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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:

Louisiana High School Graduation Requirements/Individual Graduation Plan

A Quick Look at University v. Jump Start Graduation Requirements

Career Exploration – Helping Kids Find Their Future

All Things Jump Start

Jump Start Pathways by Career Sector

Click Here to download the Jump Start Brochure

Jump Start Video Network

Jump Start Video in Caddo Schools

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 

askLela FAFSA Helpline 844-Go FAFSA (844-463-2372) www.askLela.org

Getting Started – Create a FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification)

Start a New Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

LA Guide to College Costs (2017-18)

Scholarship Information

Who’s my parent when I fill out MY FAFSA?

Short FAFSA Videos:

Overview of the Financial Aid Process

FAFSA Overview

How to Create an FSA ID

FAFSA and FSA ID Tips for Parents

FAFSA: Determining Your Dependency Status

How to Fill Out the FAFSA

After the FAFSA: What Happens Next

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)