based on the students’ ACT/SAT score and Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA). However, in one or more of the scholarship and/or grant awards, there are other components that can factor into the student’s eligibility which includes: State of Residence, Housing (on-campus vs. off campus), and other Resources (Grant/Scholarships) the student may be receiving. All students who are regularly admitted to Dillard University have a strong chance of being awarded one of the following merit based awards! Please know that acceptance into Dillard University does not guarantee one of the below scholarships. Scholarship dollars are limited, thus Dillard University reserves the right, without notice, to limit (or not offer) any one of the scholarship discussed below. The University will, in writing, notify all student of their eligible scholarship.
In recent years, the University has attracted stronger students thus making our applicant pool more competitive. In an effort to better select the most qualified students, an essay and a short video will be added to the application process for those students who meet the criteria for the University Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. All other policies and procedures still apply.
The merit based scholarships are awarded to eligible new students who are recent high school graduates, i.e. graduating the December or May prior to the start of the academic year that the student is first entering college as a traditional freshman. There are two phases to receive these two high academic awards. Eligible recipients for the University and Presidential Scholarships will receive an Eligibility Notice of Scholarship Letter further providing instructions on the remaining application process.
The Eligibility Notice of Scholarship Letter will be sent to applicable students who meet the minimum GPA requirements and are admitted to Dillard University by December 1st:
For additional information and to review the Dillard University Scholarship Policy, CLICK HERE. All students are expected to read and be familiar with the scholarship policy. Failure to read the policy does not exempt a student from the implementation of the policy itself. Eligible recipients will also receive an Award/Scholarship Agreement in the mail which will provide further instructions and information regarding the award. Dillard University reserves the right to reduce or cancel any Institutional Scholarship or Grant within the same award year if the student is awarded another/other (i.e. private, state or federal) Scholarship or Grant funding which is applicable for Tuition and/or Room/Board.
A general overview of each award criteria is listed below:
University Scholar: Our highest and most prestigious institutional award! This scholarship is awarded on an academic year basis and is effective for eight consecutive semesters (summer, study abroad and the evening program do not qualify). Students with a 3.8 GPA and a 27 ACT or 1260 SAT are considered. Students must meet the renewal criteria to maintain continued eligibility. This honor entities the recipient to full tuition, and on campus room (double occupancy ONLY) and board. If the student decides to live off-campus, this scholarship award will then cover Tuition ONLY. The recipient must enroll as a full-time student. The scholarship pays for a maximum of 18 credit hours per semester. University Scholars are required to participate in the Samuel Dubois Cook Honors Program. For consideration of the University Scholarship, students must be admitted to Dillard University as a new student, first-time freshman, before December 1st of your High School senior year. May 1st is the Priority Deadline to submit the Scholarship Agreement.
Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 3.5 GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and earn at least 24 semester hours at the end of the academic year.
Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 3.2 GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and earn at least 24 semester hours at the end of the academic year.
Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA (for newly awarded Dean's scholarship recipients with an award effective for/after the Fall 2019 semester) or 2.75 GPA (for a Dean's scholarship disbursed prior to Fall 2019) - GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and student must earn at least 24 credit semester hours at the end of the academic year (spring semester).
Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 2.75 GPA (for newly awarded Merit scholarship recipients with an award effective for/after the Fall 2019 semester) or 2.50 GPA (for a Merit scholarship disbursed prior to Fall 2019) - GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and student must earn at least 24 credit semester hours at the end of the academic year (spring semester).
Renewal: Student must maintain a cumulative 2.5 GPA (for newly awarded DU Grant recipients with an award effective for/after the Fall 2019 semester) or 2.25 GPA (for a DU Grant disbursed prior to Fall 2019) - GPA calculated at the end of each spring semester (term), and student must earn at least 24 credit semester hours at the end of the academic year (spring semester).
Dillard University strives to help students meet their financial obligation through merit and need based awards. Merit awards are based on the student’s academic credentials submitted at the time of application. To further assist and to help decrease the loan indebtedness of students, the University awards a need based grant called the Student Success Award. In considering the renewal of the award the following should be adhered to.
Renewal: To be considered for this institutional award each subsequent year, students must have their FAFSA (the next year’s) and all associated required documents (verification worksheet, tax transcripts (returns), etc.) submitted on or before May 1st each academic year. The student’s EFC and housing status will be taken into consideration during the awarding and renewal process. Students must also meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy to be reconsidered and have earned a cumulative 2.0 grade point average.
Endowed / Non-Endowed Awards
Transfer Students Institutional Awards: Dillard University is a Transfer friendly institution. Unlike some colleges/universities, Dillard offers Transfer Awards (Merit Scholarship and Grant) to eligible students. The award is granted for a maximum of three (3) years which is six (6) consecutive semesters (unless the student completes his/her degree program prior to the 3 years. Students must transfer in with at least 12 or more completed credit hours. All transcripts will be required for submissions to evaluate student’s eligibility based on cumulative GPA as indicated below. Eligible recipients will receive a Scholarship Award Letter which will list the requirements for each specified award. Students enrolling in the Evening, Weekend Studies Program are not eligible for the Institutional Transfer Scholarship due to the pre-reduction of the program’s tuition expense. A general overview of the award criteria is:
2601 Gentilly Boulevard
New Orleans, Louisiana 70122