LOSFA Field Outreach Services
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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Louisiana College Application and Access Month
Every October, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance collaborates with key education partners in the State of Louisiana to bring you College Application Month. College Application Month is a national initiative by the American College Application Campaign to increase the number of first generation and low income students to pursue a postsecondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admission process and to ensure that each student submits at least one college admissions application.
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Trailblazer Leadership Program
Participants in the Trailblazer Leadership Program are trained to assist their high school counselors and fellow students in navigating the many tasks that are required to successfully gain college acceptance, secure all available financial assistance, and have the best chance to succeed and achieve their career/lifestyle goals. The program consists of four-to-five single day summits throughout the year beginning in the summer before the senior year.
Students selected for the Trailblazer Leadership program will have the opportunity to:
• Earn one of five $1,000.00 scholarships
• Learn about financial aid opportunities
• Learn about the college admissions process, critical deadlines, unexpected costs to prepare for, how to choose the right college for your individual needs and goals
• Share the knowledge gained with classmates
• Learn to work as a team member with peers from around the state
• Learn leadership and mentorship skills
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Professional School Counselor Workshops
Each Fall, LOSFA conducts workshops and/or webinars for professional school counselors. These workshops/webinars are designed to update counselors about the student financial aid and college access process so they can best assist their students in preparing for their crucial first year of college. At each workshop/webinar, LOSFA representatives instruct counselors on the latest changes to both federal and state aid programs, completion of the FAFSA and other LOSFA services. These workshops/webinars are also designed to provide middle school counselors with some tools and resources to promote early college and career awareness.
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High School Presentations
LOSFA annually provides presenters for individual high school financial aid workshops for parents and students. In Academic Year 2009-2010, LOSFA conducted financial aid and college access workshops at 229 individual high schools and 76 multi-high school events that were attended by 54,650 students and parents. To schedule a presentation, call 1-800- 259-5626.
College Goal Sunday®
College Goal Sunday® is a FREE event designed to help Louisiana college bound students and their families with the financial aid application process. Financial Aid professionals will be on hand to help complete the necessary paperwork (Free Application for Federal Student Aid—FAFSA) to get the funding needed to go to college with a particular focus on helping low-income, first-generation college students and their families. Louisiana’s College Goal Sunday® event takes place in February of each year.
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The Louisiana Board of Regents, Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) and Gear Up are working together to better educate parents and students about the opportunities available and the requirements that must be met for a student to be eligible for college. The three groups together have received a two-year federal College Access Challenge Grant to spearhead communication with potential college students and their families.
The grant allowed LOSFA to develop an interactive website, www.osfa.la.gov/collegeknowledge, and planning tools aimed at providing information to students and parents throughout the state on 2 year and 4 year college options, benefits of attending college, costs associated with college and how to prepare both academically and financially to make attendance a reality.
Parents interested in getting College Knowledge events scheduled at their school should contact their school principal or counselor. School officials should contact LOSFA at 1-800-259-5626 or email@example.com
Telephone and Email Assistance
LOSFA employs a staff of public information specialists who are available to assist students and parents via telephone from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. To utilize this service, call 1-800-259-5626. For Email assistance, write firstname.lastname@example.org. During 2008-2009, LOSFA assisted 46,965 callers and an answered 2,813 Email inquiries.
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