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ell, 2020 certainly didn’t turn out as anyone expected. It has been a year full of ups and downs, especially for high school grads who last spring were making plans for graduation parties and ceremonies, only to have them suddenly canceled. School—and specifically, learning—has completely changed, at least for now. Despite their best intentions, colleges and universities continue to struggle with coronavirus outbreaks, which means classes have gone from in-person to remote and sometimes a hybrid of both. On campus, students are expected to wear masks, practice social distancing, and refrain from gathering in large groups. In-person classes are smaller, and most classes are taught online. It’s still possible to make new friends and create a social life, but options are limited so you’ll have to be creative. The college experience, at least for now, is not what anyone had in mind. But there is good news! Scientists are hard at work developing a vaccine, and the more we follow safety guidelines, the sooner that college—and life—can get back to normal. So be smart, do your part, and hopefully, by the time you’re ready to walk across the stage and receive your diploma, the road to college will be a lot smoother and brighter.
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Take the next step College, the military, career? Students are considering options they never thought of before The COVID-19 crisis has caused a lot of young people to consider ALL their options, and there are more than you think. Transitioning from high school to the real world will be smoother if you start building the future that best suits you— your goals, your skills, your personality … your dreams.
4-year college or university College is necessary if your dream is to become a lawyer, teacher, engineer or physician. Of the nearly 14 million students who enroll in four-year institutions each year, about 78% stuck with their original plan in 2020. The rest chose community colleges, decided on a gap year, or entered the job market.
The military Your high school diploma is all that’s needed to enlist in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. What better way to travel, serve your country and even earn an education if you so choose? The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program is also available at thousands of colleges across the country.
Community or technical college About 6 million students enroll in two-year community college programs every year and there are plenty of opportunities in Louisiana to earn associate degrees and professional certificates. Consider this option if you’re interested in allied health, cybertechnology, automotive and aviation technology, welding, the culinary arts, the film industry and more.
For many reasons, some graduating seniors are planning to enter the job force after graduation. It can be a really smart move. There are plenty of skilled trades and professions you might consider that will allow you to start your career right away.
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WHERE DO I SIGN UP? To apply for TOPS, fill out your FAFSA form … fafsa.ed.gov. That’s right–the two go hand-inhand. You can also apply via the TOPS online
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application at mylosfa.la.gov. TOPS comes in varying degrees of award levels. By making a certain score on the ACT and maintaining a certain GPA in core subjects, students are eligible for different amounts of scholarships. Try these websites as well: studentaid.ed.gov, fastweb.com, scholarships.com
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There is no doubt college is expensive. Attending a Louisiana state school costs approximately $6,500 for tuition alone, according to the website College Tuition Compare. Food and housing are additional. Many students and their families turn to scholarships, grants, work-study jobs and loans to pay for college. That’s where FAFSA comes in. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form that prospective and current college students must complete to determine their eligibility for student aid. The form also helps determine how much money you can get from other sources. It must be filed every year a student takes advantage of the various forms of student aid.
TOPS, which stands for Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, is a scholarship for Louisiana residents who attend a public state college or university. Students who meet the scholarships’ requirements are eligible for varying degrees of financial benefits. One big reminder: Don’t wait until your senior year to make sure you’re eligible for TOPS. According to the state financial aid website (LOSFA), students must take certain courses required for TOPS throughout their high school career, such as four years (or units) of English, math, science and social studies. Add to that two units of a foreign language and one unit of fine arts.
Be warned about depending solely on TOPS for financial assistance. The state legislature has eyed the program for cuts in years past, meaning scholarships may not be fully funded. Jennifer Malone, a guidance counselor at Ouachita Christian High School in Monroe warns students to be prepared with alternative sources of funding. “We encourage students to consider multiple sources of financial aid,” she says. “Have your counselor show you how to access and apply through government, institutional, and private sources, of which TOPS is only a part and a source whose funding is not guaranteed.” LaNEXT.com
The alphabet soup of FAFSA and TOPS may not make sense yet, but as graduation gets closer, they could spell money.
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READY, SET, GO! What should I do â€Ś and when should I do it?
BY EMILY KERN HEBERT
With a health pandemic affecting just about every aspect of daily life, high school students are finding that preparing for college is very different than they imagined. Many in-state universities are offering virtual tour options, as well as virtual meet-and-greet sessions with admissions counselors. Other online resources include campustours.com, which offers a search engine and virtual tours of more than 1,700 schools, and
campusreel.org, which provides video reviews and video walk-throughs from real students including videos of dormitories. Another important change to note: Some schools have waived testing requirements due to the ongoing pandemic. Students are strongly encouraged to check with the admissions office at the university they are applying to, and keep in mind these changes are only temporary.
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Take an ACT prep course. Many high schools have partnered with prep companies to offer ACT prep after school for free, so be sure to ask your guidance counselor about options.
Update your academic resume. Include a list of awards, leadership positions, community service, etc. Teachers and faculty will likely ask for this resume when writing letters of recommendation for scholarship applications.
Take the ACT as often as possible (as long as you can afford it) until you get the score required for your intended school. Students who qualify for free or reduced school lunch can get a fee waiver to take the ACT, but only twice during their entire high school career.
Find out the scholarship deadlines for all your colleges. (Some scholarship programs have deadlines in the fall.)
Narrow your college choices to the top 2 or 3 and plan to visit the summer after your junior year (if traveling is safe). Try to connect these visits to an existing summer vacation in order to conserve time and money.
Register at act.org to retake the ACT and/or visit collegeboard.org to register for the SAT if necessary.
Complete the FAFSA as close to Oct. 1 as possible to improve your chances of qualifying for the most grant, scholarship and work-study aid. Go to lela.org for a helpful FAFSA Completion Guide. Search and apply for nonacademic scholarships. These are scholarships from organizations other than colleges that have admitted you.
Complete the FAFSA as close as possible to Oct. 1
Contact financial aid offices at schools you’ve applied to and find out as much as you can about their processes. Financial aid is a separate entity. Depending on the caliber of the student, ask if they can match or beat other offers. Keep checking your email. April is the month for acceptance letters, rejection letters—and if you got accepted at multiple schools— a big decision!
2020-2021 PROJECTED ACT TEST DATES Talk to your school’s guidance counselor to confirm testing dates. Due to the COVID-19 health pandemic, the number of students taking the test at one time is limited to ensure social distancing. Be sure to sign up early to ensure a spot on your preferred testing date. Test Date
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Being tall has its perks–great views in a crowd, not much need for a ladder, etc. But did you know it can also get you a college scholarship? That’s right. If you’re a young woman taller than 5’10” or a young man over 6’2”, you may be eligible. Unusual scholarships like this abound. And they’re sometimes rewarded for the most uncommon talents. Everyone knows how versatile duct tape is—think you can create a prom outfit from it? For money? To reward creativity, the Duck Brand company doles out more than $20,000 in scholarship prizes to high school students who make the best prom attire from that sticky stuff we usually use to hold together a blown car hose. Frequenting or working at your favorite fast food restaurants might also help you pay for college. Stacy Doyal Hunt, director of guidance services at Cedar Creek School in Ruston, said students who patronize (or work for) Burger King, Church’s Fried Chicken, Chick-Fil-A and
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Taco Bell (to name a few) are encouraged to apply for scholarships that will help them begin their college experiences with fewer financial worries. Of course, TOPS and academic scholarships should be on everyone’s radar. But it doesn’t hurt to check with your church, your parents’ employers, civic and cultural organizations, your coach, and the clubs at your school.
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s the world and its technology continue to evolve, Louisiana is fortunate to have progressive universities offering programs that advance graduates in relevant careers. According to Forbes Magazine, in 2019 there were 50,248 cloud computing positions available in the U.S. from 3,701 employers and 101,913 open positions worldwide. Grambling State University now offers a cloud computing degree, the first program of its kind in the state. The program equips students to become cloud computing experts able to build and maintain cloud infrastructures. Beginning with the graduating class of 2024, program alums will enter the job market with titles like cloud architect, cloud consultant, IoT engineer and many other high demand techbased positions with a median starting salary over $80,000. The global cloud computing market is expected to grow to $623.3 billion by 2023. A cloud computing degree will allow graduates to play a major role in ensuring that these workforce needs can be met. Grambling State University has long been a national leader in producing African American computer and information science graduates. The new program’s development is spearheaded by Grambling State faculty
LIFE ON CAMPUS
All grown up BY LIZ CRAFT
Adulthood is knocking on the door. Time to open it up. Life after high school means taking responsibility for your decisions, your actions and all those things your parents have always done for you.
