If you plan to go to any type of school, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form will fund you for in-state and out-of-state schools. Keep your ears open for information about which colleges will be visiting your school.
Why is this so exciting???? Now students will be able to get a clear picture of the financial impact of each college on their list early. This makes it easier to do a thorough, complete review of the options and still have time to commit, apply for housing, and schedule orientation. Below are some FAFSA Facts.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your application for TOPS/TOPS Tech, Pell Grants (which do not have to be repaid), Work Study (on campus jobs), Student Loans (which must be repaid), and Parent PLUS Loans.
The online form takes approximately 15-20 minutes to complete, and is extremely user-friendly.
In order to complete the FAFSA, you will need the following pieces of information:
1. A FSA ID for the student and 1 parent
2. Student and Parent Names, Birth dates, and Social Security numbers (or Alien registration # for non-citizens)
3. Student (if applicable) and Parent 2015 Tax information –Using the IRS Retrieval Tool will save time and prevent you from being randomly chosen for verification. When using this tool, be sure to enter your address EXACTLY as it is entered on your tax return).
4. Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable).
The sooner you complete the form, the better. Individual colleges have different financial aid deadlines, so check their websites for details. Keep in mind that Pell Grant money is finite, and is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
Go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ today --- you have nothing to lose, and much to gain
Have questions or need help?? Contact your counselor. Ask for information regarding seminars that take
place regarding How To Pay for College.
A Step-by-Step Guide to the FAFSA is available at http://blog.ed.gov/2016/09/8-steps-filling-
NEED HELP??? Contact your counselor to schedule an appointment to complete the FAFSA.
The Louisiana Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (LASFAA) finalized the cost of education and it can be found in the Guide to College Costs web site: http://www.lela.org/documents/guide_to_college_cost.pdf. This useful guide shares costs related to various Louisiana colleges, such as: tuition and fees, room and board, on-campus transportation, commuter transportation, personal expenses and more.
REMINDERS regarding the application process
1. OCTOBER is normally the time to complete your FAFSA application and the due date is MARCH. Almost all schools have online applications. Please don’t wait until the last minute.
2. Complete the FAFSA!! College costs money. The FAFSA is a single application which is necessary to receive TOPS, TOPS Tech, Pell Grants, student loans, and work study (on-campus jobs). FAFSA open on October 1st to give parents and students more time to plan and review finances before making a final decision about which college to attend. Please see the FAFSA information below, and go see your counselor if you have questions or problems.
3. Contact the financial aid department at your college. They are the ones that will have information about costs and your specific financial aid package based on your FAFSA.
4. Apply for housing. You can submit your housing application as soon as you have been accepted. The earlier you submit, the better chance you have of getting the dorm you want Remember that housing deposits are non-refundable.
5. Follow up. Once you apply, be sure to follow up to make sure the school has all of the necessary documents needed for admission. Go see your counselor if you have questions or need assistance.
6. If you need to increase your scores for admission or scholarships, register to take the ACT (ACTstudent.org) or SAT (collegeboard.org). Remember that only your highest score counts! Be sure to send your scores to LOSFA for TOPS – use code 1595 for ACT and 9019 for SAT. Remember that you need an 18 (ACT) in English and 19 (ACT) in math for admission to a 4-year university; and a 20 (ACT) for TOPS.
7. Do you meet the qualifications for TOPS? If so, make sure you have applied. In order to receive TOPS/TOPS Tech, you must (1) meet the minimum qualifications; (2) complete and submit the FAFSA; and (3) contact LOSFA to ensure that your ACT/SAT scores are on file. LOSFA can be reached at 1-800-259-5626.
8. Create a TOPS Award System Account – this will allow you to track your TOPS status once your ACT scores and transcript information has been reported. To create your account: 1. Go to www.osfa.la.gov; 2. Click on Award System on the left side of the page; 3. Click on Register; 4. Complete the form; 5. Click on Register username and password for future reference.
9. Have you taken DE classes? If so, you will need to complete the Southeastern Transcript Request form in order to have your college transcript sent to your school of choice. Go see your counselor for the form or check Google classroom. I will be happy to FAX the completed form for you…just bring it to my office
10 Ask for letters of recommendation. Teachers and counselors will be bombarded with requests, so get yours in early.
11. Continue your scholarship search. Use the websites below and continue to check Google classroom for updates.
Google Classroom: Check your schools’ google classroom for posting about scholarship applications on the Google classroom page. If you have not already signed up, ask your counselor for the code.
TOPS: Remember that your financial aid will come through your college, so keep in touch with the financial aid department for additional information.
