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LOSFA - The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance



Current TOPS Funding Status:

Currently, TOPS is not fully funded for the 2018-19 academic year. However, the funding status for TOPS may change as a result of the upcoming Legislative Session and we will keep you informed regarding this matter. Go to http://www.osfa.la.gov/MainSitePDFs/TOPS_Payment_Amounts.pdf for additional information on TOPS current funding status.





TOPS Summer 2018 Update:

Now that Spring billings have been received, sufficient funds remain to offer TOPS payment for 2018 Qualified Summer sessions. In order to receive TOPS for the summer, you must complete a 2018 Summer Session Payment Request and Acknowledgement Form and return it to your school's Financial Aid office. Click here to access the form. Click here for the definition of a Qualified Summer session.





FAFSA Completion Assistance





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 withdraw up to $10,000 from their START accounts during 2018 to pay tuition expenses related to kindergarten through twelve grade of the beneficiary of the existing 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.





 

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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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