Your physical health
The first step seems easy: Eat right. What’s wrong with pizza for every meal? Hold on. A National Institutes of Health study showed some 70% of college freshmen add pounds within the first two years of school. To combat the “Freshman 15,” add some fresh fruit and veggies to your diet. You know the drill.
Other steps to staying healthy: • Exercise! If a gym isn’t available, walk to your classes or invest in a bike. • Drink plenty of water. • Develop good sleep habits (try to get at least 7 hours each night). • Know how to use your health insurance. • Designate a healthcare proxy—someone to act on your behalf if you can’t, such as during a medical emergency, according to the website “Grown & Flown.” Once you turn 18, your parents can no longer automatically make medical decisions for you.
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Your financial health Electronic banking, PayPal, Venmo—all have made handling money easy, IF you keep an eye on it. Monitor your balance, watch for fraudulent account activity, and (most important), pay your bills on time. The biggest mistake young adults make is to accept too many credit card offers, says Ryan Kilpatrick, Origin Bank’s chief brand and communications officer in Ruston. “They’re a prime target for this,” he says. “They’re coming out of school and trying to get their credit built up. It’s a good thing to have credit, but too much can handicap them.” Also, be mindful of your credit score, which will help you apply for loans on big-ticket items later in life, such as cars and houses.
Your mental health For some, striking out on your own is a wonderfully liberating experience. For others, it can be a scary time, especially during the high-stress coronavirus pandemic. “Being away from home, especially for the first time, can create several dilemmas,” says Dr. Van Frusha, who directs mental health services offered to students at University of Louisiana at Monroe. “Feelings of anxiety can creep in when the usual support systems aren’t there.” Depression can also occur suddenly. The key is to recognize when you need help (or recognize a friend who does) and look for what’s available, Frusha says. Most universities have a counseling clinic on campus. Check bulletin boards, online and social media groups, and community resources for ways to combat mental health issues.
Your civic duties You took civics in high school, so what else do you need to know about “civic duties”? First, spend part of your 18th birthday at your local registrar of voters’ office signing up to vote. Become an informed voter on and off the campus. Pay attention to upcoming elections, learn what’s on the ballot, and form an educated opinion. “Civic involvement is important,” says Louisiana Senator Stewart Cathey. “We have to continue engaging in that process and pass it on to other generations.” LaNEXT.com
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Home Away from Home: Louisiana’s College Towns
Every college town has its own special personality and you’ll be making a lot of friends—and memories—there. Once you get settled in your new home away from home, make it a point to do some exploring. Check out the coffee shops, bookstores, shopping, restaurants, nightclubs and tourist destinations. And find ways to get involved in your new community through volunteer work as well.
100 miles east of Shreveport
80 miles east of Baton Rouge
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Museum & Gardens, Black
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Highlights: French Quarter, City Park, Mardi Gras,
Mall, Twin City Ballet,
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Masur Museum of Art.
Superdome, White Linen Night, New Orleans Film Festival, National WWII Museum. Biedenharn Museum
Shreveport skyline Natchitoches Christmas Festival
NATCHITOCHES 75 miles southeast of Shreveport
Home to: Northwestern State University
Population: 17,000 Highlights: The Riverbank, Winter
SHREVEPORT 100 miles west of Monroe Home to: LSU Shreveport, Centenary College of Louisiana, Southern University Shreveport, Remington College, LSU Health Shreveport, Bossier Parish Community College Population: 187,000
Wonderland, Natchitoches Christmas
Highlights: Festival Plaza, Red River Revel Arts Festival,
Festival, Fort St. Jean Baptiste, Louisiana
Shreveport Aquarium, State Fair of Louisiana, Red River
Sports Hall of Fame.
National Wildlife Refuge.
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HAMMOND 45 miles east of Baton Rouge, 45 miles northwest of New Orleans Home to: Southeastern Louisiana University Population: 21,000 Highlights: Gumbo Ya Ya, Strawberry Jubilee, Hot August Night, Louisiana Renaissance Festival, Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Global Wildlife Festival International
Center, Middendorf’s Restaurant, local breweries.
Hammond Mardi Gras
40 miles west of Baton Rouge, 135 miles west of New Orleans Home to: University of Louisiana at Lafayette Population: 125,000 Highlights: Festival International de Louisiane, Festivals Acadiens, Cajun Mardi Gras, Blue Dog Café, Vermilionville, Cajun and Creole restaurants, Avery Island, swamp tours.
BATON ROUGE Peach Festival
80 miles west of New Orleans, 40 miles east of Lafayette
Home to: Louisiana State University, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College
30 miles west of Monroe, 60 miles east of Shreveport
Home to: Louisiana Tech University/Grambling State University (just 6 miles away)
Rural Life Museum, Raising Cane’s River Center
USS Kidd, Manship Theatre, State Capitol,
Park, Dixie Center for the Arts, Ponchatoulas Restaurant, Lake D’Arbonne, Louisiana Military Museum
(concerts, Broadway shows, special events), Live After Five concerts, upscale shopping at Perkins Rowe and Towne Center, numerous fine dining restaurants and casual eateries.
Highlights: Historic Downtown District, Lincoln Parish
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The college experience has been vastly different from what most freshmen envisioned, but there have been some unexpected silver linings in 2020’s COVID cloud. “My experience with Louisiana Tech has been smooth and they have made it an easy transition from high school to college. Most of my classes are on Zoom, which is actually easy to do from home and I’m glad I’m not rushing from class to class all over campus. Also, Moodle has been a good way to get to know my professors.” CHRISTIAN NORRIS
“When my high school closed suddenly last March, a lot of things I looked forward to were suddenly gone—no senior prom, no senior skip day, and, worst of all, no saying goodbye to classmates and teachers. But surprisingly, good things have come from this bad situation. I’ve had more time to reconnect with my family, which means a lot to me. And I’ve learned some valuable lessons—never take anything for granted because things can change overnight—and appreciate your family and friends and live your life every day because nothing is promised.
Louisiana Tech freshman, Cedar Creek School graduate
“Hearing that all of my classes would be online was really disappointing. I was concerned about missing out on the social aspect of college. But I joined a sorority and have been able to go to campus to study with friends, share meals, and even work out at the UREC. Being in a global pandemic is hard for everyone, but LSU is doing everything it can to ensure that the freshmen have a great (and safe) year!” STEPHANIE KAY
University of Louisiana – Lafayette (ULL)
Louisiana State University (LSU) freshman, Baton Rouge
freshman, Loreauville High School graduate
Magnet High School graduate
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Safe and Sound Good advice for Generation Z
Just don’t do it Any activity that takes your
Clear the air If you’ve got a vaping habit, it’s
Feeling blue The pandemic certainly hasn’t
Let’s work out! Any major life event can
eyes off the road or your hands
time to quit. Physicians and health
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trouble concentrating, irritability, and thoughts of suicide.
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Hot college programs Here are some fast-growing professions that require a 4-year college degree, and offer a promising career path.
HEALTH CARE care industry will always be essential. Construction management: This field uses management techniques to plan, design, and construct a project from beginning to end. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor, there will be an increased demand in the next 10 years for contractors and construction managers in industrial, commercial, residential, civil and agricultural areas. Cybersecurity/computer tech: The employment potential of computer experts continues to grow. Just about every corpoation or business has its own IT department or consultant to troubleshoot, to develop software, to manage data, and lately,
to protect information. In fact, cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing professions as businesses find themselves frequently threatened by attackers with malicious intent to access, delete or extort sensitive data. Chemistry/chemical engineering: This branch of engineering deals with the manufacture of products through chemical processes using the principles of math, biology, chemistry and physics. Most chemical engineers work in offices or laboratories and are sought by the medical, military, aerospace, biomedical, environmental and electronic industries.
f youâ€™re still unsure of what direction your studies may take, consider these professional fields that are expected to grow in the future. Each of them holds promising career paths for todayâ€™s students. Health care: One thing we all need throughout our lives is health care. And as we age, we need it more and more. Clinics, hospitals, surgical centers, home health companies, and other medical facilities are always looking for qualified health care professionals. This includes nurses and physicians, technologists, physical and occupational therapists, diagnostic experts, wellness specialists, and others. A career in the health
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Choosing a major depends on many things—your skills and talents, your personality, your life experiences, and your future goals. The work you choose should make you happy and bring you fulfillment in the long run. You also want to make sure that the salary it provides will allow you to achieve and maintain the lifestyle you envision for yourself. Here are some top areas of study at Louisiana universities, and salary information provided by the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s website (as of September 25, 2020).
