Presentation on theme: "LOSFA Administered Programs"— Presentation transcript:
1Welcome! LOSFA Professional School Counselor Webinar 2014 General Session
2LOSFA Administered Programs TOPSSTART Saving ProgramLouisiana’s 529 college savings programTOPS Tech Early Start Programprovides up to $600/AY to eligible 11th or 12th grade public high school students to enroll in six credit hours per semester in a vocational course of study leading to an industry-based certification in a top demand occupation at a public collegeGo GrantNeed based grant$300 minimum yearly benefit for AY 2013/2014$3000 maximum yearly benefit for AY 2013/2014
3Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship Forestry, Marine Science, Wildlife$2,000/annually for undergraduates$3,000/annually for graduate studentsCompetitively awarded for up to 5 yearsChafee Educational Training Voucher (ETV) Programawards up to $5,000 annually during the academic year to qualified students who have been in the foster care systemStrategies to Empower People (STEP)On behalf of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), LOSFA processes and makes payments for Adult Education and Vocational Education for the Strategies to Empower People (STEP) ProgramJohn R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Programprovides for the payment of eligible educational loans for state and federal public defenders and state prosecutors employed in Louisiana
6New LOSFA Service Strategy: Statewide ServicesConcentrated ServicesIntensive Services
7184 Unique High Schools Visited Statewide ServicesOutreachOutreach184 Unique High Schools Visitedin112 Unique High Schools Scheduled to visit through October Statewide Services are added on a weekly basis.Disclaimer: Does not include presentations at: Colleges & Universities, Community and Faith-based sites.
9INTENSIVE SERVICES OFFERED THROUGH LA GEAR UP Our Student EventsCollege Kick-off EventsArea Leadership ProgramsLouisiana College Application MonthCollege Goal SundayCollege Acceptance DayOur Student Intensive ServicesFinancial Aid AwarenessRewards for Success ScholarshipsAcademic-year ClubsAdvanced PlacementACT PrepCampus Field TripsDual EnrollmentPositive Behavior SupportTutoringOur Parent Support ServicesHigh School and College Readiness WorkshopsCollege and Financial Aid Workshops,including College Goal SundaySocial SupportOur Teacher and Counselor Support ServicesProfessional Development OpportunitiesAcademic and Curricular SupportLA GEAR UP SCHOOLS* Services for High School Seniors
10LOSFA Events Motivate, Instruct and Follow Through Trailblazer CampCollege Kick-offCollege Application MonthCollege Application WorkshopsCounselor WebinarsTOPS SeminarsSTS WorkshopsCollege Goal SundayFAFSA Completion WorkshopsSpring FLY TourCollege Acceptance Day
11Developed by Sujuan W. Boutté, Ed.D. LOSFA’S 5 Point MatchAptitude, Skills, Interest MatchWhat’s your Career Path? How mucheducation do you need to get there?Academic MatchWhich programs are youeligible for?Cost of Choice MatchWhich program results incompletion with the best incometo loan debt ratio?Social and Emotional MatchWhich environment works best foryou now? Online versus seat time?Large campus, Urban Setting,Small Campus, Rural/Suburban Setting?Weekday, Weeknight orWeekend Class Schedule?Retention MatchWhich program has the greatest successrate with retaining students like you?Developed by Sujuan W. Boutté, Ed.D.
12Program Presentations All LOSFA presentations can be personalized to fit the needs of a specific audienceTOPSFAFSAWhat is Financial Aid? – An overview of financial aidState Aid Programs including TOPSFederal Aid (Grant & Loan Programs)Institutional AidPrivate Aid
13Program Presentations College KnowledgeFLY: Financial Literacy for YouFLY Tour 2015START Saving Program
26How Do I Schedule A Presentation? Call or Jerri Mack(800)(225)LOSFA Representatives are available for day, night and weekend presentationsRequest your date as early as possiblePlease plan for adequate time for the presentationScheduling an event with LACRAO does not include LOSFA. Feel free to invite LOSFA to your LACRAO event.
