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LOSFA Text Messaging Campaign for College Freshmen TOPS Recipients

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) has begun its 2018-19 text messaging campaign to all first-time, full-time college freshmen who receive TOPS. The text messages are designed to serve as an additional source of information for TOPS recipients in addition to the Student Hub and other LOSFA resources. Students will receive text messages with tips to keep their TOPS award in good standing, reminders of the TOPS retention requirements and also any breaking news regarding the TOPS program. Students can also respond to LOSFA text messages to get a personalized response from a LOSFA representative. Standard text messaging rates apply. Students may opt out of receiving text messages from LOSFA at any time by replying "STOP" or "CANCEL".





Click here for the amount a TOPS Award will pay during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Note that additional academic programs have been approved for payment with the TOPS Tech Award—see page 2 of the link above for details.

We’re pleased to inform you that with the close of the most recent Special Legislative Session on June 24, 2018, the Legislature fully funded TOPS.





START K12

The Louisiana Legislature has passed Act 687 which implements the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This Act provides for a new program called START K12 which will allows families to save for tuition expenses related to attendance at any Louisiana school that provides any or all of kindergarten through twelfth grade. Software development will be required to implement the new START K12 program. Since the software development will take some time, Act 687 contains a transition provision for calendar year 2018 ONLY. This provision will allow START Account Owners who had an account as of December 31, 2017, to make a one-time withdrawal up to $10,000 from their START accounts during 2018 to pay tuition expenses related to kindergarten through twelfth grade of the beneficiary of the existing START account. Disbursements may not be more than what was in the account as of December 31, 2017, and they may not exceed the current account balance.

If you are a START Account Owner and wish to request a disbursement for START K12 expenses for the 2018 calendar year, and meet the criteria in the above paragraph, please click here for the disbursement form.





 

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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

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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Strategies to Empower People (STEP)

The Strategies to Empower People (STEP) Vocational Education Program, funded by the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), awards payment of postsecondary tuition and up to $300 for books and fees each semester to eligible recipients of the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).

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GO Youth ChalleNGe Program

The GO Youth ChalleNGe Program is a program to encourage and assist those students who graduate from the Louisiana National Guard's Youth ChalleNGe Program to continue their education and enhance their employment opportunities by providing tuition at an eligible Louisiana postsecondary institution.

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BESE Tuition Program for Teachers

The BESE Tuition Program for Teachers is a program that allows teachers to enroll in courses at Louisiana colleges and universities at the state's expense. Teachers selected into the program will have their course tuition paid directly to the Louisiana Office of State Financial Assistance by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE).

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