Here is some information to help clarify a topic that each senior needs to take action on prior to graduation.
FAFSA – This is your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The FAFSA is an application for federal grants and student loans. When you complete your FAFSA in Louisiana, you are also applying for TOPS. (If you apply, you are not obligated to use federal grants or student loans that are awarded or offered.)
TOPS Only Application – This application is for students, or parents, who do not want to apply for federal grants or student loans, and only want to apply for TOPS. (If you apply using this application, you can still complete the FAFSA at a later date if you change your mind.)
Waiver – This is a parish form for our documentation that shows you are waiving your right to complete the FAFSA. (If you sign a waiver, you can still complete a FAFSA or TOPS only application at a later date.)
Reminder: Send your FAFSA Completion screen or confirmation email to Ms. Miller so she can give you credit for completing your FAFSA or TOPS Only Application. If you choose not to complete a FAFSA or TOPS Only Application, you may sign a waiver. One of these three things needs to be completed. This is a graduation requirement.
As the opening of the 2024-2025 FAFSA draws nearer, let's delve into some information that will help all of us to be more prepared for this next step. (There are still spots available for our January 11th FAFSA Completion Sessions with a LOSFA Representative. Please RSVP in the Events Tab of the Senior Band on the Band App to reserve your spot.)
Here is a video on "What's Changed . . ."
Here is a video that helps you to know "Who is a contributor . . ."
Here's a video all about what it means to "provide consent and approval" on the new FAFSA.
And, if you have not done so already, here's a video on how to create an FSA ID.
The Simplified FAFSA is scheduled to Open in December. You will need your FSA ID before you begin. If you have not already created this you can do so at studentaid.gov/fsa-id/create-account/lauch. (Detailed instructions can also be found below.) You can complete your FAFSA at studentaid.gov. Once your FAFSA is completed, don't miss your chance to enter Lela's $1,000 Scholarship Drawing at lela.org/completed-fafsa.
Creating an FSA ID is the first step in completing the FAFSA. Please be sure that the student and each contributor have an FSA ID created prior to beginning the FAFSA. (If you have an FSA ID, you will not need to create a new one.) Here is a LINK with step by step instructions for creating your FSA ID.
Important Dates for Seniors:
May17th – Senior Awards @ 8:30 am in the Auditorium
May 17th – Graduation @ 7:00 pm at the Stadium