Important FAFSA News:
The FSA ID ― a username and password ― has replaced the Federal Student Aid PIN and must be used to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID confirms your identity when you access your financial aid information and electronically sign Federal Student Aid documents.
Click HERE for instructions on creating your FSA ID, or
Click HERE to watch a video on how to create your FSA ID.
Did you receive a START Savings Statement in the mail?
If you did:
1) You were enrolled in a school that participated in Louisiana GEAR UP during 2002-present.
2) You were awarded a Rewards For Success Scholarship.
So what do you do now?
1) If you are currently enrolled in a college/university, you can use your funds to help pay for tuition, fees, books, room and board, materials and supplies, as well as equipment required for enrollment by the college.
A. Just go to this link:
. . . Complete the Request for Disbursement Form, and send your form back to LA GEAR UP via fax or snail mail and we will start the process of transferring your money to an approved post-secondary education institution.
B. Funds are sent directly to the college/university.
C. Please submit your Request for Disbursement Form at least 30 days before your tuition is due, while it may take as little as 2-weeks for processing sometimes processing time is longer.
LOSFA’S FLY TOUR
Click here to read a Baton Rouge Advocate article about the 2015 FLY Tourhosted at SUBR university: Southern University hosts pep rally for high schoolers.
March 1, 2015
1:30 PM until 4:00 PM Central
Download the Flyer here.
To learn what to bring and find confirmed locations & registration info, click the banner below. You’ll be redirected to the LOSFA College Goal Sunday site.
Click here for a FAFSA mythbuster flyer.
BATON ROUGE – October has been proclaimed as “Louisiana College Application Month” by
both Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Louisiana College Application Month (LCAM) in October 2014 provides opportunities for every graduating high school senior to complete at least one application to the college of their choice. Special focus is on students who would be the first in their families to attend, low-income students, and students who may not have otherwise considered applying. Here’s the thing: Approximately 90 percent of middle grade students say they plan to go to college, yet by the time these same students are high school seniors, the numbers are much lower. LCAM provides the supports students need to navigate the often complex college application process.
Online Student Survey
Online Coordinator Survey
Download a LCAM Site Coordinator Manual as published by the American Council on Education.
Download this LCAM 2014 PowerPoint Presentation for more information about LCAM.
Use this LCAM Registration Form to identify which day during the month of October you are planning to invite admissions professionals to your high school campus to assist students and parents with college applications. This information will be shared with LCAM partners including admissions offices to facilitate coverage of the events.
The Louisiana Volunteer Resource Guide is intended as a useful guide for On-Site School Coordinators when seeking volunteers for a College Application Month event.
The Application, Orientation, and Housing Fee Waiver spreadsheet provides up-to-date information from Louisiana colleges and universities.
Admission Standards Alert Flyer: As of fall 2014, ACT sub-scores factor into Louisiana four-year public university admission decisions.
Block List Filter Checklist Use this checklist to make sure necessary websites are not blocked by school filters.
The Louisiana Board of Regents site includes useful postsecondary planning resources and university directories.
College Kick-Off is coming to your school or district in September!
Get your Senior Game Plan here!
Click Website – College Kick off Program to read the program agenda.
OSSCs from each LA GEAR UP school are asked to facilitate the LOSFA District-Wide College Kick-Off event which unveils a yearlong plan to assist students by motivating, instructing, and monitoring postsecondary transition activities. This event requires one class period with your senior class.
Expect a Call to Rally, a review of the Senior Timeline, wrist bands, t-shirts, and a rousing good time!
Use this Kick-Off Sign-in Sheet to sign students up for LA GEAR UP text messaging. By providing their cell phone numbers, students agree to receive text-based communication on their mobile phone from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA), LA GEAR UP, and our university partners. Student information will be kept confidential and will not be shared with institutions other than those to which students have indicated interest. Standard text-messaging rates apply and students are responsible for any costs incurred in receiving texts. Students may also opt-out at any time by replying to any text sent.
Take three minutes to explore this free student-friendly online career test. It takes about three minutes. The results will help you determine your aptitude, which is part of the LOSFA 5-Point Match.
ACT Accommodations for Students with Disabilities
Do you need extra time or special accommodations while taking the ACT? Check out this link for assistance:
ACT will make decisions on a case by case basis and documented need.