LOSFA Field Outreach Services (LFOS) Division is a college access and readiness initiative within the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA). During the academic year 2015-16, LFOS will offer support services to assist with school reform initiatives and promote postsecondary awareness.
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LOSFA will be hosting a Trailblazer Training event at Louisiana State University-Alexandria on September 8, 2016. The students selected for the Trailblazer Leadership Program will attend the single-day leadership and skill development training to participate in peer interaction via Google Hangout and webinars, and receive support via text messaging throughout the school year. Because students will represent the state agency (LOSFA), it is important to have students not only share learned college access, financial aid, and financial literacy information, but to demonstrate those components as well through participating in events with LOSFA staff and assisting with school-based activities. Students should be equally involved with peer interaction and motivation as they are conducting events with LOSFA staff.
The purpose of the LOSFA Trailblazer Leadership Program is to enhance LOSFA's mission of Promoting and Providing College Access through student engagement and outreach. Students selected for the Trailblazer Leadership Program will now have the opportunity to serve in greater capacities for their schools and the agency through expanded, real-life (job-like) responsibilities.
If you are interested in becoming a Trailblazer, please see your school counselor or visit www.osfa.la.gov for more information. A copy of the application is also available here: 2016-17 Trailblazer Application.
The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) hosted the LOSFA Field Outreach Services (LFOS) Program training on Monday, August 1st from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and a counselor financial aid training workshop on Tuesday, August 2nd from 8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. in the Galvez Building. East Baton Rouge Parish Schools had an additional FAFSA Challenge Grant training from 2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
LFOS Program training addressed topics which include: LOSFA's 5-Point Match, Administrative Processes, Program Initiatives, Form Completion & Reporting and a question and answer session.
The financial aid workshop addressed financial literacy, different types of financial aid available to students, the FAFSA, common FAFSA errors, professional judgment, the FAFSA verification process and FSA IDs. In addition to learning about the federal programs available to students, counselors had the opportunity to learn more about the different state aid programs, changes made to the TOPS Program and about several different LOSFA initiatives that students can participate in statewide. Attendees were able to learn about different ways they can guide students and parents through the complex financial aid process, which will ultimately lead to empowered students who have been successfully prepared for postsecondary endeavors.
Additional information can be found below:
Galvez Building, Pensacola and Oliver Pollock Room
602 North 5th Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
The PowerPoint presentation from the training workshop is below from Day 1 (August 1, 2016) and Day 2 (August 2, 2016):