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              STUDENTS & PARENTS
                  Lela’s FAFSA HELPline
                Call (844) 463-2372 for live                                       Has your FAFSA been
                line-by-line assistance.                                        SELECTED FOR

                  Lela’s College Planning Center
                in Baton Rouge. Schedule an appointment                         VERIFICATION?
                for one-on-one guidance at info@lela.org.                             LELA CAN

              SCHOOL COUNSELORS                                                            HELP!
                   FAFSA Completion Events. Schedule an                             Don’t get caught up
                Event on your campus at carmichael@lela.org
                                                                                        in the heat of

           ALL SERVICES ARE FREE!                                                     Summer Melt!

                                                                              Summer Melt is a term used when intending college bound students fail to
                                                                              enroll in the fall after high school graduation. They “melt away during the
                                                                              summer” due to various obstacles. Visit tinyurl.com/avoidsummermelt for
                                                                              tips to avoid Summer Melt. See Pg. 5 for more details on Verification.

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                                                                                    FAFSA MISTAKES



                L OUISIANA ’S                                     1. NOTCOMPLETINGTHEFAFSA- If you don’t complete the FAFSA, you could
    CLASS OF 2019 FINANCIAL AID ACCESS POLICY                     2.    NOTUSINGTHECORRECTWEBSITE – The official FAFSA website is fafsa.gov.
                                                                      lose out on thousands of dollars to help you pay for college.
                                                                      Never pay to complete the FAFSA!
    LOUISIANA REQUIRES PUBLIC                                     3.  NOTGETTINGANFSAIDAHEADOFTIME – Create your FSA ID early to avoid any delays.
                                                                  4.    WAITINGTOFILLOUTTHEFAFSA – Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come,
    SCHOOL STUDENTS TO TAKE ONE                                       first-served basis so get it done ASAP!
    OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS AS                                     5.   NOTFILINGBYTHEDEADLINE– Each school sets its own FAFSA deadline so
    PART OF THEIR INDIVIDUAL                                          be sure to check with your school.
    GRADUATION PLAN:                                              6.    NOTUSINGYOURFSAIDTOSTARTTHEFAFSA – Sign in the FAFSA with your
                                                                      FSA ID to prevent common errors and for easier electronic signing.
         Submit the FAFSA at fafsa.gov; or                        7.    NOTUSINGTHEIRSDATARETRIEVALTOOL(IRSDRT) – It is the fastest and most
                                                                      accurate way to enter your tax return information.
         Apply for TOPS; or
                                                                  8.    NOTREADINGDEFINITIONSCAREFULLY – Take your time to read carefully to
         Submit an opt-out Parental                                   avoid processing delays.
         Non-Participation Form or                                9.    INPUTTINGINCORRECTINFORMATION – Be sure to enter your full name as
         Letter; or                                                   it appears on your Social Security card and triple check your SSN.
                                                                  10. NOTREPORTINGPARENTINFORMATION – Dependency guidelines are determined
         Submit a Waiver through                                      by Congress, not IRS. Answer all questions on FAFSA carefully.
         the school system.                                       11.  LISTINGONLYONECOLLEGE – List all colleges you are considering even if you
                                                                      haven’t applied or been accepted yet.
                                                                  12.  NOTSIGNINGTHEFAFSA – An unsigned FAFSA is incomplete. Sign electronically
    Resource:  Louisiana Department of Education                      with your FSA ID which is faster than mailing a signature page.
    www.louisianabelieves.com                                                    Source: US Department of Education Blog

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