When applying for scholarships, be familiar in which the month the scholarships is being offered
in order to meet the different requirements and application deadlines.
When you apply for scholarships on the Baton Rouge Area Foundation website (www.braf.org), they refer to completing the Common Application. This is not the Common App used to apply for college. This is simply the general application portion of the BRAF scholarship application.
LSU is now offering Tiger Legacy Scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students who have a parent that graduated from LSU or is currently employed at LSU Baton Rouge. The parent may be biological, adoptive, or a stepparent. In order to qualify, students must apply to LSU by their priority deadline of November 15th. There are 3 levels: Excellence (ACT=28, SAT=1310, $1000/year); Superior (ACT=26, SAT=1240, $750/year); and Merit (ACT=24, SAT=1160, $500/year).
Varies STEM Scholarships – US News & Report published a list of scholarships for students entering into STEM fields. Go to http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2015/09/29/browse-stem-scholarships-for-each-type-of-college-student to review the list and link to the websites.
Geneseo Migrant Center Scholarships – several scholarships available with different requirements and application deadlines. The Geneseo Migrant Center administers a variety of scholarships, linked below, to offer financial assistance to migrant students who want to further their education. Go to http://migrant.net/migrant/scholarships/index.htm for more information and to apply.
Print & Graphics Scholarship Foundation is offering renewable scholarships of $1000-$5000 per year to high school seniors with a 3.0+ GPA who will enroll in a printing or graphics program in a technical school, community college, or university. Go to https://pgsf.org/application-information-instructions/ to apply.
Associated Grocer-Sam S. Politz Scholarship, 2 scholarships valued at $1000 per semester for a maximum of 8 semesters totaling $8000. Fund provides scholarships to assist graduating Louisiana high school students who will enroll full-time in an accredited college or university. Scholarship awards shall be used toward the following, in order of priority: tuition and fees; books and supplies; room and board; and commuting expenses up to fifty dollars a month. Students must have a minimum ACT score of 25, a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have taken honors and/or advanced placement courses. Transcript, Resume, Essay and Letter of Recommendation required. Apply at www.braf.org.
Scholarships are provided to graduating high school seniors. Preference will be given to students with hearing or other physical impairments, financial need and students from Windsor, Colorado; Conroe, Texas; and Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Subject to the availability of funds, the Scholarship Committee will determine the number of scholarships awarded each year. Scholarship awards are $1,500 per semester (fall and spring only) for eight semesters or $12,000.
Dudley DeBosier Scholarship Program – One $2000 award and eight (8) $1000 awards – students must submit an essay or Public Service Announcement in addition to a copy of your high school transcript, a photograph of yourself, and the completed application. www.dudleydebosier.com.
Gonzales Lions Club Scholarship - $500 scholarship to a senior from each of the Ascension Parish high schools. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0+, show evidence of active participation in school and community activities, and be attending a Louisiana public or private college.
Cabela’s Scholarship – 4-$500 scholarships will be awarded to Ascension Parish seniors who plan to pursue an education in environmental sustainability, conservation, habitat restoration, environmental science, or retail business.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority – 1 - $500 scholarship will be awarded to a high school senior who is actively involved in school activities & extracurricular functions, is a US citizen, has a minimum GPA of 3.0, is involved in community service, demonstrates financial need, and is planning to attend a 4-year university.
Pelican State Credit Union Scholarship - $1000 scholarship to a high school senior who is a current Pelican member, scheduled to attend an accredited university in the fall, and has a GPA of 2.5+.
Meyer Epstein Bishop Scholarship - This $1000 scholarship will be awarded by the family of Myer Epstein Bishop to one graduating senior from Ascension Parish on an annual basis. Myer Bishop was a “lover of life.” He truly enjoyed every aspect of life, from agriculture to the arts. He was always excited to learn and was very committed to education. His legacy will live on through this scholarship. The Myer Epstein Bishop Scholarship Fund accepts only electronic application submissions through the Foundation’s online portal. Go to https://www.gnof.org/program/myer-epstein-bishop-scholarship/ to apply.
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Scholarship Program - $500 – an essay is required.
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office Dawn Shiver’s Memorial Scholarship - $1000 – a 500 word essay is required.
Sigma Phi Epsilon Balanced Man Scholarship – 3 awards up to $2000 each – eligible students must be male seniors who are enrolling at LSU for the fall of 2017. Students must show balanced achievement in four areas: scholar, leader, athlete, and gentlemen. Sigma Phi Epsilon values Balance: a sound mind and body. Joining Sigma Phi Epsilon is not a factor in determining eligibility. Visit www.lsusigep.com for information and the application.
