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Louisiana leads the nation in FAFSA completion

Louisiana is again the top state in the nation for the number of high school seniors completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), per the National College Access Network (NCAN).

The FAFSA includes all forms of federal financial aid, including Pell grants, work study programs and federal student loans. Federal aid is available to support the cost of education and technical training beyond high school. FAFSA completion is also required for Louisiana graduates to receive priority consideration for Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarships, which can be used for in-state four-year college and community and technical college training.

NCAN tracks states' progress on its #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker and counts applications from both public and nonpublic schools that are fully completed and processed. To date, 66.5 percent of Louisiana's Class of 2022 has completed the form.

The Louisiana Department of Education provides FAFSA completion support to schools throughout the state and has partnered with higher education entities and advocacy groups to expand its reach. More information is available at ldefinancialaid@la.gov.