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1 Louisianas First Choice for College Access

2 Professional School Counselor Workshop 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 College Knowledge Go Grant Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship Health Care Educator Loan Forgiveness John R Justice Student Loan Repayment Program LOSFA Administered Programs

5 Professional School Counselor Workshop LOSFA Social Media Sites LOSFA1000

6 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 Legislative and Program Updates

7 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 LOSFA: College Access and Outreach

15 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 2012 Program Presentations College Knowledge FLY: Financial Literacy for You FLY Tour 2013 START Saving Program

17 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 2012 PowerPoint Presentations You may request copies of LOSFA PowerPoint presentations to use at your school Jerri Mack

21 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 STS Training Times and Dates To Be Determined

22 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 Financial Aid Call In Night Monday, February 18, 2013 Public Information Representatives will be available from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (800) or (225) Facebook Chat

23 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012

24 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 2012 What makes a good Trailblazer? Leadership skills Communication skills Outgoing personality Service oriented

26 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/ Recommendation September 2012 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 LOSFAs Web site and to the Louisiana Connect portal.

30 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 Earn a Trailblazer Letter of Achievement/ Recommendation November 2012 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 2012 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 Professional School Counselor Workshop 2012 Trailblazers 2013 Northwestern State University Natchitoches July , 2013 Nicholls State University Thibodaux July , 2013


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