Profession or Career
Profession or Career
Nurse (BSN)............................................ $64,000
Public Relations Specialist...................... $47,000
Software Developer................................ $76,000
Advertising Sales Agent......................... $43,000
Computer Programmer.......................... $68,000
Broadcast News Analyst........................ $60,000
Website Developer................................. $55,000
Speech Pathologist................................. $67,000
Computer Systems Analyst.................... $72,000
EDUCATION Special Ed. Teacher................................ $51,000
Information Security Analyst................. $77,000 BUSINESS
Construction Management.................... $97,000
Kindergarten Teacher............................ $49,000
Industrial Engineer................................. $98,000
Elementary School Teacher................... $48,000
Financial Analyst..................................... $82,000
Civil Engineer.......................................... $97,000
High School Teacher.............................. $51,000
Market Research Analyst....................... $50,000
Chemical Engineer............................... $108,000
Guidance Counselor............................... $55,000
Mechanical Engineer.............................. $97,000 SOCIAL SCIENCES
PHYSICAL SCIENCES Chemical Technician............................... $61,000
Graphic Designer.................................... $43,000
Pharmaceutical Salesman..................... $84,000
History Archivist...................................... $45,000
Architect ................................................. $72,000
Environmental Scientist.......................... $66,000
Technical Writer ..................................... $66,000
Human Resource Specialist................... $54,000
Museum Curator..................................... $40,000
Rehab Counselor.................................... $44,000
Health Services Administrator............... $97,000
Profession or Career
MATCH & FIT
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What is the
Financial Aid OPTIONS
You must achieve a qualifying score on or before the ACT national test date in April in the academic year you graduate from high school.
FEDERAL Financial Aid • TOPS • TOPSTech •
GO Grant • GO Youth ChalleNGe Grant
Visit our scholarships and grants page, under the students and parents tab, to learn more about these programs. We also share external scholarships on our website at https://mylosfa.la.gov/scholarships/
What are the
TOPS ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
If you have not previously achieved a qualifying score, you may qualify after the ACT national test date in April in the academic year you graduate from high school, but prior to July 1**, by using May and/or June test scores, including scores from a special ACT or SAT, but your period of eligibility for the award will be reduced by one semester or two quarters. For more information, visit act.org. **The ACT deadline above is not applicable for 2020 graduates due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and Hurricane Laura. 2020 graduates should contact LOSFA for more information.
To qualify for TOPS, a student must:
Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
Meet TOPS Louisiana residency requirements.
Complete all required units on the TOPS Core or TOPS Tech/Jumpstart curricula.
Meet minimum Core GPA requirements prior to high school graduation: • TOPS Tech – 2.5 • TOPS Opportunity – 2.5 • TOPS Performance – 3.0 (Class of 2022 and thereafter – 3.25) • TOPS Honors – 3.0 (Class of 2022 and thereafter – 3.5) Meet minimum ACT score requirements: • TOPS Tech – 17-19 • TOPS Opportunity – Score equal to the previous year's state average, but never less than 20 • TOPS Performance – 23 • TOPS Honors – 27
FAFSA When can I begin fiing out the FAFSA?
You can begin filling out the FAFSA as early as October 1 during your senior year of high school. However, we encourage all high school seniors to complete the FAFSA no later than February 1, to maximize your opportunity to receive federal and state financial aid awards. Note: The TOPS priority deadline to submit the FAFSA is July 1.
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Do not leave questions blank. Use 0 if the answer is zero. If the parent does not have a social security number, enter all zeros. Do not make up a number.
Do not use commas or decimal points in numeric fields. (Ex: $4,000.52 should be 4001)
When a parent has multiple children going to college or in college, parents will fill out a separate FAFSA for each student. However, the parent will have only one FSA ID to sign each student’s FAFSA.
Remember to sign the FAFSA. The signature page allows you to submit without a signature but this causes errors. Take your time, and make sure you do not accidentally submit your FAFSA without signatures. Your name must be listed on your FAFSA as it appears on your Social Security card. Do not use a nick name. This is especially important for students that have a suffix (J.r, Jr, Sr., III, etc).
Parent and student should have separate working emails. (Ex: Student email: email@example.com, Parent email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Do not use your high school email.
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HUB A C C O U N T at
mylosfa.la.gov/applications/student-hub/ Track your TOPS award eligibility, status, and receive your award letter FIRST via your Student Hub account. Once in college, all information relating to your continuing eligibility for TOPS and your TOPS postsecondary GPA will be delivered via your Student Hub account.
How do I log into the STUDENT HUB?
To log into the Student Hub, go to LOSFA’s website: mylosfa.la.gov and click on “Applications,” then click on “Student Hub.” In order to set up an account, you will need to use your assigned LOSFA ID or LASecureID. Once logged into your account, you will be able to check your TOPS status, ACT Score, notifications, etc. While logged into your account, you will also have the ability to choose to grant your parent(s) permission to access your information via the “Parent Hub.”
When wi I know if I have TOPS?
TOPS processing for eligibility begins in June each year. You will be notified of eligibility by email. You can also monitor your TOPS eligibility status in your Student Hub account.
Spelling and punctuation matter! Your name, date of birth, address and e-mail address must be exactly the SAME on ALL documents, applications, etc.
You and your parent must each apply for an FSA ID and use them to electronically sign and complete your FAFSA.
Include the ACT TOPS code of 1595 or the SAT TOPS code of 9019 on all ACT/SAT test registrations.
FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and is also the application for TOPS. The 2021-2022 FAFSA will be available October 1, 2020, at www.fafsa.gov.
Make sure your school has a parent-signed consent form granting LOSFA access to transcript data.
For TOPS Tech, a qualifying WorkKeys score of Silver and above can be used instead of a qualifying ACT score. If applicable, make sure your counselor has this score on file.
Make sure you are taking the required units that comprise the TOPS Core Curricula.
Be prepared to submit additional documentation to prove residency if you or the parent listed on your FAFSA/TOPS Online Application were not Louisiana residents for at least 24 months prior to your anticipated graduation date.
Be aware that TOPS Awards are based on TOPS Core GPA...not overall GPA...and GPAs cannot be rounded up or down.
Create a LOSFA Student Hub account to follow your progress towards earning a TOPS Award and also track your TOPS continuation eligibility throughout your postsecondary studies. Make sure your highest ACT score is reflected in your TOPS Tracker. If you cannot access your TOPS Tracker, that may indicate your school does not have a signed consent form on file for you.
McKenzie Leone • TOPS Performance Recipient
"TOPS has been a blessing to me. I am able to spend more time focusing on my academics rather than worrying about how I’m going to pay for college. TOPS is allowing me to work toward becoming a successful teacher and make an impact on children’s lives."
Your TIME TO COMPLETION
Lenzey Terre • TOPS Tech Recipient
"TOPS has had a great impact on me. I had my heart set on a university but was unable to attend. I chose to attend a community college, and TOPS Tech helped pay for it. I was so blessed to have TOPS when I didn't think I would be able to attend college. TOPS opened a door of opportunity."
EARLY START on Achieving your Goals
Yasmine Maxie • TOPS Opportunity Recipient
"My experience with TOPS has been amazing! If I had not been awarded TOPS, my college journey would have been very different. My TOPS Award paid my college tuition, which allowed me to solely focus on my school work. With that being said, I’m grateful for TOPS."
What is DUAL ENROLLMENT?
Dual enrollment refers to being enrolled in college and high school at the same time. Grades earned in dual enrollment courses are applied to both a high school diploma and a college degree.
What is CLEP? What is AP/IB?
CLEP stands for College-Level Examination Program. CLEP tests your knowledge in certain academic subjects, and allows you to earn college credits for successfully passing each test.
The Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) programs are both high school programs that offer college-level courses and the opportunity to earn college credit.
What is TOPS TECH EARLY START? The TOPS Tech Early Start Award provides up to $600 per academic year for any eligible 11th or 12th grade student attending a Louisiana public high school. Students can enroll for up to six credit hours per semester in order to pursue certification in an eligible program at a public or nonpublic college or an approved training provider.
ATTENTION 11th & 12th Graders!
