Privacy Policy

Introduction

The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) strives to develop innovative services to better serve our users. We recognize that privacy is an important issue, so we design and operate our services with the protection of your privacy in mind. This Privacy Policy outlines some of the steps we take to safeguard personal information we may gather when you use LOSFA’s on-line services.

Personal Information

Information about you that is readily identifiable to you is treated as Personal Information. Personal Information includes your name, address, and phone number. Personal Information also includes information treated confidential by law such as your social security number. Your domain name or Internet Protocol address is not considered Personal Information.

Security

For LOSFA website security purposes and to ensure that the services provided on this website remain available to all users, industry-standard methods are employed on the LOSFA web servers to monitor network traffic and to prevent unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, or otherwise cause damage. An unauthorized attempt to upload information to or to change information on the LOSFA servers are strictly prohibited and is a criminal offense punishable by law.

Cookies

Cookies are simple text files created by Web sites and stored on your computer by your Web browser. The LOSFA cookie provides a method of distinguishing among visitors to the LOSFA Web site. When you visit the LOSFA Web site, the LOSFA Web site creates a session cookie with a randomly generated identifying tag on your computer. This session cookie authenticates you and authorizes the LOSFA Web site to provide services and resources to you. The session cookie is destroyed as soon as your browser is closed.

LOSFA Web site cookies do not contain personally identifying information and do not compromise your privacy or security.

Most browsers are initially set up to accept cookies. You can reset your browser to refuse all cookies or to indicate when a cookie is being sent. If you refuse the LOSFA cookie, some of the LOSFA Web site features and services will not function properly.

Links to External Sites

Various Web sites are linked through the LOSFA Web site. These Web sites are considered external Web sites because they are not part of the LOSFA Web site. These external Web sites include Web sites created and maintained by other governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private entities. Some of these Web sites may operate under privacy, quality, and security standards that are less stringent and/or protective than those employed by LOSFA.

If you use a link to an external Web site, LOSFA encourages you to read closely the privacy statements of those Web sites and to be very cautious about providing personally identifiable information if you do not have a clear understanding of how your information will be used and protected. LOSFA provides these links as a convenience and courtesy to the LOSFA Web site users.

External Site Disclaimer

When you link to another site, you are no longer on Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance Web site and the LOSFA Privacy Policy will not apply. When you link to another web site, you are subject to the privacy policy of that new site. The links from the LOSFA Web site to external Web sites have been researched by LOSFA and LOSFA has permission from the external Web site to provide the link.

The content of all external Web sites is not presented, prepared, controlled, sponsored, or approved by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission, or Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority or any division, officer or employee thereof. The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission and Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority disclaim all responsibility and liability for all information on external sites, and for any materials or services made available on external sites.

Neither the LOSFA, the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission nor the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority, nor any division, officer nor employee thereof endorses any content, viewpoints, opinions, products, or services of an external Web site linked from The LOSFA Web site. The LOSFA, the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission and the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority, and all divisions, officers, and employees thereof, shall not be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of information on an external Website linked from The LOSFA Web site.

LOSFA Web Site Disclaimer

The accuracy, reliability and timeliness of information published on the LOSFA Web site is not warranted by LOSFA, the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission or the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority nor by any division, officer, or employee thereof. Neither the LOSFA, the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission nor the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority, nor any division, officer nor employee thereof shall be held liable for any losses caused by reliance on the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of such information. Portions of such information may be incorrect or not current. Any person or entity that relies on any information obtained from this Web site does so at his or her own risk. The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, the Louisiana Student Financial Assistance Commission, and the Louisiana Tuition Trust Authority specifically disclaim and deny all responsibility and liability for any content, viewpoints, opinions, products, or services of anyone that is posted on the LOSFA Web site without the express written approval of the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance.