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LOSFA - The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

8th Grade Timeline

  • Continue to develop very good study habits and organizational skills.

  • Keep doing your homework — homework is practice, and practice makes perfect!

  • Keep working hard to get good grades. It is important that you do well in ALL of your subjects, not just your favorites, so you get off to a good start in high school.

  • Prepare to take EXPLORE! An assessment offered by your school that does not count against you but is used as a guidance tool to prepare you for high school. For more information visit:

  • Review the College Admissions/Financial Aid Timeline.

  • Begin thinking about your education beyond high school — which type of college will you choose: 2 year, 4 year or Career School? Are you considering the military? You have many options, and now is the time to begin exploring them.

  • Familiarize yourself with the TOPS Core Curriculum Requirements.

  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss your ninth grade courses, the importance that colleges and universities place on grades and at what year in school grades will start to be considered in the admissions process. Also discuss college preparatory, AP and other honors-level courses you should be taking in high school (11th through 12th grade).

  • Ask your teachers, counselor and parents about academic enrichment programs (including summer and weekend programs) that are available.

  • Think about pursuing extracurricular activities (such as sports, performing arts, volunteer work, or other activities that interest you).

  • Create your 5 year educational plan.

  • Talk with your parents about how your high school courses, your future educational plans, and your career plans all fit together.

  • Improve your knowledge about money in general by playing a financial football game.

Telephone: 1-800-259-5626
Write LOSFA at:
P.O. Box 91202
Baton Rouge, LA 70820-9202