LOSFA Louisiana Office Of Student Financial Assistance A Program of the Board of Regents
GRAB YOUR POSSE & CHOOSE YOUR PATH Create a
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colleges, universities, the military, and/or your career match.
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of peers with similar goals
Financial Aid OPTIONS
to discover financial aid options to fund your future
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Make a new friend Sudden life changes seem to be the norm, so college life tomorrow may be very different from today. Make it a goal the first week of
college to meet and make friends with
Due to coronavirus
a school guidance
high schools and
going to need lots of
universities this fall,
many schools have
and career advice.
been forced to switch from face-to-face classes to virtual classes, or a hybrid of both. Educate yourself about your school’s COVID-19 rules and guidelines, then follow them. You’re protecting not only yourself and your classmates, but all the people you come in contact with when you go home.
Social media smarts Gen-Zers share just about everything on social media. But now more than ever, you should pay attention to your online
Jobs of the future
reputation. Admissions officers, potential
Check out the Star Jobs rating system, which provides
easily find your social media profiles. You
a ranking of the highest-demand, highest-wage jobs in
might want to deactivate your wild and crazy
Louisiana, based on forecasted employment growth,
accounts and hide any embarrassing posts
currently available jobs, and compensation levels, among
on your timeline. And remember—don’t
overshare and never post anything you might
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FIND YOUR PATH
Beyond the college experience: Engaging programs prepare students for real life
hile traditional classroom learning is still important, career-focused students receive more opportunities to grow in programs that offer hands-on experience along with the lessons. From clinical simulations to internships, graduates get a bigger return on their investment when experiential classes come into play. Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University infuses opportunities for engaged learning throughout the student experience. Unlike most universities, FranU’s faculty is constantly experimenting with new ways to provide students with meaningful engagement with the community, experiential learning, and cross-disciplinary inquiry, to provide a unique, innovative, and truly Franciscan educational experience. FranU continues its the commitment to service begun by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady at its campus located in the heart of Baton Rouge, LA.
CULTIVATING ENGAGED SCHOLARS
FranU is organized into three academic schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Professions and the School of Nursing. Today, the University offers two doctorate degrees, four master’s degrees, eight bachelor’s degrees and three associate degrees. Along with their textbook lessons, FranU gives students new ways to engage meaningfully within their communities, learn through experience, and benefit from interprofessional collaboration. This provides graduates with a unique, innovative educational experience that makes them invaluable to their future teams and patients. Participation in interprofessional scenarios allow health profession students to develop an appreciation and respect for the roles and responsibilities of each discipline. As students perform their discipline-specific roles, they practice their professional behaviors and learn to collaborate with other disciplines. Designing realistic clinical simulations allows educators to immerse students in a simulated clinical experience so skills sets, diagnostic reasoning, and other required competencies can be evaluated in a safe learning environment. Simulations are utilized as a vehicle to foster interprofessional learning that will improve health professions students’ critical and applied thinking skills, and reduce their critical errors in clinical contexts. FranU’s Simulated Environment Teaching Hospital, or SETH, gives students the benefit of learning in an immersive and very realistic simulated clinical environment. Professors are able to observe and coach to each student’s individual skill set, diagnostic reasoning, and other required competencies. This provides students the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them without the fear of harming a patient. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program educates and forms ethical and proficient business professionals who serve and lead in manners consistent with Franciscan values. This track provides students an understanding of the major business functions including general business, accounting, management, marketing, analytics, entrepreneurship, and health service administration. Students can select one of four curriculum tracks (General Business, Management, Analytics, and Health Administration) that best fits their vocational path. FranU designed the curriculums in its School of Nursing, School of Health Professions and the School of Arts and Sciences to truly prepare students for life beyond the classroom. Visit franu.edu to learn more and schedule a visit.
FranU’s Anatomage Table: a virtual gross-anatomy simulation device that teaches students about anatomy without the use of an actual cadaver.
An entrepreneurial mindset is a way of thinking that enables you to overcome challenges, be decisive, and accept responsibility for your outcomes. The Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to create that mindset. Entrepreneurship courses and programs teach students the ins and outs of operating, growing, and managing their own business ventures (entrepreneurship) and also how to be creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial in an existing organization (intrapreneurship). Students with an interest in entrepreneurship have a range of options through SDEIS â€” co-curricular activities, electives, fellows program, minor and major curriculums. experiential learning | community engagement | learn by doing | creative teamwork | interdisciplinary Visit lsu.edu/business/sdeis for more information.
START YOUR CAREER TODAY A SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR ADULTS AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADS
The Reboot Your Career program is designed to support soon-to-be high school graduates who want to enter the workforce quickly and adult workers who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 to re-train for available jobs on high-wage career pathways. Governor John Bel Edwards prioritized federal CARES Act funding for this critical initiative, which is available now through the spring of 2021.
LED FastStart®, a division of Louisiana Economic Development, has been ranked the nation’s No. 1 state workforce development and talent attraction program by Business Facilities magazine for a record 11 years in a row. LED supports Reboot Your Career, which provides pathways to family-sustaining employment for high school grads and adults across our state. Programs like this help us build a more resilient and sustainable economy for all of Louisiana.
HEALTHCARE • • • • • • •
Nursing assistant Patient care assistant Medical assistant Phlebotomists EMT and paramedics Pharmacy tech Medical records and health information IT • Health educators (Region 1) • Contact tracer • Healthcare navigator or telehealth patient support
TRANSPORTATION & LOGISTICS • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Drivers/sales workers Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers Light truck or delivery service drivers Sailors and marine oilers Captains, mates, and pilots of water vessels Crane and tower operators Industrial truck and tractor operators First-line supervisors of mechanics, installers, and repairers Aircraft mechanics and service technicians Automotive body and related repairers Automotive service technicians and mechanics Bus and truck mechanics/diesel engine specialists Mobile heavy equipment mechanics
MANUFACTURING • Electric motor, power tool, and related repairers • Electrical and electronics repairers, commercial and industrial equipment • Industrial machinery mechanics • Maintenance workers, machinery • Millwrights • Industrial Engineering Technicians • Helpers – Installation, maintenance, and repair workers • First-line supervisors of production and operating workers • Structural metal fabricators and fitters • Computer-controlled machine tool operators • Machinists • Welders, cutters, solderers, and brazers • Inspectors, testers, sorters, samplers, and weighers • Coating, painting and spraying machine setters, operators, and tenders • Helpers – production workers
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONSTRUCTION • First-line supervisor of construction trades and extraction workers • Carpenters • Construction laborers • Operating engineers and other construction equipment operators • Electricians • Painters, construction and maintenance • Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters • Structural iron and steel workers • Helpers – pipelayers, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters • Heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers • Maintenance and repair workers, general
• • • •
Information security analysts Web developers Computer user support specialists Computer network support specialists
LOUISIANA COMMUNITY & TECHNICAL COLLEGES ARE HERE TO HELP FIND YOUR CAREER PATH.
$10 MILLION from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund through the CARES Act is funding the Reboot program for FY21.
The purpose is to train
unemployed Louisianans for jobs available in the short and medium term in their region.
14 SCHOOLS LCTCS is administering the program for all 12 community colleges, Southern UniversityShreveport, and LSU-Eunice.
Visit our website to find out more. WWW.LCTCS.EDU | 225-922-2800 | 265 SOUTH FOSTER DRIVE | BATON ROUGE, LA 70806
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CRUSH-ing it! Online job interviews are more common than ever, and if you’re lucky enough to get one, make sure you’re prepared. Remote communication isn’t the same as face to face, but if you follow these easy guidelines, you’re guaranteed to ace it!
• Pick the perfect place: Don’t just open up your laptop and start the meeting with a cluttered room and an unmade bed behind you. Find a clean, simple, neutral spot in your home so the focus will be on you and not your terrible housekeeping habits.
• Dress appropriately. You don’t need
to wear a coat and tie, but do wear something professional. Solid colors are best and make sure that you’re not playing it too casual. A buttoned-down collared shirt is best for men, and a simple blouse or dress is a good choice for women.
• If you have pets, put them outside!
You’d be surprised how your laptop’s microphone will pick up background noise that your barely notice.
• Use books to elevate your laptop up to eye level.
• Be on time! It’s forgivable to be a
minute or two early (although it’s not recommended), but it’s disrespectful to be late.
• Calm yourself in advance: About 30
minutes before your interview, do some stretches or take a 5-minute walk outside. Practice talking in a mirror and take some deep breaths before you make that connection.
