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Financial Assistance Options

Financial Assistance Options

The Department of Public Administration offers Graduate Assistantships for eligible students on a yearly basis.  Assistantships are competitively awarded and are based on availability of funding. 

Students can also apply for FAFSA loans (student loans). Please visit the FAFSA website at or contact our Financial Aid Office at  (225) 771-2790.


Graduate Assistantships Policy

The Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences in collaboration with the Graduate School awards assistantships to graduate students.


To be eligible for assistantship consideration, the following criteria must be satisfied:

  • Maintain a minimum of 3.00 GPA
  • Must be enrolled full-time
  • Must submit an application with a recommendation letter

Award Process:

The departmental committee reviews the applications based on the criteria and makes a recommendation to the chair.  The number and amount awarded shell be contingent upon the availability of funds.


The awards last 2 years and subject to renewal based on satisfactory academic standing.


Harvard Collaboration Scholarship


The Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences offers the Harvard Collaboration Scholarship to students in the college.  Department heads within the college may recommend students(s) to receive the scholarship.  The scholarship may be used to cover tuition and any other mandatory fees that are billed to a recommended student.

Selection Procedure

Department heads may recommend students for the scholarship.  The recommendations are submitted to the Office of the Dean.  All recommendations will be reviewed by the appropriate campus offices.  The office of the Student Financial Aid will review all requests and approve the recommendations for awards.

Department heads may recommend student(s) for a scholarship on a semester basis.  In the event a student graduates, withdraws or becomes ineligible to receive the scholarship, the department head may recommend the scholarship be transferred to another qualified student for the remainder of the academic year.


  • The student must be enrolled at Southern University and majoring in a discipline housed in the Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences.
  • The award is not available to freshman or sophomore students. The student, if undergraduate, must be at least a junior or senior majoring in one of the college’s disciplines or enrolled in one of the college’s Graduate or Professional programs.
  • If undergraduate, the juniors or seniors must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on all work taken. If graduate student, the student must maintain a 3.0 to receive and maintain the scholarship.
  • Students in graduate or professional school must maintain “good standing” in their academic program.

Scholarship Allotments

Department heads are eligible to recommend scholarship amounts every semester to eligible students.  The scholarship amount is contingent upon available funds and approval of the Dean of the College.