A high school diploma is no longer enough to earn graduates a living wage in today’s economy. Some form of postsecondary education or training is essential. A major barrier to accessing postsecondary education and training is financial resources. Most Louisiana high school graduates are eligible for some form of state or federal financial aid – either merit-based or need-based. State and Federal Financial Aid can be accessed by submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Financial Aid can remove the barriers to accessing four-year universities, two-year community colleges, and technical training programs. This form is used to determine the amount of money a family is expected to contribute to the price of attending a postsecondary institution. The results of the FAFSA are used in determining student grants, work study, and loan amount.

Financial Aid

Key Initiative

Funding My Future

Below are some FAFSA resources that can be used with students and parents. 

Download the new FAFSA brochure which walks parents and students through the steps to complete the FAFSA and the corresponding videos below to support the process.

Visit the Financial Aid Library of resources or Facebook @LDOEFINANCIALAID. Use the hashtag #fundingmyfuture @LA_BELIEVES on Twitter or Instagram to post photos or short videos of positive FAFSA experiences. 


Louisiana requires public school students graduating spring 2018 and beyond to take one of the following steps as part of their Individual Graduation Plan:

  1. Complete the FAFSA; or

  2. Complete the Louisiana TOPS form; or

  3. A parent or legal custodian, or a student legally emancipated or of the legal age of majority, may certify a waiver in writing to the LEA (sample: non-participation LEA form/Letter); or

  4. Receive a waiver through the district hardship waiver process.

FAFSA Resources

The Department has committed to the following to ensure effective implementation of the policy:
  • The creation of a Louisiana FAFSA Counselor Assistance Center;

  • The option for school systems to review the real-time status of FAFSA applications among all seniors in the district; and

  • Grants to any school system interested in accessing, developing, or purchasing capacity to counsel parents and guardians directly on FAFSA completion.

Additional financial aid supports and resources for students and schools

Financial aid resource activities

Regional Financial Aid Calendar of Events

Introduction to Financial Aid Lesson Plan

Introduction to Financial Aid Presentation

What is FAFSA Lesson Plan

FAFSA Steps for Completion Lesson Plan

Financial Aid Working Group

To ensure that parents, students, and districts have a forum to provide feedback on Louisiana’s financial aid access and supports, the Department organized the Financial Aid Working Group, a diverse group of organizations with an interest in increasing post-secondary access to Louisiana’s students.

The group:

  • Developed a state action plan for school level financial aid form completion and made recommendations to the Department regarding changes in policy or funding opportunities deemed necessary to ensure that the new policy is implemented with fidelity (View Presentation);
  • Assisted the Department in the identification of support services and programs available for secondary schools and families; and
  • Assisted in the development of partnerships and alliances with financial-aid-related support programs, services, and other stakeholders.

Final Report of the LDOE Financial Aid Working Group

The State of Financial Aid in Louisiana

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