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LOSFA - The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance

Financial Aid 101

Higher education can be a very expensive endeavor. Very few students and families have the money to handle the expenses without some type of assistance. Fortunately, LOSFA has been helping students find ways to finance their education since 1962.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a critical step in the search for federal financial aid, but it is also important to save some money through START and through research scholarships.

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Work Study Programs

Work-study programs are a form of financial aid in which you perform work in exchange for money for your education. Federal government programs are the primary source of work-study, but individual college campuses may also offer their own programs to make additional financial aid available to as many students as possible.

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Financial Aid Options in Challenging Economy

In these challenging economic times, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) wants students and parents to understand their student financial aid options. Many families have experienced the loss of assets reserved for their children's college education or have lost a primary income source. Whether you are a new high school graduate entering college for the first time or a displaced worker who wants to return to school for additional job training, there are student financial aid options available

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Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

It is necessary to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for most federal financial aid programs. Many state financial aid programs and various scholarships also require the submission of the FAFSA. The Department of Education processes the FAFSA and notifies applicant with the Student Aid Report (SAR). The FAFSA can be submitted online at

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Middle School Timeline

The Middle School College preparedness timeline.

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LOSFA Financial Aid Programs

One Scholarship or Grant may NOT cover ALL of your college expenses so don't leave money on the table! Research ALL the programs LOSFA has to offer. You just may find that you qualify for even more money!

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College Admissions / Financial Aid Timeline

The High School College preparedness timeline.

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