For the second year in a row, Louisiana has won first place for highest amount of completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in any state. Out of 47,837 high school seniors in the state, 78.7% of them completed the FAFSA.
Dr. Sujuan Boutté, Executive Director of The Lousiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA), was ecstatic about the news. "Geaux, Team Louisiana! We are thrilled to see Louisiana leading the nation in FAFSA completion for a second year. Continued gains in successful FAFSA completion expands equity of access and affordability for Louisiana students to pursue a post-secondary education at an institution that's the best match and fit for them", said Boutté.
LOFSA tries to encourage the completion of the FASFA in many different ways. Throughout the year, the group offers one-on-one assistance, information seminars, and other completion events. Such efforts include conducting seminars at high schools, one-on-one completion assistance, and working with school counselors on professional development of the FAFSA.
The Staff at LOSFA recently held a Fix your FAFSA event at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, providing students an opportunity to revise and complete their FAFSA applications before the priority deadline, which ensures that TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) is processed properly before the fall semester.