David Roberts with the The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) paid a visit this morning to the KEEL studio and spoke with KEEL Morning News' James Stanley and Anne Moore to help in raising awareness among Louisiana middle and high school students and parents about the  comprehensive new, nationally acclaimed, 'Louisiana Connect'.  It provides tools and resources to help students plan for life after high school, find colleges where they can be successful and launch rewarding careers. 

Importantly, Louisiana Connect provides guidance counselors, parents, teachers and advisors with a full suite of tracking dashboards, reporting capabilities, and communication tools to help students navigate the process. 

As part of this statewide initiative, a data-driven web portal was designed to give students, parents, counselors, and administrators a “one stop shop” for college and career planning.  This centralized tool provides students with access to create an online portfolio, including career assessments, GPAs, course history, test scores, graduation requirements, and extracurricular activities– in addition to providing them with alerts on key milestones for college applications, scholarships, and financing deadlines. Students and parents can access the online portfolio virtually anywhere. They will have the ability to view their progress as they explore their career interests, build a resume, and college list. Parents can also suggest colleges and scholarships to their child, chart historical college admission outcomes, and calculate financial aid information. 

LOSFA’s goal is to provide every Louisiana student with the opportunity to successfully pursue and persist in a postsecondary environment. Thus, this exciting new tool is being offered to Louisiana students and families at no cost. Parents and students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity by registering for their accounts today. Student registrations are underway under the supervision of guidance counselors at both public and non-public middle and high schools throughout the state.

Parents may enroll by visiting: www.louisianaconnect.org, clicking the first time login icon, then selecting the parent option,