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Title: Louisiana


1
Louisianas First Choice for College Access
2
Welcome! LOSFA Professional School Counselor
Workshop 2012
3
LOSFA Administered Programs and Presentation
Topics
  • TOPS
  • START Saving Program
  • TOPS Tech Early Start Program
  • Chafee Educational Training Voucher (ETV) Program
  • Volunteer Firemens Tuition Reimbursement
    (Promotion Only)
  • FLY Financial Literacy for You
  • FLY Tour 2013

4
LOSFA Administered Programs
  • College Knowledge
  • Go Grant
  • Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship
  • Health Care Educator Loan Forgiveness
  • John R Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

5
LOSFA Social Media Sites
http//www.facebook.com/LOSFA http//www.twitter
.com/LOSFA http//www.youtube.com/
LOSFA1000 http//www.Flickr.com/LOSFA
6
  • Legislative and Program Updates

7
TOPS Military Extension
  • A qualified student who enlists and enters on
    active duty in the Armed Forces within one year
    of graduation from high school must enroll in an
    eligible college no later than the semester,
    quarter or term following the one year
    anniversary of separation from active duty.
  • The veteran must not have been discharged with an
    undesirable, bad conduct or dishonorable
    discharge.
  • A student who meets these requirements and did
    not previously apply, must file a FAFSA within
    one year of separation from active duty.

8
TOPS - ACT
  • A qualifying score achieved on a National,
    International, Military, or Special ACT or
    equivalent SAT taken no later than April 30 and a
    first time qualifying scores on test taken after
    April 30 but before July 1 of the year of high
    school graduation will be accepted.
  • Scores on tests taken after June of the year of
    high school graduation will not be accepted
    unless the student is granted an exception for a
    score earned on a test taken before September 30
    of the year of high school graduation based on
    proof that the student was prevented from taking
    the test prior to July 1 due to circumstances
    beyond the control of the student and
    attributable to the administration of the test.

9
TOPS Academic Year
  • On March 19, 2012, the Louisiana Student
    Financial Assistance Commission amended the
    Scholarship and Grant Program Rules to provide
    that the definition of the academic year includes
    the Summer Session and Summer-Fall Intersession.
    Beginning with the 2011-12 academic year and
    thereafter, the academic year begins with the
    fall term of the award year and concludes
    immediately before the next fall term commences.

10
TOPS Academic Year
  • As a result of this amendment, the hours a
    student earns during a summer session or during
    the summer-fall intersession will be included in
    determining whether a student has met the
    requirement to earn 24 hours during the academic
    year. Students are not required to enroll for the
    summer session or in any intersession.
  • TOPS will not automatically pay for a summer
    session.
  • An award made for summer school expends one
    semester or term of TOPS eligibility for those
    students who qualify.

11
Federal Student Aid Eligibility Change
  • Students who enroll in college for the first time
    on or after July 1, 2012 must have a high school
    diploma or GED, or have been home schooled, to be
    eligible for federal student aid (federal grants
    including Pell, loans and work study). Students
    who were enrolled before July 1, 2012 are not
    affected by this change.

12
Change to Pell Grant Eligibility
  • Pell Grants are need based federal grants
    available to both full-time and part-time
    undergraduate students. They do not need to be
    repaid. For the 2012-13 award year, the maximum
    Pell Grant remains at 5,500.
  • The maximum number of equivalent full-time
    semesters a student is eligible to receive a Pell
    Grant will drop from 18 to 12 semesters for all
    students, including those close to completion.

13
TOPS Processing Cycle
  • Processing cannot begin until we can match your
    FAFSA data, STS data and ACT data
  • This data is matched by SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
  • IF YOU DO NOT INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
    ON YOUR ACT REGISTRATION, YOUR TOPS PROCESSING
    WILL BE DELAYED

14
  • LOSFA
  • College Access and
  • Outreach

15
Program Presentations
  • All LOSFA presentations can be personalized to
    fit the needs of a specific audience
  • TOPS
  • FAFSA
  • What is Financial Aid? An overview of financial
    aid
  • State Aid Programs including TOPS
  • FAFSA
  • Federal Aid (Grant Loan Programs)
  • Institutional Aid
  • Private Aid

16
Program Presentations
  • College Knowledge
  • FLY Financial Literacy for You
  • FLY Tour 2013
  • START Saving Program