• Finally … be yourself! Smile! Relax! You’ve got this!
You certainly don’t want any animal noises interfering with your interview or worse, a curious cat jumping onto your keyboard.
• Close the windows and turn off the TV.
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Maybe you should ‘go pro’
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BY EMILY KERN HEBERT
CLOUD COMPUTING IT specialist in file storage, cloud processes, and data management
Works across several servers and platforms Average pay: $80,000
WELDER Takes metal components and uses extreme heat to fuse them together to form a final product
Works in industrial, motor vehicle, shipbuilding, construction and steel industries Average pay: $40,000
PHLEBOTOMIST Draws blood and collects samples
Works in hospitals, labs, clinics, surgical centers Average pay: $33,000
Not every student’s path includes getting a four-year degree. For those who want to step into the working world as soon as possible, Louisiana offers many jobs in the skilled trades that provide a desirable income after only a short amount of time obtaining the necessary credentials. Louisiana’s Community and Technical College System (LCTCS), comprised of 12 comprehensive community and technical colleges across the state, offers short-term workforce programs in addition to two-year associate degrees. While the ongoing health pandemic has caused much of the coursework to go online, schools are still offering the same programs with classes being taught “live” through platforms like Zoom, says Quintin Taylor, chief public affairs officer of LCTCS. All of the hands-on technical instruction is being done according to current health guidelines to ensure student and faculty safety, he says. Some programs, such as the commercial driver’s license program and a wide variety of healthcare certification programs, are in higher demand since the start of the pandemic. For example, students are able to earn a CDL and become a certified driver during a 4- to 6-week program depending on the level of certification. Many people may not realize these drivers have a starting salary of between $45,000 and $60,000, Taylor says. “At every level of healthcare, the demand is greater, and they need people,” Taylor adds. Other programs (such as IT, welding, process technology, electrical line technology, and HVAC) are still steady fields where students earn well-paying jobs after completing their courses. Taylor says LCTCS staff are in frequent communication with economic development organizations around the state such as the Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Central Louisiana Economic Alliance and others to make sure community and technical colleges are offering programs to meet the needs of businesses. “We’re offering programs that are alive to the market,” Taylor says. “Our programs are half the cost (of a four-year degree) and provide twice the value.”
your choice of 1 of these 4 PRIZES.
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HOME GROWN The Bayou State manufactures plenty of products that carry the ‘Made in Louisiana’ label Buying goods made in Louisiana is a great way to support the local economy. And if you can work for one of those companies … even better! Here are just a few well-known products that have made their mark well beyond Louisiana.
Café du Monde Beignets French settlers brought this sweet treat (fried dough topped with powdered sugar) to the U.S. in the 17th century, and it has come to be called the official donut of Louisiana. Tourists often try beignets for the first time at New Orleans’ Cafe Du Monde in the
French Quarter. Café du Monde sells its own beignet mix in grocery stores throughout the South.
The perfect side to a muffuletta or a New Orleans style po-boy, Zapp’s Potato Chips are produced in Gramercy. The spicy kettle chips are made from thick-sliced potatoes and are fried in special seasonings to create flavors like Voodoo, Spicy Cajun Crawtators and Cajun Dill Gator-Tators.
King Cake This unique item is a staple in Louisiana during the months of January and February as residents celebrate Carnival season. If you can’t make it to
Louisiana, there are many
bakeries that will be happy to mail one to you, including Randazzo and Gambino’s, based in the New Orleans area.
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The Elmer Candy Corporation was founded in 1855 as the Miller Candy Company in New Orleans. The company sells seasonal holiday candies, and since 2014, has been one of the largest manufacturers of Valentine boxed chocolates in North America.
Tabasco Sauce Edmund McIlhenny grew his first commercial
pepper crop in 1868. The next
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Marucci Sports produces specially handcrafted baseball bats that are used by about a third of major league baseball players, including notable veterans like David Ortiz, Jose Bautista and Albert Pujols. The company also produces a variety of sports equipment.
year, he sent out hundreds of bottles of his unique pepper sauce to wholesale grocers along the Gulf Coast, particularly in New Orleans.
Community Coffee Just over 100 years ago, Cap Saurage started a small coffee company in the barn behind his home, and named it in honor of the
He secured a patent in 1870 for TABASCO, and soon set the culinary world onÂ fire.
community of friends, families and Community Coffee today is one of the largest family-owned and operated coffee brands in the U.S.
neighbors who enjoyed his product.
STEM PATHWAYS Over the next 12 years, Louisiana and the nation will see a surge in the number of job opportunities available in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, also known as STEM.
OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS, LOUISIANA WILL NEED AT LEAST 6,000 NEW STEM WORKERS TO FILL WORKFORCE NEEDS.
Louisiana STEM Pathways offer students carnegie credits and certifications in high-wage, highdemand STEM-focused industry sectors. The knowledge and skills students attain while pursuing one of the following pathways provides them with a successful foundation to enter college or the workforce after graduation.
DIGITAL DESIGN AND EMERGENT MEDIA
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AND SUSTAINABILITY
“To find good employment, you have to be digitally trained, know how to code, be able to communicate with machines, and understand the power of digital transformation. Thus, taking STEM Pathway courses is a need rather than an option.”
“The demand for cybersecurity professionals is growing exponentially, and every facet of our nation’s economy relies on a workforce that is cyber aware. We must focus on educating the cyber-literate workforce”
NICERC DIRECTOR OF ACADEMIC OUTREACH, CYBER.ORG & CYBER INNOVATION CENTER
INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND GORDON A. CAIN CHAIR, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
For more information visit www.louisianabelieves.com/courses/louisiana-stem-initiative or talk to your school counselor about the STEM pathways offered at your high school.
“If we’re going to address poverty and diversity in Louisiana, we need to make sure our education system serves everyone. That means providing every student the kind of rigorous preparation for the job market that these pathways offer.”
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JUSTIN PAUL WINCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL: St. James High School AGE: 18 TRAINING: St. James Parish Career and Technology Center DEGREE: High school degree EMPLOYEE: Apache Industrial Services - Geismar, La. WHAT DOES A MAINTENANCE/SCAFFOLDING WORKER DO?
ON THE JOB Take inventory in the scaffold yard
Perform general and advanced maintenance and repairs, operate a forklift or other types of heavy machinery.
Maintain scaffold instruments Practice safety and show good workmanship
You interact well with others
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YOU SHOULD CONSIDER THIS OPTION IF: You are willing to learn new skills
“What I like most about my job is my co-workers. They make me feel comfortable by being helpful and creating a family environment. They are always willing to take time to show me things that are difficult or hard to learn. They taught me how to operate a forklift! The “yard guys” are very helpful and cool to be around. A huge shoutout to all of them!
You are not afraid to ask questions
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Public Colleges & Universities About the list Sources include university websites and the National Center for Education Statistics; data are for the 2019-2020 school year. Enrollment statistics include Fall 2019 total enrollment. Tuition data are for full-time, firsttime and in-state undergraduate students, but tuition and fees change frequently and could be affected by COVID-19. Check with each school’s admission office for updates.
Louisiana State University at Alexandria Grambling State University 403 Main St. Grambling, La. 71245 (318) 274-3811 or (800) 569-4714 gram.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Tuition: $7,683 Enrollment: 5,232 Popular programs: Accounting; Biology; Business Administration; Criminal Justice and Safety studies; Engineering; Communications; Parks, Recreation and Leisure studies; Physical Education Teaching and Coaching; Psychology; Social Work and Youth services
8100 Hwy. 71 South Alexandria, La. 71302 (318) 445-3672 lsua.edu Highest offering: Bachelor’s degree Tuition: $6,668 Enrollment: 3,381 Popular programs: Registered Nursing; Business Administration; Psychology; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Criminal Justice; and Elementary Education
Louisiana State University at Eunice
Louisiana State University and A&M College
156 Thomas Boyd Hall Baton Rouge, La. 70803 (225) 578-3202 lsu.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $11,962 Enrollment: 31,756 Popular programs: Agriculture; Architecture; Biology; Business; Liberal Arts and Sciences; General Teacher Education; Engineering; Psychology, and Mass Communication
2048 Johnson Hwy. Eunice, La. 70535 (337) 457-7311 lsue.edu Highest offering: Associate’s degree Tuition: $4,730 Enrollment: 2,989 Popular programs: Business Administration; Firefighting; and Registered Nursing
Louisiana State University in Shreveport One University Place Shreveport, La. 71115 (318) 797-5000 lsus.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Tuition: $7,327 Enrollment: 8,579 Popular programs: Biology; Business Administration; Communication; Accounting; General Studies; and Psychology
LSU Health Sciences Center — New Orleans 433 Bolivar St. New Orleans, La. 70112 (504) 568-4808 lsuhsc.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $7,673 Enrollment: 2,820 Popular programs: Allied health professions; Medicine; Dentistry; Nursing; Public Health; and Graduate Studies
LSU Health Sciences Center — Shreveport 1501 Kings Hwy. Shreveport, La. 71103 (318) 675-8769 lsuhscshreveport.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D.
