Student Affairs – TOPS

Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS)

How to Apply

  1. Complete the FAFSA or LOSFA application by July 1 each year
  2. Receive an official award notice from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) during late summer after high school graduation.

Award Amount & Requirements

Students are notified of their TOPS level in their initial eligibility letter.

Award Level GPA* ACT Fall 2016 Award Spring 2017 Award
Honors 3.0 27 $1,633.50 $733.72
Performance 3.0 23 $1,447.38 $650.12
Opportunity 2.5 20 $1,261.26 $566.52
Tech** 2.5*** 17 $1,261.26 $566.52

* Grade point average is calculated on core courses only
** Can only be used at LSU Eunice for associate of applied science degrees and all 1-year certificates

2016-17 Academic Year Funding

TOPS is funded at 93.06% for the Fall 2016 semester and 41.8% for the Spring 2017 semester.

Award Retention

Students must meet the following requirements each semester to receive payment for TOPS:

  • be enrolled full-time on the 15th day of class each semester
  • earn 24 credit hours each year over the fall, winter session, spring, spring intersession, and summer semesters
  • continuous enrollment through consecutive fall and spring semesters
  • maintain the required GPA for specific TOPS award
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA at the end of each fall, intersession or summer semesters
  • The following GPA’s will be checked at the end of each spring semester:
      • Below 48 hours earned – 2.3 GPA
      • 48 or above hours earned – 2.5 GPA
      • Performance or Honors Recipient – 3.0 GPA
      • TOPS Tech Recipients – 2.5 GPA*
    * Opportunity, Performance and Honors award recipients enrolled in a technical program of study.

Opting Out of TOPS Payments

Students have the option to opt out of receiving their TOPS award during a budget shortfall, such as in the case with the the 2016-2017 Academic Year.  Students may choose not to receive payment of their TOPS award for the year and resume receipt in upcoming years.