High Schools Graduation Requirements
High School Graduation Requirements
Beginning with high school graduates of 2018, completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a graduation requirement.
During the first two years of high school, students should focus on building on the knowledge and skills they gained in previous grades. Every 9th and 10th grade student (beginning 2014-2015 and thereafter) will take core academic classes to work towards a diploma. Following the student’s 10th grade year, a student may choose to work toward a Jump Start TOPS Tech Pathway or pursue the TOPS University Pathway. Students may choose both pathways. Decisions are made with counseling and guidance, based on the student’s interests, capabilities, and ambitions.
TOPS Processing: FAQs:
Learn more about University and Jump Start Pathways:
Click Here to download the Jump Start Brochure
Figure Out Your DREAM CAREER:
Go to www.unlockmyfuture.org
Click on the “My Code” tab at the top of the page.
Then click on the “pink lock” to get started.
Use the “Student Career Sheet” to help you remember your 5 Career Matches.
Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) is the first step toward getting federal aid for college, career school, or graduate school:
– It’s Quick
– It gives you access to the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school.
– Many states & colleges use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for state and school aid.
– Beginning with high school graduates of 2018, completing the FAFSA is a graduation requirement*
– The Graduating Class of 2019 should complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA using 2017 income information.
– Learn more from Louisiana Believes – Financial Aid Toolkit
Helpful Links for FAFSA and College:
FAFSA Completion – Time Saving Helpful Hints
Getting Started – Create a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification)
LA Guide to College Costs (2017-18)
Short FAFSA Videos:
Register for a FAFSA Completion Scholarship at www.askLela.org
One winner is randomly selected each month for a $1,000 scholarship.
This scholarship drawing is only for Louisiana high school seniors. $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded.
How to File the 2017-2018 FAFSA (Although this video is for students who will be attending college in the SY 2017-18, it is helpful because the video previews specific sections of the FAFSA; shares hints and helps; answers frequently asked questions . 19 minutes)