27PowerPoint Presentations You may request copies of LOSFA PowerPoint presentations to use at your schoolJerri Mack
29Trailblazer Leadership Conference Redesign of Trailblazer Camp for 2015 making the Trailblazer experience available to more students representing more high schoolsOne-day Saturday conference in July at a few college campuses in the stateStudents can apply directly with us to attend, with approval from a school officialStudents will participate in a variety of activities at their high school in order to receive a letter of recommendation they can use for college admission purposesDates and more details will be available soon
302014 Legislative Changes ACT 566 – TOPS & TOPS TECH: 2018 graduates & thereafterSocial Studies Requirement for Civics (1 unit)Government, Civics, AP US Government & Politics: Comparative, or AP US Government & Politics: United StatesSocial Studies Elective (2 units)Addition of: Economics, AP Macroeconomics & AP Microeconomics
31ACT 733 – TOPS & TOPS TECH: 2018 graduates & thereafter Adds certain honors, talented and articulated courses that will be converted to a five-point scale for calculating the TOPS Core GPA for TOPS eligibilityMakes LOSFA responsible for defining “skill or occupational training”Adds “any training leading to an industry-based certification, a certificate of applied science, or a certificate of technical sciences approved by the Workforce Investment Council offered by a provider regognized by the Louisiana Workforce Commission” to the definition of “skill and occupational training”
32ACT 737 – TOPS & TOPS TECH:2015, 2016, 2017 graduates can use 1 Unit of Drafting to substitute for Fine Arts Survey2018 graduates & thereafter can use 1 unit of Drafting to substitute for 1 Art UnitAllows students to qualify for TOPS Tech using the TOPS OPH Core for 2018 graduatesDeletes the TOPS Tech Core requirement to earn 1 Unit of Chemistry or Applied ChemistryRequires 2 Units of Science from the list of TOPS Tech science subjects and adds Chemistry and Applied Chemistry to the list
33ACT 737 – TOPS TECH EARLY START: Provides that the TOPS Tech Early Start Award can be used to enroll in programs to pursue certifications approved by the Workforce Investment CouncilDeletes the graduation exit exam requirementsAllows nonpublic postsecondary education institutions offering courses leading to an Industry-Based Certification, a Certificate of Applied Science, and/or a Certificate of Technical Sciences in a top demand occupation to participate in the TOPS Tech Early Start program
34ACT 837 – Personally Identifiable Information: Provides policies and procedures for the collection, receipt, use, protection and destruction of personally identifiable informationThese procedures include requirements for consent from a parent or guardian for the public schools to collect and disclose certain personally identifiable information related to grades 6-12 students to LOSFA to make it possible for the agency to determine eligibility for financial aid programs, including TOPS
35Act 837 of the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature requires the governing authority of each school to provide a form to the parent or legal guardian of each student enrolled in grades eight through twelve which explains that the parent has the right to determine whether their child’s Personally Identifiable Information (PII) can be released to LOSFA and to the postsecondary education institution(s) to which their child applies. The form must be provided every year, and at least one parent or legal guardian must sign that they either grant consent or deny consent.
36PII includes the student’s full name, social security number, and transcript data. This information will be used by LOSFA to provide a TOPS Tracker to allow students and parents to track a student’s progress toward TOPS eligibility and to determine a student’s eligibility for a TOPS Award and other student financial aid. This information will also be used by postsecondary institutions to determine whether a student is eligible for admission.
37The Consent Form included in this Bulletin is for use by the parents and guardians of students enrolled in the eighth through the twelfth grades. The parent or guardian must give consent or deny consent to the collection of their child’s PII and the distribution of the PII through the Louisiana Department of Education to LOSFA and through the Board of Regents to the postsecondary institutions.
38We have also attached a cover letter to transmit the Consent Form to the parents and legal guardians.
39A Consent Form for every student is required by the law to ensure that PII is disclosed only for those students whose parent or legal guardian has consented and that the parents who deny consent do so with full knowledge of the effect of denial of consent.
40The Consent Form must be signed by the student rather than the parent or legal guardian if the student is 18 or is judicially emancipated or is emancipated by marriage.
41The Consent Form is being provided at this time to allow schools to begin the process of having each parent or legal guardian consent or deny consent. Schools should immediately start the process of obtaining completed and signed Consent Forms. The forms should be maintained by each school for use in updating the students’ electronic records at the state level when the procedure for doing so is made available.
42At this time The Louisiana Department of Education, the Board of Regents and the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance are working together to develop and implement the procedure for annotating student records with either consent given or consent denied. All schools will be notified when this procedure is in place and will be given the instructions necessary to follow the procedures.
45Louisiana Connect Update ConnectEdu, the Boston-based vendor responsible for constructing and maintaining the Louisiana Connect College Access and Career Planning portal, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy reorganization on Monday, April 28, 2014.In July of 2014, Graduation Alliance purchased certain assets of ConnectEdu including the Louisiana Connect contract.
46Louisiana Connect Update The Louisiana Connect portal has remained live and accessible, but no data has been updated since 2013.Students who previously had active accounts may still log in and access information previously saved in the portal.The information in the public pages including the college cost calculator and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator remain available.
47Louisiana Connect Update No new data may be populated to the portal until:Consent forms for sharing of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) are collected and processed. The process of distributing and collecting consent forms may begin immediately.A file format for the transfer of data between LDOE and Graduation Alliance is tested and implemented. This process is also underway.LDOE has provided Graduation Alliance with a download of transcript data for all of academic year to close out the year. Because this data is for , all students that are currently in STS will be included in the data.
48Louisiana Connect Update After October’s STS harvest, and when the mechanism for flagging those STS student records that have given consent to share data has been activated, LDOE will provide Graduation Alliance with data for academic year This data will include new 9th grade students and any transfers. Only students for whom a consent form has been received will be included in this file transfer.In the meantime, Graduation Alliance will be reviewing the data to map it to the Louisiana Connect portal.