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1 Louisiana’s First Choice for College Access

2 Professional School Counselor Workshop Welcome! LOSFA Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013

3 LOSFA Administered Programs TOPS START Saving Program TOPS Tech Early Start Program Chafee Educational Training Voucher (ETV) Program Go Grant Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship John R Justice Student Loan Repayment Program

4 Professional School Counselor Workshop LOSFA Social Media Sites LOSFA1000

5 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Federal Student Aid Update The Impact of Sequestration on Federal Student Aid Programs On August 2, 2011, Congress passed the Budget Control Act of 2011, which put into place automatic federal budget cuts, known as a “sequester,” to take effect if Congress failed to enact legislation to reduce the federal deficit by March 1, Because Congress did not act, these budget cuts are now in effect and they have had an impact on certain federal student aid programs.

6 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Federal Student Aid Update The Impact of Sequestration on Federal Student Aid Programs Pell Grant Program The law specifically exempts the Pell Grant Program from the effects of the sequester. Therefore, the maximum Pell Grant award for the award year remains at $5,645.

7 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Federal Student Aid Update The Impact of Sequestration on Federal Student Aid Programs Direct Loan Program While this law does not otherwise change the amount or terms or conditions of Direct Loans, it does raise the loan fee paid by borrowers for Direct Loans Disbursed after March 1, For a Direct Subsidized or Direct Unsubsidized Loan, the loan fee will increase from 1.0 percent of the principal amount of a loan to percent, For example, the fee on a loan for $5,500 will be increased by $2.80 from $55.00 to $

8 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Federal Student Aid Update The Impact of Sequestration on Federal Student Aid Programs Direct Loan Program For Direct PLUS Loans for both parent and graduate student borrowers, the loan fee will increase from 4.0 percent to percent. For example, the fee on a $10,000 Direct PLUS Loan will be increased by $20.40 from $ to $ The Department of Education will be notifying borrowers individually of these fee increases and providing them with additional information.

9 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Federal Student Aid Update The Impact of Sequestration on Federal Student Aid Programs Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants The Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant is provided to certain students whose parent or guardian was a member of the U.S. armed forces and died as a result of military service performed in Iraq or Afghanistan after the events of 9/11. Award amounts for any Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant that is first disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 10.0 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been entitled. For example, the maximum award of $5,550 is reduced by $555.00, resulting in a maximum award amount of $4,995.00, and the maximum award of $5,645 is reduced by $564.50, resulting in a maximum award of $5,

10 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Federal Student Aid Update The Impact of Sequestration on Federal Student Aid Programs Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grants The TEACH Grant program provides grants to students who are completing, or plan to complete, coursework needed to begin a career in teaching and agree to teach, for at least four complete academic years, in a high-need field at an elementary school, secondary school, or educational service agency that serves students from low-income families. Award amounts for any TEACH Grants that is first disbursed after March 1, 2013 must be reduced by 6.0 percent from the award amount for which a recipient would otherwise have been eligible. For example, the maximum award of $4,000 is reduced by $240, resulting in a maximum award amount of $3,760.

11 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Board of Regents Update MINIMUM ADMISSION STANDARDS for FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN These are the minimum admission standards for regular Freshman admission to a Louisiana, public four-year university for Fall Students should check with the specific institution for additional information about the university’s requirements and process for admission.*

12 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Board of Regents Update 1.High School Curriculum = Core 4 Curriculum Courses in the English, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and Arts categories listed in Bulletin 741 as Core 4. 2.Overall HS GPA = 2.0 (minimum) 3.Developmental Courses Needed = None. Demonstration of College Readiness: ACT English score = 18 (minimum) ACT Math Score = 19 (minimum)

13 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Board of Regents Update 4. Core GPA (courses listed above ) → OR ← ACT Composite (minimum) 3.0 LSU A&M LA Tech, UL Lafayette, UNO Grambling, LSUA, LSUS, 20 McNeese, Nicholls, Northwestern, Southeastern, Southern A&M, SUNO, UL Monroe Universities may consider admission appeals for exceptions; check with the institution. Community or Technical College Admission: Open to High School Graduates. *Check out for links to College and University admission information.

14 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 LOSFA: College Access and Outreach

15 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Program Presentations College Knowledge FLY: Financial Literacy for You FLY Tour 2014 START Saving Program

17 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 On-line Publications LOSFA Loop Online Newsletter TOPS Brochure (Opportunity, Performance & Honors Awards) TOPS Tech Brochure Don’t Blow Your TOPS Flyer Don’t Blow Your TOPS Renewal Flyer Surfing the Web Flyer Surfing the Web for TOPS Tech Flyer TOPS Core Curriculum Fact Sheet

18 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 On-Line Publications TOPS Core Curriculum for Graduates of 2014 and thereafter Fact Sheet TOPS Tech Core Curriculum TOPS Core Curriculum for Graduates of 2018 and thereafter LOSFA Social Media Sites Flyer STARTing Line Online Newsletter Printed Publications START Brochure START Depositor’s Agreement Packets

19 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 How Do I Schedule A Presentation? Call or Jerri Mack (800) (225) 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. twww.osfa.la.gov

20 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 PowerPoint Presentations You may request copies of LOSFA PowerPoint presentations to use at your school Jerri Mack

21 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 STS Training Times and Dates To Be Determined

22 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Financial Aid Call In Night Monday, February 10, 2014 Public Information Representatives will be available from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (800) or (225) Facebook Chat

23 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013

24 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 What makes a good Trailblazer? Leadership skills Communication skills Outgoing personality Service oriented

26 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 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 2014

27 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/ Recommendation July 2013 “Like” the LOSFA Facebook page “Join” the LOSFA Trailblazers Facebook group page Sign up as a College Goal Sunday Volunteer

28 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/ Recommendation August 2013 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/ Recommendation September 2013 Write a short essay on what you learned at Trailblazer Camp and have your Counselor it to LOSFA 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 LOSFA’s Web site and to the Louisiana Connect portal.

30 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/ Recommendation October 2013 Work with your Counselor to schedule a College Day/Career Night/LOSFA presentation event at your school.

31 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/ Recommendation November 2013 Recommend to your Counselor a current Junior at your school to be a 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 it to LOSFA The final deadline for receipt is November 30.

32 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/ Recommendation February 16, 2014 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2013 Trailblazers 2014 July , 2014 Northwestern State University Natchitoches July , 2014 Nicholls State University Thibodaux


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