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Southeastern ranks among top colleges for financial aid

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Southeastern Louisiana University has been ranked among the top 50 colleges in the country for its financial aid packages.

The website BestColleges.com ranked the university 45th for its institutional scholarships that cover tuition and housing assistance for incoming freshmen based on their qualifications. The amount of a student's award varies according to the applicant's high school GPA and ACT scores.

BestColleges.com states that rankings are developed through the use of student and faculty surveys, independent research, other ranking systems and input from credible and authoritative sources, such as the U.S. Department of Education.

"The costs associated with higher education have certainly risen, especially over the last several years," said Enrollment Services Director Lori Fairburn. "We recognize that fact and are working in every way to help reduce the financial burden students are facing."

She said most of the students also qualify for the state-sponsored TOPS scholarship program, which provides cash awards to be applied to tuition costs.

Fairburn said that in addition to scholarships awarded to incoming freshman, Southeastern also awards scholarships to students transferring from other institutions if they meet certain criteria.

Other scholarships and financial aid assistance are available to students through the university's work-study program. Departmental scholarships are available to students according to their academic discipline and completer scholarships are available to students within one year of graduation.

The full report with a complete list of rankings is available online at http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-financial-aid/.

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