Tuition: $7,183 Enrollment: 939 Popular programs: Health professions and related programs; Biological Sciences; and Biomedical sciences
Louisiana Tech University 1310 West Railroad Ave. Ruston, La. 71272 (318) 257-2000 latech.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $10,185 Enrollment: 11,510 Popular programs: Psychology; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Biological Sciences; Business Administration; Accounting; Engineering; Elementary and Secondary Education; Animal Sciences; and Architecture
McNeese State University 4205 Ryan St. Lake Charles, La. 70605 (337) 475-5000 mcneese.edu Highest offering: Post-master’s certificate Tuition: $8,102 Enrollment: 7,295 Popular programs: General Studies; Registered Nursing; Engineering; Business Administration and Management; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science
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Nicholls State University University Station, La. Hwy. 1 Thibodaux, La. 70310 (877) 642-4655 nicholls.edu Highest offering: Post-master’s certificate Tuition: $7,898 Enrollment: 6,491 Popular programs: Accounting; Business Administration; Education; Engineering; Biology; and Culinary Arts
Northwestern State University of Louisiana 175 Sam Sibley Dr. Natchitoches, La. 71497 (318) 357-6011 nsula.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $8,768 Enrollment: 10,900 Popular programs: Business Administration; Biology; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Registered Nursing; Family and Consumer Sciences; Psychology; History; Theatre Arts; and Criminal Justice
548 Ned McGehee Ave. Hammond, La. 70402 (985) 549-2000 selu.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D.
Southern University and A&M College P.O. Box 9374 Baton Rouge, LA 70813 (225) 771-4500 subr.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $9,141 Enrollment: 7,140 Popular programs: Biology; Agriculture; Mass Communication; Business Administration; Registered Nursing; and Criminal Justice
Southern University in New Orleans 6400 Press Dr. New Orleans, La. 70126 (504) 286-5000 suno.edu Highest offering: Master’s degree Tuition: $7,169 Enrollment: 2,309 Popular programs: Biology; Business
Administration; Criminal Justice; Psychology; and Social Work
Southern University in Shreveport 3050 Martin Luther King Dr. Shreveport, La. 71107 (318) 670-6000 susla.edu Highest offering: Associate’s degree Tuition: $4,350 Enrollment: 2,932 Popular programs: Business; Criminal Justice; Registered Nursing; and General Studies
University of Louisiana at Monroe 700 University Ave. Monroe, La. 71209 (318) 342-1000 ulm.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $8,974 Enrollment: 8,673 Popular programs: Biology; Toxicology; Psychology; Business Administration; Mass Communication; Registered Nursing; General Studies; and Elementary Education/Teaching
University of New Orleans University of Louisiana at Lafayette 104 University Cir. Lafayette, La. 70503 (337) 482-1000 louisiana.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Tuition: $10,382 Enrollment: 16,933 Popular programs: Biology; Finance; Communication; Business Administration; Physical Education; Psychology; Engineering; and Registered Nursing
2000 Lakeshore Dr. New Orleans, La. 70148 (888) 514-4275 uno.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Tuition: $8,772 Enrollment: 8,231 Popular programs: Biology; Business Administration; Accounting; Theatre Arts; and Psychology
Southeastern Louisiana University
Tuition: $8,329 Enrollment: 14,220 Popular programs: Business Administration; Registered Nursing; Education; Family and Consumer Sciences; General Studies; and Psychology
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Community & Technical Colleges About the list Schools listed are part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. Programs offered vary by campus. Not all instructional sites or campuses are listed; some schools offer classes or instruction at additional sites. Visit lctcs.edu or one of the campus websites listed below for additional information about your region. You may also find the data compiled at College Scorecard, collegescorecard. ed.gov, useful in finding the right school.
Baton Rouge Community College MID CITY CAMPUS 201 Community College Drive Baton Rouge, La. 70806 (866) 217-9823 mybrcc.edu BUSINESS TRAINING CENTER 350 North Donmoor Baton Rouge, La. 70806 ACADIAN CAMPUS 3250 N. Acadian Thruway E. Baton Rouge, La. 70805 HOOPER ROAD CAMPUS 10700 Hooper Road Central, La. 70818 JACKSON CAMPUS 3337 La. 10 Jackson, La. 70748 NEW ROADS CAMPUS 605 Hospital Road New Roads, La. 70760
PORT ALLEN CAMPUS 3233 Rosedale Road Port Allen, La. 70767
FRAZIER SITE CAMPUS 555 Julia St. Baton Rouge, La. 70801
Bossier Parish Community College 6220 East Texas St. Bossier City, La. 71111
Fletcher Technical Community College
(318) 678-6000 bpcc.edu
Central Louisiana Technical Community College ALEXANDRIA CAMPUS 4311 South MacArthur Drive Alexandria, La. 71302 (318) 487-5439 cltcc.edu
Delgado Community College 615 City Park Ave. New Orleans, La. 70119 (504) 671-5000 dcc.edu
AVOYELLES CAMPUS 508 Choupique St. Cottonport, La. 71327
WEST BANK CAMPUS 2600 General Meyer Ave. New Orleans, La. 70114
FERRIDAY CAMPUS 2100 E.E. Wallace Blvd. Ferriday, La. 71334
CHARITY SCHOOL OF NURSING 450 S. Claiborne Ave. New Orleans, La. 70112
HUEY P. LONG CAMPUS 304 South Jones St. Winnfield, La. 71483 ROD BRADY CAMPUS 521 East Bradford St. Jena, La. 71483 LAMAR SALTER CAMPUS 15014 Lake Charles Highway Leesville, La. 71446 NATCHITOCHES CAMPUS 6587 Highway 1 Bypass, P.O. Box 657 Natchitoches, LA 71457 SABINE VALLEY CAMPUS 1255 Fisher Road Many, LA 71449
NORTHSHORE SLIDELL CAMPUS 320 E. Howze Beach Road I-10 Service Road Slidell, La. 70461 JEFFERSON CAMPUS 5200 Blair Drive Metairie, La. 70001 SIDNEY COLLIER CAMPUS 3727 Louisa St. New Orleans, La. 70126 MARITIME, FIRE AND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING FACILITY 13200 Old Gentilly Road New Orleans, La. 70129
1407 La. 311 Schriever, La. 70395 (985) 448-7900 fletcher.edu LAFOURCHE CAMPUS 1425 Tiger Drive Thibodaux, La. 70301 BP INTEGRATED PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES CAMPUS 224 Weatherford Dr. Schriever, La. HOUMA CAMPUS 310 St. Charles St., Houma, La.
