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Scholarships
Click on the link below for a listing of scholarships I am aware of at this time.  This is not an exhaustive list; you should continue to search for scholarships outside of this list.
Letter from Louisiana Office of Student Financial Aid
March 30, 2020
During this trying time, I would like you to know that you and your families are in our thoughts and prayers.  We appreciate all that you are doing to prepare the Class of 2020 for the completion of their senior year.

Please know that we are continuing to work individually with seniors to prepare them for the student financial aid process, which begins with completion of the FAFSA.  Spread the word to Seniors and their parents that virtual FAFSA completion assistance is available by calling our FAFSA HELPline at (844) 463-2372 or my mobile at (225) 931-7550.

STUDENTS WHO HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED THE FAFSA SHOULD REGISTER FOR A $1000 SCHOLARSHIP AT https://lela.org/completed_fafsa/

Stay safe and call me if I can be of assistance.

Ann Carmichael
FAFSA Completion Coordinator
(225) 931-7550
 
FAFSA Completion Events
10/24 in Lab 108 during Parent-Teacher Conference Night from 3:30 pm-8:00 pm
11/19 in Lab 108 from 12 pm-4 pm (Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend with their senior)
LAST FAFSA COMPLETION EVENT: 1/14 in Lab 108 from 12 pm-3pm (Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend with their senior)
Where Should I Start When it Comes to the Scholarship Search Process:
1) FAFSA-This becomes available October 1st.  Don't forget to give Mrs. Bergholtz a copy of your FAFSA submission page.
Video on how to complete FAFSA (1 min. 30 secs) 
 
2) Use the scholarship listings document below.
 
3) Visit the financial aid pages of the colleges/universities you're interested in attending.  These scholarships will only be available to students interested in attending those specific schools.
 
4) Keep your eyes and ears open for any local scholarships that may be available through banks, churches, stores, etc.
 
5) Remember: You will get 0% of the scholarships you don't apply for.  Applying for scholarships is well worth the time and effort it takes to submit the applications.  You may not win them all, but some is better than none.  Follow the scholarship application's directions exactly as they are stated and turn them in before the deadline.  Build and save a file of essays you can use for scholarship and college applications; you can always re-use and amend these essays in order to fit the requirements of the various applications you're submitting.
 
6) Read LELA's College Planning Guidebook.  Call LELA's helpline at (844) 463-2372 for assistance with completing the FAFSA.  Bonus: You may win an iPad if you use LELA's helpline.
Seniors were given a copy of the guidebook, but it can also be accessed here.
Please use the document below as a resource to complete your FAFSA* and TOPS Consent Form, as well as search for and apply to scholarships.
 
*The FAFSA application MUST be completed in order to satisfy graduation requirements.  Once you submit the FAFSA application, please email Mrs. Bergholtz (tristen.bergholtz@jpsbschools.us) a screenshot or copy of your submission page.  If you do not complete the FAFSA, you must complete a waiver form (located in the document below) and turn this form into Mrs. Bergholtz.  All items must be received no later than May 1, 2020.
 
This checklist will help you gather the information and materials you'll need to complete the FAFSA before you get started.
 
Video on how to complete FAFSA (1 min. 30 secs)
FAQs from LELA
 
 
FAFSA Completion Events
10/24 in Lab 108 during Parent-Teacher Conference Night from 3:30 pm-8:00 pm
11/19 in Lab 108 from 12 pm-4 pm (Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend with their senior)
LAST FAFSA COMPLETION EVENT: 1/14 in Lab 108 from 12 pm-3pm (Parents/Guardians are welcome to attend with their senior)
More sites to search for scholarships:
  • Career One Stop - sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and a partner of the American Job Center network. This site searches through more than 8,000 scholarships, fellowships, grants, and other financial aid award opportunities. It has a filter which allows for searching for awards by type, location, levels of study, and more. 
  • Cappex - a database with more than $11 billion dollars in scholarship opportunities 
  • Chegg - a resource for scholarships and internships 
  • Crush College Debt - The College for Free paid platform educates families on how to S.E.N.D. their kids to college for FREE, minimizing student loan debt. 
  • Fastweb - a scholarship search website providing a comprehensive approach to helping students pay for school through a variety of resources like scholarships, grants, fellowships, student loans, and work-study programs. The site offers a database of 1.5 million college scholarships for students to access by creating a free profile. 
  • Good Call - has a mission to provide students and families the knowledge, tools, and tips they need to make Good Calls when it comes to post-secondary decisions. 
  • Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance - LOSFA is the gatekeeper of Louisiana’s state grants and scholarships. Many of these grants and scholarships can be received just by completing the FAFSA. There is no application fee or fees of any kind for these state scholarships. 
  • Peterson’s - a leading educational service company dedicated to furthering education after high school and beyond. 
  • Scholarship.com - helps students find money for college as well as learn about the entire financial aid process. 
Unigo - provides cutting-edge tools, compelling content, and essential information, empowering students to make the best decisions about their college experience.
Information from Sallie Mae
How to Pay the Remaining Balance: Many students and families will consider financing a portion of their college education. The focus of this session will be on encouraging responsible borrowing and what students and families can do to find the right solution for their borrowing needs.
 
 
  Wednesday, June 10: 1pm-2pm EST Register here
 
  Thursday, June 11: 7pm-8pm EST Register here
 
 
 
 
Understanding the cost of student loan borrowing: This presentation covers financial literacy topics such as the relative cost of a student loan, loan repayment tools, and tips on managing student loans. It identifies important things students should know about their loan portfolio, identifying their servicers and understanding the cost of their student loan.
 
 
  Wednesday, June 17: 2pm-3pm EST Register here
 
  Thursday, June 18: 8pm-9pm EST Register here
 
 
 
Sallie Mae’s free Paying for College Resource another great tool you can share with students and families as they navigate their college journey.