Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)
Tops is a merit-based scholarship program administered through the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) in Baton Rouge. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by students who are applying for TOPS. LOSFA updates a master roster every week. This roster identifies TOPS eligible students based on FAFSA information, high school core curriculum requirements, ACT scores, and GPA. An official offer will come from LOSFA if you are eligible. You can check your current eligibility status at www.osfa.la.gov.
Students who are eligible to receive a TOPS award must be enrolled full-time (12 or more hours) unless you have been approved for an eligible part-time status. If you are eligible for a TOPS Tech award, you must enroll in a technical major. TOPS pays for tuition only and students are responsible for any additional mandatory fees. Click here to view the tuition and fee amounts. TOPS Performance and Honors awards are eligible for an additional stipend each semester.
You must maintain continuous full-time enrollment or earn at least 24 hours for each academic year to keep your TOPS. If you do not earn 24 hours your TOPS award will be cancelled. The following minimum cumulative GPAs must be maintained:
Type of Award
GPA required after fall semester
GPA required at end of academic year
|Tops Opportunity||2.00||2.30 the first year; 2.50 all subsequent years|
If your award is suspended because of GPA or steady academic progress, you may have your award reinstated upon achieving the required cumulative GPA, if the period of ineligibility is not over two years (one year for the TOPS Tech award or students using Opportunity, Performance or Honors to pursue a technical program). Cancellation of a TOPS award due to failure to earn 24 hours per academic year, is permanent unless you are granted an exception. Students must apply for the exception within 6 months of the award cancellation date. If you are granted an exception through LOSFA, you must submit a copy of your exception letter to the Office of Financial Aid. Go to the TOPS portal at www.osfa.state.la.us or contact a LOSFA representative at 1-800-259-5626 for more information.