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McNeese Access Award

McNeese Access Award

McNeese Access Award

By approval of the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, non-resident fee waivers may be granted to new undergraduate students from other states and countries who satisfy the following admission criteria:

Domestic Students:

  1. First-time freshmen (students who have completed less than 12 hours of college-level credit):
    1. ACT composite score of 21 (or equivalent SAT), and
    2. Cumulative high school GPA of 2.25 or higher, and
    3. Have no need for remedial course work. (ACT or SAT scores are needed for determination.)
  2. Transfer students (students who have completed 12 or more hours of college-level credit):
    1. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on college-level work, and
    2. Be eligible to return to their previous institution, and
    3. Have no need for remedial course work (ACT or SAT scores may be needed for determination.)
  3. Students must be enrolled as full-time students.

International Students:

  1. First-time freshmen (students who have completed less than 12 hours of college-level credit):
    1. Minimum TOEFL score of 525 (paper-based), 195 (computer-based), or 71 (Internet- based), or IELTS Band 6.0, and
    2. Have completed a recognized secondary program comparable to U.S. high school graduation with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.25 or higher, and
    3. Have no need for remedial course work. (ACT or SAT scores are needed for determination.)
  2. Transfer students (students who have completed 12 or more hours of college-level credit in the U.S.):
    1. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on college-level work, and
    2. Be eligible to return to their previous institution, and
    3. Have no need for remedial course work. (ACT or SAT scores may be needed for determination.)
  3. Students must be enrolled as full-time students.

Students admitted under these criteria may remain eligible to retain this waiver as long as they maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 cumulative GPA). Contact the Office of Scholarships and Testing for more information.

Special Achievement Waiver

An undergraduate, non-resident student with high achievement in dance performance, debate, visual arts, music performance, or theater performance may be granted a waiver if that student's presence will improve the educational opportunities of other students. Cheerleaders, flag corps, University recognized or sponsored spirit groups that perform at athletic game activities, and the SGA president, as well as certain others, may also be considered in this group. The applying student must meet each of the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrate high achievement in the appropriate performance area
  2. Have a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in high school, if applying prior to entering college, or on at least 24 hours of college work
  3. Demonstrate leadership
  4. Receive a satisfactory rating in a documented interview (personal or by telephone).
  5. Commit to participate in the appropriate area at the granting institution.

To be eligible to continue receiving this waiver (resident fee status), the student must meet the following criteria:

  1. Maintain satisfactory participation and performance in the appropriate collegiate activity. Failure to maintain satisfactory participation and performance in one semester will result in forfeiting the waiver for subsequent semesters. After reestablishing satisfactory performance for at least one semester (not summer session), the student may reapply for the waiver.
  2. Maintain status as a full-time student.
  3. Maintain a semester and cumulative 2.0 grade point average. If the semester or cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student may retain the waiver for the succeeding semester, but will forfeit the waiver if the semester or cumulative GPA is below 2.0 at the close of that succeeding semester.

A student granted a waiver is expected to make steady progress toward a degree. Appeals may be reviewed by the appropriate committee.

Applying for Award

Students wishing to apply for this award should complete the Access Award/Non-Resident Waiver Application.