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The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) can benefit all seniors, especially those who plan on attending college or career school. Completion of FAFSA allows students to be eligible for federal student aid, as well as for many state or college scholarships and grants, too. For example, in order to be eligible for the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) scholarship in Louisiana, you must complete your FAFSA.

This report is written to highlight the importance of overcoming the obstacles that students and their families face and to provide students, parents, and school administrators with the resources to successfully attain the necessary resources to succeed in their post-secondary endeavors.

Below, you can read the report and you will find interactive maps and a data explorer.

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The following map is an interactive way for you to view FAFSA completion rates by state. You can see the exact completion rate by hovering your mouse over any state and you can view states with similar completion rates by hovering your mouse over any percentile in the map key.

The following map provides an interactive way for you to view FAFSA completion rates by parish. You can click on any parish to view its completion rate for all public and private high school seniors.

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The following interactive chart allows you to explore the relationship between the letter grade for each parish’s public schools as assigned by the LDOE, its youth poverty rate, and its FAFSA completion rate (for all schools – public and private). In the chart, 0% represents the average for the state of Louisiana (for both FAFSA Completion and Youth Poverty Rates). The bars and dots represent the variation from the mean, in percentage points, for each parish.

The negative relationship between youth poverty and public school performance can be seen in the chart where, as youth poverty increases, districts tend to have lower performance scores. The relationship with FAFSA completion rates is less clear – high poverty does not have to lead to low FAFSA completions rates.

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