Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance
A Program of the Board of Regents

The Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) (Authored by State Representative Charles R. McDonald): a program of state merit-based scholarships for Louisiana residents who attend either one of the Louisiana Public Colleges and Universities, schools that are a part of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, Louisiana approved Proprietary and Cosmetology Schools or institutions that are a part of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Applying for TOPS

You have two options to apply for TOPS: The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the TOPS Online Application. The FAFSA allows you to apply for TOPS/TOPS Tech, other state aid, and all federal aid. The TOPS Online Application allows you to apply ONLY for TOPS and TOPS Tech. If you complete the FAFSA, you do not have to fill out the TOPS Online Application to apply for TOPS. Please see the “Navigating Your Options” info graphic below the application links: 

The four different award components of the TOPS Program are:

Important TOPS Information:

TOPS TECH approved academic programs are currently under review. Students who enroll in a program of study in reliance on information set forth in this chart shall be allowed to begin and to receive TOPS Tech payment for such program of study. Updates to the approved courses of study will be posted as soon as they are available. Current TOPS Funding Status for the amount a TOPS Award will pay during the upcoming academic year. 

TOPS Q and A’s and FAQ’s

TOPS Q and A'sFile
ACT and SAT questionsPDF
Award AmountsPDF
Core curriculumPDF
Early Graduation and Early College AdmissionsPDF
Eligible postsecondary institutionsPDF
First time, full time enrollment requirementPDF
GED - HiSet - NongraduatePDF
Graduate SchoolPDF
High School Graduation RecognitionPDF
High School ReportingPDF
Home Study ProgramsPDF
Less than full time enrollmentPDF
Out of State and Out of Country High School GraduatesPDF
Renewal - Grades RequirementsPDF
Renewal - HoursPDF
Returning from an out of state collegePDF
Student Hub Account InformationPDF
Summer SchoolPDF
TOPS Application ProcessPDF
TOPS High School Cumulative GPAPDF
Students with Disabilities or Exceptionalities in High SchoolPDF

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