Advocacy

The MHS PTSA hosted a presentation in October by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOFSA).  The topics covered were the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. 

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) is a Program under the Louisiana Board of Regents, administering the state’s scholarship and grant programs and the state’s Internal Revenue Code Section 529 college savings program. Among the programs administered by LOSFA are Louisiana’s premier merit-based scholarship program, the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS); the state’s 529 college savings plan, the Student Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust (START) program; and the Rockefeller State Wildlife Scholarship program.

The philosophy of LOFSA: Education is the door to a productive and satisfying life for the citizens of Louisiana and is an essential ingredient for a healthy economy and a capable and motivated workforce. Financial assistance opens that door. The LOFSA website is: http://www.osfa.state.la.us/

The program was informative – and a major concern was the funding of TOPS for students in the years they will be attending college and technical schools. Unfortunately, funding has decreased and there is no answer readily available about the future.

A reminder to parents and students is that the FAFSA form window has opened and students/parents are encouraged to sign in and start working the form. A link is available on the LOFSA website.

Louisiana Representative Reid Falconer, District 89 (Representing St. Tammany) attended the presentation and fielded questions from the floor. The take-away from his answers is that parents with concerns should contact their representatives. The PTSA can serve as a means to consolidate those ideas and present them to our legislature. If you interested in pursuing this topic, please email your thoughts to MHSPTSApresident1617@gmail.com.