Louisiana Delta Community College 7500 Millhaven Road Monroe, La. 71203 (866) 500-LDCC (318) 345-9000 ladelta.edu BASTROP CAMPUS 729 Kammell St. Bastrop, La. 71221 JONESBORO CAMPUS 236 Industrial Drive Jonesboro, La. 71251 LAKE PROVIDENCE CAMPUS 156 Highway 883-1 Lake Providence, La. 71254
S C H O O L D I R E C TO RY RUSTON CAMPUS 1010 James St. Ruston, La. 71273
SOUTHEASTERN INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICE CENTER 900 B West University Ave., Hammond
WESTSIDE CAMPUS 2520 Tenant Road Plaquemine, La. 70764
TALLULAH CAMPUS 132 Old Hwy. 65 South Tallulah, La. 71284
Northwest Louisiana Technical College
South Louisiana Community College
WEST MONROE CAMPUS 609 Vocational Parkway West Monroe, La. 71292
MINDEN CAMPUS 9500 Industrial Drive Minden, La. 71055 (318) 371-3035 nwltc.edu
WINNSBORO CAMPUS 1710 Warren St. Winnsboro, La. 71295
Northshore Technical Community College 1710 Sullivan Drive Bogalusa, La. 70427 (985)732-6640 northshorecollege.edu FLORIDA PARISHES CAMPUS 948 La. 1042 Greensburg, La. 70441 HAMMOND CAMPUS 111 Pride Drive Hammond, La. 70401 LACOMBE CAMPUS 65556 Centerpoint Blvd., Lacombe PEARL RIVER CAMPUS 39110 Rebel Lane, Pearl River LIVINGSTON CAMPUS 11640 Burgess Ave., Walker FLORIDA PARISHES CAMPUS 7067 Hwy. 10, Greensburg
MANSFIELD CAMPUS 943 Oxford Road Mansfield, La. 71052 SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CAMPUS 2010 N. Market St. Shreveport, La. 71137
1101 Bertrand Drive Lafayette, La. 70506 (337) 521-9000 solacc.edu
Sowela Technical Community College 3820 Sen. J. Bennett Johnston Ave. Lake Charles, La. 70615 (800) 256-0483 sowela.edu MORGAN SMITH CAMPUS 1230 North Main St. Jennings, La. 70546
ACADIAN CAMPUS 1933 West Hutchinson Ave. Crowley, La. 70526
OAKDALE CAMPUS 117 La. 1152 Oakdale, La. 71463
CHARLES B. COREIL CAMPUS 1124 Vocational Drive Ville Platte, La. 70586
Programs Available At LCTCS Campuses Include:
FRANKLIN CAMPUS 1013 Perret St. Franklin, La. 70538
Computer science, finance and accounting, personal and culinary services, construction crafts, health care, protective services, electrical, industrial production, welding, engineering technology, mechanic and repair tech, general science, graphic arts, biological sciences and more.
River Parishes Community College
GULF AREA CAMPUS 1301 Clover St. Abbeville, La. 70511
925 West Edenborne Parkway Gonzales, La. 70737 (225) 743-8500 rpcc.edu
Go to lctcs.edu to do a customized search of programs that interest you and to learn which campuses offer them.
T.H. HARRIS CAMPUS 332 East South St. Opelousas, La. 70570
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TECHE AREA CAMPUS 609 Ember Drive New Iberia, La. 70562
Visit LCTCS.edu to check for updates to this list.
Nunez Community College 3710 Paris Road Chalmette, La. 70043 (504) 278-6200 nunez.edu
ASCENSION CAMPUS 9697 Airline Highway Sorrento, La. 70778 RESERVE CAMPUS 181 Regala Park Road Reserve, La. 70084
EVANGELINE CAMPUS 6305 Main Hwy. St. Martinville, La. 70582
YOUNG MEMORIAL CAMPUS 900 Youngs Road Morgan City, La. 70380
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Private colleges & universities About the list Sources include university websites and the National Center for Education Statistics; data are for the 2019-2020 school year. Enrollment statistics include Fall 2019 total enrollment. Tuition data are for full-time, firsttime and in-state undergraduate students, but tuition and fees change frequently and could be affected by COVID-19. Check with each school’s admission office for updates.
Centenary College 2911 Centenary Blvd. Shreveport, La. 71104 (318) 869-5011/(800) 2344448 centenary.edu Highest offering: Master’s degree Enrollment: 574 Tuition and fees: $37,310 Application deadline: Early action, Dec. 1, May 1. Regular decision, Feb. 15, May 1. Popular programs: Biology; Business; Communication and Media Studies; Psychology; and Music
2601 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, La. 70122 (504) 816-4768 dillard.edu Highest offering: Bachelor’sdegree Enrollment: 1,225 Tuition and fees: $19,281 Application deadline: Rolling Popular programs: Nursing; Biology; Business; Mass Communication; Public Health; Psychology; and Sociology
Tuition and fees: $17,500 Application deadline: Rolling Popular programs: Registered Nursing; Health and Physical Education; Social Work; and Biology
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University 5414 Brittany Dr. Baton Rouge, La. 70808 (225) 768-1700 franu.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Enrollment: 1,294 Tuition and fees: $14,145 Application deadline: Programspecific Popular programs: Biology; Registered Nursing; Radiologic Technology; Health Service Administration; and other health professions
Louisiana College 1140 College Drive Pineville, La. 71359 (318) 487-7011 lacollege.edu Highest offering: Master’s degree Enrollment: 1,224
New Orleans 6363 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, La. 70118 (504) 865-2011 loyno.edu Highest offering: M.D. Enrollment: 4,367 Tuition and fees: $40,842 Application deadline: Early action, Nov. 15; Priority decision, Feb. 15; Regular decision, Apr. 15; Summer, July 3. Popular programs: Psychology; Marketing; Business; Speech Communication and Rhetoric; Music Management; Creative Writing; and Criminology
New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary 3939 Gentilly Blvd. New Orleans, La. 70126 (504) 282-4455/(800) 6628701 nobts.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Enrollment: 2,593 Tuition and fees: $9,100 Application deadline: Rolling
Popular programs: Christian Ministry; Biblical Ministry; and Music with an emphasis in worship
Saint Joseph Seminary College 75376 River Rd. St. Benedict, La. 70457 (985) 867-2232 sjasc.edu Highest offering: Bachelor’s degree Enrollment: 127 Tuition and fees: $19,490 Application deadline: Rolling Popular programs: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Liberal Studies; and Theological Studies
Tulane University 6823 St. Charles Ave. New Orleans, La. 70118 (504) 865-5000 tulane.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Enrollment: 12,923 Tuition and fees: $56,800 Application deadline: Early action, Nov. 15; Early decision, Nov. 1; Regular decision, Jan. 15 Popular programs: Business; Finance; Marketing; Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Psychology; and health professions
University of Holy Cross 4123 Woodland Dr. New Orleans, La. 70131 (504) 394-7744 or (800) 2597744 uhcno.edu Highest offering: Ph.D. Enrollment: 1,102 Tuition and fees: $14,720 Application deadline: Fall semester, July 1; Spring semester, Dec. 1; Summer semester, Apr. 1 Popular programs: Business; Psychology; and health professions
Xavier University 1 Drexel Dr. New Orleans, La. 70125 (504) 486-7411 xula.edu Highest offering: Ph.D./M.D. Enrollment: 3,325 Tuition and fees: $25,055 Application deadline: Fall semester, rolling; Spring semester, Dec. 1 Popular programs: Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communication and Media Studies; Social Sciences; Psychology; and health professions
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Proprietary Schools About the list These are private vocational schools, sometimes called vo-tech schools. Costs, programs and accreditations vary widely. Call the individual schools for more information. Source: Louisiana Board of Regents website.
