October 1 marks the opening of the application period for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and this year, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid (LOSFA) is encouraging families to apply early due to the pandemic.

“Students should take this time to submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is available on the first of October,” said LOSFA’s Executive Director, Dr. Sujuan Boutte.

“The FAFSA is a one-stop shop for federal, state, and institutional aid such as TOPS, TOPS Tech, and the GO Grant. We are encouraging students to complete the FAFSA as early as February 2021, to maximize their opportunity to receive federal and state financial aid awards” she said.

Governor John Bel Edwards also proclaimed October, Louisiana College Application and Access Month (LCAAM) as a way to help high school seniors navigate the college application process.

“LCAAM is part of our commitment to ensure our students receive guidance to identify their best post-secondary match,” said Dr. Boutte in a news release.

“By providing students line-by-line support, high school seniors can apply to colleges that best fit their needs, in order to reach their career goals” she said.

To learn more about LCAAM click here. For more information on the FAFSA, click here.