American Society of Travel Agents offers multiple scholarships. Student must be enrolled as a full or part time student enrolled in a travel, tourism or hospitality related program of study pursing an associate or bachelor’s degree; must be enrolled in the fall semester of a two or four year university located in the United States or Canada. Must have a GPA of 3.0. Please visit http://www.tourismcares.org/academic-scholarships/ for more information.
STEM Scholarship - $1000 - The NSHSS Foundation provides STEM scholarships for underrepresented groups in order to help reduce financial barriers for those with academic and leadership potential and the desire to pursue STEM careers. We recognize that in order to increase diversity in the technology workforce, we must increase diversity in undergraduates. Seniors must have a minimum GPA of 3.0+. Applications are available online at http://nshssfoundation.org/scholarships/stem-scholarships/.
YEARLY Student-View Scholarship Program - $11,000 worth of scholarships to high school seniors who plan to attend a 4-year college, community college or career school. The program includes: 1-$4000 scholarship, 2-$1000 scholarships, and 10-$500 scholarships. There is no minimum ACT/SAT score or GPA. Log onto www.student-view.com and complete a 15-20 minute survey about colleges in your area. The scholarships will be awarded through a random drawing.
Catholic Daughters of the Americas Annie Mayers Memorial Scholarship – $200 scholarship based on financial need and academic excellence.
Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest – read the novel and respond to an essay question for a chance to win the top prize of $20,000. Go to www.aynrand.org/students to view the questions and get instructions on how to apply.
$5000 scholarship through DoSomething.org - You could win a scholarship by creating a fun bathroom recycling bin that encourages people to recycle their empty beauty & personal care products! Use our tips to make an eye-catching bin. That’ll significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills and enter you to win a $5,000 scholarship. Go to https://www.dosomething.org/us/campaigns/rinse-recycle-repeat?source=fastweb&utm_source=partner&utm_medium=scholarship_listing&utm_campaign=fastweb for more information and to apply.
Roger J. Clouatre Memorial Scholarship Fund - The Roger J. Clouatre Memorial Scholarship was established in January of 2002 by the Clouatre Family. The purpose of the scholarship is to support public high school graduates of Ascension Parish who have a record of sound achievement in their studies and of good school citizenship. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must attend a public high school in Ascension Parish. A onetime scholarship in the amount of $500 will be awarded to the selected student. Scholarship awards shall be used toward the following, in order of priority: tuition and fees; books and supplies; room and board; and commuting expenses up to fifty dollars a month. Apply at www.braf.org.
Janice & M. Paul Leblanc Scholarship - The Fund will make available up to six one-time scholarships in the amount of $500 to qualified candidates. Students must attend an accredited Louisiana university or college, demonstrate leadership, community service and extracurricular activities. Preference will be given to applicants who have worked for a LeBlanc grocery store for at least six months prior to applying. Apply at www.braf.org.
Ascension Veterans Association Scholarship - $1000 scholarship to a student with a minimum GPA of 2.5+, graduating from an Ascension Parish high school, who is an immediate family member of a veteran or current serviceman.
B. Davis Scholarship - $1000 – open to all juniors and seniors – award is based on a 1000 word essay on the following topic: Describe the three characteristics of leadership you value most. Discuss why you believe that these traits are so important and how you feel that they are developed in an individual. Go to http://www.studentawardsearch.com/scholarships.htm for more information and to apply.
Duct Tape Stuck at Prom Scholarship is open to legal residents of the USA and Canada. Students must create prom attire made completely from Duct tape. Scholarships start at $1000 and go up to $10,000. Please go to http://stuckatprom.com/ for more information.
Paul F. Brown Scholarship - Each year, subject to availability of funds, up to two scholarships are awarded to first year students planning to major in Arts in Music, Music and/or Music Education at Louisiana State University College of Music. Each scholarship award is $1,500 per semester (Fall and Spring only) for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. Scholarship awards shall be used toward tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and other educational expenses such as the purchase of a musical instrument or musical equipment. To apply, go to www.braf.org.
Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship - The Stephen W. Cavanaugh Scholarship Fund was established in January of 2007 by Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Corporation (LWCC) through the Baton Rouge Area Foundation to honor the memory of Stephen W. Cavanaugh. The purpose of the Fund is to provide scholarships to deserving Louisiana students who are or will be majoring in an insurance related field at a Louisiana university, college, or community college. Each year, subject to availability of funds the Fund will make available a four year scholarship, payable $1,000 a semester for eight semesters, with a total value of $8,000 to a qualified candidate. The scholarship may be used toward the following, in order of priority: tuition and fees; room and board; books and supplies; and commuting expenses. To apply, go to www.braf.org.