AAA Crane & Rigging, LLC
Advance Healthcare Institute
BAR/BRI of Louisiana
Blue Cliff College - Metairie
7722 Hwy. 1 South Addis, La. 70710 (225) 301-5102
4580 Bluebonnet Blvd., Ste. B Baton Rouge, La. 70809 (225) 335-4705
A Breath Away
Advance Nursing Training
1 East Campus Drive Baton Rouge, La. 70803 (214) 935-1017 Additional locations in New Orleans
12090 S. Harrell’s Ferry Road, Ste. I Baton Rouge, La. 70816 (225) 369-0963
1480 General Degaulle Ave., Ste. 202 New Orleans, La. 70131 (504) 994-0280
3200 Cleary Ave. Metairie, La. 70002 (504) 456-3141 Additional locations in Alexandria, Houma and Lafayette
Academy of Acadiana
Advanced Welding School
131 W Main St. New Iberia, La. 70560 (337) 365-1550 Additional location in Lake Charles
10340 Florida Blvd. Walker, La. 70785 (225) 480-6305
Academy of Interactive Entertainment 537 Cajundome Blvd., Ste. 211 Lafayette, La. 70506 (337) 456-1848
Acadiana Area Career College, a division of Blue Cliff College 505 Loire Ave., Ste. E Lafayette, La. 70507 (337) 896-9776
Accelerated Dental Assisting Academy
130 Hummell St. Denham Springs, La. 70726 (844) 727-3755 Additional locations in Houma, Mandeville, New Orleans, Lafayette, Hammond, Metairie, Monroe and Slidell
Alexandria Dental Assistant School 3820 Masonic Drive Alexandria, La. 71301 (512) 986-8702
Ark-La-Tex Dental Assisting Academy 910 Bert Kouns Industrial Loop Shreveport, La. 71118 (318) 686-7470
Aspire Medical Training Academy 11449 Florida Blvd. Baton Rouge, La. 70815 (225)719-2586
Ayers Career College 8820 Jewella Ave. Shreveport, La. 71108 (318) 868-3000
Baton Rouge Dental Assistant Academy
Burks Medical Training, LLC
8894 Airline Hwy., Suite M. Baton Rouge, La. 70815 (225) 255-2719
186638 Johnny B. Hall Memorial Hwy. Rosepine, La. 70659 (337) 221-3003
Baton Rouge School of Computers
9352 Interline Ave. Baton Rouge, La. 70809 (225) 923-2524
Baton Rouge School of Court Reporting 15915 Hogenville Ave. Baton Rouge, La. 70817 (225) 218-4919
Becker Professional Education – New Orleans UNO, Rm. KH 222, 2000 Lakeshore Drive New Orleans, La. 70148 (630) 353-3739
Ben Johnson Educational Center P.O. Box 663 Natchitoches, La. 71457 (318) 460-7460 Beso Beauty 3000 26th St., Ste. C Metairie, La. 70002 (504) 518-4461
2618 Wooddale Blvd., Ste A. Baton Rouge, La. 70805 (225) 928-3005
Carter’s Career Center 350 Desiard Plaza Drive, Ste. 201 Monroe, La. 71203 (318) 914-9270
CDL Mentors of BR Truck Driving School 1325 Airline Hwy. Baton Rouge, La. 70805 (337) 366-9759 Additional location in Lake Charles
Coastal College 2064 N. Flannery Road Baton Rouge, La. 70815 (225) 272-2213 Additional locations in Alexandria, Hammond, Lafayette and Monroe
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Coastal Truck Driving School of New Orleans
Eastern College of Health Vocations
1182 First Ave. Harvey, La. 70058 (504) 468-3639
201 Evans Road, Ste. 400 New Orleans, La. 70123 (504) 736-0654
Compass Career College
Elise Phlebotomy Training Center
42353 Deluxe Plaza, Ste. 16 Hammond, La. 70403 (985) 419-2050
Crescent City School of Gaming and Bartending
110 Bellemeade Blvd., Suite B Gretna, La. 70056 (504) 513-1273
Healthcare Training Institute 322 Williams Blvd. Kenner, La. 70062 (504) 467-2155
Holmes Healthcare Training Center 1939 Hickory Ave., Suite 206 Harahan, La. 70123 (504) 258-6689
Hospitality Opportunity & Service Training
209 N. Broad St. New Orleans, La. 70119 (504) 822-3362
9255 Interline Ave. Baton Rouge, La. 70809 (225) 248-1015
1254 Central Road Baton Rouge, La. 70807 (225) 300-4943
Global Trucking Academy
19231 N. 6th St. Covington, La. 70433 (985) 892-6651 Additional locations in Slidell, Lafayette and Baton Rouge
1269 St. Jean St. Mansura, La. 71350 (318) 264-9927
117 W. Pinhook Road Lafayette, La. 70501 (337) 261-9009
Gonzales Medical Assistant School
Instructors for Life, LLC
Diesel Driving Academy 8067 Airline Hwy. Baton Rouge, La. 70815 (225) 929-9990 Additional location in Shreveport
Digital Media Institute at Inter Tech
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana 3400 Tulane Ave. New Orleans, La. 70119 (504) 456-2622
Griffâ€™s Marine Training 4290 La. 1, Ste. 2 Raceland, La. 70394 (985) 537-1222
Integrated Education Solutions 3101 Tara Drive Violet, La. 70092 (504) 702-8114
13944 Airline Hwy. Baton Rouge, La. 70817 (225) 752-4233
Joshua Career Institute of La. 333 Texas St., Suite 1300 Shreveport, La. 71101 (972) 588-3395
Kingdom Technical College 488 E. 70th St. Shreveport, La. 71106 (318) 470-5539
Lafayette Dental Assistant School 538 Gloria Switch Road Lafayette, La. 70507 (512) 259-2100
Learning Bridge Career Institute 1340 W. Tunnel Blvd., Ste. 100 Houma, La. 70360 (985) 262-4685
2031 Kings Hwy. Shreveport, La. 71103 (318) 213-0789
1943 S. Burnside Ave. Gonzales, La. 70737 (512) 259-2100
312 E. Green St. Tallulah, La. 71282 (318) 574-2334
ITI Technical College
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Lenora School of Phlebotomy 60529 N Ridgewood Drive Slidell, La. 70460 (985) 641-5490
Louisiana Dental Center School of Dental Assisting 600 North Hwy. 190, Ste. 200 Covington, La. 70433 (985) 893-2240
Let’s Keep it Moving
Louisiana Dental Institute
1814 N. Morrison Blvd., Suite A&B Hammond, La. 70401 (888) 203-1417
2204 Forsythe Ave. Monroe, La. 71201 (318) 550-4065
Louisiana Driver Training & Vocational Career
5100 Westbank Expressway, Ste. 4 Marrero, La. 70072 (504) 604-1221
LifeShare Phlebotomy School 8910 Linwood Ave. Shreveport, La. 71106 (318) 222-7770
145 Woodland Dr. LaPlace, La. 70068 (504) 439-5986
Louisiana Institute of Massage Therapy
Louisiana Culinary Institute 10550 Airline Highway Baton Rouge, La. 70816 (877) 533-3198
3750 Nelson Road Lake Charles, La. 70605 (337) 474-3737
Martin International Inc. of La. 133 Woodland Dr. LaPlace, La. 70068 (985) 652-3087
Louisiana Dental Assistant Academy 213 Ansley Blvd. Alexandria, La. 71303 (512) 259-2100 Additional location in Baton Rouge
Medical Training College
National Driving Academy
10525 Plaza Americana Drive Baton Rouge, La. 70816 (225) 926-5820
31 Wicker Lane Greensburg, La. 70441 (504) 222-6711
New Horizons Computer Learning Center of New Orleans
17097 Airline Hwy. Prairieville, La. 70769 (225) 223-9189
2800 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Ste. 330 Metairie, La. 70002 (504) 849-6600
Mia’s Medical Academy
New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute
7525 Florida Blvd. Baton Rouge, La. 70806 (225) 346-1999
725 Howard Ave. New Orleans, La. 70130 (504) 891-4060
Moore Career College 14141 Airline Hwy., Ste. VWX Baton Rouge, La. 70817 (225) 757-3770
New Orleans Dental Assistant School
N.O.D.C. School for Dental Assisting 1901 Manhattan Blvd., Ste. F-201 Harvey, La. 70058 (504) 341-0003
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Nursing Assistant Network Association 4509 Freret St. New Orleans, La. 70115 (504) 891-8088
McCann School of Business and Technology 2319 Louisville Ave. Monroe, La. 71201 (318) 323-2889 Additional location in Shreveport
816 Behrman Hwy. Terrytown, La. 70056 (512) 259-2100
Oak Park School of Dental Assisting 1616 West McNeese St. Lake Charles, La. 70605 (337) 478-3232
National Aesthetic Laser Institute 8485 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite 200 Baton Rouge, La. 70810 (225) 277-2800
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Opelousas Academy of Nondestructive Testing 2342 Larkspur Lane Opelousas, La. 70570 (337) 678-1805
Operation Spark 748 Camp St. New Orleans, La. 70130 (504) 534-8277
Ouachita Truck Driving Academy 341 La. 2 Sterlington, La. 71280 (318) 726-5412
Over Drive Truck Driving School of Louisiana, LLC 18 Duplissey Road Deville, La. 71328 (318) 451-4406
Pelican Chapter ABC 19251 Highland Road Baton Rouge, La. 70809 (225) 615-8743 Additional location in Westlake
Petra College 1814 North Morrison Blvd., Ste. D Hammond, La. 70401 (985) 419-2430
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Saint Agatha Career School
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810 A. Martin Luther King Drive Donaldsonville, La. 70346 (504) 451-2172
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201 Clendenning Road Houma, La. 70363 (985) 868-1860
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6150 Line Ave. Shreveport, La. 71006 (512) 259-2100
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1945 E 70th St., Ste. F Shreveport, La. 71105 (318) 797-1187
Southwest Dental Academy
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208 Hudson Ave. Jonesboro, La. 71251 (318) 259-0144
133 Aspen Square, Ste. E Denham Springs, La. 70726 (225) 308-4553
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