Planning For College
 

Dear Parents & Students,
   
At Lafayette Christian Academy, we are committed to helping each student and their parents plan for college. We challenge each student to learn academically while developing their God-given talents. Our curriculum is designed to meet college admission requirements so that each student can pursue a college that best fits their goal. We desire to help all students seek God's perfect plan for their life.
You will find valuable information on this college preparatory site. There are college links, important upcoming dates, scholarship opportunities and ACT/SAT information. Be sure to check out the different important grade appropriate student information in order to successfully plan for college during that particular year of high school.
It is my goal to assist the student and parent during this exciting time in their life. If you need help or assistance, please do not hesitate to call or email me. I look forward to working with you and your child.
Mrs. Shauna Babin
High School Principal
Important Information

When taking the ACT or SAT make sure you use both the SCHOOL CODE and the TOPS CODE.

LCA SCHOOL CODE for ACT & SAT 191439
ACT CODE FOR TOPS - 1595
SAT CODE FOR TOPS - 9019
FASFA
TOPS
Scholarships & Grants

Financial Aid

Louisiana Resident Scholarship

Gift Aid

FAFSA is your application for TOPS. Everyone should apply for financial aid. FAFSA (The Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the primary document that determines eligibility for need-based financial aid. 
TOPS (Taylor Opportunity Program for Students) is a program of state scholarships for Louisiana residents. There are four different award components of the TOPS Program.
Grants and scholarships are both both "gift aid", meaning money that does not have to be repaid. Even though a student can't apply for scholarships until their 11th or 12th grade year, it is important to begin researching early.
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Which Steps Are Right For You?
It's never too early to start preparing for your college career. At every grade level, there are practical and necessary steps that you should be taking in order to reach your full potential at the college level. 
Freshmen
Sophomores
Every freshmen is encouraged to take the ACT one time during their freshmen year. You can register online at www.act.org.
 
Additional steps for success:
 
  • Study hard and make good grades in ALL courses but especially in the CORE Curriculum.
  • Participate in meaningful activities in and out of school. Colleges look for extracurricular activities throughout your high school years.
  • Begin an activity record that records all accomplishments throughout high school.
  • Begin to explore colleges and think about your major.
  • Consider registering for an ACT workshop at UL to help raise your ACT scores.
Take the PLAN test during your Sophomore Year at LCA. Start planning now by finding out more about the test.
Every sophomore is encouraged to take the ACT at least once during their sophomore year. You can register online at  www.act.org.
 
Additional steps for success:
 
  • Study hard and make good grades in ALL courses but especially in the CORE curriculum.
  • Continue to participate in meaningful activities in and out of school. Colleges look for extracurricular activities throughout your high school years.
  • Continue to add to your activity record that records all accomplishments throughout high school.
  • Begin to explore colleges and think about your major.
  • Consider registering for an ACT workshop at UL to help raise your ACT scores.
Seniors
Juniors
  • Continue to evaluate college choices.
  • Register to take the ACT as many times as possible before scholarship deadlines and TOPS deadlines.
  • Request application materials for admissions and financial aid from schools you intend to apply.
  • Be aware of admission, financial aid, and scholarship deadlines and meet them.
  • Request high school transcripts and letters of recommendation from teachers.
  • Work on college application forms.
  • Search and apply for private scholarships and grant programs.
  • Begin to prepare for the FAFSA. www.fafsa.ed.gov - you can get your PIN (Personal Identification Number) at www.pin.ed.gov
  • In January, collect and file family tax information for previous year. It is quicker to file FAFSA online.
  • After filing FAFSA, make sure you review your Student Aid Report (SAR) for accuracy.
  • Send your final transcripts to your college after Graduation.
  • Stay in contact with the Financial Aid and Admissions office of the college you plan on attending.
  • Begin to explore colleges and think about your major.
  • Consider registering for an ACT workshop at UL to help raise your ACT scores.
Your Junior year is your most important year of high school.
 
Take the PSAT during your Junior Year at LCA.  Plan now by taking a practice test.
 
Every junior is encouraged to take the ACT a couple of times during their Junior Year. It is mandatory for every Junior to take it once. You can register online at www.act.org.
 
Additional steps for success:
 
  • Continue to build your resume.
  • Begin to explore colleges and think about your major.
  • Remember to check and see if the college you are considering requires the
  • essay portion of the ACT.
  • Consider registering for an ACT workshop at UL to help raise your ACT scores.
  • Call the colleges you are interested in and ask them to mail you applications.
Louisiana College Links