"Aspiring Fashion Professional" Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit this link www.fashion-schools.org and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.
"Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program. Scholarship for AnimationCareerReview.com. We are offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship. This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. We ask that you have interested students visit our website, http://www.animationcareerreview.com/ to find eligibility information along with the online application. The scholarship will be on the right side of the page and click on it.
"Aspiring Business Professional" Scholarship. This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students can visit this link http://www.onlinembareport.com/ and find the scholarship located at the right side of the page and click on it.
Big Sun Scholarships – The Big Sun organization is offering a $500 scholarship to a high school senior who will be attending a post-secondary institute and is currently involved in a sport. Visit the website at http://www.bigsunathletics.com for application information.
PGM’s Scholarship Program awards 1 scholarship valued at $750 per semester for Fall and Spring semester, totaling $1,500. Students must be pursuing a career related to computer science and demonstrate an interest in the health care industry. Student must be entering into college in Fall .
500 word essay required. The application can be found at http://www.pgmbilling.com/images/pdf/PGM-Scholarship-Program-2016.pdf.
Paul F. Brown Scholarship - up to two scholarships are awarded to first year students planning to major in Arts in Music, Music and/or Music Education at Louisiana State University College of Music. Each scholarship award is $1,500 per semester (Fall and Spring only) for a maximum of two consecutive semesters. Scholarship awards shall be used toward tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and other educational expenses such as the purchase of a musical instrument or musical equipment. Apply at www.braf.org.
Aspiring Nurse Scholarship - $1000 award – student must have a track record of academic excellence, particularly in in science and math, and a passion for the nursing profession. This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a college education in nursing, including LSP/LVN, AND, and BSN programs. Visit www.nursingschoolsalmanac.com and click on the banner on the right-hand side of the website’s homepage for the scholarship information.
PGM’s Scholarship Program - $750 per semester to students pursuing a career related to computer science and demonstrating an interest in the health care industry. An essay is required. Go to http://www.pgmbilling.com/images/pdf/PGM_Scholarship_App_2017-2018.pdf for additional information and the application.
Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Scholarship awards multiple scholarships to those who enroll full time as a first-time freshman by the first semester following the first anniversary of high school graduation, GPA of 2.5 or higher, Earn an ACT score of 18 or better (Minimum ACT score of 22, for students completing a BESE approved home study program or receiving a Louisiana GED diploma). Completion of an advanced 19 unit TOPS core curriculum. Received letter of acceptance to a Louisiana college or university and must submit a final high school transcript, provide information regarding amounts of financial assistance (college, federal & state grant awards). One character-reference letter, and a signed consent form required. Students must call the foundation to request an application (504-589-0473).
John Ivany Marshall Family Memorial Blueprint Scholarship - The scholarship will provide scholarships to current full-time university students or graduating high seniors from the following programs: LSU Opera Program or LSU String Department, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra (BRSO) musicians, Louisiana Youth Orchestra (LYO), Opera Louisiane Young Artists, Southern University Vocal Program. Students meeting the criteria of the John Ivany Marshall Family Memorial Blueprint Scholarship will be awarded a scholarship to be used toward the following in order of priority: tuition and fees; room and board; books and supplies; and commuting expenses. The Fund will make available up to three (3) onetime scholarships in the amount of up to $500.
Southeastern Louisiana University offers scholarships to students with a minimum ACT score of 24 and GPA of 3.0. These scholarships may also include housing allowances. Please visit www.selu.edu/scholarships for more information.
WEBSITES AND APPS
Each of these apps allows you to search for scholarships based on criteria you enter.
*** This information was compiled to the best of our ability. We apologize in advance for any errors or omissions.
Additional scholarship information may be found at:
www.zinch.com/decachapters; www.BlackExcel.org – list of scholarships for minorities http://beautyschools.org/careers-in-beauty/grants_scholarships- cosmetology scholarships
www.studentscholarships.org; – This site offers scholarship and career information.
Scholarship Grab (free)
Sail – Simple scholarship search (99 cents)
If any of your applications require a counselor recommendation or comments you MUST complete a Senior Counselor’s Questionnaire for Letter of Recommendation. The Senior Questionnaire is a form that can be picked up in the guidance office or downloaded on blackboard from the Student Services Senior Counselor Content. Each counselor uses a different form so check with your counselor as to what form he/she wants you to use. "Brag" about yourself - this helps your counselor write a good, complete recommendation. Allow time - don't expect your counselor to write a recommendation overnight!
Submit your recommendation letter request at least 3 days in advance to your counselor.