Most Louisiana high school graduates are eligible for some form of merit or need-based financial aid. Students can apply for state and federal financial aid by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be used at four-year universities, two-year community colleges, and technical training programs. The FAFSA is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution, and the results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and educational loan amounts.
Louisiana requires public school students to take one of the following steps:
- Complete the FAFSA
- Apply for TOPS
- Submit an opt-out non-participation form or letter
- Receive a waiver through the school system.
The FAFSA application link can be accessed by clicking here. You can also learn more about financial aid by clicking this link to Louisiana Department of Education website.