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Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance helps Block High School students become...
Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance helps Block High School students become college ready.(KNOE)
Published: Feb. 27, 2019 at 5:53 PM CST
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Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) workers left their office in Baton Rouge to offer significant support to Block High School students.

Hundreds of BHS students traveled to Grambling State University on Thursday to attend LOSFA's FlyTour. It is LOSFA's 'Financial Literacy for You Tour,' where workers present college information in a fun drama.

BHS students and teachers have been fighting for quality education since last year. After weeks of protesting, several groups started to hear their cry across the state, donating supplies and equipment.

Now, their outcry has landed in the right department for BHS juniors and seniors. LOSFA has taken the initiative to help the students become college ready.

LOSFA is the state's agency for college access. Timinee Thomas is the Youth Advocacy Specialist. She says after seeing the need for college-ready information, she knew they had to step in.

"This definitely needs some attention called upon from LOSFA," Thomas said."How can we help them? How are they thinking about what are some of the majors and careers they are interested in going into and some of the colleges?"

LOSFA workers visited the school. They taught students how to apply for college, scholarships and the military. Students also learned how to signup for financial aid.

Thomas says their primary goal is to make sure students know what resources are available to help them. Students say LOSFA's help was overdue.

"I'm glad they came," one student said. "If it were not for LOSFA, I would still be searching for what college I want to go to, so I'm glad LOSFA stepped in."

"I think it's good we're getting the information we need to be able to [go to college]," another student said. "All of the information LOSFA has given us about college, like TOPS and how to pay for it, it's great."

Thomas says the help was all done through LOSFA's Field Outreach Services, which assists schools, like Block, to make sure students are receiving the best college access information.

Students from Woodlawn High, Lincoln Prep, Red River High, East Feliciana Middle, East Feliciana High, Carroll High, and East St. John Prep also attended the event.

For more information, students can visit: