A federally funded national initiative, the Louisiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (Louisiana GEAR UP) is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, which gives grants to states or institutions of higher learning to create partnerships with high-poverty middle or high schools.

Higher education can be a very expensive endeavor. Very few students and families have the money to handle the expenses without some type of assistance. Fortunately, LOSFA has been helping students find ways to finance their education since 1962.

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a critical step in the search for federal financial aid, but it is also important to save some money through START and through research scholarships.

Visit LOSFA’s website for more resources.

Information on all the scholarships and grants LOSFA provides can be found here as well as the requirements for each.

TOPS and TOPS Tech requirements are decided by Louisiana State Legislation.

There is no application fee or fees of any kind when applying for scholarships and grants with LOSFA.


The Student Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust Program, commonly referred to as the “START Saving Program,” is an innovative college savings plan designed to help families contend with the growing costs of educating their children after high school. The program is administered by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, under the direction of the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority.

Find out more here.

Financial Literacy for You.

LOSFA’s Financial Literacy for You Tour is a dynamic theatrical presentation that uses poetry, music and drama to communicate the importance of financial literacy and fiscal responsibility. Acts featured in the FLY tour will help students learn about financial aid for college, money management, on-campus support services for students and more. Students attending will also receive the additional benefit of being exposed to a college campus since all FLY tours are presented at post-secondary institutions. Post-Secondary institutions may offer various benefits to attendees such as campus tours, meal opportunities, fun and engaging games, student support services and recruiters and instant admission opportunities.

Learn more here.

Louisiana College Application & Access Month

Helping students through the college application process.

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance has collaborated with key education partners in the State of Louisiana to develop and implement Louisiana College Application and Access Month for high school seniors in October 2015 as part of the American College Application Campaign.
The American College Application Campaign (ACAC), an effort of the American Council on Education (ACE), is a national initiative to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students to pursue a post-secondary education. The purpose is to help high school seniors navigate the college admissions process and to ensure that each participating student submits at least one admissions application.

Learn more here.

This program offers content for a multitude of students, ranging from 6th grade through post-secondary.

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA), a program of the Louisiana Board of Regents, offers a customized financial literacy program designed with your postsecondary institution’s curriculum in mind.

Learn more here.

What is the Compete to Complete portal?

This portal is a statewide tracker of completed FAFSAs broken down by district and school. Click here to reach the portal.

If you’re looking to rock the whole “real world” thing, then you’ve come to the right place. Here you can find potential dream jobs based on the things you already love to do, figure out which schools are best for you, find ways to help pay for college and more. Interested? Then meet the LOSFA 5-Point Match tool. You can use it to find your personal career code and tons of other resources to make unlocking your future that much easier. It all starts with you!

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