Louisiana Department of Education to use $2 million in pandemic relief funds to provide free ACT tests

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Louisiana Department of Education announced it will use $2 million from its coronavirus relief fund to provide eligible students in grades 10 and 12 vouchers to take the ACT test.

Louisiana students can already take the ACT for free in grade 11, so the vouchers will provide more students the chance to take the test an additional time for free.

Students can use the vouchers to take the ACT on April 17, June 12 or July 17 of 2021.

“This use of pandemic relief funds removes financial barriers and opens doors for our students,” State Superintendent of Education Dr. Cade Brumley said. “This additional testing opportunity could be life-changing for some students. An improved ACT score can make college more affordable and expand a student’s post secondary options.”

The ACT test is used in college admissions and is a large factor in the amount of financial aid students will receive when they start college. It’s also sometimes used to place high school students in advanced classes, such as Dual Enrollment programs.

Sophomores can receive an ACT voucher if they need an ACT score on file before they can to be placed in certain academic programs, specifically Dual Enrollment programs.

Seniors can receive a voucher if they meet the following criteria:

  • The student has not earned an ACT score qualifying them for college admissions or for TOPS, or the student wants to receive a larger TOPS scholarship or similar merit-based scholarship
  • The student is on track to finish all coursework required for graduation by Aug. 31
  • The student is on track to meet state assessment graduation requirements by Aug. 31

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