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LOSFA - The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

As you may know, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R.1) has been signed into law, and it includes an expansion of the available uses of Internal Revenue Code Section 529 College Savings Plans to allow up to $10,000 of distributions each year for K -12 expenses such as private school tuition. It is important to note that this expansion will require that the Louisiana Legislature amend the current laws regarding the START Saving Program for the funds to be available for K-12 expenses. The current law provides that funds may be withdrawn only for the payment of higher education expenses. This means that the use of funds in a START Saving Program account will not be available for use for any K-12 educational expenses unless the Louisiana Legislature acts to amend the current START laws. The next Louisiana Legislative Session currently scheduled begins on March 12, 2018, and ends June 4, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Louisiana College Goal Sunday/FAFSA Completion Assistance

2017 Graduates of These High Schools Will Be Evaluated For TOPS Initial Eligibility on Thursday, September 28

TOPS Opportunity, Performance and Honors (OPH) and TOPS Tech 2017-18 Award Amounts by Institution

TOPS Award Amounts for the 2017-18 Academic Year — Frequently Asked Questions

Opting out is only available when there is a TOPS shortfall. Since students will receive full funding for Fall 2017, opting out is not an available option if a student needs to sit out of school for a reason that is beyond their control.  An exception will be required.  The Request for Exception Form can be accessed by clicking here.


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TOPS Summer 2017 Update:

LOSFA, a program under the Board of Regents, has sufficient funding to pay TOPS awards for the Summer 2017 session/term.

TOPS Opportunity, Performance and Honors eligible students should apply here.

TOPS Tech students and students enrolled in a Proprietary or Cosmetology school, normal eligibility requirements apply.

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Important Information for Students
Who Attended ITT Technical Institute

How to Correct TOPS Processing Errors

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Executive Director's Welcome

Dear Louisiana Students,

Have you met your match? LOSFA's 5 Point Match that is. Do you know what you want to do after high school or are you unsure of what's next for you? Whether you can answer a definite yes or an uncertain no, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) is here to help!

Everyone has something they do well. Start with your strengths; explore turning what you love to do into something you get paid to do. LOSFA's toolswill help you Unlock Your Future with these five questions:

  • What am I good at?
  • Where can I learn to get paid to do what I love to do?
  • Which school offers the most for my money?
  • Which school gets me?
  • Which school graduates more students like me?

Our team has an exciting slate of events and tools to help you discover your match. Odds are that we are coming to a school near you! Feel free to reach out by text, social media, phone, email or in person. We believe the key to your future is you and know that you can count on us to help!


Sujuan W. Boutté. Ed.D.
Executive Director
Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance



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TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) is a program of state scholarships for Louisiana residents who attend either one of the Louisiana Public Colleges and Universities, schools that are a part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Louisiana approved Proprietary and Cosmetology Schools or institutions that are a part of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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START Saving Program

The State of Louisiana is proud of its college savings plan, which is a “Qualified Tuition Plan” under Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Code. The Student Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust Program, commonly referred to as the "START Saving Program," is an innovative college savings plan designed to help families contend with the growing costs of educating their children after high school. The program is administered by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, under the direction of the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority.

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LA ABLE 529A Program

The Louisiana Achieving a Better Life Experience (LA ABLE) Account Program allows individuals and families to save private funds to support persons with disabilities in endeavors to maintain health, independence, and quality of life.

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TOPS TECH Early Start

The TOPS Tech Early Start award provides up to $600 per academic year for any eligible 11th or 12th grade student attending a Louisiana PUBLIC high school who wishes to concurrently enroll for up to six credit hours per semester in order to pursue certification in an Eligible Program at a public or nonpublic college or an approved training provider.

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Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship

The Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship is a competitive scholarship that awards $2000 annually for an undergraduate student and $3,000 annually to a graduate student pursuing a degree in forestry, wildlife or marine science at a Louisiana Public College or University. The cumulative maximum award is $12,000 for up to three years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study.

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LA Go Grant

The purpose of this program is to provide a need-based component to the state's financial aid plan to support nontraditional and low to moderate-income students who need additional aid to afford the cost of attending college.

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John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

The John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program in Louisiana provides for the payment of eligible educational loans (both Federal Family Education Loan Program [FFELP] and Federal Direct Loans) for state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors employed in Louisiana who agree to remain employed as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.

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Chafee Educational Training Voucher (ETV) Program

The Chafee Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) Program awards up to $5,000 annually during the academic year to qualified students who have been in the foster care system so they can pursue an academic college education or technical and skill training in college to be prepared to enter the workforce. The actual award amount is determined by the student’s financial need, which is calculated in accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

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