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Financial Aid and Scholarships

Frequently Asked Questions, Facts and Figures

Frequently Asked Questions For Undergraduate Students

What’s the difference between financial aid and scholarships?

A scholarship is a grant based on academic performance and covers part or all of your university fees. In special cases, scholarships would also provide stipends for day-to-day expenses and materials. Whereas financial aid a type of financial assistance we offer to students with financial needs. 

How many credits should I be registered in to be eligible for financial aid?

12 credits in a regular semester (unless there are course restrictions or a student is graduating), or 5 credits in the summer semester.

What are possible constraints to financial aid eligibility?

Are Intensive English students eligible for financial aid?

Intensive English students are Not eligible for financial aid. 

Is it true that students who benefit from outside help may not apply for financial aid?

It’s not true. Outside help does not preclude a deserving student from getting financial aid from LAU. However, outside help should be declared to LAU and the total aid (from all sources) should never exceed overall tuition plus certain charges.

If my brother or sister had, or has, financial aid at LAU, does that mean I will be automatically entitled as well?

Not necessarily. Files are studied individually and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis.

When should I apply for financial aid?

Check regular financial aid related deadlines

When should I apply for a restricted grant?

Simultaneously with the financial aid application.

What happens if I miss the deadline?

Such cases are studied individually. Applicants are urged to abide by the deadlines.

What documents are needed when applying for financial aid?

View the list of documents needed when applying for financial aid. 

If I’m starting in summer, can I apply for financial aid for summer?


Can I benefit from financial aid during my first term of enrollment?


I started in the spring term. Does this mean my financial aid is valid until next spring term?

No. The decision expires at the end of the current academic year. To maintain your aid you should re-apply for the next academic year within set deadlines.

If I am granted financial aid but I don’t enroll in that term, will the decision be automatically carried forward to the next term?

In general, yes, but a petition for reactivation of your file needs to be submitted prior to joining LAU.

Is it true that a student who was previously rejected and is now petitioning for a change in decision will automatically be rejected?

No. Files are re-studied in that case. However, any stated changes should be documented.

How long can a student benefit from financial aid?

Check eligibility.

Is it true that financial aid is cancelled if a student gets a GPA below 2.00 in the first term?


How can financial aid be increased within the course of the same academic year?

By petitioning, within announced dates, to the Financial Aid Committee with documentation of new facts.

What happens if I drop out of courses (during the term)?

Nothing changes during the term. You should continue working your total allocated hours.

Can I request a loan without a financial aid application?


Frequently Asked Questions For Graduate Students

What’s the difference between graduate assistantships and other forms of financial aid?

Graduate assistantships are granted by schools, per certain criteria, to a number of master’s degree students, whereas other forms of financial aid are granted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office mainly


$100 Million+ allocated for SCHOLARSHIPS and FINANCIAL AID packages

70%+ of students benefit from one or more forms of FINANCIAL AID / SCHOLARSHIP

2,100+ students are on SCHOLARSHIPS

1,500+ students receive SAT/Entrance and Honor SCHOLARSHIPS covering between 10 & 50% OF TUITION

600+ students benefit from MEPI and USP SCHOLARSHIPS

300+ students receive BACC SCHOLARSHIPS covering between 25 & 50% OF TUITION

165+ students benefit from ATHLETIC Scholarships

123 students benefit from Merit Scholarships covering 100% OF TUITION