"Y'all are here to help," Harris said. "Y'all motivate people to go to college, and most people don't get that. Some kids don't have the opportunities that I have. I am thankful that y'all are here."Kyra Harris in Marksville High School
"A lot of the students here don't realize that all of these programs are out there to help us and get us on the right track on going to college. When we have events like these, they sit us down and talk to us, and they have fun activities to keep us interested and we learn about all of this stuff so we can use it in the future and get us on track."Joseph Schwartz in Bastrop High School
"I think that the College Kickoff event was very helpful because a lot of us really don't know how to get into certain things that we want to do," Broussard said. "Some people think that you just go to college to be a doctor or a lawyer, but you can go for anything, like carpentry."Macy Broussard in Jeanerette Senior High School
"College Kickoff was motivational because some people in our class said they weren't going to college, but I think they changed their mind," Andrews said. "The event put it into detail of what we will have to go through when applying to and entering into college."Austin Andrews in Grambling Laboratory School
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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.
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.
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.
LOSFA will host its annual FLY Tour at area post-secondary institutions from February 15-26. FLY is a dynamic theatrical presentation that uses poetry, music and drama to communicate the importance of financial literacy and fiscal responsibility. Acts featured in the FLY tour will help students learn about financial aid for college, money management, on-campus support services for students and more.
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.
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.
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.
Aspire to Inspire is a new LOSFA initiative developed by LOSFA coordinator Khristopher Hobbs. The program's goal is to provide support and encouragement to students across the state. Mr. Hobbs enjoys building consistent and trusting relationships with mentees that provide opportunities for students to reflect, learn about themselves and discover their own truths.
As a follow-up to Louisiana College Application & Access Month (LCAAM), students who have been accepted to college will be formally recognized by LFOS in existing school award ceremonies.
LOSFA has created a top 10 list of tips to help students ensure that their TOPS processing can take place as quickly and efficiently as possible. Students are also encouraged to create accounts in the Louisiana Award System to monitor their TOPS processing status.
FAFSA completion events are available for students and parents across the state. FAFSA completion events take place in a computer lab or a library where attendees have access to computers. LOSFA representatives are available to help students and parents fill out the FAFSA and can provide line by line assistance.
LOSFA has created the 5-POINT MATCH for students like you to prepare for college and future careers. The Unlock My Future website will show you how to use the 5-POINT MATCH for planning for the future and getting there.