Data News Staff Edited Report
On Wednesday, hundreds of teens from across Louisiana received a glimpse of college life as part of the state’s Financial Literacy for You (FLY) Tour.
Students stopped at Southern University, where they watched a show filled with music and poetry, but the message focused on communicating financial literacy to students. Everything students need to know about college, from filling out admission applications to applying for financial aid, volunteers were on hand to walk them through it. Organizers say the goal is for students to look beyond high school and prepare them for what lies ahead.
“What our real goal is to help the student figure out what do you do best? How do you turn that into a career? How do you get paid to do that? And where do you go to get prepared? Different types of institutions help us, help the student make sure that we have the best matching fit for them, because all the research tells us that’s key to success,” said Dr. Sujuan Boutte, Executive Director of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA).
On Thursday, students also took a tour of LSU.
LOSFA’s Financial Literacy for You Tour is a dynamic theatrical presentation that uses poetry, music and drama to communicate the importance of financial literacy and fiscal responsibility. Acts featured in the FLY Tour help students learn about financial aid for college, money management, on-campus support services for students and more. Students attending also received the additional benefit of being exposed to a college campus since all FLY Tours are presented at post-secondary institutions. Some of the post-secondary institutions may offer various benefits to attendees such as campus tours, meal opportunities, fun and engaging games, student support services and recruiters and instant admission opportunities.