17
On-line Publications
  • LOSFA Loop Online Newsletter
  • TOPS Brochure (Opportunity, Performance Honors
    Awards)
  • TOPS Tech Brochure
  • Dont Blow Your TOPS Flyer
  • Dont Blow Your TOPS Renewal Flyer
  • Surfing the Web Flyer
  • TOPS Core Curriculum Fact Sheet

18
On-Line Publications
  • TOPS Core Curriculum for Graduates of 2014 and
    thereafter Fact Sheet
  • LOSFA Social Media Sites Flyer
  • STARTing Line Online Newsletter
  • Printed Publications
  • START Brochure
  • START Depositors Agreement Packets

19
How Do I Schedule A Presentation?
  • Call or e-mail Jerri Mack
  • jerri.mack_at_la.gov
  • (800) 259-5626
  • (225) 219-1012
  • LOSFA Representatives are available for day,
    night and weekend presentations
  • Request your date as early as possible
  • Please plan for adequate time for the
    presentation
  • Scheduling an event with LACRAO does not include
    LOSFA. Feel free to invite LOSFA to your LACRAO
    event.

20
PowerPoint Presentations
  • You may request copies of LOSFA PowerPoint
    presentations to use at your school
  • E-mail Jerri Mack
  • jerri.mack_at_la.gov

21
STS Training
  • Times and Dates To Be Determined

22
Financial Aid Call In Night
  • Monday, February 18, 2013
  • Public Information Representatives will be
    available from 6 p.m. 9 p.m.
  • (800) 259-5626 or
  • (225) 219-1012
  • Facebook Chat

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Why do I need a Trailblazer?
  • Trailblazers receive the first program updates
    after the legislative session
  • Trailblazers can assist counselors with informing
    students on TOPS requirements
  • Trailblazers can serve as Peer Counselors on
    financial aid
  • Trailblazers are trained on all types and sources
    of financial aid

25
What makes a good Trailblazer?
  • Leadership skills
  • Communication skills
  • Outgoing personality
  • Service oriented

26
Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/
Recommendation
  • Complete a series of twelve tasks
  • Have your Counselor certify that you have done so
  • Receive your letter of Achievement/Recognition in
    early 2013

27
Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/
Recommendation
  • July 2012
  • Like the LOSFA Facebook page
  • Join the LOSFA Trailblazers Facebook group page
  • Sign up as a College Goal Sunday Volunteer

28
Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/
Recommendation
  • August 2012
  • Meet with your Counselor upon return to school in
    August and share your Trailblazer manual and
    other information learned at the camp.
  • Work with your Counselor to develop and execute a
    plan to get all students at your high school to
    activate their Louisiana Connect accounts.
  • Work with your Counselor to develop and execute a
    plan to encourage parents of your fellow students
    to activate their Louisiana Connect accounts.

29
Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/
Recommendation
  • September 2012
  • Write a short essay on what you learned at
    Trailblazer Camp and have your Counselor Email it
    to LOSFA (custserv_at_osfa.la.gov).
  • Invite all your Facebook friends to like LOSFA
    on Facebook by sharing our direct Facebook link
    in a message.
  • Make sure that your school Web site has links to
    LOSFAs Web site and to the Louisiana Connect
    portal.

30
Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/
Recommendation
  • October 2012
  • Work with your Counselor to schedule a College
    Day/Career Night/LOSFA presentation event at your
    school.

31
Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/
Recommendation
  • November 2012
  • Recommend to your Counselor a current Junior at
    your school to be a 2013-2014 Trailblazer.
  • Write a short essay detailing the activities you
    initiated, organized and/or executed to increase
    knowledge of financial aid opportunities at your
    school and have your Counselor Email it to LOSFA
    (custserv_at_osfa.la.gov). The final deadline for
    receipt is November 30.

32
Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/
Recommendation
  • February 24, 2013
  • Attend College Goal Sunday at the location for
    which you volunteered
  • Assist the LOSFA representative and the Site
    Coordinator as needed
  • (This activity represents final completion of the
    task you received credit for when you volunteered
    during Trailblazer Camp last July. Fulfillment of
    this task will be on the honor system as we want
    to get your letters of Achievement/Recognition to
    you by mid-December so that you can include them
    in college admissions application packages.)

33
Trailblazers 2013
  • Northwestern State University
  • Natchitoches
  • July 14 - 16, 2013
  • Nicholls State University
  • Thibodaux
  • July 21 - 23, 2013
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